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Chichester’s the Consort of Twelve is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a season of three widely contrasting concerts. It and the Portsmouth Baroque Choir will present Handel’s dramatic oratorio Israel in Egypt on 3 July during the Festival...
  • April 30, 2022
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After two years that have been exceptionally difficult for both professional and amateur musicians and their audiences, we were delighted to be able to bring the Festival back, almost complete, last month. Click here to view our latest newsletter with...
  • April 25, 2022
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Festival dates: Wednesday 13 July – Saturday 30 July 2022Box Office opens: 13 May 2022Box Office at: www.petworthfestival.org.uk or Tel: 01798 344576 Download the festival’s summer brochure 2022. A superbly varied and inventive festival has been announced for Petworth and...
  • April 21, 2022
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Do you fancy yourself as a rollicking pirate or a bumbling policeman? A flirtatious maiden or a pirate’s moll? Do you enjoy singing and performing? Well come along and join Havant Light Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance in...
  • March 28, 2022
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Now that we can once again enjoy live classical music after so many cancelled concerts and events due to the pandemic, concert pianist and music lecturer Angela Zanders will be running a new music appreciation course to help those who...
  • March 28, 2022
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After the frustrations of 2020 and 2021, the Petersfield Musical Festival is back from 19th to 26th March 2022, with an exciting programme of concerts, and a wide range of performers and music – including choral, orchestral, opera, solo instrumental...
  • March 4, 2022
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After almost a two-year absence, we welcome you to join us in the intimate surroundings of Portsmouth Cathedral for an authentic performance of Handel’s oratorio by Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra on Saturday 26 March. Conducted by...
  • February 21, 2022
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(Photo: Sue Bint, Jill Jarman, Shoshana Yugin Power, Jonathan Willcocks, Philip Young, William Hammond and Thomas Mann) A wealth of creative talent was on show this last weekend at the 2022 Young Composers’ Competition run by Petersfield Musical Festival in...
  • February 8, 2022
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We are a small group of amateur musicians who enjoy playing classical music together. The group was formerly known as the Southsea Chamber orchestra and in the past performed concerts locally. During rehearsals, a lady used to sit in the...
  • February 8, 2022
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(photo: Shoshana Yugin Power) Petersfield Musical Festival is delighted to be able to stage a full programme of events during March 2022, following the cancellation of last year’s event.  Audiences will be delighted to engage once more with live performances...
  • February 7, 2022
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Popular Chichester piano tuner and repairer Anva Luc – father to a remarkable musical family – has died at the age of 60. His daughter Maria said he “lit the hearts of many.” Anva, who tragically lost his sight in...
  • January 29, 2022
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Photo by Ash Mills 2022 will be a landmark year in the rich and remarkable history of Chichester Cathedral Choir. Read more at the link below. Performer: Chichester Cathedral music events Author: Phil Hewitt External site: https://www.chichester.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/moment-of-history-for-chichester-cathedral-choir-3530548
  • January 23, 2022
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The Van Baerle Trio are the first guests of 2022 in the Chichester Chamber Concerts series. They will be offering a recital in the Assembly Room, Chichester on Thursday, January 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Chichester Festival Theatre...
  • January 21, 2022
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2022 is underway and the young musicians from Chichester brought in the new year of Portsmouth’s lunchtime treats with a wide range of instruments and music. The sky outside was a clear Venetian blue that might have anticipated Vivaldi but...
  • January 15, 2022
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What a great start to our concert programme 2022! The unique sound of Lee Choral Society is very special to us at Holy Trinity and we were delighted to hear them sing in our new year of music! The programme...
  • January 14, 2022
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Please see University of Chichester Conservatoire ShowCase Spring 22 (16 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.
  • January 13, 2022
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Covid may have put an abrupt halt to cultural life but the response shows the sector is part of national recovery. In March 2020, live classical music and much of cultural life worldwide came to an abrupt halt overnight. Since...
  • January 8, 2022
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Welcome to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Winter/Spring 2022 Season from Portsmouth Guildhall. Download: BSO_Winter_Spring-2022_PORTSMOUTH It is with great pride that we launch the second half of our 2021/22 Season of concerts. It has been such a joy to have audiences...
  • January 3, 2022
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Chichester Music Society is putting live music back on the agenda as it looks ahead to a fine array of concerts in 2022. The 2022 season offers: January 12 – Continuum Baroque Quartet; February 9 – The Ensemble Reza String...
  • January 1, 2022
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The beauties and benefits of the natural world are things we are all striving to preserve and nurture at the present time. The seasons, weather, animals, birds, flowers and trees have all inspired classical composers over the centuries in numerous...
  • December 17, 2021
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Christmas Concerts, Chichester Festival Theatre, until December 11. Chichester Cathedral Choir were exquisite tonight. Under the superb leadership of Charles Harrison, organist and master of the choristers, they always are, offering the perfect mix of skill, beauty and control. But...
  • December 10, 2021
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Our new 2022 Programme has been announced. Time to renew your membership or join us! Download the Chichester Music Society brochure 2021-22 (4 MB). Through the Robert Headley Fund, we continue to work closely with Chichester University for the benefit...
  • November 30, 2021
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In a late change to the advertised programme, it turned out not to be our local piano superstar, Angelina Kopyrina with her fiery Rachmanninov that I and my select entourage saw today, but Angelina can be saved for another time...
  • November 27, 2021
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The Portsmouth Philharmonic will play its first concert for two years when it puts on a programme featuring composers as varied as Schubert and Sousa on Sunday December 5 at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton (3 pm). PPO last...
  • November 27, 2021
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After 18 months with no singing, the Chantry Quire, directed by Peter Allwood, returns to live performance with a new season of concerts. Spokeswoman Carol Frogley said: “We begin this autumn with a splendid performance of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem...
  • November 27, 2021
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On November 20th, Bognor Regis Music Club members celebrate the life of their dear friend and chairman, Chris Coote, who sadly passed away last year during the darkest days of the pandemic. Over many years, he raised thousands of pounds...
  • November 18, 2021
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Click here for our latest Newsletter with details of the varied and exciting concerts planned for next March! The Newsletter also reports on: A review of the September choral workshop Taking part in the choral concerts – combined rehearsal dates...
  • November 10, 2021
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In its 60th anniversary year, the Solent Male Voice Choir is delighted to resume its live concerts in 2021 – it started with a joint concert with Basingstoke MVC on 14 October. Chairman David McVittie says “Sixty years is worth...
  • November 8, 2021
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Solent Male Voice Choir is mourning the man who became its heartbeat after joining as a teenager more than 50 years ago. When his wife Maureen died in September last year, Charles “Mac” McAndrew, chairman of the choir, decided he...
  • October 24, 2021
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Do you enjoy creating your own music? If so, enter this year’s Festival of Young Composers, which is both a celebration of our local young composers and a competition with prizes for the winning entries. Entries are invited in three...
  • October 22, 2021
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South Downs Soloists are a new and exciting professional vocal ensemble based in the South of England, directed by George Haynes, with a focus on full-voiced ensemble singing. South Downs Soloists are a new and exciting professional vocal ensemble based...
  • October 7, 2021
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The Barbican Quartet launch the 2021-2022 Chichester Chamber Concerts series with a new freshness and eagerness they are determined to make last. Read more at the link below.
  • October 5, 2021
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During ‘lockdown’ Portsmouth Choral Union continued to rehearse and keep in touch with one another in a variety of different ways. Zoom rehearsals were enlivened by, amongst other events, quiz nights and online wine tasting. There was a brief return...
  • September 22, 2021
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Chichester Chamber Concerts have announced a full programme for this autumn and winter, with tickets on sale from Chichester Festival Theatre. Concerts will be in at the Assembly Room, Chichester, with the 17th season running from October 2021 to March...
  • September 13, 2021
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Concert pianist and music lecturer Angela Zanders continues her courses on music appreciation, starting on 20 September. “They are open to anyone who enjoys classical music and is interested in learning more about the subject”, she said. This time she...
  • September 13, 2021
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In 2021 the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series is in its eighteenth season, bringing world-class musicians to the city. In partnership with Music in the Round and the Guildhall Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are...
  • September 12, 2021
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Please visit the St Peter’s performer’s page to find out more.
  • September 7, 2021
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This month’s edition discusses: • Our next event with The Champagne Quartet will be going ahead as planned on 15th September. A wonderful way to celebrate the start of our Autumn season! • The additional event with Ashworth & Rattenbury...
  • August 17, 2021
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The BSO announces its new Autumn Season and will once again be touring in person, bringing live symphonic music to communities across the South West. The new, ambitious season includes many notable moments including a triptych of new works written...
  • July 25, 2021
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On the eve of their much anticipated first live practice for many months, Portsmouth Choral Union fell foul of the sudden change to government guidelines concerning choirs, singing and rehearsal numbers. With enthusiasm undiminished, it was decided that the weekly...
  • July 14, 2021
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Organisers of the 2021 Petworth Festival are pinning their hopes on the lifting of all restrictions on July 19. The festival will go ahead either way, but without full lifting, it will certainly take a hit. Stewart Collins, Petworth Festival’s...
  • July 13, 2021
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We love choral singing. We want future generations to enjoy it too. For this reason, we run an annual bursary scheme for young singers. Our choral bursary scheme is ideal for aspiring young singers wishing to develop their choral singing...
  • June 22, 2021
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Hello people – at long last my latest CD – number 14 ! – the one I made in Lviv, Ukraine, with the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra under Grammy-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, and in a recording studio in Paris –...
  • June 22, 2021
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  • June 4, 2021
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Considering the awful year or so we have all experienced, I am in the enviable position of needing to book musicians for our recital and concert programmes for 2022; also, owing to last minute changes, for our August recital on...
  • June 4, 2021
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Two terrific new pieces for you this time. Phos Hilaron – A song of the light – Robert Fielding (pictured) This is a setting of O gladdening light for unaccompanied SSATB, as sung by the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir and...
  • June 2, 2021
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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) continues its pioneering livestream broadcasts with a further series of five concerts from Lighthouse, Poole. The series of popular classics runs from Thursday 10 June to Saturday 12 August, featuring everything from Tchaikovsky and Mozart to...
  • May 21, 2021
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Please read the letter that I am sending to my MP today. Making Music has just published details of its own campaign, and parliamentary question with notes. Sign the petition at Change.org – Let Choirs Start Singing Again: Singing Will...
  • May 20, 2021
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Having made the best of 2020 when presenting a part live, part streamed ‘special edition’ festival last October/November, the momentum behind the ever-ambitious Petworth Festival looks set to continue this coming summer. Read the Petworth-Festival-Brochure-Summer-2021-Lo-Res. Events will run between Wednesday...
  • May 20, 2021
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The Havant Music Festival is returning for a 4th season this June, hosting a 3-day event for music aficionados who want to experience live music once again after a challenging year in lockdown. Its 2021 line-up this year, all being...
  • May 20, 2021
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The Chantry Quire is a small Chamber Choir of 24 voices, based in Sussex and directed by Peter Allwood. We perform a wide repertoire, from early music to contemporary works. You can find out more about us on our website....
  • May 17, 2021
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The Solent Male Voice Choir seeks an accompanist for regular Tuesday evening practices and six to eight concerts per year. We are a choir of around 24 voices singing a wide repertoire of music for male voice choirs. Working closely...
  • May 15, 2021
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Finally, my 14th CD has at long last been released for worldwide distribution – itself having been delayed by the Covid pandemic. It’s the one I recorded in Lviv, Ukraine and Paris – some 2 years ago. Today, finally, CDs...
  • May 11, 2021
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A fantastic range of events will go sale on Saturday 8 May as the Festival of Chichester opens its box office for business. Dame Penelope Keith, Kate Mosse and Loyd Grossman, the Castalian Quartet, pianist Young-Choon Park, guitarists Linda Kelsall-Barnett...
  • May 6, 2021
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Our Passiontide video was viewed 775 times during the month it was online. There were lots of lovely comments, and over £1000 was raised for the Aldingbourne Trust. Thanks to all our generous donors. While the full video is no...
  • May 5, 2021
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It is with real regret that I have to inform you that we are not able to proceed with our Student Showcase concert on Tuesday 20th May. Unfortunately, the committee has had a very low number of candidates and we...
  • April 29, 2021
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Dear Concert Supporters, A year after the first coronavirus lockdown, the people at St Peter’s Church are preparing plans to re-start the much-loved concert programme in the church. Many of you will have heard the sad news of the death...
  • April 24, 2021
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The Renaissance Choir is currently on the lookout for new members in all voice parts. If you’re looking to join an accomplished chamber choir that performs in beautiful venues across the UK and Europe, then the Renaissance Choir could be...
  • April 20, 2021
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Do you enjoy singing classical music? Are you looking for a friendly group to share your love of singing? Ever thought about joining PCU? If the answer is yes, then read on! If you have some experience of singing in...
  • April 16, 2021
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The Hanover Band writes: We are also delighted to be back at the University of Chichester this week. After having to cancel our course in February, it has been great to be working with the students again. We’ve been working...
  • April 3, 2021
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Havant Symphony Orchestra’s viola player Vincent Iyengar practised slightly more than he usually does during lockdown. “It gave me a chance to revise playing solo viola works that I’d studied at college. I also tried my hand at the ‘cello...
  • March 27, 2021
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The UK government must act now to put arrangements in place to enable musicians and other performing artists and their support teams to travel within the EU without crippling costs and excessive paperwork. Pianist Sophia Rahman, with violinist Catherine Martin,...
  • March 26, 2021
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What diverse and interesting people we musicians are. Hobbled and restrained by lockdown, stopped from playing together, there seems to be no end of things we have turned our hands to. The Meon Valley Orchestra’s bass clarinettist John Elder grew...
  • March 25, 2021
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“We are all very anxious to get back to singing”, says SMVC chairman David McVittie. “We have been meeting on Zoom, singing along to tracks played by our MD. but it is not so effective when you cannot actually hear...
  • March 23, 2021
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This is the last of our 2011-2019 retrospectives. We hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting some of the Festival’s activities over the past decade. Thank you for your interest and support and we look forward to welcoming you to Festival events in the...
  • March 21, 2021
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Froxfield Choir – African Sanctus Under their founding director, Elizabeth Gotto (who retired from the Festival Committee last year after many years as Soloists’ Secretary) Froxfield Choir took part in the Festival’s choral concerts between 1997 and 2004. Conducted by...
  • March 18, 2021
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Rock choir Bach: St John Passion Mozart Requiem with Hampshire County Youth Chamber Orchestra Kit and McConnel Angela Zanders Youth Concerts Tim Ravalde Please click on the link below to read more. Background to this series.
  • March 17, 2021
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Richard, Andrew, Angie and Carolyn have all worked extremely hard over the past year to keep the singing going and ensure that we have choirs to go back to eventually. It’s a sad fact that many choirs have folded, some...
  • March 17, 2021
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Contents: Organ recital with Carlo Curley Petersfield Orchestra Petersfield Orchestra seized the chance of using the Allen organ to programme Saint-Saëns glorious ‘Organ Symphony’, with Richard Barnes as the organ soloist and Hiroko Banks and David Groves playing the piano...
  • March 16, 2021
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Contents: Jonathan Willcocks: A Great and Glorious Victory In October 2012 Jonathan Willcocks led an inspiring Festival workshop on his choral work A Great and Glorious Victory, timed to coincide with preparations for singers from several UK choirs to join...
  • March 15, 2021
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This month’s edition discusses: • The Covid crisis continues to have a major impact on our programme schedule with The Student Showcase delayed until May. Further details below. • Our event with Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars has had to be...
  • March 14, 2021
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Edward Thomas Centenary Concert From time to time the Festival puts on a ‘Petersfield special’ – a unique concert relating to the music and community in this part of the world, such as the gala concert of Petersfield Musicians and...
  • March 14, 2021
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David Francombe remembered: It was just a year ago, on the first Saturday of the 2020 Festival, during rehearsals for a concert that David Francombe was due to attend as reviewer, that we received the sad and sudden news that...
  • March 13, 2021
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Piers Burton-Page interviews composer, conductor and music writer Paul Spicer about his life, work and 8 favourite pieces of music. Produced by Phillip Young Edited by Chris Bartholomew-Fox Please click on the link below. Background to this series.
  • March 12, 2021
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Mid-Sussex based Ensemble Reza – regulars at the Festival of Chichester – are in a remarkably strong position. They can confidently say their year of lockdown and pandemic has been a thoroughly good one. “We have had an exciting year,”...
  • March 11, 2021
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Please see the linked page below for this new publication: Veni Creator Spiritus by Rosemary Field (formerly sub-organist at Portsmouth Cathedral). It’s a fusion of traditional plainsong and a George Herbert text from 1633. The piece was written for what...
  • February 25, 2021
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Petersfield Musical Festival online retrospective 1: Castaway’s Choice with Piers Burton-Page & Paul Spicer Petersfield Musical Festival online retrospective 2: recollecting 2014 + David Francombe remembered This time last year, preparations for the 2020 Festival’s ten concerts were in full...
  • February 16, 2021
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I confirm that our February and March concerts also will not go ahead as planned. However the Guildhall is now hoping to reopen in April. On that basis I have two new dates for you. The Doric Quartet (originally on...
  • February 12, 2021
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The Festival of Chichester is planning confidently for the future with a major IT investment – thanks to generous grant support from Chichester District Council. CDC is giving the festival a grant of £1,600 towards the cost of a new...
  • February 12, 2021
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Classical saxophonist Jess Gillam and doctor-turned-author and comedian Adam Kay will be among the headline acts at this year’s Petworth Festival. Festival artistic director Stewart Collins has confirmed a number of the acts heading to West Sussex this summer. There...
  • February 11, 2021
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