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2017-2018 season of concerts at
St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG

St Lukes Church Queens Park RoadA varied selection of Classical, Jazz and Folk music performed in an historic building in Brighton. All concerts take place in St. Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, BN2 9ZB. Concerts start at 7.30pm on Friday evenings unless otherwise stated.
Tickets are available on the door and cost £7 / £5 concessions / free for under 16s. St Lukes Church is on Brighton Bus routes 18, 21, 21A, 23

Friday 26: January Quest ensemble

Quest Ensemble is a London-based contemporary music collective that presents a unique twist on the traditional piano trio format. Featuring pianist Filipe Sousa, violinist Preetha Narayanan and cellist Tara Franks, their musical styles weave together a lyrical tapestry of sound, blending improvisation with devised composition. Their Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/questensemble


Friday 2 February: Margaret Fingerhut (piano recital)

The distinguished pianist, Margaret Fingerhut, brings another wide-ranging programme to St. Luke’s. She opens with a sparkling and witty Haydn sonata, followed by one of Chopin’s most beautiful Nocturnes and his glorious Third Ballade. The recital also features John Ireland’s “London Pieces” which vividly conjure up scenes of the big city as it was 100 years ago, while Rachmaninov’s Moments Musicaux take us into the heart of the dark melancholy and passion that is the Russian soul. A highlight of the programme will be the UK premiere of “Aubade”, an evocative new work by Peter Copley which was commissioned by Margaret. This concert is supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust. Includes pre-concert talk at 7pm.


Friday 16 February: Russian choir

The Brighton & Hove Russian Choir promotes a wide range of music from Russia. Original arrangements by the choir leader, Polina Shepherd, include traditional lyrical and epic songs, ritual calendar music for pagan holidays, wedding songs, dance songs and other folklore. Other parts of the repertoire represent art songs (romances) from the 18th/19th centuries, as well as short classical pieces by Russian composers.


Friday 2: March Bela Hartman (piano) From Vienna to Warsaw

A selection of great piano works from the heart of Europe, from Mozart’s ethereal and melancholic Rondo in A Minor to Beethoven’s bucolic and groundbreaking Eroica Variations. Along the way are one of Schubert’s most idyllic Sonatas and a Schubert inspired work by the contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann suitably entitled “Idyll and Abyss”.


Friday 16 March: Glissando harp ensemble

Glissando are an exciting harp ensemble involving some of the top harpists across Sussex. Their repertoire is stylistically diverse – well known folk tunes and popular classics alongside pieces by prominent composers for harp. The ensemble features harpists from all walks of life, each with their own style, coming together to perform music which is both aurally and visually spectacular.


Friday 6 April: Broken Line

Broken Line consists of Adam Bushell (vibraphone/percussion), Adam Swayne (piano) and Helen Whitaker (flute). Together they create a huge array of sounds and textures, from sparse and delicate to the fully fledged wall-of-sound! Tonight’s programme includes the first performance of a specially written work by Jean Martin, Alvin Lucier’s beautiful trio Broken Line, and music by composers including Martin Butler, Helgi Invgarsson, Karlhienz Stockhausen and Dave Smith.


Friday 20 April: Illuminate

The Illuminate concert series presents new works by six emerging female composers – Angela Elizabeth Slater, Gemma Mcgregor, Blair Boyd, Lillie Harris, Sarah Westwood and Carol J Jones written for performers Késia Decoté (piano), Cassie Matthews (guitar), Sabina Virtosu (violin) and composer-performer Gemma Mcgregor (flute/shakuhachi). These new works will be performed alongside historical works by women composers including Morfydd Owen, Lily Boulanger, and Amy Beach. We are privileged to bring our Illuminate concert to St Luke’s music and wine series. There will be a short pre-concert talk at 7pm.

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