Henry Purcell: his baroque music and the art of the time by Nicolas Chisholm MBE and Elizabeth Muir-Lewis

11 March 2022 @ 2:00 pm
The Locker Room, Eastbourne Tennis Centre
£12 (EAC Members £10)

Henry Purcell by John Closterman


NOTE: Early start time of 2.00pm for this event.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) is without doubt one of England’s earliest and greatest musical giants. Nicolas Chisholm and Elizabeth Muir-Lewis will explore his life, times and music compositions revealing why his work is so glorious yet under appreciated.  To set Purcell into the context of the 17th century Helen Rufus-Ward will illustrate the richness of the art of the baroque period.  Clearly this is a period where music and art came together in such splendid harmony.

Nicolas Chisholm was a choral scholar at St John’s College Cambridge where he graduated with a degree in Classics. After a spell in Chichester Cathedral Choir, he became Head of Classics at Hurstpierpoint College, continuing to sing professionally throughout the South of England. Before retirement in 2010 he was Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School for 22 years when he was awarded an MBE for services to music education. He is currently a governor of St Paul’s Girl’s School and Chairman of the Baroque Collective.

Elizabeth Muir-Lewis was a professional singer and later a conductor. Following graduation from The Royal College of Music, she joined Glyndebourne where she sang small parts and sang major understudies. Later, she went to Vienna on a Caird Scholarship to study Lieder at the Vienna Conservatoire. Her work took her to Europe, America and in the UK, including the BBC, The Three Choirs Festival, and numerous recital venues. She founded the Eastbourne Choral Society, conducting it, and taking it on three European tours. For six years she ran the “Camerata” recitals, In association with The Royal Academy of Music, where she is a judge and a trust set up by her finances The Richard Lewis Award annually. She was honoured with a, Hon ARAM and a Hon Fram by the Academy in recognition of her work for them.

With regret, we must inform patrons that this event is now sold out. Please contact Sir Philip Anson for details of our waiting list. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events, all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906. (Best time to call is after 5pm weekdays or anytime at weekends.)

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