A Magical Menu of Music

Tickets now on sale

Simply look through the programme online www.cuckfieldmusicfest.co.uk and follow the link for each event for which you would like tickets. You can book for “free” events to make sure you don’t miss out and make a donation on line or on the day. Click on the box below to buy your tickets.

Book now

 

Kingfishers are usually seen in a flash of blue in flight. You’ll have a lot longer to enjoy The Kingfisher Chorale when it lands in Cuckfield for the Festival’s closing concert on Sunday 19th at 3.00pm.
The programme ranges from the Bruckner’s sacred motet “Locus iste” and John Rutter’s “Birthday madrigals” through Rachmaninov and Stanford to the Nat King Cole classic “Autumn leaves” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “They can’t take that away from me.” You certainly can’t take away the fact that it’s going to be a very enjoyable afternoon.

Cuckfield Music Festival

AND IN THE BEGINNING…

We have Harveys Symphonic Brass Ensemble who start this year’s programme on Saturday 11th at 7.30pm. It will be bold. It will be brassy. It will be baroque to the modern day including classical, show music and most definitely BIG band.

Spotlight on Sussex Festivals

Arundel Festival

The annual Arundel Festival of the Arts, now in its 44th year, celebrates the full range of the arts in their historic town. From a music festival to family fun at Arundel Lido, dragon boats to duck racing, street food and street entertainment to markets and musical entertainment… There is something for everyone. During the Festival you can also enjoy the Arundel Gallery Trail, the Theatre Trail, and Shakespeare at the Castle.

The 2022 Arundel Festival runs from 19th to 29th August.
www.arundelfestival.co.uk (http://www.arundelfestival.co.uk)

You’ll find more Sussex Festivals
on our website.
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SIROCCO BLOWS INTO CUCKFIELD

On Monday 13th at 7.30pm we can forecast conditions more suited to Sussex than a hot wind blowing on the northern Mediterranean coast. Our Sirocco comprises two highly talented musicians Toril Azzalini-Machecler and Isaac Harari (both BBC Young Musician finalists). It will be a journey of rich tones and rhythms, introducing us to instruments such as the marimba, the riq and the darbuka.

If you don’t know them, come and discover them!

AN IDEAL TREAT FOR FATHERS’ DAY

Cuckfield MusicFest

Wondering what to buy Dad for Fathers’ Day this year – we have the ideal solution. Give him a treat two days in advance when Ansty Village Centre is the venue for The Band of Dads on Friday 17th June. Doors open at 8.00pm, there’s a band, a bar and an abundance of great music to enjoy! And all for £5.00. A great present at an inflation-busting price!

TEST YOUR MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE

5 quick questions for you – and as we gear up to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee they all have a ‘royal’ connection – answers are below.
1. Who wrote “Crown Imperial” otherwise known as the Coronation March?
2. What was the first name of Rogers Nelson, the American singer-songwriter
who lived 1958 – 2016?
3. For which King did Handel write “Music for the Royal Fireworks?”
4. What musical instrument does the Queen play?
5. What is the name of the oldest music conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822?

 

 

live music cuckfieldAs 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 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).

QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. William Walton
  2. Prince
  3. King George 2nd
  4. Piano
  5. The Royal Academy of Music

AND OUR CASTAWAY IS….

Adam Smith is General Manager at Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa and is a great supporter of Cuckfield Music Festival. He has been at the Hotel, part of the Historic Sussex Hotels group, since December 2001. He agreed to be cast away to our mythical island with the following selection of discs:
1. Oxygene Jean-Michel-Jarre
2. Vogue – Madonna
3. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
4. I will survive- Gloria Gaynor
5. Clair de lune – Claude Debussy
6. Spem in Alium – Thomas Tallis
7. The Boy from Ipanema – Diana Krall
8. Miss Chatelaine – K D Lang

May Newsletter

Tickets now on sale

Simply look through the programme online www.cuckfieldmusicfest.co.uk and follow the link for each event for which you would like tickets. You can book for “free” events to make sure you don’t miss out and make a donation on line or on the day. Click on the box below to buy your tickets.

Book now

 

live music sussex

Our next Open Mic event is in the Hayloft at The Talbot Inn on 15th May from 6.00 – 8.00pm. In keeping with our focus on young musicians we are particularly keen to welcome the 16 – 25 age group. Due to licensing rules we are unable to have drums.

 

Contact info@cuckfieldmusicfest.co.uk to apply.

Cuckfield Music Festival

Sacred and Secular

We are promised an eclectic mix of sacred and secular music when The Kingfisher Chorale lands in Cuckfield for the Festival’s closing concert on Sunday 19th at 3.00pm. After success in the BBC’s Choir of the Year competition they have performed all over the UK and this year celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Spotlight on Sussex Festivals

Hurstpierpoint Festival

Hurstpierpoint Festival – in its 17th year – delivers over 80 distinct events over 2 weeks in September attracting an estimated audience of 3,500 individuals drawn from every element of our diverse communities.
Website: https://www.hurstfestival.org

You’ll find more Sussex Festivals on our website.
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A TRIO OF YOUNG TALENT

Not one, not two but three lunchtime concerts featuring young talented performers, all of whom have local connections. Soprano Rebecca Milford is joined by Hannah Teasdale on viola with piano accompaniment by Thomas Eeckhout on Monday 13th. On Thursday 16th we have a recorder recital by Michelle Holloway, a former Harlands pupil and on Friday 17th soprano Jane Burnell who, like Rebecca, grew up in Cuckfield. All three concerts are free (donations welcome) and start at 1.00pm.

TEST YOUR MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE

5 quick questions for you – all with a connection to May – answers are below.

  1. Which musical by Lerner and Loewe features “The lusty month of May”?
  2. Which ‘band of brothers’ released the song “First of May” as a single from their 1969 double album “Odessa”?
  3.  Who composed the madrigal “This Sweet and Merry Month of May?”
  4. Brian May is best known for his work with which group?
  5. Usually held on 8th May which Cornish town is the venue for Furry Dance? a) Helston b) Padstow c) Newlyn or d) Falmouth?

 

live music cuckfieldAs 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 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).

QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. “Camelot” 
  2.  The Bee Gees 
  3.  William Byrd
  4.  Queen 
  5.  a) Helston

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Will Cockram is Minister at Cuckfield Baptist Church which is the venue for The Next Generation concert on Tuesday 14th. Before moving to Cuckfield in 2016, Will was a music teacher in a secondary school in St Albans.

He agreed to be cast away to our mythical island with the following selection of discs:
1. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation No. 18 Andante cantabile – Sergei Rachmaninoff
2. Is He Worthy? – Andrew Peterson
3. Claire De Lune – Debussy
4. Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’ – Ralph Vaughan Williams
5. Days To Come – Bajka & Bonobo
6. Lingus – Snarky Puppy
7. Fix you – Coldplay
8. In Christ Alone – Getty & Townend

April Newsletter

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 www.cuckfieldmusicfest.co.uk

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.

TEST YOUR MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE

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. peasmarshfestival.co.uk (http://www.peasmarshfestival.co.uk) .

QUIZ ANSWERS

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