Brighton Year-Round

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Brighton Year-Round 2024

For Entertainment Purposes Only

Philip Ayckbourn’s songs are the heart of this collection. It’d be thrilling to see a full musical here; and staged in London. Enthusiastically recommended, there’s gems, with more of Ayckbourn’s elegiac sensibility than I’ve ever seen. More of this please.

Neil Crossland Piano Recital, Unitarian Church, New Road Brighton

All in all an outstanding recital. Neil Crossland’s piano recital at the Unitarian Church is again on another level


You’re not going to see anything this special in most (if any) revivals, however luxury-cast. In stripping-back, then regrowing a complete ensemble with even lesser songs, this is the most complete Oliver! we’re likely to see.

Sister Act

In short, a fabulous example of British talent, now endangered, bringing quadruple threat to a magnificent production. Not all such mainstream shows on tour even approach outstanding, but this truly is.

Sleeping Beauty

If you care for ballet and you’re not in Covent Garden every month, see this.

St Nicholas Duo Brikcius 2 Cello Recital

Overall a richly satisfying recital, letting us into worlds and sonorities, ways of listening to some music we knew, and much we didn’t, that I’d love to hear again. Superb.

St Nicholas Louis-Viktor Bak Piano Recital

An exceptionally distinguished recital. We’re lucky to have Louis-Viktor Bak, and the Petroff piano might just tempt him – and others – to return.

St Nicholas Simon Carrey Fauré and Chaminade Recital

Simon Carrey is an exquisite and deeply-musical pianist, wholly in tune with Fauré. I’d love to have heard two hours of him, with an interval.

Sussex Musicians Club Unitarian Church

Another unique evening, of revelatory and unfamiliar music.