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Music, Sun 30 Jul 2017, £12

The Birley Centre

The Birley Centre

The Birley Centre offers a versatile space for a variety of performing arts activities including concerts, conferences, dance, exhibitions, gigs, master classes and workshops.


Gustave Charpentier’s opera, Louise
combines lyrical romance, social realism and
expressionist surrealism, moving effortlessly
between the sordid reality of working-class
drudgery and the the bohemian lifestyle of
belle époque artists.
It is a hymn to the spirit of Montmartre,
where love and laughter are weapons against
the realities of a mundane existence. His
unsentimental yet ecstatic belief in the
rights of all individuals has kept the opera
feeling as fresh and modern now as the day
it was written.
Up-and-coming singers from the UK and
beyond come to Eastbourne every year to
explore one opera in one weekend. What
they discover is much more than just music
and words. Join us for a great evening full of
drama and wonder.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for conferencing

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 30 Jul 2017 19:00


Tickets £12, under 20s free
Tourist Information Centre


Eastbourne College

01323 452255


The Birley Centre,
Carlisle Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 4EX



See location of The Birley Centre at Eastbourne College on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: OA 610835  Lat: 50.76243 Long: 0.28262

Eastbourne is entered from the north via the A27 or the A22. If approaching from the A22, at the large roundabout just north of Polegate, follow the signs to Willingdon (3rd exit) through the traffic lights at Polegate, until you reach the Willingdon roundabout.

If approaching Eastbourne from the A27, at the junction with the A2270 traffic lights, turn right (signposted Polegate and Willingdon) and follow the A2270 until you reach the Willingdon roundabout.

At the roundabout take the second exit directed to the town centre (west). Follow straight on the A2270 until you come to a roundabout with the railway station on your left and the Prezzo restaurant on your right. Then turn right into Grove Road, keeping the library on your right and go past the police station, following signs for Devonshire Park, which is adjacent the College. The College will appear on your left in Grange Road. Old Wish Road is at the far end of the pitch which is in front of the school.

From other directions, head for the seafront and turn inland opposite the Martello Tower (the Wish Tower) joining Carlisle Road. Turn right into Grange Road and immediately right into Old Wish Road.

The Birley Centre is a 10 minute walk (or 5 minute taxi ride) from the station. Follow Gildredge Road to the end, then cross over South Street and Furness Road to College Road. The Birley Centre is situated at the end of the road on the right, at the junction between College and Carlisle Roads.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Eastbourne station


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