Music world premier to help celebrate church’s 800th year

The True St Nicolas performance on June 11
The True St Nicolas performance on June 11

Children from Pevensey and Westham School will join Hailsham Choral Society to perform the world premiere of The True Saint Nicolas, a piece of music written to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St Nicolas Church.

The concert will be held tomorrow, Saturday June 11 at 7pm, in the church in Pevensey.

The True Saint Nicolas, by local writers Ruth Kenward and Martin Neill, makes the connection between Father Christmas and Saint Nicolas. This exciting new cantata will contrast with Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai (Saint Nicolas Mass), which was composed around 550 years after the church was built, underlining just how old St Nicolas Church, really is.

“We are really thrilled to have this world premiere performance taking place in our church, and for our permanent link to it, with its renowned and wonderful acoustics,” said George Stephens, from the church’s fund raising committee.

“This concert is one of a series of events during 2016 that will help raise funds to help preserve our very important historic building.”

Tickets are £10 for adults, children £5 - purchase on 01424 216651,, or The concert is supported by Gaby Hardwicke, BPE Communications, 1066 Country, Priory Court Hotel, Starshine Music, Carr Taylor Wines, Visick Cars, Pevensey Town Trust and Wealden District Council.