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5 St John's St, Chichester PO19 1UR

St John the Evangelist’s Church is a redundant Anglican church in the cathedral city of Chichester in West Sussex, England. Built in 1812 to the design of James Elmes as a proprietary chapel, the octagonal white-brick ‘evangelical preaching house’ reflects the early 19th-century ideals of the Church of England’s evangelical wing before High church movements such as the Cambridge Camden Society changed ideas on church design. The Diocese of Chichester declared it redundant in 1973. Although worship no longer takes place in the building, its theatre-like design has made it a popular venue for concerts and musical events. The church is a Grade I Listed building.

St John the Evangelist’s Church was designed according to an ‘extreme Low church plan’ in which an enormous central pulpit was the focus for the congregation and the altar was so insignificant that it ‘dwindled to a kind of kitchen table’. The height and prominence of the pulpit ensured that the preacher could see all worshippers, and they could see and hear him.

Source: Wikipedia

Upcoming concerts:

Date Concert Group
Sun, 16 Jun 1:00pm

Bach Solo Cello Suites 3 and 5

Festival of Chichester
Tue, 18 Jun 7:30pm

Piacere String Quartet

Festival of Chichester
Wed, 19 Jun 1:00pm

Ensemble Reza: Sublime Chamber music for lunchtime

Festival of Chichester
Fri, 21 Jun 12:00pm

The Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble and the Consone Quartet

Festival of Chichester
Sat, 22 Jun 1:00pm

Minerva Ensemble

Festival of Chichester
Sun, 1 Dec 6:00pm

The Consort of Twelve December concert

The Consort of Twelve

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