Classical Music - Peter Lapham and James Shenton

I meet Peter Lapham and James Shenton, the two musicians involved in this violin and piano concert, in the Westgate Chapel. I get there first. Curiously, it is the first time I have ever been inside. I immediately love its austereness, broken only by the Victorian stain glass window above the altar. Peter, the pianist, arrives first, and together we count the chairs: there is room for just over 100 people. James arrives, a more serious man. I ask them what we can expect from the concert. “The Delius 2nd Violin and Piano Sonata is very special,” says James. “There’s nothing quite like its first movement. It has echoes of Richard Strauss. Delius is not played very much, but has a very loyal following.” “We are performing a well-balanced programme,” chips in Peter. “There are also sonatas from Bach, Brahms and Schubert.” “And we will be playing some shorter pieces, to break it up a little.” This is James again. “A set of six Romanian folk dances by Bartok. Though why they call them dances, I don’t know. Nobody will be dancing. Tunes more like.”

I ask them about the chapel. “It’s a marvellous, intimate space,” says Peter. “It produces nice reverberating acoustics.” “It’s not over the top,” continues Richard. “And it’s exactly the right sort of size for the music we’re playing. If there are too many seats you can lose communication with the audience.” AL

You rang? A warm welcome to the Westgate Chapel from
Lapham and Shenton
Westgate Chapel, 92a High St, Lewes
When? 7.30pm
How Much? £7
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