Newsletter #16     December 2016

Welcome to our sixteenth newsletter – designed to keep you informed about our activities, as well as other local chamber music events.


The concert on 20 November by oboe, bassoon and piano trio was, very largely, a fascinating exploration of the “frenchness” of 20th century French music. For reviews of the concert see  and choose ‘News and Views’.

The next concert is on Sunday 18 December at 11.00 am in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA). It will be given by the Isimsiz Piano Trio.

  • Haydn Piano Trio in A flat, Hob. XV:14
  • Fauré Piano Trio in D minor, Op.120
  • Beethoven Piano Trio in D, Op.70 No.1 (The Ghost)
    (replacing Schumann Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110 originally billed)

Isimsiz means “nameless” in Turkish, though only one of the players has a Turkish name and even he was born in Suffolk. They played at our coffee concert in February 2014. If you were there you will remember their delicate Haydn, their powerfully expressive Beethoven, their achingly beautiful Schubert. Since then they have won 1st prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition as well as the Audience Prize. So this concert isn’t going to be a disappointment.


The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), formerly the Gardner Centre, is at the University of Sussex at Falmer. Parking is free. There are excellent public transport links:

  • by train from Brighton or Lewes (subject to the vagaries of Southern Railways), or
  • by bus: No. 25 from Hove and Brighton; or Nos 28 and 29 from Brighton or, coming the other way, from Tunbridge Wells via Uckfield and Lewes.

To find the Attenborough Centre once you reach the University consult the map on (search for “Campus map”). The nearest parking is at the Sports Centre.

Disabled Access. Do not be put off by the barrier to the Attenborough Centre. Drive up to it, press the buzzer, and explain to the staff member that you need to drive up to the Centre with a passenger who is unable to walk there. Occasionally it will be possible for a disabled driver to park immediately outside the Centre. You can ask the staff member about this but, because emergency vehicles must have access to the turning circle outside the Centre, it may not be possible.

Car sharing – volunteers and beneficiaries needed. Anyone who would find the trip to Falmer by public transport difficult is invited to contact Margaret Polmear on , giving your name and address, so that we can try to organise a lift with another member. Conversely, if you are able to offer a lift there and back to someone in difficulties, and haven’t already done so, please email Margaret with the same details. We won’t match you with someone completely out of your way.

Tickets prices for the coffee concerts are £18.50 (concessions £16). A half-season ticket (for the three in 2017) is  £49.50 (concessions £42).

Tickets for all concerts are available from the Brighton Dome Box Office on 01273 709709 or  and from the Attenborough Centre on 01273 678822 or .

Tickets for those aged 8 – 25 are free as part of the Cavatina Scheme. They can only be booked by visiting or phoning either box office. The ACCA box office will be open on the morning of the concert. The young person need not be present at the time of booking. Under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
The Cavatina scheme does not cover the guitar concert on 29 January.

If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2016/17, you can do so by downloading a membership form from . Alternatively, you can renew at the next concert.

If you have renewed but haven’t received a membership card (needed for the interval drinks) either email Christine Moon on or collect one from the membership desk at the next concert.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you have renewed, email .


The next concert run by the Nicholas Yonge Society in Lewes is on 27 January and features the Syrian pianist Riyad Nicholas. Riyad was born in Aleppo, which is likely to bring extra poignancy to the experience of hearing him play great works from Bach to Scriabin. Tickets are available on or on the door. At 6.30 pm Chris Darwin will give a pre-performance talk on the music to be played, free to students of the University of the Third Age who have signed up for the course. For the rest of us it’s £1 a time.

Details of concerts at Brighton churches (St Nicholas’, St Luke’s, and the Chapel Royal) and those organised by music societies in Seaford and Steyning, and the Chichester Chamber Concerts can all be accessed via the Strings Attached chamber music calendar. Go to and choose ‘calendar’ from the menu.

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