Meads’ first festival to hit all the right notes

Pianist Alexandra Silocea, Peggy Hall, festival director David Irvine, mayor Carolyn Heaps and Katy Muir at the launch event
Pianist Alexandra Silocea, Peggy Hall, festival director David Irvine, mayor Carolyn Heaps and Katy Muir at the launch event

WORLD-CLASS classical musical talent will descend on Eastbourne for the first-ever Meads Music Festival.

Organisers announced the stellar line-up on Friday (March 11) which includes a one-time winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, a prize-winning pianist and an internationally-recognised string quarter. The series of classical concerts will run on every Sunday in May at All Saints Chapel in Darley Road.

Festival director David Irvine said, “We wanted to build on the tradition of classical music in Eastbourne stretching back over the years from the days of the Palm Court Orchestra at the Grand Hotel to the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Congress Theatre.”

Baritone Christopher Maltman, who has graced almost all noteable opera houses in the world, will kick-off the festival on May 1 at the intimate Eastbourne venue. Maltman has played Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival, Ramiro in L’heure espagnole at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and is a regular at the Glyndebourne Festival.

The inaugural event will then see Romanian concert pianist Alexandra Silocea (pictured), hailed as a pianist of ‘charisma and musical depth’, take to the stage and play works by Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert.

Alongside established talents, the music festival will showcase the talents of Royal College of Music graduates soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon and pianist Sebastien Wybrew.

The local Aanna Colls Singers will draw festivities to a rousing close on May 29 with a selection of choral highlights.

International soprano and patron of the festival Danielle De Niese said, “I think the strength of the Meads Music Festival lies in its ethos of giving exceptional new artists a performance platform along with established international artists and local musical talent.

“I hope it will establish Eastbourne as a centre of excellence for classical music performances while promoting community spirit and I wish the festival every success in its inaugural year.”

Tickets are £18 per concert or £75 for all five concerts which all begin at 3pm. For more information and to buy tickets visit

Tickets can also be purchased from The Scribe in Cornfield Terrace, the tourist information centre in Cornfield Road and Meads Pharmacy in Meads Street.