Musicians of All Saints - orchestra
Musicians of All Saints is an orchestra based in the historic county town of Lewes in East Sussex. The home venue is the All Saints Centre, an eighteenth century church in Lewes which hosts a wide variety of community activities.
Besides performing with choirs such as Sussex Chorus and the Brighton Singers the Musicians of All Saints give a regular series of concerts specialising in works by neglected or new composers but always mixed in with standard repertoire. The Musicians are currently in the early stages of playing all the Haydn symphonies!
The orchestra started under Andrew Sherwood as the Orchestra of All Saints in 1987 and owes much of its existence to Jan Stammers who was one of the founding members of the All Saints committee. The orchestra adopted the name 'Musicians of All Saints' in the early 90's to reflect the wider ranging complexity of repertoire.
The orchestra has been on tour to Romania, France, and this year to Sweden. When on tour it plays a wide range of venues and is one of the few orchestras in the world to have played concerts in such locations as the remote and tiny Isle de Ouessant. (Getting there in a storm made 90% of the members sea sick!)
The director is Andrew Sherwood with Peter Copley as co-director. Andrew is conductor and violinist, and has worked to critical acclaim in many parts of the world. Peter is a composer, cellist and lecturer whose works have been performed from Poland to Romania, by the BBC, the Schubert ensemble and many other professional and amateur groups.
Musicians of All Saints has a faithful following and was dubbed by one of its pleased and impressed London based soloists as 'the best kept musical secret in South East England'.
See www.mas-lewes.co.uk for more information