Battle Festival
Friday 21 March : Battle Memorial Hall - 18.30, 21 March 2014

Friends of Battle Festival

Reception & Recital 21 March 2014

Monday 21 April : St Mary's Church - 18.00, 21 April 2014
Exclusive £20.95 Dinner & Concert Package : The Bull Inn, Battle - 17.30, 19 July 2014

In conjunction with The Bull Inn in Battle, we are delighted to offer pre & post-concert dinner packages for just £20.95 per person. 

The offer includes one course from the menu below and a ticket to the concert.  You will have to opportunity to upgrade to two or three courses on the night.  The menu is designed to reflect the four seasons and orders will be taken from 5.30pm – 10.15pm

Please note this offer is only available to book online or through The Bull Inn and numbers are strictly limited. See our Purchase Tickets page to book.

One Course £9.95   -  Two Courses £12.95  -   Three Courses £15.95


Asparagus, goat cheese and walnut salad(V)(GF)
Asparagus spears sautéed in butter topped with a crumble of goat cheese and walnuts
Spring vegetable soup (V) (GF)
Home-made soup to our own recipe with diced spring vegetables, with crusty or gluten free bread

Italian style salad    (NF) GF)
Diced Chorizo and sundried tomatoes on a bed of chicory leaves
Vegetarian Risotto (V)
A home-made risotto to our own recipe with Asparagus, broad beans, peas and parmesan cheese

Country savoury tart     (NF)
A puff pastry open tartlet filled with sautéed chicken livers and braised wild mushrooms
The Bull Inn Terrine     (NF)
A home-made terrine to our own recipe of ham hock and duck, served with crusty bread and an apple and plum chutney

Salad     (NF)
A Confit of duck, chicken and pork dijonnaise, sautéed and served on toasted walnut bread with a selection of mixed leaf
Winter soup (V)
A rich and warming home-made soup from roasted, curried parsnips, served with crusty or gluten free bread


Vegetarian Casserole (V)  (NF)
A rich and tasty homemade casserole of mixed spring root vegetables, sundried tomatoes and closed cup mushrooms served with herb vegetarian dumplings.
Baked whole Trout (NF) (GF)
A whole locally sourced rainbow trout, oven baked with a lemon, rosemary and garlic marinade, served with boiled new potatoes and a medley of seasonal vegetables (served with head on)

Roasted Vegetable Tofu (V)  (GF)                                                                                                                        
A vegetarian dish of Balsamic roasted root summer vegetables, peppers, sundried tomatoes and tofu
Whole Lemon Sole (NF) (GF)
A whole locally sourced Lemon sole, grilled and served with new potatoes and a medley of seasonal summer vegetables.

Braised shoulder of Venison    (NF)
Shoulder of locally sourced venison braised to our own recipe, served on a bed of herb mashed potato and a medley of seasonal vegetables.
The Bull Inn Rabbit Casserole (NF)
A home-made casserole to our own recipe of wild rabbit, sundried tomatoes, smoked back bacon and Rosemary, served with Gnocchi

Steak and Guinness Stew (NF)
A rich home-made stew, made with beef straight from our local farmer and diced root vegetables cooked in Guinness and served with whisky dumplings
The Bull Inn winter burger (NF)
A hand formed burger, made with ground turkey, pork and seasoned with sage and onion, topped with Bacon, Brie and cranberry served with roast potato chips

(V) vegetarian – (NF) nut free – (GF) gluten free. All of our dishes may contain nut products unless stated

A selection of desserts will be available on the evening along with a selection of wines, fine wines, local real ales, lagers and ciders available.          

BOOK NOW or contact The Bull Inn direct on 01424 775171


Exclusive £25pp Dinner & Concert Package : - 17.30, 19 July 2014


In conjunction with the award-winning Nobles Restaurant in Battle, we are delighted to offer an exclusive pre-show package which includes a concert ticket, a main course and a glass of wine for just £25 per person.  You have the option to upgrade your package on the evening to 2 or 3 courses if you prefer.

Please note this offer is only available to book online or through Nobles Restaurant and numbers are strictly limited. See our Purchase Tickets page to book.

The Battle Arts & Music Festival Menu @ Nobles Restaurant

  •  1 course and a glass of wine + concert ticket – £25.00
  • 2 courses and a glass of wine + concert ticket – £30.00
  • 3 courses and a glass of wine + concert ticket – £35.00


  • Blue Cheese Waldorf Salad – apple, celery & walnuts
  • Risotto of Wealdway Ash Goats Cheese & Sunblushed Tomato
  • Noble’s Soup of the Day
  • Breaded Homemade Fishcake – mixed leaf salad


  • Battered Local Fish Fillet – hand cut chips & buttered peas
  • Nobles Local Pork, Sage & Onion Pie – mashed potato & green vegetables
  • Omelette of Stilton, Spinach & Pinenut – sauté potatoes & mixed leaf salad
  • Salmon Penne Pasta – rocket & white wine herb cream


  • Chocolate Nut Brownie – vanilla ice-cream
  • Sticky Ginger Pudding – ginger & pecan nut sauce, honeycomb ice-cream
  • 2 x Scoops of Ice Cream or Sorbet from Downsview Farmhouse
  • 2 x Cheese Selection – biscuits, homemade grape & balsamic chutney


Please note: The menu may be subject to change depending on the fresh, local produce available to us at the time.

Vivaldi meets Piazzolla : St Mary's Church, Battle - 19.30, 19 July 2014

The Battle Festival Sinfonia presents: The Seasons: Vivaldi meets Piazzolla
Scroll down for full programme information


An exciting programme which fuses dance and tango with the exhilarating music of Antonio Vivaldi. The concert will feature violinists Daniel Bhattacharya and Patrick Savage in performances of Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Summer from The Four Seasons of Beunos Aires by the great tango composer Astor Piazzolla. The concert will also feature further works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla and the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg.

Composed in 1773, The Four Seasons is Antonio Vivaldi’s best known work and is amongst the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire. In his four concertos for violin and strings Vivaldi paints a vibrant and atmospheric musical depiction of the character of each season using effects and techniques which were very unusual for the time.

At their concert on the 19th of July the Battle Festival Sinfonia will be joined by Daniel Bhattacharya in a performance of L’inverno (Winter). In an intriguing twist to its normal position amongst Vivaldi’s other Seasons, the BFS will instead transport you 7,000 miles south to Beunos Aires which is the setting for Astor Piazzolla’s “Estaciones Portenas” (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires).

Piazzolla, famed as the greatest tango composer and performer, originally composed his seasons for his quintet of violin, piano, electric guitar, double bass and bandoneon. The composer’s intention was to convey a musical impression of the four seasons in his home city. Although they were conceived very much as pieces in their own right, Piazzolla did occasionally perform them as a group.

Some years later the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov made a new arrangement of these pieces which gave a more obvious link between Vivaldi and Piazzolla. He re-scored them for solo violin and string orchestra and included several quotations from Vivaldi’s original work. In this concert the Battle Festival Sinfonia will pair Vivaldi’s Winter with Piazzolla’s “Verano Porteno” (Buenos Aires Summer) played by the Melbourne born violinist Patrick Savage.

Curiously these two works make for ideal companions due to the seasons being inverted between the southern and Northern hemispheres. Those with keen ears should pick out elements of Vivaldi’s Winter in Verano Porteno and perhaps share the confusion of those denizens of Buenos Aires as they interrupt a warm afternoon seated outside a cafe to shoot a puzzled glance towards the heavens!

Piazzolla will feature again when the BFS are joined by oboe soloist Alun Darbyshire for a performance of Oblivion. This is one of Piazzolla’s most popular tangos which became widely known through the soundtrack to Marco Bellochio’s film Henry IV, the Mad King. The solo instrument floats above a flowing arpeggio accompaniment in the strings and imparts a plaintive melody of intensely melancholic beauty.

Both violin soloists will again return to the stage with Daniel Bhattacharya presenting a performance of one of Vivaldi’s earlier concerto’s La Stravaganza, Op.4, No. 11 in D major. Although written some 60 years before The Seasons, this set of concertos demonstrates many of the inventive qualities that he was later to hone to such effect in later works.

Patrick Savage will present his own arrangement of the North Hungarian Peasant Songs and Dances,Op. 5 by Hungarian-born composer Miklos Rosza. Originally scored for violin and piano, we will hear it in Patrick’s version for solo violin and string orchestra. Best known as a Hollywood film composer, Rosza penned nearly one hundred film scores including Ivanhoe, Ben Hur and Spellbound the Alfred Hitchcock film for which he won an oscar. Rosza nevertheless maintained a steadfast allegiance to concert music and essentially followed two separate career paths simultaneously. What he termed his “double life”.

Also featuring on the programme will be The Holberg Suite by the great Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Originally composed for piano it was adapted a year later for string orchestra. It is a suite of five movements based on 18th century dance forms. It was composed in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish-Norwegian humanist Ludvig Holberg. It is very much a 19th century take on musical styles and forms from the preceding century and may be considered an early essay into neo-classicism. It is though a very charming and heart-felt appreciation of the music of Holberg’s time and rightly remains one of Grieg’s most popular works.

Daniel Bhattacharya

Previously a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Daniel currently leads The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and is joint Artistic Director of the Alfriston Festival.

Patrick Savage

Until 2010 Patrick was the principal first violin in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Formerly leader of the Tippet quartet he has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in the UK including the BBC Concert Orchestra and London Baroque Ensemble.

Alun Darbyshire

Alun is principal oboe with Glyndebourne on Tour and has performed concertos with the London Festival Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Brighton Philharmonic. He has also played as guest principal for orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and London Mozart Players.


Sussex Song & Sussex Inspired : St Mary's Church, Battle - 20:00, 24 October 2014

Sussex Song & Sussex Inspired


  • Elgar, Cello Concerto (composed in Sussex)
  • Vaughan Williams
  • Butterworth, The Banks of Green Willow (inspired by songs collected by the composer in East Sussex)
  • Lament, Frank Bridge (written in response to the terrible loss of life caused by the sinking of the Lusitania)

More information to follow shortly

Battle Baroque Classics : Battle Abbey School - 20:00, 25 October 2014

Battle Baroque Classics

Performances include music by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi in front of an open log fire with mulled wine served during the interval.

Battle Abbey school is set within one of England’s most iconic and historically important buildings, Battle Abbey. We will present a concert of Baroque music which will take place in Abbott’s Hall which dates from the 13th century.

More information to follow shortly

Battle Opera Gala : St Mary's Church - 20:00, 26 October 2014

Battle Opera Gala with Arias from Mozart Operas

More information to follow shortly

Battle Fringe
The Bull Inn

Friday 24th October - The StrumBums
9.15pm – 10:pm and 10:15pm – 11:00pm

Quality musicians playing quality music….. guitar mastery and flawless harmonies.. from Crosby Stills & Nash to Jessie J! Masterful semi acoustic versions of many of your favourite songs.. all four members have years of experience playing professionally within the music business. The band have been a big hit with audiences and promoters alike at many festivals across the South East with their refreshing presentation and blend of material.

The Bull Inn
High Street
East Sussex
TN33 0AE
+44 (0)1424 775171

Nobles Restaurant

Nobles Restaurant:
17 High Street
East Sussex
TN33 0AE
+44 (0)1424 774 422

24-26 October
Events information to be confirmed

Visual Arts
Alter Ego Gallery

Alter-Ego Gallery
30 Abbey Court
Off High Street
TN33 0TZ

EXHIBITION: 1066 & All That
A showcase of artists from both the 1066 Country region and Sussex as a whole.

DATES: 24 Oct – 07 Nov
OPENING HOURS: 10.00-17.00, Mon-Sat
+44 (0)1424 77 77 66

Saffron Gallery

Saffron Gallery
59 60 High Street
TN33 0EN

EXHIBITION: 1066 & All That
DATES: 24 Oct – 07 Nov
OPENING HOURS: 10.00-17.00, Mon-Sat

A showcase of artists from the 1066 Country region along with guest artists of international repute.
+44 (0)1424 772 130