RECORDING LIVE MUSIC IN 

CHIDDINGLY CHURCH, EAST SUSSEX

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Choirs have sung and musicians have played in Chiddingly Church and there's one thing they all agree upon - for whatever reason, the Church has very excellent acoustics, and these musicians themselves have suggested and recommended that we offer the Church as a venue for recording music - choral works, string quartets and similar.  It is not a large building - it seats ca 120 people, so large choirs, orchestras would probably find us too small in size but for the smaller groups of musicians, we are told that we should be ideal.

The church is always open during normal daylight hours, so the first essential is to pay a visit.  We are 8 miles east of Lewes, served by railway from London Victoria.  Our post code is BN8 6HE, and you can look us up on www.streetmap.co.uk

Some points for consideration.

Car parking:  there is a free, open, public car park opposite Chiddingly Church.  It is owned and maintained by Chiddingly Parish Council.

Refreshment: the Six Bells public house is 50 yards walk down the road, and there is The Gun at Gun Hill which is more of a bistro than pub and is also about 2 miles away.

Accommodation:  There are B&B quite close and of course Eastbourne, half an hour away, has hundreds of hotels and Guest Houses.

Essential services:  the Church building does not have toilets.  There is an arrangement with the Chiddingly Village Hall close by (50 yards) that when the Church is booked for events the toilets in the Village Hall may be made available.  The Village Hall is an entirely separate organisation, and arrangements need to be made directly with them.  The Booking Secretary is Mrs J Bean  Tel: 01825 872393.

The Church - is still a fully open House of Worship.  The suggestion that the building is made available for recording live music must take into consideration the primary purpose of the building.  There would need to be discussion about how long any recording session would take; how many hours and days, and at what times of day.

Heating: the church heating has recently been fully overhauled, and can work to excess.  You will not be cold and hands, fingers and vocal chords can be kept more than warm enough to perform efficiently.

Lighting: all the interior lighting has very recently been fully overhauled, and there is very adequate lighting.

Power - there are ample electrical sockets, but if you need more than what may be classed as "normal use" we would need to discuss.  The supply is 3-phase.

Organ - details are here.  We are told it is a very good example of a Baroque parish church organ with a fine tone.  It is regularly tuned, serviced and maintained.

Any questions - please contact Robin Symington.