Winchelsea Arts 2017-2018 

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 19th May 2018 at 7.30pm
Giancarlo Staffetti piano

Piano Recital by Giancarlo Staffetti: followed by a post concert supper with Giancarlo at the New Hall at 8.30pm

A Post-Concert Buffet Supper with Giancarlo to celebrate the third season of Winchelsea Arts concerts will be held at Winchelsea New Hall from 8.30pm Dinner - £25 - with a donations bar.

Tickets also available from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen or by phone 01797 223640

Giancarlo was a close friend of Thomas Harris and they both studied with Cristina Ortiz, who very kindly performed a Winchelsea Arts concert in Thomas’s memory in 2016. This acclaimed pianist was born in Brazil. He studied composition and piano at the State University of Campinas before moving to France where he is now preparing for a Master’s degree at l’Université Paris VIII.  

The concert bar opens at 6.30pm 

Previous Concerts

Saturday 1st July 2017 at 7.30pm
Glitter and be Gay

Enjoy an evening of musical theatre with a cast of actor-singers from both the West End and London Fringe. The programme will include solo and ensemble numbers from many famous shows, by composers ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter. New work by contemporary writers will also feature, including material written by musical directors Colm Molloy and Ed Zanders, composition graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Saturday 2nd September 2017 at 7.30pm
Katie Lockhart clarinet, Mark Nixon piano & Erica Eloff soprano

The repertoire for this concert will include trios, duets and solo pieces for the combination of soprano, clarinet and piano. The performers will bring a wealth of musical talent to Winchelsea. Katie has a busy and varied freelance career playing as a guest in many of the country’s orchestras, with conductors and directors including Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Antonio Pappano. Mark is a most versatile pianist who has performed as concerto soloist with all the South African orchestras, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and with several orchestras in England. Erica's wide-ranging repertoire includes all of the major choral compositions including several lesser known works. As an active chamber musician and passionate performer of Lieder and contemporary music, Erica has presented world premieres of works by American, Argentinian, English and South African composers, including works specifically written for her by composers James Wilding, Augusto Arias and Hannes Taljaard.

Friday 10th November 2017 at 7.30pm
Chiyan Wong piano

Young UK-based pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and sheer authority of his playing. He made his debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2 (April 2016) and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Liszt and Beethoven (November 2016) where he has been re-invited. ‘Chiyan Wong is an exciting, original and thoughtful pianist. Nothing sounds 'bought in; everything sounds freshly but not self-consciously conceived.’ Stephen Hough. ‘Chiyan Wong has a sincerity as a person which he applies to his music-making, and that is very rare these days.’ Kun-Woo Paik.

Bach (arr. Busoni) : Goldberg Variations
Busoni : Adagio after Mozart’s ‘Zwei geharnischten Männer’ from Die Zauberflöte
Busoni : Sonatina Seconda
Liszt : Réminiscences de Boccanegra de Verdi

Saturday 24th February 2018 at 7.30pm
Niall O’Riordan flute & Anne Marshall piano

Described by critics as ‘dazzling’, ‘tonally ravishing and technically flawless’ (British Flute Society) Irish flutist Niall O’Riordan enjoys an international career as soloist and teacher. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious rising star award by Sir James Galway at the Galway International Flute Festival, Weggis, Switzerland and was presented with a 14k gold headjoint by Nagahara Flutes, Boston. South African born pianist Anne Marshall has established herself as a leading accompanist based in south east England. Anne is a regular accompanist for Sir James Galway and often appears in concert with him, including Adams Flute Festival in the Netherlands, Sherborne Abbey Festival in the UK and the Slovenian Flute Festival.  

Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7.30pm
Ruth Eichenseher cello & Luis Castillo Briceño piano 

Ruth has been learning the cello since the age of seven. At the age of twelve she performed the Elgar Cello Concerto and the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky as a soloist in Prague and Budapest, Roccastrada, Boston and Michigan. She is currently studying with Prof. Orfeo Mandozzi at the Zurich University of Arts. Her accompanist, Luis, is also currently studying music in Zurich. He has won several competitions and attended many master classes with renowned pianists, as well as performing in a large number of high profile venues, including the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York. Ruth is the winner of the Winchelsea Arts prize in the New Stars International Music Competition. Winchelsea Arts is delighted to be supporting this exciting competition for young musicians in 

-Ludwig van Beethoven - 7 Variations on „Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen“ by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart in E-Flat Major for Cello and piano

- Franz Schubert Fantasie in f-minor, D 940, op. 103 for piano on four hands - Allegro molto moderato - Largo - Allegro vivace. Trio - Tempo 1
Johannes Brahms - Sonata for Violoncello and piano in e-minor, op. 38
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto quasi Menuetto
3. Allegro

Antonin Dvorak - Silent Woods for Cello and piano

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