The Musicians of All Saints

The musicians of All Saints have developed the reputation over the years for a mixed repertoire of well and lesser-known musicians. Tonight’s concert at Hamsey Church is no exception: a four-piece ensemble will be playing works by Mozart, Haydn… and Frank Bridge. Bridge is best known to music lovers as being part of the title of the work which made Benjamin Britten’s name: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for String Orchestra. Britten, in fact, was a pupil of Bridge’s. The piece played tonight, Two Old English Songs, is a fine example of Bridge’s clever and melodious work. He takes two famous 18th century English folk sons, Sally in our Alley and Cherry Ripe, and rearranges the melodies, subtly enabling the harmonies to grow richer and more complex as the piece progresses. This work is preceded by Quartet in D Major, by Mozart, and Quartet in C Major, by Haydn.

This is the first of a two night festival the MAS are putting on in Hamsey Church, the second, next Sunday (18th) will feature the Brighton Singers, the Brighton and Hove Youth String Ensemble and the Dieppe Rivers Choir. Watch this space for more details next week. Hamsey Church is a wonderful building, dating back to Saxon times: although it has been reconstructed several times it was never given the Victorian overhaul many local churches suffered, so it still retains much of its original medieval feel.

Unsung hero: but the Musicians of All Saints will be performing
Frank Bridge’s folk song adaptations tonight

Hamsey Church
When? 6pm
How Much? £8/6 (£14/10 for both concerts at 1st concert only)

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