Proms at the pub to aid Macmillan


Autumn tends to bring a musical influence to the town and the Rye Bay Ensemble & Crew have several gigs coming up.

As part of MacMillan Cancer Support’s world’s biggest coffee morning, Jonathan Breeds, Andi Rivett, pianist Andrew Daniels and myself will be performing at the White Hart in Newenden this coming Saturday (September 27) at 12 noon. A “Proms at the Pub” gig, we’ll be performing popular classics by Puccini, classic pops, a Rogers and Hart Medley, and traditional Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem to finish. Do come along to support this excellent charity.

Violinist Peter Fields will be performing sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven at St Mary’s in Rye on Saturday October 25. He’ll be joined by cellist Martin Bradshaw performing works by Mendelssohn and other classics from the cello repertoire, and I’ll be singing Handel opera arias and some Purcell. The evening will finish with an ensemble vocal concerto by Vivaldi.  Tickets £10 on the door; concert starts at 7:30pm.

The following month, on Thursday November 13, I’ll be joined by fabulous jazz and blues pianist Phil Law at the Globe Inn, Rye, from 7:30-9:30pm for an evening of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kern, Hart and many more classics of the Rat Pack era, plus some songs from the shows.

And in December, on a date yet to be decided, we are planning an evening of music and food at the Queens Head Inn, Landgate, Rye. Details of this and other autumn/winter musical events will be posted in the What’s On section of this paper. Keep an eye out for details as we already have four Rye Bay Ensemble concerts booked at St Mary’s, Rye, next year in March, May, July and October.

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