and Forty Nights
Monday 10th April
A journey through Lent to Easter
by David Horne and Paul Collins
David Horne will be performing extracts from a wide variety of writers from the seventeenth century to the present day.
You will hear George Herbert's great celebration of Lent and how a modern day monk imagines the Devil tempted Jesus. You will hear from the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (yes, honestly!). You will see some of the people whose lives were turned upside down - the unscrupulous temple trader, the high priest Caiaphas, the disciple Peter and the criminal Barabbas. You will experience the horror of the Crucifixion and finally the joy and triumph of the Resurrection, as depicted by two writers who lived four centuries apart.
All this will be illustrated and enhanced with a mixture of appropriate music from Paul Collins - music ranging from J.S. Bach to Malcolm Archer - including pieces based on well-known hymns (Were You There When They Crucified My Lord and Lift High The Cross).
John Bruzon was born and educated in Gibraltar. From an early age he showed great promise and talent at the piano, but at a time when the opportunities in Gibraltar for training for a dedicated career in music were practically negligible. By his own determination he won a bursary which enabled him to study at Trinity College of Music with the pianist Irene Kohler to whom he owes much.
Over the years he has enjoyed a varied and exciting career, being equally at home in both classical and lighter fields of music. He has performed in concerts and recitals throughout the UK and abroad, including engagements at the Wigmore Hall, London, and a series of classical programmes on the QE2 for part of a world cruise.
John was privileged to partner the English National Opera’s baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud at the Fairfield Halls 20th Anniversary Celebrity Lunchtime Concerts. Derek also selected John to accompany him in a performance of the song cycle ‘Winterreise’ for the Schubert Society of Great Britain. He was a regular accompanist for Derek’s busy teaching practice in London.
Through his passion, hard work and natural flair for performance he is now a highly respected and versatile concert pianist constantly in demand. More recently he has added teaching to his portfolio. John is a natural teacher who thoroughly enjoys encouraging and developing his many students’ talents and technical keyboard skills.
Paul Collins moved to Eastbourne at the age of seven and has been involved in Church Music ever since. He was Director of Music at St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Eastbourne from 2004 - 2013 where he was so fortunate to have been able to study with Robert Munns and to whom, he says, he will always be so grateful.
Paul has been accompanist to several local choirs including St Bede's School at The Dicker with whom he has performed at both Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals. He is established as a recitalist and continuo player in the town and is particularly fond of the French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is also passionate about making the organ and organ music accessible to all.
Paul loves playing the organ and tries to play as many right notes as possible! He now feels that he has come home as Director of Music at St Saviour's Church having played here for several services and many great occasions over the years. He is a member of the popular Renaissance Singers who also had their home here under the direction of the late Reg Bertin.