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Talk, Sun 26 Mar 2017

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.


Elizabeth Muir-Lewis has been international singer, teacher and lecturer on the great art of singing.
On March 26th she will ask ” what makes a great singer? ”
Is it the composers who write music that leads vocal art into ever more complex paths.? Or is it the singers who inspire?

Mozart had singers that he wrote for, as did Schubert and Richard Strauss and our own Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett.
But most composers did not, such as Alban Berg or Schonberg, who wrote ground breaking music which stretched the singer into heights never thought possible…
Elizabeth will explore this fascinating subject, illustrating with recordings, and as well, using singers who will perform arias, duets and ensembles chosen to embellish the story of singing from the 14th century to the present day.
This will be an entertaining event with great music and maybe some clues as to why there are great singers, but also tone deaf would be singers, who. like Florence Foster Jenkins, think they have a wonderful voices!

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 26 Mar 2017 15:00


Tickets £13.00 [EAC members £11.00]
Tickets can also be purchased at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre,The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased online or at the Tourist Information Centre.
Refreshments included in the ticket price.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 7 - Sun 29 Jan Paul Bartholomew and JFK Turner
Tue 24 Jan Informal Concerts
Sun 29 Jan ESO - 30th Young Soloist Competition
Tue 31 Jan Informal Concerts
Sat 4 - Sun 5 Feb UNFOLD
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Feb UNFOLD


Eastbourne Arts Circle

08432 895129


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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