Heart for the Arts



Weekends 6th-28th May

Saturdays, 10.30-16.30

Sundays, 11.30-16.00

St. Laurence Church is pleased to announce that members of the Fiveways Artists' Group will be exhibiting at St. Laurence as part of their Open Houses scheme.  The following artists will be exhibiting:

Sue Barnes (Falmer artist):  sacred art

  Sam Beck:  recent contemporary paintings inspired by the cityscape and landscape

Laura Darling:  still life and landscape paintings in oil

Rex Matthews:  acrylic paintings inspired by Gaudi's Sagrada Famillia in Barcelona

 Eva Wibblerley:  seascapes and landscapes in a range of painterly media

Teresa Winchester:  printmaking and storytelling using animal and floral imagery 

Falmer Concerts 

For over 15 years St. Laurence has organised an annual programme of musical events throughout the year and also participates in the Brighton Fringe

 St. Laurence Recital Series, 2022-23

Unless stated, refreshment and admission to these recitals are free, with donations going to the outreach and upkeep of the church.


Saturday, MAY 13th, 5.30pm  -   THE COPPER FAMILY

The Copper Family traces its roots back to 1593 in the Sussex village of Rottingdean where an entry in the first extant Parish register records a marriage. The Family singing tradition can be traced back at least to the 18th Century. The Coppers were always renowned as singers in the village and the Copper menfolk, largely comprising farm labourers, carters, ploughmen and shepherds were always in demand at sing-songs, pubs, harvest suppers and seasonal celebratory events around the farms and villages.


Sunday, May 21st, 6pm – THE AMITY SINGERS  (Please note the change of time)

The Amity Singers (women’s voices) perform 6-10 concerts a year in the local community and will entertain us with an eclectic mix of styles, ranging from Purcell to The Evening Prayer from Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel to Chicago by Ebb and Kander.


Saturday, May 27th, 5.30pm – BELLADONNA: Sue Mileham, Soprano, Jane Plessner, Clarinet, Nicola Grunberg, Piano presents Love is in the Air, a programme on the eternal theme taking us through varying styles from Thomas Arne to Cole Porter, including such gems as Finzi’s Romance for Clarinet and Piano, Mendelssohn’s piano solo, On Wings of Song, and Rusalka’s Song to the Moon by Dvorak. 


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J.S.Bach:  G minor solo sonata, BWV 1001

Bela Bartok:  Solo Sonata in G minor, Sz.117:  Melodia, Presto

Peter Copley:  The Violinist is hanging on the wall… 



Simon Hopkins, James Hartt, Olivier Thereaux , Ruairi Gann

(Director:  Gregg Isaacson)

Luigi Boccherini, Roland Dyens,

Simon Hopkins, Turlough O'Carolan,

Stepan Rak, Maurice Ravel, Andrew York




Arrieu, Fauré, Poulenc, Gounod, Debussy and Bizet

(this slightly longer concert includes a short interval)


SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY, 5.30-6.15pm


Paderewski: Minuet in G, Op. 14 No. 1, Nocturne in B-flat major, Op. 16 No. 4 

Dohnányi: Aria, Op. 23 No. 1, Rhapsody in C, Op.11 No. 3

Billy Mayerl, Song of the Fir-Tree,    Railroad Rhythm, Marigold

Grünfeld, Soirée de Vienne, Op. 56


SHEPHERDS ARISE!  Sunday, 11th December, 2.30-4.30pm, a selection of beautiful old West Gallery carols from Sussex villages accompanied by flute, fiddle, serpent, bassoon, clarinet, concertinas & recorder.  Between the carols are readings about Christmas in Sussex in the past, and the musicians play lively dance tunes from old Sussex manuscripts and there is also a mummers'play.  Admission and refreshments free, donations will be split between the church and the Martlets Hospice

Saturday, 10th September, 5.30-6.15pm

Lewis Kingsley-Peart, Piano          

Beethoven, Sonata quasi una fantasia, (Moonlight),  Schubert, Fantasie in C Major (Wanderer), Chopin, Ballade No.1, Op.23 

Lewis made his debut at St. John's, Smith Square in March 2013 in a programme of music celebrating the 75th birthday of renowned American composer, Stephen Montagu.  In the summer of 2021 he had the privilege of working with the British concert pianist and composer, Stephen Hough, on his third piano sonata, "Trinitas" for the Trinity Laban New Lights Festival of Contemporary Music.  Lewis looks forward to future recital engagements, and is excited to make his debut at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in September, as well as his concerto debut in 2023.


Saturday, 8th October, 6.30-7.15pm

Simon Madge, Baritone and Katy Friese-Greene, Piano

A programme of English Song, to include works by George Butterworth and Vaughan Williams' "Songs of Travel"

Saturday 18th June, 5.30-6.15pm

THE PASTORES ENSEMBLE with special guests

Roberto Prieto-Labrador Countertenor

Zhou Han (Rose) Erhu


Tenorlieder @ 4 Ludwig Senfl (1486-1542?)

Wolcum de Mai I

Rosina, wo was dein Gestalt

Wolcum de Mai II

Madrigals @ 3 Michael East (1580–1648 ):  How Merrily we Live            Follow Me

Villancicos Cancionero de Palacio— Songs from the Library of the Palacio Real in Madrid:

Tres Morillas –Anon                        Más vale trocar –Juan del Encina (1468-1530)

Ay Linda Amiga - Anon                   Mano a mano los dos amores –Anon

Solo Lute:         Night Song—Robert Carrington (fl. 2022)

Erhu & Viols:     Wild Swans             Fairest Isle –Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Trio:     Aire– Paul Neville (b. 1969)

Suite from the Tempest- Matthew Locke (1621 – 1677)

The First Music– Galliard– Gavot– Lilk

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All concerts 5.30-6.15pm

SUNDAY, MAY 8TH:  UNFENCED UNWRAPPED, Sally Wilson, SAm Brennan, Liz Woodhouse, Jane Peckham and Barney Guy - a musical confectionery:  female voices, sophisticated piano, string bass and a zippy drummer.  Unfenced have one aim only:  to lift your hearts, bring a smile to your faces and get your toes tapping!

SATURDAY, MAY 14TH:  DUCK SOUP:  Dan Quinn - voice, melodeon, Ian Kearey - bass guitar, 12-string dobro, manndolin, tipple, and Adam Bushell - marimba, mandolin, triangle, saw and phonofiddle:  English folk music, with a dash of the music-hall, a dollop of groove and a soupcon of surreality.  It all ends up as a glorious cross between an English tune session in your favourite pub and a collision in an instrument shop.  Amongst the favourites that we'll probably play are Molly Bawn, Hornpipe, The Indian Intermezzo, Marche de 64ieme Batallion, Lena.

SATURDAY, MAY 21ST:  SUSSEX FLUTES:  Sue Gregg, Victoria Hancox, Anne Hodgson and Nicole Leclerc are delighted to be returning to St. Laurence, the very first venue in which they performed as a group 12 years ago!  With a reputation for high quality chamber music for different combinations of flutes ranging from Piccolo to Bass Flute they encompass a wide range of musical styles and genres. 

Mozart - Flute quartet in D major                                            Herman Beeftink - "Birds" for Flute Trio                                        Telemann - Flute Quartet in D minor                                            Kern - "Smoke gets in your eyes"                                                Trad. - "Shepherd's Hey"

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SATURDAY, MAY 28TH:  DOUBLE DUOS:  Alan Larkin - clarinet and alto sax, Michael Withers- clarinet and tenor sax, Trevor Denyer - Horn, Susan Denyer - bass:  a unique ensemble, playing show music from the 1920s to 1950s and beyond. Programme will include The Frim Fram Sauce, New York, New York, Sunrise, Sunset, The Poirot Theme, Stranger on the Shore

SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH:  REFLECTIONS OF LOVE:  DARIA ROBERTSON, Soprano and ZHANNA KEMP-DASHKOVSKAYA, Piano present a programme of well-known romantic arias including works Mozart, Puccini, Poulenc, Stravinsky and lesser-known gems by Offenbach, Menotti and Clara Schumann.


Saturday April 8th, 5.30pm

Beatrice Sales, Viola and Kevin Allen, Piano

Beethoven - Seven variations on Bei Mannern from Mozart's Die Zauberflote

Robert Schumann - Marchenbilder, Op.113

D. Shostakovich - Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147

Beethoven - Country Dances