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“Times & Seasons” at Christ Church, Chichester, 6 July “How many things by season season’d are / To their right praise and true perfection!” sings the alto soloist at the climax of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, the piece that will end...
  • May 20, 2024
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The Southern Music Project CIC was created by Trumpet Specialist Adam Denman and is a not-for-profit social enterprise created to support access to music, through education, workshops and concerts to communities in Havant and Waterlooville, Hampshire. Simon O’Hea and Adam...
  • May 16, 2024
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Katie Wilkinson and Marios Argiros, Menuhin Room, Portsmouth, May 11 Two last works by two essential composers make one wonder if they sought out the maturity of the viola in the knowledge that they had deeper thoughts to express by...
  • May 16, 2024
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Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea, 13 July 2024 Francis Poulenc –  Gloria This great work, surely one of the best-loved twentieth century choral works, was written by the French composer Poulenc in 1959, four years before his death. It...
  • May 11, 2024
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“This event will be a way of connecting a new generation with the music of the 21st century” An interview between Simon O’Hea of Music in Portsmouth and Roger Sayer. On Friday 7 June, Roger Sayer will be presenting an...
  • May 10, 2024
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Jonathan Willcocks brings his professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica to Chichester for a special concert entitled The Genius of Mozart. As Jonathan says, it “features a programme that travels from a work by his moderately-talented but hugely ambitious and...
  • May 9, 2024
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Chichester Cathedral, May 7 Organised by Chichester Cathedral music events Many of the pieces one knows best are those one had recordings of first and thus had fewer to play. For Christmas or a birthday in the mid-70’s, my parents...
  • May 8, 2024
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Anemos Wind Trio, Portsmouth Cathedral, May 2 Music is possible without a piano. Some of us lunchtime regulars at Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedrals could be forgiven for not realizing that but a change is as good as a rest, it...
  • May 2, 2024
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Chichester Cathedral, Apr 30 Pal Banda’s cello came from the Esterhazy court in the time of Haydn so it’s not entirely out of the question that it played the Trio in G minor, Hob.XV:1 when it, the piece and Haydn were...
  • May 1, 2024
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‘We want to bring to the festival the latest generation of performers, and some which are known to a newer, younger generation.’ Petworth Festival – 10 to 27 July 2024 If ever there was a year to enjoy the thrill...
  • May 1, 2024
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An interview between Simon O’Hea of Music in Portsmouth and London Sinfonietta’s Principal First Violinist, Jonathan Morton “As a budding musician, try to take a leap of faith – that sort of faith will fit keep you going through the...
  • April 29, 2024
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 Inspīrātĭo Ensemble, St Mary’s Church, Hayling Island, April 28 Some favourite local musicians playing some very favourite composers provided every reason to venture into deepest Hayling Island. It’s peculiar how one sometimes listens less to those composers whose music one likes...
  • April 29, 2024
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Chichester’s baroque ensemble The Consort of Twelve are delighted that internationally-acclaimed flautist Ashley Solomon is returning to direct the first concert of their 2024 season, in St John’s Chapel, Chichester, at 3.00pm on Sunday 12 May. The programme is entitled...
  • April 27, 2024
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Come and enjoy Chichester Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert in St Paul’s, Chichester, on Saturday 20 April. Here are some preview notes in a nutshell, to whet your appetite. Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Wasps Overture Structure: Five parts (original orchestration)Performance...
  • April 15, 2024
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Inspiratio Ensemble is taking its audience on an early music excursion to St Mary’s Hayling on Sunday 28 April at 3pm. Inspiratio Ensemble is a classical music ensemble composed of accomplished soloists who perform varied concerts ranging from solo recitals,...
  • April 15, 2024
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On Monday 22 April, Portsmouth Chamber Music welcomes back Robert Plane, now the ‘resident’ clarinettist with Ensemble 360, for a performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s rarely heard but wonderful clarinet quintet. The concert starts with three short but fascinating pieces by Stravinsky,...
  • April 14, 2024
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Richard Pearce, the renowned organist and choral conductor, treated a packed audience to a varied programme of organ music at the Petersfield Musical Festival on Wednesday 17th March in St. Peter’s Church. He book-ended the concert with two works by...
  • April 10, 2024
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Saturday 25th May at St. Mary’s Church Portsea. 5.30pm – 6.45pm Duruflé’s increasingly popular Requiem exists in three versions: one with organ accompaniment alone, one with organ and string orchestra and one for organ and full orchestra.  For Portsmouth Choral...
  • April 10, 2024
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The 40-strong Chichester Cathedral Voluntary Choir leads Cathedral choral worship for a few services throughout the year, when the Cathedral Choir are not in residence. Typically this might mean a weekday Evensong, or perhaps a full Sunday of services, every...
  • April 9, 2024
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For a third consecutive year, the Petworth Festival brings us a special early Summer series of events – The June Edition, from 31 May to1 June 2024. Dubbed ‘a taste of the Petworth Festival’ the June Edition is an appetizer...
  • April 7, 2024
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Philip Young, festival music director, enjoyed a royal celebration at this year’s Petersfield Musical Festival Family Concert. He writes: There was a royal theme to the Family Concert presented by Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra and their conductor, Stephen Scotchmer, on Sunday...
  • April 7, 2024
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This year’s Petersfield Musical Festival sold a record number of tickets and attracted a record number of participating musicians, delighting audiences from all walks of life during its nine day celebration of a wide range of musical styles and genres. ...
  • April 2, 2024
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It is always a thrill to attend the Youth Concerts during the Petersfield Musical Festival and toenjoy the immense wealth of musical talent that exists in local schools. This year was no exception and the capacity audiences were royally entertained by over...
  • April 1, 2024
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Waterlooville Music Festival 2024 runs from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th June. All at St George’s Church Waterlooville, 7.30pm, licensed bar opens 7pm. Sunday 9th: With its heritage going back to 1880, The Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band consists of...
  • March 31, 2024
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A capacity audience was treated to an uplifting all-Mozart programme on 16th March conducted by Festival President Jonathan Willcocks standing in for an indisposed Paul Spicer. From the revolutionary opening bar of the much-loved Symphony No.40 in G minor, Mozart’s...
  • March 29, 2024
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21 March, Petersfield Festival Hall At the top of Wenceslas Square in Prague, the recently refurbished National Museum holds many treasured musical items. There are manuscripts by Beethoven and Mozart as well as relics of Bohemia’s most renowned and nationalistic...
  • March 26, 2024
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Crookhorn College, Mar 24 Portsmouth Music Festival is a compendium of categories and compartments like a local musical version of Crufts and so its celebration of the winners is as various as those jamboree bags of bygone days in which...
  • March 25, 2024
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St. Peter’s Church Petersfield, Saturday 23rd March “The Renaissance Choir presents ‘Ave Maria’” was emblazoned across the poster and programme for their latest concert at St Peter’s Church on Saturday.  From this, the first time attender at a Renaissance Choir...
  • March 24, 2024
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Please see University of Chichester Conservatoire ShowCase Spring 24 (13 MB). The Showcase brochure details all of the University’s theatre, music and art events. Details of a selection of the events described in ShowCase will appear on these pages soon.
  • March 19, 2024
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17 March 2024 When a well-filled St. Peter’s Church greeted the singers of The Gemini Consort at the start of their Petersfield Musical Festival concert on Sunday night, the spirit of Ann Pinhey was wonderfully evident. Ann contributed so much...
  • March 19, 2024
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Hugh Carpenter, conductor of the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014, is set to lay down his baton after the orchestra’s concert on Sunday 24 March in aid of the Portsea Pantry. The programme features soloist Catherine Lawlor playing Kabalevsky’s Violin...
  • March 18, 2024
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University of Portsmouth Choir marks 20 years of the directorship of Professor George Burrows with a special version of Haydn’s Creation to be performed at 3pm on Sunday 12 May at St Mary’s Church, Portsea, accompanied by the Havant Symphony Orchestra. Long considered one...
  • March 17, 2024
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St Mary’s, Portsea, 16 March Of all the settings of The Passion of Christ, the St. John Passion by Bob Chilcott is probably the most personal; it speaks to the listener directly, not just through the words, but also through...
  • March 17, 2024
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On Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm in the magical setting of Boxgrove Priory, the Chantry Quire is to present its annual Passiontide Meditation, a mixture of readings and beautiful, seasonal choral music. Chantry Quire, directed by Peter Allwood, is a...
  • March 15, 2024
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The English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble string octet with Ofer Falk as solo violin/director are next guests in the Chichester Chamber Concerts series. They will be performing in the Assembly Room in the Council House in North Street on Thursday, March...
  • March 15, 2024
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9 March 2024 Previous winners of the Solent Symphony Orchestra concerto award, offered annually by the Portsmouth Music Festival, have set the bar incredibly high, with outstanding performances recently from pianist Thomas Luke, and violinist Alexandra Peel. This year’s winner,...
  • March 14, 2024
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A greatly expanded programme of classical works continues into the Spring season at the South’s leading Concert Hall, Portsmouth Guildhall. Presenting the finest in classical music and featuring a wide range of new and contemporary artists, ensembles and orchestras, there...
  • March 13, 2024
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Nicholas is performing as the Evangelist in Chilcott’s St John Passion at the Portsmouth Choral Union’s concert at St Mary’s Portsea on Saturday 16 March. What are you looking most forward to when performing at this concert? The Chilcott  St...
  • March 12, 2024
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Ivory Duo ft. Adrian Green, Portsmouth Cathedral, March 7 It’s remarkable how many people one has come to know through doing this little website over the years, whether literary or musical. It’s a collateral benefit. My very good friends the...
  • March 8, 2024
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Jamie Cochrane is playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2 along with Petersfield Orchestra on Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm in Petersfield Festival Hall, as part of the Petersfield Musical Festival. What are you looking most forward to when performing at...
  • March 6, 2024
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Chichester Cathedral, Mar 5 Chopin’s not a bad idea for a favourite composer. Rich, with great melodies, charismatic and the Complete Works fit onto 16 discs. I can see why anybody might choose him. Nataly Ganina began with an Impromptu, op. 29...
  • March 6, 2024
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Portsmouth Baroque Choir Newsletter March 2024 It was wonderful to read the verdict of local author David Green that our July performance of The Messiah complete in Chichester was considered “in a class of its own” that it took him...
  • March 3, 2024
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Ben Lathbury writes: Music in Bosham is back for another season! Our Sunday evening concert series returns for 2024 with another run of nine concerts. As with last year, concerts take place at 6pm on the first Sunday of each month at...
  • February 29, 2024
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Emme is the flute soloist in Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D Major at the Solent Symphony Orchestra’s next concert on 9 March. Read a review of that concert. What are you looking most forward to when performing at this concert? ...
  • February 29, 2024
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Richard will be presenting a varied programme of pieces from much-loved Bach fugues to works by lesser-known modern French composers such as Alain and Langlais, alongside a sonata by Elgar and a chorale by César Franck at 7.30pm on Wednesday...
  • February 23, 2024
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This year’s Petersfield Musical Festival is showcasing a panoply of musical talent from a jazz sextet and a Boy Band tribute group right up to a full-size symphony orchestra and two flagship choral concerts. A total of eleven concerts are...
  • February 22, 2024
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Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido & Tianyang Han, Chichester Cathedral, Feb 20 Other Chichester lunchtime recitals One of my greatest discoveries in recent years of attending more lunchtime recitals has been the chamber music of Brahms. Others had discovered it already, of course,...
  • February 21, 2024
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Milly will be singing soprano in “A Century of English Music” at 7.30pm on Saturday 23 March at Petersfield Festival Hall. What are you looking most forward to when performing at the Petersfield Musical Festival this year? Hierusalem by Dyson...
  • February 19, 2024
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The Dudok Quartet are the guests of the Chichester Chamber Concert series on Thursday, February 22 when they will be performing in the Assembly Room. Judith van Driel violin; Marleen Wester violin; Marie-Louise de Jong viola; and David Faber cello...
  • February 16, 2024
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Clarinet Quintet, Chichester Cathedral, Feb 13 Keir Rowe, Bogdan Vacarescu, Michael Sullivan, Phyllida Maude-Roxby, & Nigel McNestrie The Clarinet is a bubbly thing, isn’t it. It is a character actor like the bassoon or trombone. Clarinet Quintet aren’t five of them,...
  • February 13, 2024
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Portsmouth Music Festival, Adult Piano, Portsmouth Menuhin Room, Feb 12 It’s like Narnia, a whole world of categories and divisions within them and a collection of trophies as if Captain Pugwash had come back from a rare successful pirating expedition....
  • February 13, 2024
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Rebecca will be playing the cello at the Festival Lunchtime Recital on Tuesday 19 March at 1pm in St Peter’s Church. What are you looking most forward to when performing at the Petersfield Musical Festival this year?I spent a long...
  • February 12, 2024
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Chichester Cathedral has launched a fundraising appeal to protect the choral music tradition for future generations. Cathedral spokesman Oliver Tubb said: “Music is central to the life and worship of Chichester’s 949-year-old Cathedral. The Choir, which has long been renowned...
  • February 11, 2024
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I am delighted to announce  an exciting CMS concert in which the Society will be enabling  students of the Chichester University Baroque orchestra , directed by Julia Bishop, to take part in a concert with the internationally acclaimed baroque group, Red Priest. The Society...
  • February 10, 2024
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The next concert from the Renaissance Choir, entitled Ave Maria, is on 23 March 2024 at St Peter’s Petersfield. Read about it in the choir’s latest newsletter. You can find back issues and subscribe to future newsletters on the above...
  • February 8, 2024
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Read the full story and watch a video. The Portsmouth Philharmonic handed over a cheque for £850 to Pompey in the Community at Fratton Park on Saturday, ahead of Pompey’s big match with Northampton. At its December concert, which celebrated...
  • February 7, 2024
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Caroline Tyler, Chichester Cathedral, Feb 6 On Caroline Tyler’s website it’s possible to have your own bespoke composition based on your name at what looks a very fair price. It’s called Composify. Would that creativity came quite so easily to some...
  • February 6, 2024
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Keir is principal clarinettist with Southern Pro Musica. He is married to Sheila, who is Southern Pro Musica’s concert manager and who also looks after the performers back stage at the Petersfield Musical Festival. Simon O’Hea is in conversation with...
  • February 6, 2024
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There was a rich display of creative talent on show at the 2024 Festival of Young Composers run by the Petersfield Musical Festival. Entries ranged from works for solo piano or solo violin right up to an ambitious score for...
  • February 5, 2024
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Champions of all things cello, the Cellophonics head to Chichester for a Valentine’s evening concert. Ben Rogerson, who grew up in Chichester and is the son of the long-serving former Chichester Festival Theatre general manager Paul, combines with Christopher Allan, Michael Atkinson...
  • February 1, 2024
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Our performance of The Messiah complete in Chichester last July was considered his “Event of the Year” by David Green, and our last two concerts in 2023 drew delighted audiences. Confidence and enthusiasm are therefore high as we rehearse for our...
  • January 28, 2024
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St Mary’s, Portsea, Saturday 16 March 2024 With the ghost of J S Bach looming over his or her shoulder, it is a brave composer who will tackle writing a new setting of ‘The St. John Passion’, yet Bob Chilcott...
  • January 27, 2024
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Song and dance competitions dominate our tv screens these days, but did you know that Portsmouth has one of the UK’s oldest such talent competitions? One that’s been running continuously for over a century? The prestigious Portsmouth Music Festival was...
  • January 26, 2024
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Karen Kingsley, Portsmouth Cathedral, Jan 25 Five yards in front of where the notes come out of Portsmouth Cathedral’s Bosendorfer under the finely-modulated hands of Karen Kingsley is an excellent place to sit to hear music. I’d recommend it except...
  • January 25, 2024
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On Sunday 4 February at 10 AM at TPS Studio, Petersfield Musical Festival is hosting its eighth competition for young composers, giving an ideal opportunity for imaginative musicians to share their creations with new audiences and receive expert feedback from...
  • January 23, 2024
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Portsmouth, Jan 20By way of introducing an all-Rachmaninov programme, Angela Zanders read from a contemporary article in Grove’s, ‘the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music’, that amongst other things described his music as ‘artificial, gushing’. That’s fine by me. All...
  • January 21, 2024
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Rêverie will evoke The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy in a special entertainment at Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday, January 24. Scripted and performed by pianist Lucy Parham with narration by Henry Goodman, Rêverie explores Debussy’s emotional life through...
  • January 19, 2024
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Chichester Symphony Orchestra will be launching a Friends group this year. Here’s the application form. In the meantime, they are offering two concerts – a family concert on Sunday, January 28 at 3pm at Bishop Luffa School, on the theme...
  • January 18, 2024
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Who and/or what have been the most important influences on your musical career or interest in music?My Dad is a very keen amateur violinist. There was always music in the home when I was growing up, and we often used...
  • January 18, 2024
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Petersfield Musical Festival is hosting its eighth competition for young composers, giving an ideal opportunity for imaginative musicians to share their creations with new audiences and receive expert feedback from a panel of judges. The the Performance and Adjudication Day...
  • January 14, 2024
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The sheer excitement of their young audiences has always been one of the great rewards as Southern Pro Musica celebrate the 30th anniversary of their Children’s Concerts. They will be offering six concerts in three days: at Chichester Festival Theatre on Tuesday,...
  • January 14, 2024
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Chichester Music Society has reached the end of the line after struggling to navigate the post-Covid era. With membership numbers substantially down they are moving away from the format which saw them book performers and present concerts across an annual...
  • January 12, 2024
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Andrew Garrido, Chichester Cathedral, Jan 9 A cold coming we had of it and there were to be no New Year fireworks to begin 2024 with at Chichester, not even in the Liszt. That was not Andrew Garrido’s style, not...
  • January 9, 2024
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On Saturday 27 January 2024, international virtuosos Bogdan Vacarescu and Valentina Seferinova will be presenting a stunning programme for violin and piano featuring treasures by Ralf, Vivaldi, Vitali and Sarasate at the Menuhin Room at Portsmouth Central Library. What are...
  • January 4, 2024
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Jonathan Willcocks has been awarded a medal of the order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to music. He says, “I am so delighted to receive this public honour. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity over...
  • December 31, 2023
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26th and 27th January 2024 Do come and enjoy our varied and entertaining evenings of music for piano solo, duet, duo (four, six and eight hands!) to be performed by a “gaggle” of well-known international pianists. The pianists will include...
  • December 29, 2023
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Who and/or what have been the most important influences on your musical career or interest in music? My father was an amateur organist in Portsmouth, where I grew up. The famed “Mr Music of Portsmouth” Reginald Wassell was the reason...
  • December 23, 2023
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16 December 2023, St Mary’s, Portsea Over three hundred people gathered together in the middle of December? Fratton Park? No. In that glorious building, St Mary, Fratton. An audience of over 200 met to hear a choir of 75 supported...
  • December 19, 2023
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7th December 2023 Anyone going to a concert by the Sitkovetsky Trio can expect a performance of verve, energy and total commitment coupled with gentle sensitivity.  Such was the case last Thursday evening when a large audience braved a wet...
  • December 14, 2023
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Emma Pritchard is playing the cello solo for the Chichester Singers’ Christmas concert on Saturday 16 December at St Paul’s Church in Chichester. She’s a regular player with Southern Pro Musica, so knows the Singers well, but this is the...
  • December 13, 2023
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