Matthew Rose and Friends


Meet the performers.

A word from Matthew...

Welcome to Matthew Rose and Friends, a weekend of music and spoken word, performed by some of the country's leading musicians and actors in the beautiful village of Alfriston in East Sussex.

I grew up with Alfriston on my doorstep, have always loved this very special village and have long wanted to put on a "mini festival" here with some of the many gifted and generous musicians whom I have got to know. In September this year these dreams will become a wonderful reality.

We will be performing a huge array of chamber music, song, solo piano works, poetry, comedy and satire over 6 events, most of which will be held in St Andrew's Church, The Cathedral of the Downs.

The celebrated Sacconi String Quartet will perform quartets by Haydn and Ireland and will be joined by tenor Benjamin Hulett and pianist Helen Collyer for Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge. Cheryl Knight and Alice Farnham will present their funny and touching montage celebrating the genius of Joyce Grenfell in Turn Back the Clock.

We are very lucky to have Gabriel Woolf reading poetry written in and inspired by Sussex in The Coach House Gallery with kind permission from Andrew Hill.

Four singers, Gillian Keith, Clarissa Meek, Benjamin Hulett and myself, Matthew Rose, will be joined by pianists Helen Collyer and Gary Matthewman for a journey through the world of the song repertoire, with songs by Schubert, Brahms, Britten, Strauss, Debussy, Faure and Duparc. Alexandra Silocea, an incredibly gifted pianist from Romania, performs a solo piano recital with music by Ravel, Debussy, Liszt, Schubert arr. Liszt and a world premiere of a piece by Martin Romberg.

We begin with an opening Gala Concert which features all of the artists performing over the weekend, with music including Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Barber's Dover Beach and Elgar's Violin Sonata. We open with one of the great chamber music works, Schubert's Trout Quintet.

We are very lucky to have as our Honorary Patrons Sir George and Lady Christie who for so long were the inspirational leaders of Glyndebourne.

I hope that you can join us for what promises to be a really special weekend with many wonderful, brilliant performers whom I am so lucky to have as friends.

Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose

Concerts - In collaboration with Much Ado Books, The Alfriston Gallery, Askonas Holt and Steinway & Sons.

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Gala Opening Concert - 7:30pm

Programme featuring Schubert's Trout Quintet, Barber's Dover Beach, Elgar's Violin Sonata and Brahms' Altes Liebesliederwalzer performed by all the musicians and the principal double bass of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Tony Hougham.

Saturday Concert - 11:00am

The Sacconi Quartet play Haydn, Ireland and Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge with Ben Hulett and Helen Collyer.

Saturday Concert - 4:00pm

Diverse Verses from Sussex - Brandy for the Parson
Where better than the birthplace of the National Trust for Gabriel Woolf to read from such a variety of poets. - Kipling, A. A. Milne, Blake, Christopher Fry, Tennyson, Belloc and others. United only by: The Kingdom of Sussex - as residence or inspiration.

We are very lucky to have Gabriel Woolf reading poetry written in and inspired by Sussex, in The Coach House Gallery with kind permission from Andrew Hill. Tickets for this event and very limited and available at Much Ado Books only.

Saturday Concert - 7:00pm

Turn Back The Clock
A montage which brilliantly exploits the diverse talents and genius of Joyce Grenfell through many of her most famous sketches and songs, performed by Cheryl Knight, with Alice Farnham on piano.

Sunday Concert - 3:00pm

An Afternoon of Song
Gillian Keith, Benjamin Hulett and Clarissa Meek, who have all firmly established themselves on the British musical scene, will join Matthew Rose along with pianists Gary Matthewman and Helen Collyer for an afternoon of song featuring Schubert, Brahms, Britten, Duparc, Ravel, Debussy and R. Strauss

Sunday Concert - 6:00pm

Solo Piano Recital by Alexandra Silocea
Programme featuring Ravel, Debussy, Liszt and Schubert arr. Liszt and a world premiere of a piece by Martin Romberg, performed by Romanian pianist, Alexandra Silocea.

Sunday BBQ - 7:30

End of weekend BBQ at Deans Place Hotel