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Pevensey Parish


St Nicolas Pevensey – new DVD

In 2016 St. Nicolas church hosted a series of memorable concerts to raise funds for the restoration of the church. Work on this is currently under way and a celebration concert for the completion of the eleven year project will be held on April 21st next year, 2018. More information about this exciting and very special event will be circulated in the New Year, but make a note of this date!In the meantime an 800th Anniversary Concert Highlights DVD is in preparation and will be available if demand justifies this.  The performances are introduced by the musicians who have authorised their contributions for inclusion on this exclusive and entertaining disc, and. They include:-
The Canterbury Cathedral Choristers
Maria matrem – Michael McGlynn
 Silent Worship – G.F. Handel
Tecum principium – Antonio Vivaldi
 Ave Maria – Giulio Caccini
Fantasie – Camille Saint-Saëns, (Guy Steed, organ)
Catherine Rimer – ’cello
Suite No. 5 in C minor – JS Bach
 (movements on period instrument)
 Soul Bossa – Quincy Jones
 Keep young and beautiful – Al Dubin
Charleston – James P Johnson
Pasadena Roof Orchestra ‘Hot Five
When you’re smiling – Louis Armstrong
Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael
Cake walking my baby back home – Sidney Bechet
 The King’s Singers
Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans – Claude Debussy
 I’ve got the world on a string – Harold Arlem
Alice in Wonderland – Spike Milligan
 Harvey’s Brass
Slavonic Dance No. 8 – Antonin Dvo?ák
If you have Christmas in mind then this disc could make a unique present for friends and family who really enjoy lovely music performed by gifted performers in the wonderful acoustics of St. Nicolas church. This DVD  plays for over 1hr 15min. Discs cost £12 (including P&P) or £10 each if collected at St Nicolas church on Sundays and are now available .

Please contact the churchwardens using the “Contact” tab on the Home page, whether applying for postal delivery or for personal collection.


If you came to the concerts I really do hope you will re-live some varied and thrilling music from the 2016 Concert Season. If you didn’t or couldn’t come you’ll soon realise what and how much you missed!

St Nicolas Pevensey Saturday 12 August 2017

The Bats may not have been in the belfry but their protected status has meant that the planned restoration work at St Nicolas, Pevensey, has had to be delayed. The accruing benefit has resulted in the church being available for a summer concert from regular visitor baroque flautist Neil McLaren and baroque violinist Jane Gordon.

Their concert opened with a sonata for both instruments by Telemann. With the sun still streaming through the clerestory windows the opening Dolce seemed a perfect reflection of the gentle warmth of a summer evening. The Largo flowed with simple grace before the rapid dance rhythms of the final Vivace with its hints of hurdy-gurdy from the violin.

JS Bach’s Suite in A minor for solo flute has been adapted by Neil McLaren himself to fit the four movements written specifically for flute into the more familiar structure of a suite for solo instruments. In this case he used the opening Prelude and closing Gigue from the second suite in D minor BWV1008 for cello to telling effect. The Prelude pierced through – at times almost uncomfortably aggressive – before relaxing more into the fluidity of the Allemande and Corrente. The Sarabande is a complete contrast, its sense of yearning and sadness always to the fore. The jollier Bourree Anglaise led to the more extrovert tones of the final Gigue but the intense intimacy of the work is never really lost. Telemann’s Canonic Sonata in D concluded the second half with its hints of pastoral rhythms and formal dances.

The second half opened with one of Bach’s greatest works, but one which is probably not as familiar as it should be. The D minor Partita for solo violin ends with the great Ciaccona which is not only a monumental climb for the performer but also a highly demanding call for the listener. The long opening set of variations twist and turn their way through the most frightening of forms before suddenly emerging into the uplands of the major key variations and a sense of paradise beyond the strife. But Bach does not leave us there. He brings us back to the reality of earth but this time reflected in the knowledge that we have glimpsed heaven even if we are not there yet. It is a masterpiece as great as anything else by Bach and was subtly and wonderfully crafted by Jane Gordon.

It was, of course, difficult to follow but CPE Bach’s brief Duo for flute and violin brought the evening to its official close with the slightly tongue-in-cheek dance movements returning a smile to all. As an encore they gave us a brief movement from Rameau’s Les Indes Galante. Let us hope that the bats don’t keep them away for too long.

AltarPhoto: G Stephens
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Story Time 2017 Flower Festival

This year’s August  Bank Holiday was blessed with glorious late summer weather, and set the mood for the happy sunny days evoked by this year’s theme of childrens’ story books. Visitors arriving at St Nicolas immediately encountered a beguiling troop of jungle animals who populated the church path and formed a jolly welcoming party from The Jungle Book.
Animals were everywhere in the show, including the Big Green Caterpillar and naughty Peter Rabbit, making mischief in the vegetable garden !
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the magnificent success of the show, which was acclaimed as the best ever, and ” worthy of a Chelsea Gold Medal”