Winchelsea Arts June 2019 - May 2020

A series of six concerts in the historic Sussex church of St Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea.

The Ancient Town of Winchelsea, part of the Cinque Port Confederation, is an historical, architectural and environmental gem; set on a hill overlooking Romney Marsh and the English Channel, protected by its status as a conservation area, yet easily accessible by the motor car and public transport. For some two centuries, the town has been a magnet for writers, artists and musicians, drawn by its charm, peace and inspiration. Central to these qualities and geographically central to the Town itself is the Church of St Thomas the Martyr.

This Church, of which only the choir nave remains of a much more extensive early 14th century structure, contains magnificent monuments, a unique collection of stained glass windows by Douglas Strachan and features excellent acoustics. These attributes make the Church a perfect venue for concerts. 

Below are the concerts in this season as detailed

Saturday 16th May at 7.30pm
Charlie Watkins – Clarinet and his band That's A Peculiar

Winchelsea Arts chills to the sounds Jazz for the very first time. We are delighted to be able to programme this exceptional ensemble of Jazz musicians. The concert will be formed of two halves: the first will be a duo between clarinettist Charlie Watkins and pianist Jay Verma, and the second will be Charlie's band That's A Peculiar. The evening promises to be varied and exciting, as the musicians draw on a wealth of influences to make music that is refreshingly new and different, in addition to performing a range of Jazz standards. It will feature groove-based free Jazz performed by clarinet, trumpet, bass and drums. 

Previous Concerts

Saturday 29th June 2019 at 7.30pm
Phacelia Ensemble

The Phacelia Ensemble gives voice to the idea of ‘Concertos in Miniature’ and performs piano concertos transcribed by Elisabeth Streichert to present the audience with a more intimate sound experience.

Based in London, the players are members of this country’s leading orchestras and chamber music groups, including the London Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra of English National Opera. Recently, they have performed at the Bloomsbury Festival in London as well as been featured by Classic FM.

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2 in F minor Op. 21
Dvorak: Piano Quintet no 2 in A major Op. 81

Violin I – Antonia Kesel
Violin II – Edward Bale
Viola – Mark Gibbs
Cello – Cecilia Bignall
Double Bass – Mark Lipski
Piano – Elisabeth Streichert

Saturday 31st August at 7.30pm
Marcio da Silva & Stephanie Gurga

Marcio is the music director of the Grange Choral Society, Hastings Philharmonic, Woodhouse Opera Festival and Ensemble OrQuesta. As a singer (baritone and countertenor) Marcio has recently performed the roles of Arnalta in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Mercurio in La Calisto, Colas in Bastien et Bastienne, La Haine in Armide, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and Aristone in Xerse. "Marcio da Silva has made a real impact on the musical life of Hastings and his choice of works was vindicated last night not only in the high quality he creates but the very large audience he attracts. Long may it continue!" - Larks reviews - Hastings Philharmonic Choir 

Marcio will be joined by American pianist and harpsichordist Stephanie Gurga who has featured internationally as a soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician, on harpsichord, fortepiano, and modern piano. She has been on the staff as accompanist at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg, and the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2010.

JS Bach: C minor Partita
Vaughan-Williams: Songs of Travel
Clara Schumann: Romance op. 21, no. 3
Schumann: Dichterliebe 

Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm
Niel du Preez - piano

Niel du Preez has inspired live and radio audiences in the UK, continental Europe and his native South Africa with his expressive and poetic solo playing, performances with leading orchestras and collaborations with chamber musicians. We are delighted that he will be returning to Winchelsea to perform this recital featuring the full gamut of piano repertoire.

D. Scarlatti: (1685 – 1757)
Sonata K 208 in A Major
Sonata K 491 in D Major

A. Soler: (1729 – 1783)
Sonata in D-flat Major

J. Haydn: (1732 – 1809)
Sonata in Hob XVI:50 in C Major 
* Allegro
* Adagio
* Allegro molto

L. Janáček: (1854 – 1928)
Sonata 1. X 1905 
* The Presentiment
* The Death

F. Liszt: (1811 – 1886)
Ballade no. 2 in B Minor 

Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm
Autumn Colours
Anne Allen – Flute
Charles Matthews - Piano

ANNE ALLEN quickly became recognised as an exciting young flautist, graduating from Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction. She has performed solo concerti with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and in venues as prestigious as The Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Cadogan Hall in London. Internationally she has played in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Russia, South America and Australia.

Anne has won many prizes; she was chosen as an ‘outstanding’ winner of the Computers in Personnel International Concerto Competition and won Norfolk Young Musician of the Year and was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year. Anne was chosen as one of six musicians to be part of Blackheath Concert Halls Young Artists’ Platform. She has also performed on Radio 2, Radio 3, Classic FM, BBC TV, ITV and Sky TV. Anne was recently seen playing in an episode of Midsummer Murders and on Britain’s Got Talent!

As a chamber musician Anne plays for a variety of occasions from parties and weddings to corporate events. Clients range from members of the Royal Family to large multi-national companies. Highlights in this side of her career have been performing for the President Reagan Trust Dinner, the Queen and the Beckhams!

CHARLES MATTHEWS studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. His teachers have included Beryl Tichbon, Gwilym Isaac, David Pettit, Patricia Carroll, Nicholas Danby, Charles Spinks and Dr. Richard Marlow.
Charles pursues a varied international career as pianist, organist and harpsichordist, broadcasting on radio and television and performing across Europe, Asia and America, as well as in prominent British venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the South Bank and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Engagements have included solo piano performances in the U.K. and Spain, as well as duo recitals with flute, recorder, clarinet, ‘cello and voice. Organ performances include concerts in Austria and Norway with the Spire organ and electronics project.
Charles has won numerous awards, most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Interpretation Competition in Budapest. His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-tempered Pianist and in 2006 a collection of Charles’s compositions for flute and piano was published by Schott.

J.S. Bach Sonata in E major

W. A. Mozart Concerto in G Mvmt 1

A. Piazzolla Histoire du Tango mvmt 1

E. MacDowell In Autumn (piano solo)

A. Vivaldi Il Gardellino


C. Debussy En Bateau
Valse Romantique

Var. Folk Song Medley

C. Chaminade Automne

P. Tchaikovsky November (piano solo)

F. Doppler Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise

Patrons; Sir David Bell, Judy Harris, Richard Lester
Roxanna Panufnik

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