March 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The Box Office for the 2022 Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts is now open!

With an eclectic mix of musical genres and art forms and more than 20 events to choose from the Festival probably contains something for everyone. Highlights include an exhibition of artworks by the internationally-exhibited Tom Hammick (which will be free to view in St. Dunstan’s church for the entirety of the Festival fortnight whenever the church is open to visitors), the world premiere of Nicholas O’Neill’s Cantata of St. Dunstan (which features in the opening concert of the Festival), Liz Grand’s one-woman play about Clementine Churchill, a ‘Film in Concert’ screening of the silent sci-fi classic Metropolis accompanied by live organ music and a concert given by the Oxford Camerata and the Mayfield Consort that showcases masterful choral works written by English composers over a 500-year period (including Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis).

Full details of all events are available by visiting the Festival website at and tickets can be purchased either online at, by telephone on 0333 666 3366 (quoting Mayfield Festival) or in person at Sew Inspired, High Street, Mayfield and Lambert & Foster, High Street, Wadhurst (a booking fee applies for payments made by credit card or debit card). Please also remember that tickets for Under-30s are half price for all events bar one*; meaning that for most of the events being held in St. Dunstan’s Church someone under the age of 30 can purchase a ticket for as little as £2.50.

I do hope that you can join us.

Steve Swanton
Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts

*For administrative reasons this concession does not apply to A Shakespeare Sonnet Saunter on 23 April.

For your information we are pleased to be able to provide you with details of forthcoming events that are being held by other arts festivals in East Sussex and Kent.

Brighton Early Music Festival is organising a celebration of early music in Europe for Early Music Day 2022. Renaissance Music on a Grand Scale will include movements from the 10-voice Mass: ‘Dum sacrum mysterium’ by Robert Carver and the ‘Earthquake’ Mass by Antoine Brumel.

Sunday 20 March 2022, 7.30pm
St Martin’s Church, Brighton BN2 3HQ
BREMF Consort of Voices, Deborah Roberts, Director
Members of The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
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Glynde Place Concert Series 2022

Glynde Place, an Elizabethan manor on the South Downs situated in over 100 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, presents three concerts this year featuring BBC Radio 3 New Generation artists. Pianist Alexander Gadjiev opens the series on April 23rd playing works by Chopin and Schumann, on May 14th the MithrasTrio perform piano trios by Beethoven and Dvorak and a recent work by Ran and, for the last concert, the superb trumpeter Simon Höfele with pianist Frank Dupree offer works by Ravel, Antheil, Enescu, Takemitsu, Bernstein and Gershwin among others. Full details of concerts and tickets on or telephone 01273 858224.

2022 Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival 
June 23-26

Now in its 24th year and under the artistic direction of violinist Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester, this well-loved East Sussex festival presents 8 concerts over its four days, featuring repertoire spanning three centuries. Concerts take place in the Norman church in Peasmarsh, St Mary’s Church in Rye, and the Church of St Thomas in Winchelsea. Visiting artists include pianist Hannes Minnaar, the Heath Quartet, the 12 Ensemble, celebrated accordionist James Crabb, violist Ori Kam, violinist Magnus Johnston and award-winning composer Sally Beamish. Box office 01797 253 178.

Music@Malling brings outstanding music to historic venues in and around West Malling, Kent.

Our dynamic and inspiring programmes engage audiences from the local area, region and beyond – bringing new people into an area with a rich heritage and set in an outstanding natural environment.

Forthcoming events include Six Brandenburgs: Six Commissions in the iconic setting of Malling Abbey.  Founded in 1090, the abbey is the home to a closed order of Benedictine nuns – a stunning setting for six world premieres by a fascinating cross-section of British composers. World premieres by Brian Elias, Daniel Kidane, Stevie Wishart, Michael Price, Joseph Phibbs and Deborah Pritchard will be performed alongside Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on 23rd April 2022 in three special concerts given by the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Chamber Domaine – recently praised in The Times for its “superb artistry.”

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