Sussex choir perform in London, half marathon for Sussex Air Ambulance and more county news

PUBLISHED: 16:05 26 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:05 26 August 2014

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News and views from across the county - August 2014

Sussex school choir perform in London

Pupils from Burgess Hill School for Girls Junior School were invited to sing at the lunchtime recital at St. Paul’s Cathedral last month.

Nearly 50 girls made the trip to London and rehearsed in the practice room where the internationally famous choristers rehearse daily. About seventy parents, together with Mrs Aughwane, the Headmistress and Mr Cooper, Chairman of the Governors, joined hundreds of tourists to hear the girls sing an unaccompanied half hour recital under the dome of Wren’s 300 year old cathedral, conducted by Julie Playford, Head of Junior School Music.

The programme included Brother James’ Air, a Jubilate Deo and a number of other well-known pieces. Afterwards, the girls were treated to a free trip up to the Whispering Gallery and then on up to the outside Stone and Golden Galleries. Julie Playford, Head of Junior School Music said that it was “an enriching experience for the girls.”


Half marathon for Sussex Air Ambulance

This year will see the 32nd running of the Barns Green Half Marathon in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance. On 28 September hundreds of runners will begin the 13-mile race, which runs through Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to Southwater – surely one of the most scenic races in the country. Once again numerous charities, local organisations and youth groups are set to benefit from the event, and this year’s chosen charity is Sussex Air Ambulance.

Community Fundraising Officer Michelle Woodland said: “We are extremely grateful to the organisers of the Barns Green Half Marathon for choosing us as their official charity for 2014.” She continued, “partnerships such as this are absolutely vital in order to raise the £6million-a-year we need to provide the service.”

Last year, the race raised around £15,000 for different charities, local organisations and youth groups.

For more information on Sussex Air Ambulance, visit

To find out more about the race contact Nigel Currie on 07774 229305 or go to


Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival

The third Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival takes place from 21–25 August. Boutique and compact by design, the festival presents free and ticketed music events including Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Swing, Latin, Fusion and World Music.

This year’s headline acts include Jason Rebello, one of the most respected pianists and composers of our generation, who has worked extensively with Sting, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

Other performers include Claire Martin OBE, the first lady of British Jazz; performing with Jazz singer, composer and pianist Joe Stilgoe, who is hot footing it to Rye straight from a four week run at the Edinburgh fringe.

Julia Biel will open the festival on 22 August at The George Jazz Club. Julia is making a massive impression on the UK and International music scene and is a real rising talent. Italian Jazz guitarist Antonio Forcione and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale will also perform together on Friday 22 August at St Mary’s Church, Rye.

One of the many highlights of this year’s festival will be the new Jazz Lounge, where many of the programmed professional ticketed concerts will take place. Late Night Jazz Sessions will also happen there, to take you through into the wee small hours of the morning.

On 24 August, in true Rye Jazz and Blues Festival tradition, the wonderful Bass player Herbie Flowers will return with his Jazz All Stars to entertain guests at a special Jazz breakfast or afternoon tea at The Jazz Club at The George.

Adding to the growing list of acts is award-winning British saxophonist Simon Spillett and his quartet, which includes acclaimed Bassist Alec Dankworth and Legendary Jazz pianist John Critchison.

Alongside the professional concerts the festival programme includes may free events; the Butter Market Semi-Acoustic performances, the George Courtyard session, street entertainment and a cutting edge modern twist on a New Orleans Marching Band called 2nd Line Fat Tuesday, all making for a fun, music-filled, atmospheric August Bank Holiday weekend. The festival’s free programme also includes three days of outstanding Blues, Jazz and Soul at the Ypres outdoor performance stage from 23-25 August.

For more information or to book tickets, go to


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