Welcome to the latest instalment of my live music Brighton What’s On Guide – What’s On Brighton March 2016. This month’s guide will be slightly abridged, as due to moving house I am a bit late to the bandwagon. Regardless, here are my picks of the best upcoming shows that March 2016 has to offer. Without further delay, here’s my What’s On Brighton March 2016 Guide.
Following a number of sell-out performances in Brighton, including at the Concorde II in October 2015, Louisa Rose Allen (better known as the artist Foxes) is returning to Brighton & Hove to showcase her new album, All I Need, which was released on 5th February this year. With the Brighton tour date located towards the end of her tour, she is sure to be polished and slick when she arrives, with the new songs having the benefit of the earlier tour performances. With just shy of 300,000 YouTube followers, I imagine the last few tickets will sell out quickly so don’t hang around!
Tom Sayer + Support
Thur 10th March – 8:00pm
Cellar Bar, The Brunswick – FREE ENTRY
After a great gig at Mucky Duck last month, I was really pleased when the promoter, Rich asked me to headline a show at the relatively new venue, Cellar Bar at The Brunswick, Hove. I must confess that I’ve not yet been to the venue – I’ve been to many great shows in the main space at The Brunswick but not yet visited the Cellar Bar – however I’ve heard great things about it and the nights that Rich puts on there, and I’m really looking forward to the show.
You are forgiven if you have not heard of Ukranian pianist and minimalist composer Lubomyr Melnyk. Before searching for gigs coming up this month, I was among you in not knowing who this enigmatic man. But from a first listen, it was clear that he had something special to give with his unique Eastern-European blend of minimalistic soundscapes and virtuoso pianistic skills. Without words, his music tells stories, takes you on journeys and reminisces over a deep loss of time. With a strong programmatic and filmic edge, I can imagine Lubomyr having a prolific career as a film composer, should that be the direction that he wanted to go in.
Meanwhile, as a touring performer, his latest release Rivers and Streams is out now and I strongly suggest that you watch the clip below, and if it takes your fancy, book yourself a ticket to a piano show like no other.
“lightning-speed pianist will make your heart tingle” – Guardian ★★★★★
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Sun 20th March – 2:45pm
Brighton Dome – Tickets from £11.50. 50% student discount – BUY TICKETS
The close of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 91st Concert Season is by no means going quietly. With three guest soloists (Rob Clark on piano, soprano Elin Pritchard and baritone Nicholas Lester) and an appearance from the Brighton Festival Chorus, this final concert will be drawing to a close with one of the most epic and ambitious works performed by the orchestra yet, Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony), weighing in at 60 minutes in duration. The first half will be notably more lightweight, with an Overture from William Alwyn to start with, followed by Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety). These three pieces were all written in the 20th Century, and as such you can expect complex harmonies, textures and more contemporary uses of the orchestra, moving away from the traditional forms of earlier classical pieces into more experimental structures, tonalities and timbres.
This is the last chance to see the BPO in full force before the start of the season next year, so get your tickets now. You’d be mad to miss it! Hear Bernstein himself at the piano in the recording of his Symphony No. 2 with the LSO in 1949.
Heath String Quartet
Strings Attached is a series of monthly chamber music concerts held in Brighton between October and March, in association with Brighton Dome & Festival. Having attended my first of these concerts at The Old Market a couple of years ago, I was delighted to rediscover them last month, attending a performance by the Elias Quartet. This month, I’ll be returning to see the Heath Quartet, showcasing string quartets by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Ravel (one of my personal favourite string quartets is the Ravel String Quartet in F major).
Working alongside these Strings Attached concerts is Cavatina, a charity organisation which helps young people to attend classical music concerts by subsidising their entrance fee. Anybody aged 8 to 25 can see any of these concerts free of charge (subject to availability) with no strings attached. I believe this to be a very noble cause, as if we do not integrate classical and orchestral music into the young society of today, the next generation may lose one of the greatest and longest standing traditions of live music that there is.
Find out more about Cavatina online, and watch this short film below about the Heath Quartet and their work with Tippett’s String Quartets.
If you have any gig suggestions for next month, please drop me a line on email@example.com