Anniversary concert at Worth Abbey

 A concert in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Worth Abbey in Sussex promises to raise the spirits with an uplifting programme of popular and newly-commissioned work on 26 March at 7.30pm. The repertoire includes Brahms' Requiem, Grieg's Piano Concerto and the first performance of a specially commissioned piece by Nick Jones, a fourth-year student at Trinity College of Music, London. Entitled Scene, this work is described as a fanfare and takes its inspiration from a haiku poem by JW Hackett : "Deep within the stream the huge fish lies motionless facing the current."

The soloist is internationally-acclaimed pianist Philip Fowke accompanied by the Trinity College of Music orchestra and choral group. Philip Fowke is a regular performer at the Proms and on BBC Radio 3. Highlights of recent seasons have been appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He is Senior Fellow of Keyboard at Trinity College of Music. Philip is a good friend of Worth, having performed there many times over the past twenty years.

Conductor James Judd is considered one of the pre-eminent interpreters of English orchestral music. British born, he is Music Director Emeritus of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra which he brought to a new level of visibility with performances including a televised Millennium Concert with Kiri Te Kanawa as soloist. He has also conducted the English National Opera.

The concert takes place in the distinctive Abbey Church, with its clear sight lines and outstanding acoustic, set in the tranquil grounds of Worth Abbey.

Abbot Christopher Jamison said; "This concert is the musical highlight of Worth 75, a celebration of our past, present and future at the Abbey since its foundation as a small community of Benedictine monks in 1933. We live a life of prayer and service according to the Rule of St Benedict combined with a tradition of hospitality and education. This concert is a way of celebrating our life with a wide audience, both those who have never visited Worth and those who come regularly."

Tickets are £18 each (£12 student concession) available from the Worth 75 office. Please call 01342 710247 or email: For more information see:

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