Friends of Steyning Parish Church – 2024 Events

Permanent Events

Internal Church Tour

A whole new self-guided audio tour has been launched by the Friends of Steyning Parish Church to reveal the hidden secrets and history of its special interior.

The church is described as a ‘Norman gem’ and ‘the best in Sussex’ by Pevsner’s Buildings of England. Renowned for its expertly crafted 12th century nave, Romanesque sculpture, 500-hundred-year-old unique Tudor carved oak panelling and modern stained glass windows, the church has recently been fitted with state-of-the-art lighting to illuminate its full splendour.


Gossips in the Graveyard.

An audio guide to some of the intriguing graves to be found in the parish churchyard of St. Andrew & St. Cuthman, Steyning.

Find out about the lives of many former Steyning residents including the World War II pilot who undertook secret missions, the smuggler, the suffragette and a soldier from Napoleonic times.

Created by the Steyning Museum.

Please install the Echoes App on your smartphone. Details can be found via the link below.


Forthcoming Events

The Hanover Band returns to Steyning

Hear all 6 Brandenburg Concertos!

Saturday – 22nd June 2024. 3.30pm – c7.30pm (which includes an interval)
Venue: Steyning Parish Church.

Part 1: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 4 – led by Julia Kuhn
Main interval with optional picnic
Part 2: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 5, 6 – led by Theresa Caudle

The Hanover Band, a top orchestra from Sussex which specialises in music from the Hanoverian period, will perform all six of Bach`s Brandenburg Concertos at Steyning Parish Church on Saturday 22 June, starting at 3.30pm.

The event is brought to the community of Steyning by The Friends of Steyning Parish Church. Everyone is welcome.

This will be a very special opportunity to hear music from an internationally renowned orchestra perform right in the heart of Steyning. The beautiful Norman church has excellent acoustics and so it will be a treat to hear these six concertos which have enormous popular and critical appeal.

When booking your ticket, you can also order a picnic to enjoy in the vicarage garden during the main interval. Concert goers should bring their own picnic rug or chairs as these will not be provided.

The Hanover Band is directed by Andrew Arthur. The Friends of Steyning Parish Church have developed a close working relationship with the Arundel-based Hanover Band and this is one in a series of concerts which the orchestra have played in Steyning. There will be return visits in future.

Tickets for Parts One and Two: £25-£45 from:
www.ticketsource.co.uk/thehanoverbandfoundation

Picnic £12 each
. These can be ordered at the same time as ordering tickets for the concert through the above link. Concertgoers can bring their own picnic (as well as picnic rug or chairs) and enjoy the vicarage gardens for free.



Past Events

A concert in aid of Steyning Parish Church

Featuring works by Schubert, Bach and Clarke

Tuesday 28 May 2024, 16.30 – 17.30

(note start time changed from the printed Festival programme as well as the printed May Church Magazine).

Venue: Steyning Parish Church.

JS Bach Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BVW1010
Rebecca Clarke Morpheus
Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, D821

This unusual and varied concert will highlight Schubert’s Arpeggione
Sonata, played by Dan Shilladay on viola and accompanied Brian Sawyer.
Schubert’s sonata is unusual as it is the only substantial composition still
played today which was originally written for the arpeggione – essentially
a six-stringed, bowed guitar, invented around 200 years ago in the 1820s.
Another key piece of the programme will be Morpheus, written by Rebecca Clarke
in 1917, which will also be played by Dan on viola and accompanied by Brian. The
harmonies are frequently ethereal and otherworldly, representing the Greek god,
Morpheus, who was especially associated with sleep and dreams.
Finally, Dan will play Bach’s suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BVW1010.

About the musicians:
Dan Shilladay is a London-based freelance musician and Co-Principal Viola at the
Arundel-based Hanover Band which specialises in music from the Hanoverian
period. He has also played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Britten
Sinfonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. With Southbank Sinfonia
he has taken part in acclaimed productions at the National Theatre of Every Good
Boy Deserves Favour and Amadeus.
Brian Sawyer is the popular, award-winning organist of Steyning Parish Church. He
has been an organ soloist with The City of Southampton Orchestra, The Horsham
Symphony Orchestra and has given organ recitals in Chichester and Arundel
Cathedrals among others. He has been the Organist and Director of Music at
Steyning Church since 1993.

Free, with a retiring collection
Tickets available from Ticketsource


Annual General Meeting of the Friends with special guest speaker.

Sunday, 8th October 2023. From 5 pm to approximately 7 pm.
Venue: Steyning Parish Church.

Our 2023 AGM will be on 8 October, in the Church as usual, but this time on a Sunday afternoon starting at 5 pm. In order to achieve a quorum all Members of the Friends are encouraged to attend. After the AGM members are invited to stay for a drink and then join us for an insightful talk given by Adam Stone of Chichester Stoneworks (see below for more details).

Timetable:
AGM: 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Drinks: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Talk: 6:00 pm to approx. 7:00 pm (including Q&A)
No charge

The Friends are delighted to welcome Adam Stone as the guest speaker at our AGM giving a talk entitled:

Mastering the Art of Stonework: A Journey of Knowledge and Creativity.”

Join us for an fascinating early evening with Adam Stone, a distinguished figure in the world of stonework and heritage preservation. With over 40 years of experience and a remarkable career journey, Adam has much to share about his expertise in stone identification, selection, and design.

Adam Stone’s career began as an apprentice stonemason with English Heritage, which marked the start of a lifelong passion for stonework and heritage buildings. Throughout his journey, he developed his skills as a mason and specialist in heritage building restoration, including establishing his own successful business, which he managed for twenty-three years.

In 2002, Adam joined Chichester Stoneworks as Production Manager and Technical Director, overseeing many of the company’s most prestigious heritage and new-build projects. These included relocation of Temple Bar, the refurbishment of The Monument and the Inner Quadrangle at Buckingham Palace. Adam also oversaw the completion of works at Lancing College Chapel which had started 154 years before.

His knowledge, experience, and creativity set him apart as an authority in the field of stonework. Adam is now Managing Director at Chichester Stoneworks after leading a management buy-out.

Adam’s achievements meant that he became a Freemason of the City of London in 2010 and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Masons. Four years later, in 2014, he received the prestigious Master Craftsman’s Certificate of the Worshipful Company.



History of the Steyning Parish Church

Talk by Sarah Leigh – Historian
Monday, 10th July 2023 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Venue: Steyning Parish Church.

Sarah Leigh will be giving a talk on the history of the Steyning Parish Church. This will draw on the online history tour of the Church.

About the planned talk

No booking necessary. All are welcome.

Sarah’s talk will follow on from an earlier lecture organised that same day by The Arts Society of Steyning featuring Nicholas Henderson. In his lecture Nicholas will cover “The English Country Church – How to Read the Architectural & Liturgical Features“. See this link for more details.


Hanover Band – Brandenburg Concertos

Dates and Times to be advised in due course. Unfortunately this event has for now been postponed. We hope that it will occur at a later date.

The Friends are delighted to be able to welcome back the Hanover Band, a Sussex orchestra of international repute. The Hanover Band concentrates on music of the Hanoverian period, and contains some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK.


Hanover Band

Thursday, 15th December. 7.00pm. Handel ‘Messiah’

Please see this link for a review of this concert.

The Friends are delighted to be able to welcome the Hanover Band, a Sussex orchestra of international repute, with the Hanover Band Chorus, a group of soloist standard singers.. The Hanover Band concentrates on music of the Hanoverian period, and contains some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK.

About this Concert

The Hanover Band brings this seasonal masterpiece to Steyning Parish Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman. The master of this work, Andrew Arthur, conducts the magnificent Hanover Band Chorus, The Hanover Band and soloists. This annual event is a wonderful start to the Christmas festivities and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
For availability and booking please visit the following link:

Saturday

17th September

Time 11am – 4pm

Heritage Open Day

All events free, no need to book.

Saturday

17th September

Time: Midday

Talk

How French abbots created Steyning Parish Church and made their peace with the Kings of England.

Sarah Leigh, Friends Publications Secretary

Parish Church

Saturday

17th September

Time: 3pm

Organ concert

An organ concert given by Brian Sawyer, Church Organist.

Short pieces by J.S.Bach, Mendelssohn and local composer John Ireland, whose memorial service took place in this Church.

Parish Church

Saturday

17th September

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Refreshments

Tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

Penfold Hall

Vicarage Lane

(Next to Museum and across the road from the Steyning Parish Church.)


Sunday

18th September

Time 11am – 4pm

Heritage Open Day

All events free, no need to book.

Sunday

18th September

Time: 2pm

Talk

How French abbots created Steyning Parish Church and made their peace with the Kings of England.

Sarah Leigh, Friends Publications Secretary

Parish Church

Sunday

18th September

Time: 3pm

Organ concert

An organ concert given by Brian Sawyer, Church Organist.

Short pieces by J.S.Bach, Mendelssohn and local composer John Ireland, whose memorial service took place in this Church.

No booking necessary.

Parish Church

Sunday

18th September

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Refreshments

Tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

Penfold Hall

Vicarage Lane

(Next to Museum and across the road from the Steyning Parish Church.)


October events for the 500th birthday of the Steyning Screen, created 1522 to commemorate the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Tuesday

4th October

Time: 6:30pm

What Lies Behind the Screen: Royalty, Religion and Scandal

Talk by Alexis Haslam, Community Archaeologist, Fulham Palace.

Drinks available from 6:30pm. Talk commences at 7:00pm.

No need to book – no charge (but with retiring collection).

NB there will be a brief Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Steyning Parish Church at 6pm, preceding this talk.

Parish Church

Tuesday

11th October

Pick up at The Steyning Centre at 9.15am.

Return: pick up 4.15pm at Fulham Palace

Trip to Fulham Palace with Guided Tour 

Discover the secrets and beauty of 15th century Fulham Palace and its 13 acres of listed historic botanical gardens.  This tour is being organised in partnership with the Steyning Society.

£20 to cover cost of transport only, we are guests of the Palace. Lunch available at the Palace café. Please contact Jane Oxley to book your place: 01903 812334 or mike.jane@btinternet.com

Fulham Palace, London

Sunday

23rd October

Time 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Harp quartet, Glissando, presents a ‘Concert for Catalina’

An afternoon of music with a Latin flavour from the sultry dance pieces of Albeniz and Salzedo to the delicate antiquity of De Cabezon, with a world premiere of Catalina Suite, an exciting new work inspired by the Tudor screen, by Alex Rider of Glissando.

Prosecco and soft drinks available in the interval.

Booking details: Tickets available from the Steyning Bookshop.

The charge is £14 for adults and £17 for an adult and up to 2 children under 18. Charge excludes drinks.

Parish Church

Thursday

27th October

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Fun with the Tudors

Half Term Free event for children 5 to 12.

Art, dance, stories and dressing up in Tudor costumes.

Booking is essential. Free tickets can be obtained from The Steyning Bookshop.  All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Any questions can be directed to Sarah Leigh on 01903 813422 or sleigh1180@gmail.com

Parish Church