Classical Concerts - MAS at Hamsey Church

The Musician of All Saints 2006 Hamsey Old Church Chamber Music Festival concludes this afternoon (note the early time) with a visit from two choirs and a string ensemble, who will be playing a programme ranging from French songs and spirituals to Greek dances. The Brighton Singers will be accompanied by the Brighton and Hove Youth Ensemble, and the Dieppe Rivers Choir will sing unaccompanied. The Brighton musicians will be directed by Andrew Sherwood. Sherwood is quite a figure: an inspiring director who has recently directed classical music’s new superstar Nicola Benedetti in the Brighton Festival.

These are happy times for Hamsey Church, which dates from 925, but was nearly demolished in Victorian times because of the shrinking population of the village and the consecration of a new church in Offham. Thankfully those plans were never carried out, although the church was demoted to the status of ‘chapel-of-ease’ and used as the local mortuary. Nowadays services are held every first Sunday of the month from May to September – the church has no heating or electricity so regular winter services are out of the question. Today’s concert will be candle-lit. It is being held earlier today as the Dieppe singers have to get an evening ferry back home. Try to book tickets in advance – last week’s concert was a sell out, though those without tickets were welcome to listen from outside, and make a donation. AL

Pew what a scorcher… Hamsey church is bathed in sunlight

Hamsey Church
When? 4pm
How Much? £8/£6 from Lewes Travel

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