Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Lunchtime concerts every Friday
£5 suggested donation - cash or card
Tea, coffee & biscuits available from 12 noon
Our Friday lunchtime concerts are diverse - mostly classical but also contemporary, jazz and folk, with many showing off our beautiful Steinway piano.
The performers are a mixture of top local talent and touring musicians from across the globe.
These affordable concerts are the perfect way to spend your Friday lunchtimes, enjoying a rich variety of music in our beautiful Grade II listed church, located right in the cultural heart of the city.
Enjoy a hot drink before the concert starts, browse our craft stall selling home-made gifts and cards to raise funds for the church, and get to know your fellow concert-goers.
Tea/coffee served from 12 noon in the church hall on a donate as you feel basis.
Wheelchair accessible venue.
Listings: December 2023 to February 2024
Evelyn Harrison (clarinet), Lyndsay Jeffery (clarinet) and Zhanna Kemp-Dashkovskaya (piano), perform a unique arrangement of Mozart’s sublime Kegelstatt trio K498, as well as the Concert Piece No.2 by Mendelssohn written for two clarinets and piano. This performance will be a perfect way to enjoy your lunch break and an opportunity to listen to a newly formed ensemble.
Italian concert pianist Simone Alessandro Tavoni returns with a programme of music by Bach, Mendelssohn and Chopin.
BUC regular Nick Andrews will be welcoming some special guests to join him for this slightly seasonal lunchtime - expect some Bach and some singing and expect to leave far more cheerful than you thought possible.
Eugenia Russell (cello/piano) and Quentin Russell (guitar/piano) present “From Bach to Blues”: a programme which spans the extent of Western Classical Music - an eclectic mix of Baroque masterpieces, perennial classics, personal favourites, Greek hymns and folk melodies.
No Friday lunchtime concert on 29th December
5th January 2024
Melody Magpies (Shirlene Billenness, Angela Goodall, Mary Reilly, Jenny Beckwith) are a quartet of three singers and a versatile accompanist. Their varied programmes include solo and ensemble songs and arias. All are melodies - many familiar and some less so.
Hannah Shilvock (bass clarinet) and Viola Lenzi (piano) invite you to join them in discovering the bass clarinet, featuring a playful new sonata for bass clarinet and piano!
Much-loved Brighton pianist John Bruzon returns with a varied programme of well-known pieces by Liszt, Granados and Albeniz.
The Plaegan Piano Trio (Helen Sills, Bettina Lawrence-Skeen, Alan Brown) plays one of Schubert’s last large-scale chamber works, the great Piano Trio in E flat, Op.100. The programme begins with his Impromptu No.2, Op.90.
A recital of Indian Classical music by James Pusey on sitar accompanied by Marc Clayton on tabla*. The duo will perform an afternoon Raga to be announced on the day. *Tabla: a pair of hand drums
Violinist Ellie Blackshaw and pianist Nancy Cooley perform three evocative pieces: Debussy’s Sonate pour Violin et Piano, Prokofiev’s Cinq Mélodies and Brighton composer Barry Mill’s Movements for Violin and Piano.
Returning by popular demand, South African pianist Roelof Temmingh performs Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una Fantasia Op.27 No.1, some Schubert-Liszt song transcriptions and excerpts from Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies Op.38.
The Kelleth Piano Trio ( Rachel Ellis, Siriol Hugh-Jones and Stephen Carroll-Turner) continue their exploration of neglected music by female composers with a programme including the piano trio by Amy Beach.