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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chris Hough, CMS Chairman writes: It was lovely to see many of you at our concert on 14th November and enjoy a wonderful evening of music performed by Simon Callaghan & Miloš Milivojević, a brilliant end to our autumn series...
  • December 8, 2023
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As our three Christmas events happen this December the Solent Male Voice Choir are already thinking about what we will be singing in 2024. We do have one firm booking to sing at a St David’s Day Dinner, so we...
  • December 1, 2023
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Christian Aid supporters in Portsmouth are warming up their vocal chords for some festive fundraising to support vulnerable communities around the world. The international development charity has launched its 2023 Christmas Appeal which this year is shining a light on...
  • December 1, 2023
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Following the decision of present conductor Hugh Carpenter to retire in 2024, the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to appoint a new conductor to start in spring 2024. Read more on the Portsmouth Philharmonic website.
  • November 23, 2023
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Valentina Seferinova writes: I can report my recent appearance with the Solent Symphony Orchestra as part of their “A Night at the Movies” – where I performed extracts from the second movement of Rachmaniov’s Piano Concerto no.2 went exceptionally well....
  • November 10, 2023
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Read a message from the chair, Andrew McVittie (October 2023). Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends, Welcome to the Portsmouth Music Festival 2024.  As many of you already know, Portsmouth Music Festival is an exciting performing arts festival that takes...
  • October 22, 2023
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“Conductor’s legacy will never be silenced”. Read more about the gemini consort, which Ann founded, and a profile of Ann from 2020 with Music in Portsmouth. Read this article from the 11 October 2023 Petersfield Post.
  • October 13, 2023
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A busy lunchtime concerts series at Chichester Cathedral will take us through towards Christmas. As series artistic director, Chichester Cathedral assistant organist Tim Ravalde says: “The joy of the lunchtime concert series is that we get brilliant performers and we...
  • September 11, 2023
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Chichester Music Society launches into its autumn season on Tuesday, September 12 in the University of Chichester chapel. Society chairman Chris Hough said: “If past concerts are anything to go by, this should be a hugely enjoyable evening. The Champagne...
  • September 11, 2023
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The Havant Orchestras (HSO/HCO) Bob and Beryl Harding Bursary holder for the 2023-2024 season is Enyi Okpara. Enyi is a young conductor from Camden in North London, and Artistic Director and Founder of Elysium. He currently studies with Sian Edwards...
  • August 10, 2023
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Please visit the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series pages to view all the concerts in the 2023-24 season. There are four extra concerts called ‘Sounds of Now’, offering a very different kind of chamber music but with the same artistic quality...
  • July 27, 2023
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Artistic director Stewart Collins is delighted to report it’s pretty much back to normal for this year’s Petworth Festival which offers twin journeys, one real, one metaphorical. The festival, running from July 11-29, offers events across a dozen venues within...
  • July 17, 2023
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11-29 July 2023 Tenebrae * Jess Gillam * Jeneba Kanneh Mason * Clive Anderson * Shakatak * The Manfreds * Raynor Winn with the Gigspanner Bigband * The Queen’s Six * The Jive Aces * Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash...
  • July 1, 2023
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Music by Beethoven, Strauss and Dvorak is on the programme as the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra stages its next charity concert in Emsworth later this month. The venue will be the Emsworth Baptist Church on Sunday June 25 (7pm) and proceeds...
  • June 14, 2023
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Chichester Music Society will be welcoming the Endymion Ensemble on Tuesday 13 June in memory of their late chairman David Tinsley in what they are promising will be an exuberant concert for the Festival of Chichester. ​It will also be...
  • June 12, 2023
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Chichester’s St Richard Singers have taken the sad decision that their Festival of Chichester concert this summer will be their last. Founded in 1970, the St Richard Singers can lay claim to being the oldest chamber choir in Chichester. But...
  • May 21, 2023
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I am delighted to share with you the details of our new BSO Concert Season 2023/24! We welcome back Kirill Karabits for what will be his last season as BSO Chief Conductor, continuing his amazing musical journey discovering long-lost and...
  • May 15, 2023
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11-29 July 2023 Tenebrae * Jess Gillam * Jeneba Kanneh Mason * Clive Anderson * Shakatak * The Manfreds * Raynor Winn with the Gigspanner Bigband * The Queen’s Six * The Jive Aces * Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash...
  • May 10, 2023
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Milton Glee Choir is delighted that it has appointed Mark Jefferson as its new Musical Director. Read the job advert. Mark Jefferson BA(Hons.) MMus QTS was brought up in Dudley, West Midlands and studied piano with Molly Childs. He then went on...
  • April 15, 2023
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After a busy year, the Solent Male Voice Choir are now looking for an accompanist to join them on Tuesday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Havant, to prepare for an exciting schedule of concerts and events which will feature a...
  • March 18, 2023
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The BBC is proposing to disband the BBC Singers and cut its three English orchestras by 20% as part of a new Classical Music Strategy. The BBC is the single biggest employer of musicians in the UK and we believe...
  • March 15, 2023
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Nine days of concerts in Petersfield Festival Hall and St Peter’s Church, opening on Friday 17 March. Read the newsletter. Saturday evening choral concerts 18 March – Handel: Jephtha 25 March – Puccini: Messa di GloriaGrieg: Peer Gynt SuiteStanford: Songs of...
  • March 13, 2023
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Milton Glee Choir appoints Mark Jefferson as its new Musical Director. Milton Glee Choir is seeking to recruit a new Conductor/Musical Director. We are a well-established SATB choir of approximately 60 to 80 singers which this year will be celebrating...
  • February 23, 2023
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Online at www.petersfieldmusicalfestival.org.uk. In person at One Tree Books, 7 Lavant Street, Petersfield GU32 3EL Tel. 01730 261199 Please download the latest newsletter and the brochure (5 MB).
  • February 21, 2023
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At its Annual General Meeting on February 11th, Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia announced the retirement of its Musical Director, Christopher Burgess, almost 40 years after he first founded the orchestra as the Old Town Hall Consort. Subsequently (1995) it became HRS,...
  • February 14, 2023
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Click here to view (4 MB PDF). Welcome to our first-ever University of Chichester Conservatoire Events Guide. This spring, we have a diverse range of concerts and events, including Musical Theatre productions, a Jazz Festival, Cabaret evenings and the launch...
  • February 1, 2023
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The 2023 Organ Project recital series (view on the Organ Project website at https://orgproj.co/Rs23) is ready to launch, #savethedates:10th February 2023 (7pm) – Timothy Guntrip (Uckfield Parish Church)25th February 2023 (10am) – Young Organists Recital3rd March 2023 (7pm) – Luke...
  • January 23, 2023
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A remarkable concert will kick off the New Year for Bognor Regis Music Club when Derek Paravicini returns to the town on 21 January to give a celebrity concert (£15). Renowned pianist, Derek Paravicini, alongside Professor of Music, Adam Ockelford...
  • January 19, 2023
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Andrew McVittie writes: After a successful campaign last year to re-open Portsmouth’s Menuhin Room and bring back its spectacular Steinway D Model Piano into operation, a new series of concerts will shortly be available for booking. These Saturday lunchtime events...
  • January 15, 2023
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Recruiting younger singers for 2023 will be one of the big priorities for the Chichester Singers as they move on from a highly successful return to normality in 2022. They will be performing J S Bach – Christmas Oratorio (parts...
  • January 10, 2023
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The November 2022 concert featuring soloist Catherine Lawlor playing Max Bruch’s violin concerto raised more than £650 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Canon Cllr Hugh Mason and the Lady...
  • December 4, 2022
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At its concert in November 2022, the Portsmouth Philharmonic dedicated the performance to founder Anne White, who retired from playing in the summer. When Anne was a Southsea GP she had the idea of setting up an amateur orchestra in...
  • December 2, 2022
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The Portsmouth Chamber Music Series has announced a 2022-2023 season featuring six internationally renowned ensembles at Portsmouth Guildhall. Spokeswoman Kelly Haswell said: “The series is unique for its informality and in-the-round format with the audience just a couple of metres...
  • November 18, 2022
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Bognor Regis Music Club is rebuilding strongly after the pandemic and after the death, a couple of years ago, of their chairman Chris Coote. Ian Clark, who used to perform with Chris at the club, has now succeeded him as...
  • October 30, 2022
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We are delighted to announce a lecture-recital by Paul Guinery on Tuesday September 13th at 7.30pm. Paul studied Piano at the Royal College of Music and then English languages at Queen’s College Oxford. He has recorded solo Rachmaninov works and twentieth-century...
  • September 9, 2022
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General booking has opened for the 2022-23 Chichester Chamber Concerts series with the promise of a splendid series ahead. Read more.
  • September 7, 2022
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Chichester Music Society is looking to boost numbers as it launches into the second half of its 2022 programme. It starts the autumn on September 13 in its home at the University of Chichester with the pianist Paul Guinery (pictured)...
  • September 4, 2022
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2022 is a celebratory year for the Consort of Twelve, as it marks its 40th anniversary. The Consort will recognise this remarkable milestone with a concert at 3.00 pm on 11 September in St John’s Chapel, Chichester. Thanks to all...
  • August 19, 2022
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Popular music lecturer and pianist Angela Zanders (B.Mus., L.T.C.L.) will be running a new 10-week Music Appreciation course at New Park Community Centre, Chichester, starting in September 2022. The course will also be available separately online, using zoom. The new...
  • July 18, 2022
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At 7.30pm on 2 July at Oaklands Catholic School, HSO will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with orchestral favourites The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. Joining the orchestra will be soloist Melina Mandozzi to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin...
  • June 28, 2022
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Beach Hut Productions has been busy filming the choir during a rehearsal for its “Protest” concert. View the video. Here are some quotes: “Everyone shares the common aim of achieving the highest standards of music-making that we can, in a fun...
  • June 26, 2022
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Chichester’s St Richard Singers have been forced back to their roots as they begin rebuilding after the pandemic. They return to the Festival of Chichester with a concert entitled Still Quiring on Monday, June 27, 7.30pm at St George’s Church,...
  • June 26, 2022
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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. Noticeboard post: Concerts coming up at the Petworth Festival A superbly varied...
  • 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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