Last month there was a charming site-specific performance at the Unitarian Church in New Road. ‘The Prince and the Pillars’ told the story of how the church came to be built in 1820. The play was part of a series of fundraising events that are being undertaken in order to save the distinctive columns and steps at the front of the Grade II* listed building. The church was built on land bought from the Prince Regent and Amon Henry Wilds, who designed most of Regency Brighton, was the architect.
The building is used both as a church and a meeting place for a diverse range of community groups and charities, as well as being a concert venue. There are regular lunchtime concerts on Fridays between 12:30 and 1:15pm.
6 April: violinist Sophia Barlette celebrates women composers
13 April: Jazz vocalist Lou Beckerman and co perform ‘A Scattering of Jazz Jewels’. Check the full programme of concerts in April and beyond on brightonunitarian.org.uk
The Heritage Lottery Fund has acknowledged the importance of the building as an integral part of the city’s Regency landscape and is helping to fund the classic façade and portico. As part of the project there are a series of free heritage lectures.
7 April 2pm: Dr Geoffrey Mead presents ‘History of Brighton Unitarian and Cultural District of Brighton’
21 April 2pm: Dr Sue Berry presents ‘Amon and Amon Henry Wilds —architects and builders of places of worship and other buildings in Brighton’