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October 2014

Battle Festival
We Won't be Druv : De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill - 18.30, 16 October 2014

Over two hundred children and young people will feature in Battle Festival’s opening concert at the De La Warr Pavilion as part of the Festival’s Education initiative.   The music will be performed by school pupils from Battle, Salehurst, St Mary Star, Saxon Mount and Torfield, with the Hastings Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and Baritone soloist Matthew Sharp.

A sequence of compositions from the time of World War One, including music by Vaughan Williams and Butterworth, will focus on the pity and loss of war and examine the importance of music in wartime.  Additionally, two newly commissioned works will receive their first performance  – a setting of The Steyning Poem, performed by the Hastings Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a brand new East Sussex musical for primary school children: ‘We Won’t be Druv! by our Composer in Residence Tony Biggin.

We Won’t be Druv

Commissioned by Battle Festival, We Won’t be Druv is set in East Sussex in 2044. The UK is broke and the only solution is to sell Sussex to the highest bidders in a public auction at the De La Warr Pavilion. Sussex will be physically broken up and despatched internationally unless the county’s children can intervene. Performers from five local primary schools give their all to save their beloved home county.

Tickets available from the De la Warr Pavilion.  Admission £6,concessions £5 , children £1 (18 years old and under)

Thursday 16th October 6.30pm-7.45pm

A Sussex Legacy : St Mary's Church, Battle - 18.30, 24 October 2014


6.30pm          Pre-concert talk by conductor Simon Baggs – Elgar, Sussex and the 1st World War

Simon Baggs is currently completing a book on Elgar and has forthcoming lecture recitals in April and November 2015 for the Elgar Society.

7.30pm          Concert begins – A Sussex Legacy

Conductor:  Simon Baggs


  •  Elgar, Sospiri
  •  Elgar, Cello Concerto
    • Cello soloist: Matthew Sharp
  •  Vaughan Williams , “Reconciliation” from Dona Nobis Pacem
    • Soloists: Matthew Sharp (baritone) and Jacobine van Laar (soprano)
  •  Bridge, Lament
  •  Vaughan Williams, Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra
  •  Biggin, Steyning
    • Soloist: Matthew Sharp baritone)
  •  Biggin, If Only (from Requiem)
    • Soloist: Jacobine van Laar (soprano)
  •  Butterworth, The Banks of Green Willow


In the opening concert of the inaugural Battle Arts and Music Festival, the Battle Festival Sinfonia will perform works which reflect the rich musical heritage of Sussex, the beauty of its landscape and how the  experiences of English composers during The Great War informed and influenced their works.


When war broke out, Elgar was horrified at the prospect of the carnage. He felt compelled to do his bit though and quickly signed up as a special constable and later as a special constable in the Hamstead Volunteer Reserve of the Army.

Elgar composed Sospiri just before the outbreak of war in 1914. Originally intended for violin and piano and as a companion piece to Salut d’Amour he soon realised that he was writing something more intense, picking up perhaps on the prevailing mood of foreboding which had descended upon the country. He re-scored the work for string orchestra, harp and harmonium (or organ).

By the end of the war Elgar felt time had rather moved on without him. His works were beginning to be seen as somewhat out of fashion by the concert going public and Falstaff, his last full scale symphonic work (written in 1903), had received a distinctly lukewarm response. The cello concerto was composed during the summer of 1919 at Elgar’s secluded cottage near Fittleworth, Sussex, where in previous years he had heard the sound of the artillery of World War 1 rumbling across the Channel at night from France. The plaintive and rather melancholic mood which runs through the work may well reflect these events which were keenly felt by the composer. The intimate quality which prevails is beautifully brought out in the arrangement by Ian Farringdon for chamber orchestra which is presented in the opening concert of the festival.

Folk Music

The turn of the 20th century saw a revival of interest in Folk music throughout Europe. In England this movement was lead by Cecil Sharp who sought to collect and preserve English folklore. Folk music was sustained through an oral tradition that saw music handed down throughout the generations. It was seldom noted down in a written form. Sharp enlisted several young composers to carry out his field work in the English Counties and amongst their number was Ralph Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth. Sussex was at the forefront of this folk music revival and much of the efforts by those employed by Sharp was concentrated in the County.

Vaughan Williams & Butterworth

Both Vaughan Williams and Butterworth used folk music they collected as a source of inspiration for their own compositions. Vaughan Williams, who had schooled in Rottingdean (itself a hotbed for folk music), based Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes and the Sussex Carol on songs he had found in Sussex.

Likewise, Butterworth heard and wrote down The Banks of Green Willow in East Chiltington and this became the inspiration for his composition of the same name, a piece which has become the most well loved of his tragically small output.

World War 1

The First World War cast a long shadow over the entire country and no family was left unscarred by the huge loss of life and emotional trauma that was left in its wake.

Butterworth himself gave the ultimate sacrifice,  losing his life to the bullet from a German sniper in the Battle of the Somme. He had already been awarded the Military Cross for bravery and those that served with him were later astonished to learn that their brave companion had been considered by many as the most promising young English composer of his generation. Butterworth’s body was never recovered and The Banks of Green Willow has come to be considered by many as the anthem for the unknown soldier.

For those who survived the War, there was a deep and lasting effect.  Vaughan Williams channelled the emotional turmoil stirred by these experiences into his compositions. The third movement (Reconciliation) from his Dona Nobis Pacem is an example of this. He uses a poem by Walt Whitman which cries out against the futility and horror of War as the basis for his composition and the result is a piece of almost unbearable poignancy.

Frank Bridge was very much a son of East Sussex (he was born in Brighton and died in Eastbourne). He too was deeply disturbed by the War and subsequently adopted strong pacifist convictions. This can readily be depicted in those works written in the immediate aftermath of the War in which we can readily detect a greater dissonance and darkness in his writing style. This is reflected in his Lament for string orchestra which was composed in 1915 and was dedicated to the memory of those who perished after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Battle Arts and Music Festival Composer-in-Residence Tony Biggin will feature two works in the opening concert of the Festival. His composition Steyning is a festival commission and will receive its premiere by a professional ensemble in the concert on the 24th. The inspiration for the work is a poem written in the trenches by a young soldier from West Sussex.

I can’t forget the lane that goes from Steyning to the Ring

In summer time, and on the Down how larks and linnets sing

High in the sun. The wind comes off the sea, and Oh the air!

I never knew till now that life in old days was so fair.

But now I know it in this filthy rat infested ditch

When every shell may spare or kill – and God alone knows which.

And I am made a beast of prey, and this trench is my lair.

My God! I never knew till now that those days were so fair.

So we assault in half an hour, and, – it’s a silly thing –

I can’t forget the narrow lane to Chanctonbury Ring.

For many years the identity of this young poet was unknown but after his death in 1968, John Stanley Purvis who had gone on to become Canon Purvis of York, was revealed by his family to be the author.

Also receiving its premiere is Biggin’s movement If Only taken from his recently completed Requiem.



St Mary’s Church, Upper Lake, Battle, TN33 0AN

Phone: 01424-772693

Doors and bar open 5.30pm


Gurney in Battle Lecture Recital : St Mary's Church, Battle - 13.30, 25 October 2014



By a Bierside
Severn Meadows
Even Such is Time
In Flanders

Gurney in Battle

  • Speaker: RKR Thornton
  • Soprano: Mae Heydorn
  • Piano: Marisa Thornton-Wood

Professor RKR Thornton, editor of Ivor Gurney’s War Letters, Collected Letters, and the first 19 volumes of the Ivor Gurney Society Journal, explores the poet and musician’s life and output during the First World War. Readings from Severn and Somme and War’s Embers will be interspersed with songs, including Sleep and In Flanders. Mae Heydorn and Marisa Thornton-Wood will explain and demonstrate the musical process employed by Gurney in transforming poetry into musical form.

Ivor Gurney

After more than one attempt to enlist, Ivor Gurney interrupted his studies at the Royal College of Music to join the 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment in 1915.  He fought in France and Belgium from 1916 to 1917 when he was invalided out because of gas inhalation.

The war marked his life, and formed a major subject of his poetry, both in the war period itself and in his memory in the Dartford Asylum where he spent the last 15 years of his life. His music too blossomed in the trenches.

This performance will intersperse biographical details with poems from and about the experience, and music which he composed at the Front.


St Mary’s Church, Upper Lake, Battle, TN33 0AN

Phone: 01424-772693

Doors open 1.00pm

Welcome to Uke Town : Memorial Halls, Battle - 14.00, 25 October 2014


Cbeebies’ Katy Ashworth + Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys in an interactive family concert

Katy AshworthCBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth (from ‘I Can Cook’) teams up with  acoustic trio Sara Spade and The Noisy Boys(as heard on BBC Radio 1& 2) to take kids and their parents on an imaginary musical journey through a little town where all the madcap characters can only communicate with song and dance.

These two magical Ukulele ladies will transport you to Uke Town where they will sing and dance and make you laugh with new songs and old favourites. Be prepared for acrobatics, pet dinosaurs, playing crazy pirates, boogieing, rhyming and body percussion.

Don’t expect to get away without joining in!




Coffee Concert : St Mary's Church - 11.00, 25 October 2014

Mezzo Soprano Mae Heydorn is joined by pianist Marisa Thornton-Wood in a recital which will appeal to those of all ages.

Teas, coffees, and a selection of home-made cakes will be available following the recital.



Grieg  Haugtussa (excerpts):

Vond dag
Grieg Melodies of the Heart op 5, No.3
Jeg elsker dig

Richard Strauss:
Die Nacht
The fields are full

Debussy Reflets dan l’eau from Images bk 1

Chopin Étude. Op 10 No.2
Piano solo




St Mary’s Church,

Upper Lake,


TN33 0AN


Phone: 01424-772693

Doors open 10.30am

Friend, Family & Rivalry : Battle Abbey School - 19.30, 25 October 2014



  •  Aria  Piangete si piangete (from la Resurrezione)
    • Soloist Mae Heydorn (Mezzo Alto)
  • Aria Ombra mai fu (from Serse)
    • Soloist Jacobine van Laar (Soprano)
  • Duet Io t’abbraccio (from Rodelinda)
  • CPE Bach Flute Concerto in A major
    • Soloist: Stewart McIlwham


  •  Aria  Svegliatevi nel core (from Giulio Cesare)
    • Soloist Jacobine van Laar (Soprano)
  • Aria Iris,hence away(from Semele)
  •  Duet Prendi da questa mano (from Ariodante)
  •  Telemann Viola Concerto in G Major
    •  Soloist: Dan Cornford
  •  JS Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor
    • Soloists: Rosie Staniforth & Dominic Moore

 In the second concert of the Festival, The Battle Festival Sinfonia presentS a programme of Baroque masterpieces in the beautiful and historic setting of Abbots Hall in Battle Abbey School. The theme of the concert revolves around the monumental figure of JS Bach and draws on those associations which entwined him to those other great pillars of the Baroque, Handel and Telemann. The Bach family is also represented by CPE Bach in this the 300th centenary of his birth.

JS Bach & Handel

JS Bach and Handel were born in the same year and were the greatest composers of their time. They may be considered rivals for this position to us now but during their own lifetimes there was only one winner. The two men never met and to Handel (although he may have been aware of his virtuosity as an organist), Bach was merely a provincial Kapellmeister. As a composer it would not be until the first half of the 19th century that Bach’s greatness would be truly appreciated. Handel by contrast enjoyed huge fame as one of the finest opera composers of the day.

Opera singers were the pop stars of their time and Handel benefitted from the patronage of many rich benefactors including royalty. It wasn’t until he came to England that he found his greatest success in the art form. The popularity of opera was at its height and Handel produced smash hits which were premiered in London at the Queen’s Theatre and Covent Garden Theatre, and played night after night to full houses.

Many of those operas written specifically for London productions will have extractsperformed at the Abbot’s Hall. Dutch Soprano Jacobine van Laar and Mezzo Alto Mae Heydorn will sing solo arias and duets from Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, Rodelinda and Rinaldo and from the Oratorios La Resurrezione and Semele.


Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history and was almost completely self-taught in music. Indeed it was against the wishes of his parents that he pursued a career as a composer.

The freedom and abundance of melodic invention which typifies his music suggests a font of musical invention that Telemann was both unwilling and unable to staunch. He shared a friendship with both Bach and Handel and Bach felt warmly enough towards him to make him the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Phillip Emanuel.

Telemann and Handel kept up regular correspondence and were both keen amateur botanists (a popular Hamburg hobby of the time). Indeed Handel even sent Telemann “botanical curiosities” from London.

The Viola Concerto (performed by Battle Arts & Music Festival’s Artistic Director Dan Cornford) is one of the earliest examples in this genre written for the instrument. Rather than the usual three movement structure which was common practice at the time, Telemann reverts to the older four movement church sonata form of slow-fast-slow-fast. It is a fine example of Telemann at his most engaging and demonstrates a deft lightness of touch which allows the dark character of the viola to rise above the texture without ever being overwhelmed. The piece is one of Telemann’s most popular compositions and is still often played.

CPE Bach

CPE Bach, like his other three siblings who become professional musicians, was trained almost exclusively by his father JS Bach. From this grounding CPE Bach was to become a key figure in the development of a musical style which provided a transition from the Baroque world of his father into the Classical era exemplified by the works of Haydn and Mozart.

Although CPE Bach drew creative inspiration from his godfather George Phillip Telemann (who he succeeded as to the post of Director of Music at Hamburg), it was his Father JS Bach who exercised the greatest influence over his maturing style. CPE Bach is principally associated with keyboard compositions and his treatise (An Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments) immediately became recognised as a definitive work on keyboard technique. The Flute Concerto in A major dates from the period when CPE Bach was was working in Berlin as the harpsichordist to Frederick the Great. Our performance of this work will be given by the principal piccolo player of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Stewart McIlwham.

The final work to feature in the programme will be the Concerto for Oboe and Violin by JS Bach. This work is adapted from a concerto for two harpsichords which Bach composed whilst in his post as Cantor of Thomaskirche in Liepzig.

It was commonplace at the time for composers to borrow material from other sources. There are no fewer than 10 extant examples of arrangements Bach made of Vivaldi concerti and Handel, on occasion, used the music of Telemann as the basis for his own compositions. Composers would also cannibalise works from their own output and it is probable that the concerto for two harpsichords existed in an earlier version for oboe and violin dating from the period when Bach worked in Cothen.

Most of his concerto output can be traced to his time as Kapellmeister there. As a Calvinist establishment it had little recourse for elaborate church music and having an unusually fine group of instrumentalists under his charge Bach would have concentrated on composing works spotlighting the talents of these players. The particular range and idiomatic phrasing characteristic of the oboe and violin can still be traced within the texture of the version for two harpsichords and musicologists are broadly in agreement that these two instruments would have been intended as the original solo voices.

The performance of this work at Abbot’s Hall will be given by oboist Rosie Staniforth from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and violinist Dominic Moore who leads and directs the St George’s Chamber Orchestra.


Abbot’s Hall, Battle Abbey Senior School, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD

Doors & bar open 6.30pm


Look, Stranger : Memorial Halls, Battle - 16.00, 26 October 2014


This unique and enjoyable programme takes a vibrant new look at the music of Benjamin Britten – weaving swing, samba, blues and grooves through the stunning melodies and harmonies of his songs from the 1930s.

These intimate re-workings fuse classical chamber ensemble with jazz improvisation and cabaret-style storytelling, and were hailed at last year’s premiere as “fantastic…very beautiful ” by BBC Radio 3 and “an incredible night” by The Times.

WH Auden’s passionate, personal and political lyrics include Stop All the Clocks – featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral – and the programme includes additional Auden poems read by special guest Anton Lesser.


12 songs from Britten’s

  • On This Island
  • Fish in the Unruffled Lakes
  • Cabaret Songs

interspersed with readings of WH Auden poetry from the 1930s

  •  Music by Benjamin Britten
  • Lyrics by WH Auden
  • Arrangements by UtterJazz

Utter Jazz

UtterJazz is an exciting quintet injecting a new dimension into jazz and poetry. Members have appeared with Ravi Shankar, STOMP, Groove Armada, Cleo Laine, Nigel Kennedy, Herbie Hancock, The Sixteen, English Touring Opera, King Salsa, Antonio Forcione and Jarvis Cocker – but not all at once.

Anton LesserAnton Lesser

One of Britain’s leading classical actors, Anton Lesser won the Gold Medal at RADA and has worked extensively at the National Theatre.  He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he has played many principal roles including Romeo, Troilus, Hamlet and Richard III.  Television appearances include major roles in Little Dorrit, The Politician’s WifeVanity FairPerfect Strangers, and Game of Thrones.  Films include Charlotte GrayImagining ArgentinaRiver Queen, Miss Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean. A familiar voice on radio, he has been involved in countless plays and recordings, becoming particularly associated with his award-winning readings of Dickens, as well as recording works for audio CD by writers from Milton to Philip Pullman.  In 2015 he appears as Thomas Moore alongside Mark Rylance and Jonathan Pryce in the keenly-awaited BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Press Reviews for Look, Stranger

  • “Fantastic” (BBC Radio 3)
  • “An incredible night” (The Times)
  • “intriguing and wonderful” (London Jazz News)
  • “extraordinary” (The Arts Desk)
  • “electrifying” (TyneOut)
  • “spellbinding” (Northern Sky)
  • “Culturally astute and melodically appealing” (The Telegraph)
  • “A freshness that commands attention” (Evening Standard)
  • “Dazzling” (The Guardian)


Adopted Sons : St Mary's Church - 18.00, 26 October 2014



Conductor Bernard Robertson

  •  Haydn Overture Lo SpezialeHaydn
  •  Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major  
    • Soloist: Nicholas Carpenter


  •  JC Bach Sinfonia Concertante in A major
    • Soloists: Violin – Patrick Savage,  Cello – Roberto Sorentino
  •  Clementi Symphony No.2 in D major 


The final concert in this year’s Festival will feature the works of composers who adopted England as their home or established a special affinity with these isles. In the first half of their concert, the Battle Festival Sinfonia, with conductor Bernard Robertson, will perform works by two of the giants of the Classical period: Haydn and Mozart.

Franz Josef Haydn

In 1791 Franz Josef Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from the German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England. Here he would conduct several performances of specially composed symphonies. The visit proved to be a huge success and prompted the composer to return once again two years later.

These trips inspired the creation of some of Haydn’s best-known works such as The Surprise, Military and London Symphonies. Lo Speziale (The Apothecary) was Haydn’s third opera and, following its first performances at the newly built Eszterhaza Opera House, it disappeared until a brief revival in the late 19th century. It was presented in a form almost unrecognisable to the score Haydn wrote by conductors such as Mahler and Wiengartner. It was not until the late 1950’s that an authentic edition was published which reinstated Haydn’s original music.

The Overture charges off with a strident and energetic presto which presently segues into a soft andante in ¾-time. Proceedings are brought to an abrupt conclusion with a final reprise of the presto.


Mozart visited England as a part of the Mozart family’s three year tour through Western Europe. London was the Northern-most town in this trip and after their arrival in 1764 they stayed for a further year and a half.

King George III and Queen Charlotte warmly welcomed the Mozarts. In fact, the Mozart children (Mozart was 8 at the time) performed at Buckingham Palace no fewer than three times. Wolfgang dedicated various compositions to members of the royal family and met some of the best-known composers of the time.

Although the public concerts were a great financial success, the family had to wait for invitations and reimbursement from the nobility and they endured long, near-fatal illnesses far from home. Mozart’s father Leopold succumbed whilst in London compelling the family to relocate to Chelsea (then a quiet suburb) to convalesce. Mozart composed his first two symphonies in London although they probably rely in some degree to the influence of his father.

By contrast the work featured in tonight’s concert was composed in the final year of Mozart’s life and ranks amongst one of his finest. The work was intended for the clarinetist Anton Stadler. Several notes throughout the piece go beyond the conventional range of the A clarinet so we can presume it was intended to be played on the basset clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler that had a range down to low (written) C, instead of stopping at (written) E as standard clarinets do. Nicholas Carpenter  will perform the solo part (on basset clarinet) following on from recent concerto appearances with the London Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players.

Adopted Sons

The second half of the Battle Festival Sinfonia’s concert will centre on works by composers who adopted England as their home and enjoyed long and largely successful careers in the capital.

JC Bach

JC Bach who became known variously as The London Bach or The English Bach even went as far as to sign his name John Bach on occasions. He received his initial instruction from his father Johann Sebastian who was already 50 years of age when his eleventh child was born. Following his father’s death JC Bach went to work with his half brother Carl Phillip Emanuel (21 years his senior) who also asserted a significant influence over his development as a composer.

In 1762, following a stint as organist in the Cathedral in Milan, Bach was offered the position of resident opera composerto the Kings Theatre in London. His operas proved very successful with the public and he also directed his attentions towards the composition of chamber and orchestral music and the odd cantata. He became known for popularising the galant style of music which advocated a return to more conventional principles of melody and accompaniment after the lavish contrapuntal excesses of the baroque.

In 1764 JC Bach attended a performance given by the 8 year old Mozart at the English Court after which the two composers met and struck up a friendship. Mozart would later make mention of the defining influence JC Bach made on his own writing style. This can be detected particularly in Mozart’s approach to the composition of concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante in A major, which we will hear tonight, may be considered a good illustration of this.

Certain stylistic similarities may be detected between this work first published in 1775 and Mozart’s own Sinfonia Concertante written in 1779. Both are written for two solo string instruments, Mozart’s for Violin and Viola (he was a fine exponent of each) whilst Bach favours Violin and Cello. The imitative treatment of musical themes between the two soloists and their subsequent interaction with the tutti orchestra provides a particular point of resemblance. The soloists in tonight’s concert are the violinist Patrick Savage (former principal first violin with the Royal Philharmonic) and cellist Roberto Sorrentino (current no.4 with the RPO).


Italian born Muzio Clementi spent the greater part of his life in England. He first arrived in 1766 or 1767 around the age of 14 or 15 when he was installed as Master of Music in a country estate in Dorset. He served in this post for about 7 years before moving to London. Here he busied himself composing and performing keyboard sonatas with ever-increasing degrees of brilliance and flamboyance.

His confidence increased to a level where he decided to try his luck on the Continent. During this sojourn he took part in a piano competition in Vienna with Mozart for the benefit of Emperor Joseph II. A further trip into Europe saw Clementi embark on an ill-fated relationship with the 18 year old daughter of a wealthy French merchant. Returning broken hearted to London, Clementi resolved to compose works of a more serious bent and this is when he turned his attentions to the Symphony. During his lifetime he enjoyed a reputation much higher than Mozart’s and his fame was only exceeded by Haydn and Beethoven.

It was Clementi’s misfortune that his career as an active composer over-lapped almost entirely that of the golden period of Viennese music as exemplified by those three masters working at the time: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. As a result, his works have been judged in an overly harsh way by posterity. Haydn in particular seems to assume the role of bette noire.

During the 1780s Clementi’s symphonies were frequently performed, but Haydn’s arrival in 1791 suddenly landed Clementi in a popularity contest he could not possibly win. When Haydn returned to Vienna, in 1793, Clementi’s music was again in demand; his fortunes sank once again when Haydn reappeared in 1794, and rose the next year with the great man’s final departure.

The work performed by the Battle Festival Sinfonia in tonight’s concert is the second of Clementi’s two earlier symphonies in D major. It has been described by Leon Plantinga in his excellent 1977 biography, Clementi: His Life and Music, as “painstakingly unorthodox.”  It springs several surprises on the listener and incorporates a degree of traits one could describe as  “Haydnesque” without ever laying itself open to accusations of pastiche.


St Mary’s Church, Upper Lake, Battle, TN33 0AN

Phone: 01424-772693

Doors and bar open 5.00pm


Battle Fringe
Jerry Harmon

Tuesday 14 October 2104 – Mrs Yarringtons @ The Senlac Inn, Battle

Gerry Harmon -The Smoky Mountain Gypsy

Start time    20.00          End time      22.30          Tickets: £10 available from

Grammy Nominee Bluegrass and Country Musician, Appalachian Storyteller

Born and raised deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, a reputation as a remarkable storyteller, an accomplished guitarist with a unique style and a gifted songwriter and singer all adds up to gives us Jerry Harmon, the Smoky Mountain Gypsy.

Still living in the Appalachian Mountains and remaining true to his roots, he travels throughout the world performing at festivals, small and large venues alike, captivating audiences with an engaging blend of musicianship, gentle wit, and genuine mountain charm. He has shared the bill with the likes of  Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs and others, a Grammy nominated album in “Standing at the corner of walk and don’t walk” ,  Jerry has quickly gained recognition in the UK and Europe performing at major events here. He has appeared at such events as North Carolina’s renowned Merle-Fest, The Bath International Music Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival and of course, the very first Big Green Cardigan.

Mrs Yarringtons Music Emporium at

The Senlac Inn
Station Approach
East Sussex   TN33 0DE
Info    07794821454

Battle Festival Rhyme Time
Battle Festival Rhyme Time  – Saturday 18th October 2-3pm
Battle Library
Battle Festival Rhyme Time (ages 2-6yrs) with refreshments
Join in the festival fun – singing, playing musical instruments and learning rhymes.
Bloomsbury Publishing Author Event
Saturday 18th October – Bloomsbury Publishing Author Event 6-8pm
Battle Library
Tickets £3 (includes refreshments)
Bookings via Battle Library:
0345 60 80 196 or email
Bridging the Void - Dance, film and music

Saturday 18th October 2014 – 7.15pm – 7.40pm
St Marys Church,  Upper Lake, Battle

Bridging the Void – Dance, film and music interlace to create a sunrise experience inspired by the Native American saying ‘Every Night is followed by Sunrise.’

Choreographer and film artist: Rachel Johnson
Composer: James Welland
Performers: Eleanor Palmer, Jessica Haener & Sally Smithson
Camera Operator: Jonathan Binks

No booking required however visitor pre registration is encouraged –
twitter:@ Rach-Choreo @pureartsgroup

Table Talk - Dinner with Drama
Sat 18th October – Mrs Burtons Restaurant, High Street Battle
7pm – 10pm
Table Talk – Dinner with Drama

Table Talk is an evening of guilt fee eavesdropping into the comic world of Kate Tym and John Knowles who create a series of comic scenes with unexpected turns.

Entry Free.
Please see our website for menu and prices.

Mrs Burtons Restaurant.
2 High street Battle.
7pm till 10pm
Call 01424774204 or book online via our website Mrs Burtons

Open Rehearsal

Open Rehearsal with Battle Choral Society

Monday 20th October – 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm.

Entry: free of charge

Have you ever –

  • Wondered how we prepare for our concerts?
  • Wondered what a fugue is? (It’s the white knuckle ride of the choral world)
  • Wondered what it is like to sing with a really BIG choir?
  • Wondered if you could do it too?

Come along, watch, listen, JOIN IN if you want to, as we prepare for our autumn performance of Mozart’s glorious requiem.  It’s free of charge so you have nothing to lose. Take that first step into a world of new music, new friends, and new experiences.

Venue:  Memorial Halls, High Street, Battle

Further details:  01424 870862



Dinner Thriller - Dying to Dine!

Tuesday 21st October – Nobles Restaurant, Battle High Street

Fetch in association with Nobles present Dinner Thriller – Dying to Dine


It’s 1958 and the Velvet Glove Night Club is playing host to the notorious Bray twins, seedy politicians, broken starlets, and a bruised boxer, all under the watchful eye of an East End gangster’s moll. These fabulous actors will act out various scenes and all you have to do is guess Who Done It?

To be part of this Battle Music & Arts Murder Mystery event, please call Nobles Restaurant on 01424 774422

Reservations Essential £55 per person, deposit required.

The Indigo Blues Band

Wednesday 22nd October – Mrs Burtons Restaurant, 7pm – 10pm

Jazz and Blues Night with The Indigo Blues Band

Entry Free. Please see website for menu and prices.

Mrs Burtons Restaurant.
2 High street Battle.
7pm till 10pm
Call 01424774204 or book online via our website

The Strum Bums

Friday 24th October – The Bull Inn, Battle High Street
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


Tuesday 28 October 2014 – Mrs Yarringtons @ The Senlac Inn, Battle

Prita –  Australian Hip-Soul-Folk Live Loops

Start time    20.00          End time      22.30          Tickets: £8 available from


Prita’s unique sound is ‘Hip-So-Fo’. It combines her love of Hip-Hop, Soul and Folk with the use of a live loop pedal and effortlessly layers funky urban harmonies, acoustic fingerpicking guitar and beat boxing. Prita’s songwriting is both storytelling and Jazzy, with her big bluesy soulful voice and a natural ear for harmony; she has been likened to KT Tunstall, Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones.

After supporting Simply Red on their last ever tour in Australia, Prita re-located to Europe, settling in Berlin, and has been busy touring Europe and the UK, releasing her 7th CD, ‘Live in Düsseldorf’, gaining airplay on radio stations, and reviews in the press internationally.

Mrs Yarringtons Music Emporium at

The Senlac Inn
Station Approach
East Sussex   TN33 0DE
Info    07794821454

Halloween ELF (Every Last Friday)

Friday 31st October – multiple venues in Battle

Halloween ELF (Every Last Friday)

Six different musicians play five different venues.
A fantastic night of eclectic music and fun. Fancy dress optional.
Entry to venues free, please see individual venues menu and prices.

7pm till late.
Email for more information or visit our facebook page everylastfriday

Visual Arts
a bene placito [:at pleasure] - Exhibition

Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.


a bene placito [:at pleasure]

Battle Interiors
Open daily 9.30am – 5.00pm
13 – 31 October (inclusive)

Showcasing selected artists producing beautiful works across a range of media including ceramics, watercolour, drawing and fine art print making.

Exhibitor Names:

Celia Allen | Janine Kilroe | Helen Acklam | Louisa Crispin | Peter Layton Glass | Amanda Averillo | Claire Palastanga | Jane Richardson | Kate Schuricht | Clive Riggs | Clare Winchester

1066 & All That

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: 13-31 Oct

OPENING HOURS: 10.00-17.00, Mon-Sat

Alter-Ego Gallery

The majority of Alter Ego’s artists are based regionally or locally and the collection of diverse paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and ceramics are all original and affordable.  Many artists are well established and award-winning, whilst others are emerging and worth watching for the future.

Prices for original art start at an incredible £20, rising to £1000.   Gift Vouchers are available for the perfectly unique gift and a Wish List can be managed if there are a number of contributors to a special something.
+44 (0)1424 77 77 66

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1066 & All That

Saffron Gallery
Saffron House
59 60 High Street
TN33 0EN

EXHIBITION: 1066 & All That
DATES: 13-31 Oct
OPENING HOURS: 10.00-17.00, Mon-Sat

Saffron Gallery exhibits award-winning, internationally collected artists along with a selection of established regional artists.  The gallery is enjoying a growing reputation for providing artwork of a standard not often seen outside London and our collectors’ and visitors’ comments include:

    • “London-standard gallery”‘
    • “a gallery full of surprise and imagination”,
    • “This gallery punches above its weight”,
    • “I’d expect to find a gallery of this quality in Chelsea or Kensington”
    • “an astoundingly brilliant exhibition”,
    • “1st class quality paintings and bronzes”,
    • “this gallery is going from strength to strength”,
    • “impeccable taste”,
    • “Your gallery has to be my most favourite as you keep taking on stunning and very imaginative artists” and
    • “exciting, stimulating work, enhanced by the information of the art gallery”.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website or contact on  +44 (0)1424 772 130

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Glyndebourne Youth Opera: Opera in a Day

Glyndebourne Youth Opera:  Opera in a Day

Saturday 18th October 10am – 4pm

venue: Claverham Community College, Battle
cost: £5

Join a creative team that includes local composer Howard Moody to create a brand new opera…in just one day.  An action-packed workshop filled with music, drama, and design, presented in association with Glyndebourne’s award-winning education department. For children of eight years and older.

Bookings open 18th September, please contact:
Telephone: +44(0)1273 813813 

Mentoring Sessions

Friday 24th October – Battle Memorial Hall, Battle High Street
9.00am – 5:30pm

As part of the Festival’s commitment to supporting and developing emerging artists, Festival patron Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane will provide one:one mentoring sessions for 8 emerging musicians aged 10 – 22.

This is a  money-can’t-buy opportunity for young, talented songwriters.  With his wealth of experience as a recording artist, performer and songwriter, Tim will offer first-hand advice and unique insights into the creative process.

How to apply:

To be considered for a one:one mentoring session with Tim Rice-Oxley, applicants must upload one track to the Battle Arts & Music Festival soundcloud page.  It does not need to be a professional recording but must be an original song that you have written yourself. This opportunity is open to both bands and singer/songwriters aged 10 – 22 who live in 1066 Country*.


– Add your (BAND) NAME in capitals – with a dash – in front of the Song Title
– Add your postcode, age and a short description of who you are.

All the tracks will be listened to by our moderators and Tim Rice-Oxley and 8 will be selected to meet with Tim on Friday 24 October for an hour each of mentoring.

*1066 country stretches from Pevensey in the east to Camber in the west and as far north as Bodiam and Hurst Green. 

Expert Panel Q&A :How to get ahead as a musicican

6.00pm-7.30pm on Friday 24th October, Battle Memorial Halls

How to get ahead as a musician
Battle Festival Q & A  with

  • Tim Rice Oxley is a musician, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for being keyboardist, singer and songwriter in the British band Keane.
  • Melita Dennett  hosts  BBC Introducing: The South bringing you the best in unsigned music and live lounge gigs.
  • Tom Williams is lead singer and songwriter with folk-rock band Tom Williams and The Boat. Their recently released third album, Easy Fantastic,  was Record Of The Week on Radio 2 and play-listed on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.
  • Anna Moulsen works in the live music industry. Her company Melting Vinyl  are one of the largest music promoters in the south east, working with a stylistically diverse range of local, national and international artists.
  • Andy Fyfe  is a music journalist and regularly contributes to MOJO magazine and Q and has written for  Smash Hits, NME and Select, the BBC, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian and The Times.

Our expert panel will answers your questions and tell you all you wanted to know about the music industry from writing that killer track, how to get  it financed, what promoters look for when booking bands and how to get your music on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BBC Introducing and more…….

FREE entry, arrive early as numbers strictly limited.


Song-writing Workshop

Battle Memorial Hall, Battle High Street
Saturday 25th October (workshop) 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 26th October (rehearsal and showcase) 3:00pm – 7:00pm


FREE Song-writing workshop with Tom Williams of Tom Williams & the Boat

For  songwriters, singers, musicians and writers aged 10 – 19 – no experience necessary .

In these song-writing workshops we’ll be looking to investigate and expand upon why someone might want to write a song and how someone might go about it. It’ll be day of collaboration, open discussion, and music sharing and will hopefully prove an incredibly inspiring day for first time writers and seasoned pros alike. There will also be a concert the next evening where we will be showcasing the fruits of our labours, all friends and family most welcome!

Please apply asap to for full information pack and to book your place.

Tom Williams 

  • Tom Williams & the Boat have just released a third album ‘Easy Fantastic’
  • The album was played on Radio 1, Record Of The Week on Radio 2 and play-listed on BBC 6 Music, and…
  • NME said it was, ‘Awash with blistering vintage rock ‘n roll’.
  • He was live with Cerys Mathews on 6 Music in July 2014
  • They played Leefest in July and Leopallooza in August 2014 with more TBC soon!