Unravelling scandal from the past about a bigamist curate

Sussex Harmony at Rushlake Green's arts festival
Sussex Harmony at Rushlake Green's arts festival

When carrying out research for a concert for Rushlake Green’s Little Arts Festival, Sussex Harmony uncovered the incredible story of Warbleton’s 19th century bogus curate who was transported to Australia for forgery.

As if that wasn’t enough, Dr Halloran was also a bigamist and a murderer. His story will form part of a concert of vibrant music and readings combined with bell-ringers’ peals to recreate the sounds of a bygone era at one of the many events making up the Little Arts Festival.

Evicted by the Victorians for being rather raucous, every village church used to have its own band. A group of singers backed by instruments, “sang lustily and with great courage.” Enthusiasm and volume were more prized than accuracy.

Sussex Harmony is a dedicated group of costumed singers and instrumentalists who keep alive the sacred and secular music heard throughout our rural villages in the 18th and 19th centuries.

With a picnic break in the interval, the audience can enjoy a rustic style Glyndebourne along with the sounds of bygone Sussex.

The concert takes place at St Mary’s, Warbleton, at 3.30pm on Sunday August 21. Donations will help finance other events in the Festival which runs from August 21-28. Full details can be found at www.thelittleartsfestival.co.uk and more about the concert at www.sussexharmony.org.uk or call Paula Nicholson on 01435 830934.