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Music For Rooftops

Saturday 28 August 2021

In 2020, as pandemic struck, live music stopped, and the most memorable sound was birdsong

In 2021, as some semblance of new normality returns, live music is back and Devonshire Quarter is delighted to host the world premiere of a specially written piece of music to be performed outdoors on the rooftop of the Congress Theatre, one our town’s most iconic buildings.

This new piece, Music for Rooftops, created by Eastbourne composer Clive Whitburn, and performed by internationally acclaimed Onyx Brass. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2017-18 season, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark.

BBC Music Magazine described the group as “easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain”, and Gramophone hailed “some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind”. Onyx and its five recordings are also regularly featured on BBC Radio 3. 

This musical event will challenge, excite, inspire and enthral. Reflection, lament and expression of hope, Music for Rooftops offers a unique opportunity for the community to back come together and share a poignant moment as dusk falls at the end of long late summer Saturday.

A major musical moment, and an extraordinary piece of music for extraordinary times.



Music For Rooftops

Times & Prices


£12 (unreserved seating)

Additional Info

This event has been made possible by the funding received from the Arts Council England


"Easily the best brass ensemble in Britain" - BBC Music Magazine

“Wonderful, virtuosic brass quintet” - Record Review, BBC Radio 3

"fantastic classical brass quintet, their virtuosity is absolutely staggering…They are brilliant! - Sarah Walker, Sunday Morning, BBC Radio 3

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