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Brighton Unitarian Church

Lunchtime Concerts
Brighton Unitarian Church

New Road, Brighton,

Fridays, 12.30 - 1.15 p.m.
2019 tickets £4.00
Raising money for the Church Building Appeal Fund.


Come and join us, we are easily accessible via the train, bus routes and NCP car parks are within a few minutes walk. The concerts are diverse, mostly classically, but also jazz and folk. The performers are very talented and, most importantly, enjoy what they do; they engage with the audience and always aim to make their concerts a special event for everyone. It is a great way to spend a Friday lunchtime - among friendly people, enjoying lovely music. Do come along and see for yourself.

​Enjoy a coffee/tea before the concert and get to know your fellow concert goers. Turn our lovely Friday lunchtime concerts into one of your regular social engagements.

Wheelchair accessible venue.

January 2019

4th: In her first public concert, young pianist Megan Stevens takes us on a journey from the 18th to the 21st century. Including works by Haydn, Debussy, Bridge and Einaudi.

11th: Maggie Grimsdell (piano) and Caroline Collingridge (flute) celebrate women composers to include Jane Mary Guest, Lili Boulanger, Anne Boyd, Cecilia McDowall, Lara Netzel and first performances this century of two pieces by Avril Coleridge-Taylor.

18th: Jazz pianist Joss Peach returns to the Unitarian with his wife Josie and daughter Poppy; Josie Peach; saxes, clarinet, Poppy Peach; guitar, vocals. The trio will perform as a variety of combinations of solo duo and trio, playing a diverse mix of instrumentals and songs from various styles rooted in the jazz tradition. 25th: Luca Luciano: Contemporary clarinet recital featuring music by Stravinsky and Gershwin along with original material from Luciano's last releases.

February 2019

1st: A feast of fine woodwind playing: Stephen Carroll-Turner teams up with members of the LIPS wind quintet in the trio for oboe, bassoon and piano by Poulenc, and music by Abrams and Bartok.

8th: Jane Richards (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Starns (tenor) and Rosemary Kemp (piano) with a programme of favourite songs & duets from Viennese operettas.

15th: Violinist Ayla Sahin will perform Bach Sonata no. 1 G minor, Mozart Sonata no. 4 E minor, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo-Capriccioso.

22nd: Alex Bondonno (saxophone) & Joss Peach (piano) come together for a lunchtime jazz recital. These renowned jazz musicians perform mellifluous and melodic interpretations of classic jazz standards from Horace Silver, Abdullah Ibrahim & Thelonious Monk, plus original compositions.

March 2019

01st: Lucy Mair (soprano) and Helen Ridout (piano) perform Lieder by Schumann, Strauss and Brahms. To include Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben"

08th: Plaegan Piano Trio. Josef Haydn's charming Piano Trio in E minor, Hob. XV:12 is followed by Friedrich Smetana's dramatic and poignant Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 15th: The LIPS Wind Quintet is delighted to return to Brighton Unitarian. As ever, we will bring a mellifluous murmuration of magical motifs and melodies to help lift you from your March maladies.

22nd: Brian Ashworth & Jon Rattenbury play an exciting and eclectic mix of music for two guitars. The duo will be playing a completely new programme which includes Spanish, Latin American and contemporary works.

29th: Canciones' - Spanish colour and fire from Manuel de Falla, plus piano music from Chopin and others and more vocal surprises! Eva Rustige (soprano) and Joe Ward (piano).

April 2019

05th: Pianist Jon Byrne returns to the Unitarian lunchtime concert series with a programme to include Mozart, Ravel and Rachmaninov.

12th: Flautist Karen Rash, accompanied by Nicola Grunberg on the piano: French Flute Fancies and a Chaminade Sandwich.

19th: Zoe Peate - soprano, Bryony Prior - horn, Paul Newton - trumpet, Gary Prior - piano. Four musicians with classical, light and jazz backgrounds join together to perform Mozart, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, plus original arrangements for horn, trumpet, voice and piano.

26th: František Brikcius & Ermanno Bemporad De Stefani perform Brahms: Sonata No 1 in E minor for Cello and Piano; Irena Kosíková: 1918 for Cello and piano (2018) - Brighton premiere; Alexander Tansman: Fantaisie pour Violoncelle avec Orchestre ou Piano.

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