We are delighted our festival will be live this year and we welcome back our dedicated audience. If social distancing legal requirements are still in place, all festival events will be restructured to accommodate these restrictions and all ticket purchases will be honoured. Tickets cannot be refunded except in the event of cancellation of a performance by SDSM.

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Alfriston Ensemble with oboist Alun Darbyshire

19.30
St. Andrew's Church

A rousing start to the festival with some of the most loved string orchestra repertoire.

Tickets: £18 (under 16s free)

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Benyounes Quartet and Morgan Szymanski

19.30
St. Andrew's Church

Guitarist Morgan Szymanski joins the Benyounes Quartet to perform works by Vivaldi, Paganini, Puccini, Boccherini and Piazzolla

Tickets: £18 (under 16s free)

Thursday 22nd July 2021

Melvyn Tan and Benyounes Quartet

19.30
St. Andrew's Church

Local virtuoso and celebrated international musician Melvyn Tan returns for an evening of Schubert's solo piano music and Beethoven's G major Concerto with the festival's Artistic Directors

Tickets: £18 (under 16s free)

Friday 23rd July 2021

Maxim Kinasov

11.00
St. Andrew's Church

Hastings International Piano Competition Laureate once again returns to SDSM

Free Event - Please make a donation

Friday 23rd July 2021

Joe Stilgoe Trio

19.30
St. Andrew's Church

“A jazz pianist and songwriter of considerable talent and no less charm” The Guardian

Joe has a unique ability to write songs that feel like they’ve been around for years, and to adapt classics that sound as though they were just written.

Known globally as a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world.

Tickets: £18 (under 16s free)

Saturday 24th July 2021

Micro-concert with Levare Quartet

12.00
Lullington Church

Bring a picnic and join us at the UK's smallest and most charming church to listen to the young String Quartet in Residence.

Free Event - Please make a donation

Saturday 24th July 2021

Simon Callow
Brahms and the Schumanns: Faith, Hope, Love

19.00
St. Andrew's Church


Esteemed actor and national treasure Simon Callow tells the tragic story of the greatest love triangle in classical music history - Brahms and the Schumanns.

Benyounes Quartet and Robert Thompson perform works by the composers accompanied by readings of their letters by Simon Callow - culminating in Brahms Piano Quintet.

Tickets: £18 (under 16s free)

Sunday 25th July 2021

Levare Quartet

15.00
St. Andrew's Church

Join us for the Harriet's Trust recipients' final concert which will conclude this year's festival.

Free Event - Please make a donation