TAG: Music

28 March 2024

Dave Clarke (Ha. 1982-85) re-releases John Peel favourite, “Archive One”

Releasing recordings under the name 'Red', Dave Clarke drew significant attention in the nineties, subsequently producing remixes for prominent artists such as The Chemical Brothers, New Order and Underworld, and being listed by the DJ Mag publication in its "All Time Techno Top 100" list.

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15 February 2024

New event details for Annabel Kidd's (Ch. 2010-15) string quartet, Resol

Annabel founded the Resol String Quartet with fellow students whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018.

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05 October 2023

OB band, Barbara, to support Haircut 100

Henry (Le. 1997-12) and John (Al. 1998-13) Tydeman on tour this autumn.

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15 August 2022

Barbara: The Mildly Entertaining Tour

Henry (Le.1997-12) and John (Al.1998-13) Tydeman, who perform as the group, Barbara, are about to embark on their first showcase tour, including a show at the Prince Albert in Brighton. 

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19 July 2022

Max Pope (Le. 2008-11) releases new album

Singer-songwriter, Max Pope (Le. 2008-11), has released his first album 'Counting Sheep', with Piccadilly Records. 

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16 June 2022

Laura Coppinger (Se. 2010-14): Sussex Young Musician of the Year finalist

Laura Coppinger (Se. 2010-14) is a finalist in the Sussex Young Musician of the Year award. 

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07 December 2020

Nigel Thomas (Sc./Ch. 1996-98), OB of the Month, December 2020

Nigel Thomas (Sc./Ch. 1996-98) is a London based singer/songwriter and actor. As the lead singer and songwriter for the indie-rock band The Foxes, Nigel enjoyed several UK Indie Chart top ten hits, toured the world and recorded and released an acclaimed album mixed by John Cornfield (of Supergrass, Razorlight and Muse fame).

Nigel reminisces about hair-bleaching and drama in The Hordern Room.

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25 February 2020

Bess Atwell (Se. 2006-13) Performs on European Tour 2020

From Seldon House Song performances in the Great Hall, to centre stage of The London Palladium, we are extremely proud of the achievements of OB Bess Atwell over the past few years.

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06 November 2019

Berniya Hamie (Wi. 2015-18) performs at the Royal Albert Hall

Classical musician and former music scholar, Berniya, will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10th November, as part of their Classical Coffee Morning series.

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01 September 2019

Alexis Affonso (Le. 1970-74) OB of the Month, September 2019

Alexis Affonso, a renowned concert pianist, won a music scholarship to Brighton College to study piano and organ, as well as the violin.  He has travelled extensively across the world, accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Alexis tells us all about his wonderful career, and why being a musician means so much to him.

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01 August 2019

Max Pope (Le. 2008-11) OB of the Month, August 2019

Our OB this month is Max Pope (Le. 2008 – 2011). Max is a singer-songwriter and guitarist and spreads his time between South London and Brighton. He describes his music as ‘indie-soul’. Max tells us about the challenges of being a young musician and his initial dreams of becoming a puppy.

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10 June 2019

Neil Carter (Common Room 1993-2014) rejoins UFO

Neil Carter (Common Room 1993-2014) has rejoined his old rock band, UFO, on a tour across Europe.

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12 April 2019

James Way (Ry. 2005-10) OB of the Month, April 2019

Named one of London's most influential People in 208 in the category Performance: classical music, tenor James Way was the winner of 2nd prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall. He was awarded the 2016 Simon Sandbach Award from Garsington Opera, the 'most promising singer' award at the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition, and holds an Indepdent Opera Fellowship.

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11 December 2018

Rachel Smith (Fe. 1988-90) OB of the Month, December 2018

Dr Rachel Smith (Fe. 1988-90) came to Brighton as a music scholar, and was heavily involved in all aspects of music life whilst at school. The British Flute Society as well as Verity Sharp from BBC Radio 3 have praised Rachel for her control and beauty of tone, her talent has led her to play with symphony, chamber and opera orchestras, and conerto and recital performances have taken her around Europe, Japan, Zimbabwe, Canada and the USA.

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11 October 2018

One of London's most influential people...James Way (Ry. 2005-10)

"James Way has been astonishing audiences with his technical command and stylistic maturity." -The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Performance: Classical music

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14 September 2018

Debut album for Mia Williams-Watson (Wi. 2001-14) AKA Mia Milla

Having recently graduated from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in Brighton, Mia has recently released her debut single The Way You Roll. 

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28 March 2018

Pro Corda Chamber Champions once again!

It has been another fantastic term for Brighton College Chamber Music! after three gruelling national rounds, four of our ensembles were selected to play in the winners' final concert of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Competition in Cambridge.

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19 March 2018

OB founded singing group Semi-Toned releases new EP

We're sure you remember the momentous win of OB founded singing group Semi-Toned on The Choir: Gareth's Best of Britain, back in 2016.

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30 November 2017

Performing Arts at the Heart of the College

Do you remember being on the stage of the Great Hall, perhaps reciting some Shakespeare or maybe even Euripides? Or were you behind the scenes helping with costumes, props or even stage design?  Drama, music, art and dance are flourishing at the College, but we very well know that the Great Hall stage has seen many an impressive show since it was built in 1913. 

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16 May 2017

Phoebe Haines (Wi. 2004-06), OB of the Month, May 2017

Phoebe Haines (Wi. 2004-06) is an award-winning British Mezzo Soprano, with vocal qualities that have been variously hailed as ‘extraordinary’ (The Times), ‘silvery’ (The Evening Standard), ‘impressive’ (The Los Angeles Times), and ‘opulent’ (Sunday Times Culture). To Phoebe, Brighton College and its Music Department were an inspiration and greatly influenced her career path.

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07 December 2016

Eddie Henley (Ha. 2005-10) wins BBC competition

Semi-Toned, an acapella group set up by Old Brightonian Eddie Henley (Ha. 2005-10) at Exeter University in 2010, won the final of Gareth Malone’s The Choir: Best in Britain on BBC2 this week. The group have been enjoying considerable success in recent years: in April 2015, they became national champions having won the Voice Festival UK, and they have toured extensively across the UK and the USA.

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14 September 2016

James Way (Ry. 2005-10) Serenades at Last Night of the Proms

OB James Way (Ry. 2005-10 ) gave a wonderful performance at the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 10th September and we were delighted to catch up with him this week to find out how it had gone from his perspective. 

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12 February 2016

Paul Lewis (BCJS/Ha. 1951-59) composes 'Brighton Beach' overture

Paul was born into a family of musicians, reluctantly learning to play the piano before deciding on a career as a composer at age twelve. At nineteen his orchestral pieces were recorded as production library music, and at twenty he became Assistant Musical Adviser to ABC Television and composed his first score for a major TV drama. Paul began composing this piece while still a pupil at the College over fifty years ago! Completed just before Christmas, Paul then undertook the arduous task of proof-reading the 63 pages. He has now donated the piece to the College for the pupils to perform and rehearsals are underway!

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08 December 2015

New single from Nigel Thomas (Ch. / Sch. 1996-98)

Nigel Thomas' new single, "Fever" is available to buy now. The album, "Travelling Man" is out early next year.

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19 November 2015

The Music School officially opened by Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour

Much to the delight of the chamber choir and Alex Sansbury (U6th, Hampden) who memorably performed with the Pink Floyd legend, David Gilmour generously entertained guests with performances from his latest album Rattle that Lock, and the evocative Wish You Were Here.

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13 August 2015

White Room at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Tristan Sava (Al. 2003-14), Jacob Newman (Ry. 2003-14) and Jake Smallwood (BCPS 1999-2009) played the legendary Reading and Leeds festivals last weekend with their band White Room.

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12 April 2015

Mia Williams-Watson (Wi. 2001-14) & Lucy D’Orsaneo (Lower 6th Seldon) reach regional round of TeenStar

Lucy D’Orsaneo (Seldon Lower 6th) and Mia Williams-Watson (Wi. 2001-14) have reached the regional round of TeenStar (age group 16-19s).

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03 February 2015

Richard Marshall Turner (S. 1968)

We are sad to report that Richard Marshall Turner recently passed away. 

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03 September 2014

New Music School - Name Your Seat!

As the Music School progresses, so the vision of a new Music School for the College is finally coming into focus. Alongside many other advantages that the Music School will bring, pupils will also benefit from state of the art recording facilities, enhancing and refining their performance techniques and of course recording them for posterity.

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14 May 2014

Phoebe Haines (Wi. 2004-06) opens the International Opera Awards

Warmest congratulations to Phoebe Haines (phoebehaines.co.uk) who opened the International Opera Awards (www.operaawards.org) on 7 April 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.


Phoebe who is a mezzo soprano, will also debut at the Salzburg Festival this summer.

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14 May 2014

"Farewell The Trumpet" - a concert for Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65)

BREMF Trustee Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65) has been ‘resident trumpeter’ at St Bartholomew’s Church for fifty years; to celebrate this golden jubilee, and to mark Gavin’s retirement from playing, a concert is being given to raise funds for endowment of the music at St Bart’s – the trumpets especially! Those taking part are giving their services for a programme that is all Purcell.

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01 April 2014

Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65), OB of the Month, April 2014

Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65), Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, grew up in Brighton - where his first work in the theatre comprised holiday jobs backstage at the 'weekly rep' on the Palace Pier, and in pantomime at Wimbledon.

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04 February 2014

Congratulations to Mia Williams-Watson (U5th, Williams)

Congratulations to Mia Williams-Watson (U5th, Williams) who was Under 16 runner up in the national final of Open Mic UK at the NEC earlier this month.

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14 November 2013

Mia Williams (Upper 5th, Williams House) gets through to Open Mic UK National Grand Final!

Mia made it through to the Open Mic UK Grand Final which will now take place at the NEC in Birmingham in January! She sang "Empire State of Mind (New York)" by Alicia Keys.

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07 May 2013

Paul Lewis (H. 1951-59) - OB of the Month, May 2013

PAUL LEWIS was born into a family of professional musicians in Brighton, England, in 1943. As a child he was fascinated by history and ancient buildings, reluctantly learning the piano from the age of nine. At twelve he saw the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier with Walton's music and immediately realized he had to be a composer. He purposely avoided all formal training, choosing instead to leave school at fifteen and enter music publishing to find out how the music business worked from inside.

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21 November 2012

College Chamber Orchestra perform "Rosa Mundi" by Paul Lewis (H.1951-59)

Preceding the College Chamber Orchestra performing the piece "Rosa Mundi" by OB Paul Lewis on Wednesday 21st November at the Autumn Concert, Paul very kindly came in to listen to the ensemble on Monday and spoke to the pupils about the inspiration behind the hautingful beautiful piece, a tragic love affair and a beautiful Rosa Mundi rose that bloomed outside his window as he worked on the arrangement.

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20 April 2012

Morgan Griffiths (H. 2003-08) playing The Hop Festival

Morgan Griffiths (H. 2003-08) is appearing at the Hop Farm Festival this year (Friday, 29th June) which, according to The Times, is the music festival to visit this summer! The line-up has been announced and Morgan's band, Yossarian, are performing on the Friday on the same stage (The Big Tent) as The Stranglers and Lianne La Havas. You can follow this link for more information about who is playing.

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01 October 2011

Dave Clarke (formerly David Carter H. 1982-85), OB of the Month, October 2011

Dave Clarke (formerly David Carter H. 1982-85) is one of the most respected (and idiosyncratic) techno DJs and producers in the ninties/noughties, Dave Clarke began his music career as a hip-hop DJ in the mid-'80s, shifting to and staying with Techno & Electro.

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10 May 2011

Brighton College Music Successes

Congratulations to William Emery, L5th, on gaining a place at the Youth Music Theatre UK. This is a National Organisation which mounts several productions each year. Competition for places in the cast is fierce and it is an outstanding achievement for William to be successful in a particularly tough audition process. Well done!

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04 May 2011

Brighton College Choral Society Festival Concert

Congratulations to all musicians who took part in the college's Festival Concert on Wednesday 4 May in St George's Church, Kemptown.

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31 August 2010

Rose Elinor Dougall (W. 1999-04)

Rose Elinor Dougall (born 13 March 1986, W. 1999-04) is an English singer, songwriter and musician best known for being a member of "The Pipettes".

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21 June 2010

Kaveh Cohen (H. 1987-89)

A veritable force in motion picture advertising, video games, television and film, Kaveh has taken the industry by storm.

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27 October 2009

College Chamber Choir at the Glorious Venice concert

Warmest congratulations to the College Chamber Choir who performed excellently before a packed house at the Glorious Venice concert (St Bartholomew's Church, Saturday 24th October). Joining three long established chamber choirs and a quartet of recently graduated professional soloists, the college musicians contributed fully to a programme of complex Venetian choral music by Monteverdi and the Gabriellis (Giovanni & Andrea).

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01 February 2009

Richard Jeffery Salter (B. 1957-62)

The baritone Richard Salter, who has died aged 65, only appeared once on the British operatic stage - in 1986, as Chorebus in The Trojans at Opera North.

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31 December 2006

John Denison

John Denison, who died on Hogmanay aged 95, was a central figure in Britain's musical life throughout the second half of the last century, first as music director of the Arts Council and then as the director of the South Bank Concert Halls.

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29 December 2005

Malcolm McKelvey (Head of Music at Brighton College 1958-62)

Malcolm McKelvey, the music teacher and choirmaster who has died aged 79, helped to mould the talent of some of Britain's leading figures in the world of classical music; his best known alumni include Charles Hazlewood, the broadcaster and conductor, Simon Joly, the conductor of the BBC Singers from 1989 to 1995, and Paul Hoskins, the Music Director of the Rambert Dance Company.

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