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A special concert will be held in St Nicolas, Pevensey at 7pm on Saturday 21 April to celebrate the successful completion of a 10 year project to restore the Grade 1 listed medieval church.—Simon Sargent, churchwarden, St. Nicolas church Pevensey, 3 April 2018

Concert to feature the world premiere of “Jubilate”

Sussex-based Harvey’s Brass, who gave a well-received concert during the church’s 800th anniversary in 2016, will play a varied programme of classical, jazz and pop music.

The concert will feature the world premiere of “Jubilate”, commissioned from the distinguished composer (and local resident) Paul Lewis, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to mark the restoration of the church.

Churchwarden Simon Sargent commented “The two stage restoration project has taken over 10 years to complete and has involved extensive works to the spire, roofs, windows and both internal and external walls.

“Many people and organisations have contributed generously to enable us to meet the cost of more than half a million pounds, and this special concert, including the world premiere of “Jubilate”, is our opportunity to thank them and to celebrate the restoration of our beautiful church.

“A further cause for celebration is the recent arrival of our new priest in charge, Rev Tony Windross,  so this really feels like a new chapter in the 800 year history of St Nicolas, Pevensey. The concert is free of charge and everyone is most welcome to attend.”

About St Nicolas Church, Pevensey
The parish church of St Nicolas, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2016, has undergone a £500,000 restoration programme over the past decade. The first stage in 2007-8 involved reshingling the spire, repointing the tower, retiling the vestry roof, repairing the aisle roofs, replacing gutters and downpipes and installing a gas boiler.

The second stage in 2017-18, which cost some £250,000, comprised retiling the chancel roof, further restoration of the north aisle roof, renewal of some stonework, restoration of the windows, removal, replacement and redecoration of damaged render from the internal walls and renewal of the lighting system.

Grants have been gratefully received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Sussex Historic Churches Fund, the Listed Places of Worship Scheme, the Suez Communities Trust, the National Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Allchurches Trust and the Chalk Cliffs Trust. In addition, the church has raised some £70,000 from donations, concerts and other fundraising activities.

About Harvey’s Brass
Harvey’s Brass is a ten piece symphonic brass ensemble, based in Sussex, and made up of semi-professional musicians from across the county. It was formed in 2003 by Neal Bland and Peter Cowlett, and received generous early sponsorship from the Harvey Brewery based in Lewes. Its aim is to play music from the Renaissance to the modern day, including modern arrangements specifically for the group.

In its early days the musical director was Peter Harvey – a well-known professional bass trombone player living in Arlington – and the group rehearsed at Arlington village hall and then the Alma pub in Uckfield. The group has performed in over 30 concerts so far, ranging from Hastings to Brighton, and included guest artists such as Crispian Steele-Perkins and Mark Bassey. They have a regular berth at the Eastbourne bandstand during the summer, and also perform in music festivals and churches around the county.

About Paul Lewis
In addition to his prolific TV output, which includes scores for drama, comedy and documentaries, Paul Lewis has produced a catalogue of over a hundred published concert works ranging from concertos, orchestral overtures and string suites to chamber music and compositions for solo instruments. Several of his works reflect his Sussex roots, such as “On Pevensey Levels” and his “Seaside Concerto”. In 2011 his music was featured twice in BBC Radio 2 and 3′s “Light Fantastic – the Best of British Light Music” festival, and his works can be heard regularly on Classic FM.