Young Musicians all set to impress

The Young Ones

Many of our performers are young musicians, students or recent graduates from our leading music colleges. However, the soloist who will appear alongside the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 18th June is 13-year-old Aglaia Carvalho-Dubost who will be performing Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No 1. She started playing cello at the age of 3, won her first competitive music festival award a year later, achieved Grade 8 at the age of 9 and her Trinity Diploma when she was 13. She has performed in concerts in venues including St John’s, Smith Square London and we are thrilled to be welcoming her to the Festival.


Toril Azzalini-Machecler

Toril Azzalini-Machecler studies at the Royal College of Music and in 2018 and 2020 he reached the Percussion Finals of BBC Young Musician. He was Sussex Young Musician of the Year 2020, and category winner in the Medici International Competition. He has played it at Glyndebourne and shared the stage with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Toril also composes, winning the Junior RCM Joan Weller competition and has been highly commended multiple times in the BBC Proms composition competition. On Monday 13th June he shares our stage with Isaac Harari who also studies percussion at the Royal College of Music and among many accolades was also a BBC Young Musician 2020 category finalist.

A little help from our friends

As a not-for-profit organisation we want to use the revenues we raise each year to further the performance and enjoyment of music in the area. We want to encourage musicians of all ages and particularly schoolchildren and students at music colleges through the opportunity to experience performing on a ‘professional’ stage.

This year’s programme will do exactly this.

We have launched the CMF FRIENDS group which gives members the opportunity to contribute to our work and receive a number of ‘thank-you’s’ in return.

For just £25.00 a year you get priority booking on tickets before they go on sale to the general public, 10% discount on tickets for the Festival and advance information on events and offers.

It’s easy to join, simply go to the website and click on the FRIENDS button or CLICK HERE It really will make a big difference (and you’ll feel great about it too).

Countdown to May

Tickets will be available from 9th May (7 days earlier for “FRIENDS” see below) and the complete programme is now online – there are additional features to enjoy on our new website

Cuckfield Music Festival 2022

Jane Burnell is the Coro Nuovo Sussex Young Musician of the Year 2021 and a former pupil of Burgess Hill Girls. Having recently graduated with a First Class BA(Hons) at Leeds Conservatoire, she is now studying for an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music and is performing a lunchtime concert on 17th June kindly sponsored by her old school.


5 quick questions for you with an Easter theme – answers are below.

  1. In which 1948 film did Fred Astaire replace the injured Gene Kelly to star opposite Judy Garland?
  2. In which Italian opera will you find the “Easter Hymn?”
  3. On 13th April 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” had its first public performance in which of these cities: London, Dublin, Paris or Munich?
  4. “He’s Alive” became an Easter hit for which country music icon?
  5. “Sing my tongue, the glorious battle” is an Easter hymn sung to the tune “Picardy” and a traditional carol from which country?

Spotlight on Sussex Festivals

2022 Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival takes place from 23 – 26 June. Now in its 24th year and under the artistic direction of Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester, the festival presents 8 concerts over 4 days, featuring repertoire spanning three centuries. Concerts are in the Norman church in Peasmarsh, St Mary’s Church 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. ( .


  1.  Easter Parade
  2. Cavalleria rusticana
  3. Dublin
  4. Dolly Parton
  5. France