Past events

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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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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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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Valentina Seferinova writes: I will be performing Sergei Rachmaninov’s classic Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Opus 18 with the Havant Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jonathan Butcher on the Saturday afternoon of December 9th in the tiered...
  • December 5, 2023
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With busy times ahead and their 20th anniversary not so very far away on the horizon, The Sitkovetsky Trio are looking forward to two concerts in Sussex. On Thursday, December 7 they join the Chichester Chamber Concerts series in the...
  • November 30, 2023
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Chichester Chamber Concerts series: Charlotte Salouste-Bridoux violin, Joseph Havlat piano, 9 November Charlotte Salouste-Bridoux (violin) and Joseph Havlat (piano) will offer a contrasting duo when they perform the next concert in the Chichester Chamber Concerts series. Read more on SussexWorld.
  • November 3, 2023
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It felt rather unseasonal when we started rehearsals in September for: ‘Tchaikovsky’s Christmas Nutcracker‘! With 16th November only two weeks away, we are feeling very festive. After all, Clara’s big party takes place on Christmas Eve! Snow-laden scenes surface too...
  • October 31, 2023
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For their 2023 winter season Portsmouth Choral Union will be performing two of the most well-known works in the choir’s repertoire: Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem. In their long history of over 140 years, the choir has sung Messiah over...
  • October 24, 2023
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Tickets just £10 (including all fees)Click here to book and enter code BLAZE at checkout Portsmouth Guildhall is delighted to welcome Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to Portsmouth for the very first time and we invite you to join...
  • October 11, 2023
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On Saturday 28 October the Renaissance Choir will be performing Mozart’s Requiem in Petersfield, undoubtedly one of his best-loved and most often performed choral works. It sits in contrast to Haydn’s vivacious Te Deum, and is complemented by one of...
  • October 8, 2023
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The Castalian Quartet open the new season of Chichester Chamber Concerts with a recital in Chichester’s Assembly Room on Thursday, October 5. They line up as Benjamin Gilmore, Daniel Roberts, Ruth Gibson and Steffan Morris. Royal Philharmonic Society prizewinners and...
  • September 30, 2023
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Following on from its acclaimed Messiah performance with the Consort of Twelve at St Paul’s Chichester in July, Portsmouth Baroque Choir returns there at 7pm on Saturday 21st October with a programme of choral music by Joseph Rheinberger (Requiem in...
  • September 27, 2023
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Leading clarinettist Emma Johnson will be in concert as The Regis School of Music in Bognor celebrates its 27th anniversary. Emma’s celebrity recital will be in the School of Music, 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis on Saturday, September 23 at...
  • September 22, 2023
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Petersfield Musical Festival is hosting its 2023 choral workshop on Saturday 23 September directed by renowned choral conductor Jeremy Backhouse. The event, which will take place from 10.30-4.30 in the Methodist Church in Petersfield, is open to singers of all...
  • September 7, 2023
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Chichester’s Consort of Twelve welcome back internationally acclaimed violinist Julia Bishop as leader/director in a concert at the newly-reopened St John’s Chapel at 3pm on Sunday, September 10. The concert is entitled The Jewels of Italy and celebrates some of...
  • September 7, 2023
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This runs from 14th-17th September at West Meon. Visit the website for further details. We have another wonderful programme lined up, with the Primrose Piano Quartet & guests, including a piano recital by the talented young pianist Thomas Kelly, a...
  • August 31, 2023
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31 August–3 September 2023. Organised by The Beaufort Singers. The Beaufort Singers are excited to announce the return of the Boxgrove Choral Festival from 31 August–3 September 2023. There are three concerts and one service which all take place in the...
  • July 17, 2023
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A splendid celebration of choral music is the promise as the Southern Cathedrals Festival – which rotates between Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury – returns to Chichester Cathedral this year, running from July 14-16. Find out more on the SCF website....
  • July 14, 2023
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Making their first visit to West Sussex, Sussex Song Makers with the Sussex Ensemble are promising a baroque bonanza when they make their Festival of Chichester debut on Friday 7 July at the Assembly Room at 7pm. Vivaldi’s Gloria and...
  • July 4, 2023
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Winning the Sussex Young Musician title in 2022 brought important and unexpected lessons for Zoe Barnett who returns to the county to give a guitar recital for the Festival of Chichester on Saturday 8 July at the Regis School of...
  • July 4, 2023
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Helen Hooker will conduct the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia in a special concert for the Festival of Chichester. On Sunday, July 9 at 3.30pm at Boxgrove Priory Church, it is offering Music Divine: The Unicorn’s Grace & other stories. Hampshire Recorder...
  • June 30, 2023
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Chichester’s baroque ensemble the Consort of Twelve are delighted to collaborate once again with the Portsmouth Baroque Choir for this year’s Festival of Chichester. On 9 July, at 5pm, in St Paul’s Church, Chichester, they will perform Messiah, Handel’s enduring masterpiece,...
  • June 30, 2023
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For the third of his three Festival of Chichester concerts, Pavlos Carvalho returns to his beloved Bach. After offering ensemble concerts with Plastikes Karekles and Ensemble Reza, it will just be Pavlos, his cello and Bach on Friday, June 30...
  • June 29, 2023
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An important Chichester Cathedral concert at this year’s Festival of Chichester will raise awareness and funds for refugees from around the world (Saturday, July 1). The concert, co-presented by the Cathedral and the University of Chichester, will include Ukrainian soprano...
  • June 27, 2023
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Our Proms-style ‘Last night..’ concert on Saturday 8 July at Oaklands School is all set to go with orchestra at the ready, refreshments in stock and flags available for waving along to Jerusalem and Rule Britannia! We are excited to...
  • June 25, 2023
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It’s going to be a special and emotional day for violinist Bogdan Vacarescu when he takes to the stage with pianist Valentina Seferinova at Christ Church, Chichester for this year’s Festival of Chichester on July 3. It will be Bogdan’s...
  • June 25, 2023
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Ensemble Reza was born as a group of musicians and friends who wanted to play together in the Mid Sussex area. This November they will be celebrating their tenth anniversary with a special series of concerts. But before that they...
  • June 22, 2023
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You are invited to join the Renaissance Choir to enjoy a concert of choral music at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road, Southsea, PO4 0DY, on Saturday 8 July at 7:30pm. We love singing a capella (unaccompanied) and...
  • June 21, 2023
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Baroque cellist Lynden Cranham will celebrate the release of Volume 2 of her recordings of Bach’s Cello Suites with a concert in St Peter and St Mary Church, Fishbourne, beginning at 3pm, on Sunday, June 18. She will be playing...
  • June 14, 2023
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900 Years of Choral Music by Female Composers is the promise from London-based choral quartet Sonare as they perform for the Festival of Chichester at St Peter’s Place, Fishbourne on Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm. They comprise Victoria Stilwell soprano,...
  • June 14, 2023
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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to the Festival of Chichester with the promise of a “summer’s evening with some of the most memorable melodies ever written.” In Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday, June 14 at 7.30pm it will offer Vaughan Williams’ Tallis...
  • June 11, 2023
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There will be huge extra significance to The Chichester Singers’ Festival of Chichester concert this year: it will be their 70th anniversary concert (Chichester Cathedral, Saturday, June 17, 7.30pm). On the night their programme will comprise Chilcott – Dances of...
  • June 9, 2023
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Friday 9th June at 7pm – St Mary’s Church, PO1 5PA – Organ Recital We’re thrilled to invite you to the next event in our 2023 Organ Recital series. On June 9th at 7pm, Anthony Froggatt, former Organist Master of...
  • June 6, 2023
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15 June 2023, Petersfield Festival Hall Beethoven is the presiding genius who towers over our summer concert: his iconic masterwork the Fifth Symphony surprises with fresh impact on every hearing. The French composer Saint-Saëns revered Beethoven and we can look...
  • May 31, 2023
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The Parnassian Trio – a new venture for the Parnassian Ensemble – will be offering Baroque Music for a Summer’s Evening on Sunday, June 4 at 6pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bosham Lane, Bosham. Sophie Middleditch – recorder; Lucy Scotchmer...
  • May 30, 2023
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The HPMVC are delighted to be welcoming Thomas Luke, the brilliant pianist from the IOW, who will be playing two 15 minute slots on the Yamaha grand in the acoustic-friendly auditorium, on 8 July. The Choir will be singing a...
  • May 18, 2023
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On Saturday 20 May Robin Browning is conducting a Beethoven-themed concert with the Havant Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham. The orchestra will be playing the Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 6 in F, Pastoral. He explains why this...
  • May 13, 2023
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With just a couple of weeks to go, all the preparations and rehearsals are coming together nicely. This year Gloria! is the title of Froxfield Choir‘s Summer Concert and follows shortly after the King’s Coronation Weekend.   We’d love to see...
  • May 11, 2023
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24 June 2023, St Mary’s Church, Portsea Portsmouth Choral Union’s summer concert will feature a rare Portsmouth performance and a first Portsmouth performance.  The rare will be Benjamin Britten’s Cantata St Nicolas.  Written for the centenary of Lancing College in...
  • May 10, 2023
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Consort of Twelve: Sunday 14 May, 3pm Chichester’s baroque ensemble the Consort of Twelve will open its 2023 season with a concert that’s a little different from usual. It will be held in the beautiful St Bartholomew’s Church, Mount Lane,...
  • May 7, 2023
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Tuesday 16th May 2023 at 7.30 pm. Los Ladrones (est. 2013) is a local vocal quintet comprising Jane Marett, soprano; Irene Cooksey, mezzo soprano; Simon Cooksey, tenor; John Butt, baritone and Michael Powell, bass-baritone. It is directed by Geoffrey Porter...
  • May 2, 2023
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The Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir presents a Coronation Concert with John Mansfield (organ) on 13 May at St Nicholas’ Church in Wickham. It begins with a specially written Coronation Fanfare for Organ and Choir followed by The National Anthem....
  • May 2, 2023
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Chichester musician George Haynes will be conducting his ensemble of eight professional singers, the South Downs Soloists, in a concert of unaccompanied music at St Mary’s Church Easebourne on April 15. The programme is specially chosen by George to celebrate...
  • April 14, 2023
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‘A cappella’ group, The Free Radicals, will be singing a special concert in aid of relief work in Ukraine on Wednesday evening in St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield on Wednesday 5 April at 7.30pm.  They have collected a set of some of...
  • April 3, 2023
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This concert on 25 March with the University of Portsmouth choir celebrates the restoration of the Walker organ in St Mary’s Church with a programme of choral music that features the organ. The concert is comprised of a whole range...
  • March 19, 2023
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Paddington and Downton star Hugh Bonneville will be the compere at a very special concert featuring a choir made up of Ukrainian refugees on Friday 24 March at Churcher’s College in Petersfield. Enjoy folk and modern Ukrainian songs in support...
  • March 9, 2023
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Petersfield Musical Festival’s two signature choral concerts promise to pull at the heart-strings and evoke a gamut of musical emotions from Baroque pathos to rousing Edwardian celebration of the British seas, ending with a dramatic Italian sacred Mass and an...
  • March 2, 2023
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The Armida Quartet are the next guests in the Chichester Chamber Concerts series for a concert on Thursday, February 23 in the Assembly Room, Chichester Council House, North Street (tickets from Chichester Festival Theatre). They comprise Martin Funda violin; Johanna...
  • February 17, 2023
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4 March, Portsmouth Cathedral In this concert, the Solent Symphony Orchestra will bring some of classical music’s most famous pieces to life. The programme includes works by Mozart, Bruch and Brahms. The audience will be transported through time to experience...
  • February 15, 2023
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The St. Matthew Passion is the largest single composition that Bach ever wrote and is considered by many to be one of the greatest creations of Western Civilization.  Originally planned for performance before Covid, Portsmouth Choral Union will be presenting...
  • February 11, 2023
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9th February 2023 (6:30-7:30pm). The Novium Museum, Chichester. As part of The Art of Chichester exhibition, Ben Hall, Director, University of Chichester Conservatoire, and award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman will talk about the role music has played in Chichester’s arts scene:...
  • February 1, 2023
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Havant Chamber Orchestra offers a rare opportunity to hear a BBC Young Musician finalist live in Fareham in a concert at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham on February 4th at 7.30pm.  An inspiration to all aspiring young musicians, and brass instrument...
  • January 29, 2023
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Chichester’s St Richard Singers are kicking off the year on 21 January with an unorthodox Christmas concert, offering free entry for Ukrainians and other displaced people. The idea came about in this “City of Sanctuary” (Chichester) when we were thinking...
  • January 21, 2023
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This year’s Petersfield Musical Festival aims to reach out to all ages and tastes with its programme of diverse events, including two large-scale choral concerts, small-scale chamber ensembles, music theatre, youth and family concerts. The programme will be rolled out...
  • January 18, 2023
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Tarantara head to Chichester Festival Theatre on Thursday 19 January on their mission to free up G&S. Their Gala Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan will be at the venue on January 19, featuring favourites from The Mikado, The Pirates of...
  • January 15, 2023
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The University of Chichester Conservatoire teams up with US-based Great Immediately Productions to offer the UK premiere of Christmas Carol The Concert. It plays Portsmouth Guildhall on Thursday, December 15 at 7.30pm with tickets available from the venue. It is...
  • December 13, 2022
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7pm, Saturday 3 December, Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea For its December concert, Portsmouth Baroque Choir presents a selection of late Renaissance and early Baroque Christmas-related motets. This includes several works by Heinrich Schütz including his The Christmas Story. Schütz died...
  • November 24, 2022
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Anthony Gritten from The Royal Academy of Music plays on the historic ‘Handel’ organ at Holy Trinity Gosport on Monday 21 November. Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and studied with Harry Gabb, David Sanger, and...
  • November 19, 2022
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The Shopwyke Singers return to their regular home of Boxgrove Priory for their next concert on Sunday, November 20 at 7pm – a performance of Brahms’ mighty Requiem. Spokesman Richard Allum said: “The Priory, which can trace its origins to...
  • November 18, 2022
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Monday 21 November 2022, Portsmouth Guildhall Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. He regularly appears at the most prestigious UK venues and Festivals, and...
  • November 12, 2022
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Chichester Music Society welcomes the Chamber Orchestra of the University Conservatoire on Tuesday, November 8 at 7.30pm in the chapel at the Bishop Otter Campus of the university (PO19 6PE). Spokeswoman Cyndy Kennett said: “As well as providing excellent professional...
  • November 4, 2022
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Chantry Quire is very pleased to be able to present Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle on Saturday 26 November in Petworth Parish Church at 7.30pm. This work was written in 1863. Rossini had retired from writing operas over 30 years previously,...
  • November 4, 2022
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The Shopwyke Singers return to their regular home of Boxgrove Priory, on the outskirts of Chichester, for their next concert – a performance of Brahms’ mighty Requiem, on Sunday 20 November at 7pm. The Priory, which can trace its origins...
  • November 3, 2022
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Saturday 12 November 2022, Chichester Cathedral. Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Wasps Overture and Dona nobis pacem. The autumn of 2022 will see the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest 20th-century English composers. In this concert Ralph...
  • October 29, 2022
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Chichester Music Society is delighted to announce a concert featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the University Conservatoire on Tuesday November 8th at 7.30 in the Chapel. As well as providing excellent professional performances, the society has the aim of supporting Chichester University...
  • October 29, 2022
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In conjunction with The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Portsmouth Choral Union will be holding their annual Christmas concert on Saturday 10th December beginning at the early time of 5.30pm.   As well as a selection of well-known carols and seasonal...
  • October 27, 2022
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Angela Zanders is giving a lecture recital at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield on Saturday 12 November at 3pm. View the poster. ‘The Life and Music of Amy Beach’ focuses on this extraordinary American composer and pianist who achieved success both...
  • October 24, 2022
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Petersfield Orchestra’s autumn concert takes place at 7.30 pm in the Petersfield Festival Hall on Thursday 17 November, with a free pre-concert event at 6.30 pm. Two mighty works by Tchaikovsky will soon be echoing round Petersfield Festival Hall under...
  • October 17, 2022
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On 29 November Gabrieli Roar presents ‘In Dulci Jubilo’, a festive celebration of the spectacular polychoral music of Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz, in Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral.  Gabrieli Roar is a unique partnership between one of the UK’s leading professional ensembles...
  • October 10, 2022
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The South’s premier recorder orchestra is back with a programme to bring a reminder of sunny dancing days as autumn descends! Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia, which features seven sizes of recorders from the 6-inch sopranino to the 6-foot contrabass, is looking...
  • October 5, 2022
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All Saints Church, Botley, SO30 2EA on Saturday 19th November 2022 at 7:30 pm Botley Choral Society has been going strong for 100 years and to celebrate is performing a special centennial concert!  The programme opens with Handel ~ Zadok...
  • September 28, 2022
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Read a review. At 12:30 pm on Saturday lunchtime, 8 October, there’s a free concert in the central library’s 3rd floor Menuhin Room. Valentina Seferinova writes: Here’s a picture of the magnificent full-size Steinway concert grand, widely regarded as the...
  • September 25, 2022
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Havant Chamber Orchestra will play a poignant concert on Saturday 15 October in memory of its late leader Brian Howells who died from Covid-19 in April 2020.   Appointed leader of HCO from 1997, Brian (pictured) had a distinguished career as principal second violin...
  • September 22, 2022
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On Tuesday 20 September, come to hear Miriam Teppich and Pavlos Carvalho playing in Chichester Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concerts series. David Green has written a review of Pavlos’ recent release of Bach Cello Suites, Vol. 1, Suites 1-3 (Willowhayne). To add...
  • September 19, 2022
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For the first concert of its new season, Portsmouth Choral Union will be joining forces with The Renaissance Choir to perform Rachmaninov’s sumptuous “Vespers” on Saturday 29 October in Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral. The work comprises a glorious tapestry of wide-ranging...
  • September 16, 2022
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Saturday 15 October, All Saints Church, Portsmouth It has been some years since we last sang any music by Purcell, so I thought I would plan a concert of Restoration anthems to include music by Purcell and his contemporaries John...
  • September 16, 2022
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The festival runs from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September, and we have another wonderful programme this year with some exceptional guests joining the renowned Primrose Piano Quartet. The Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening concerts are all candlelit, and beautifully...
  • August 26, 2022
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On Saturday 24 September there will be an open choral workshop directed by Paul Spicer. Read more. Download the Spring 2023 Petersfield Musical Festival brochure.
  • August 26, 2022
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Celebrating the life and poetry of Sussex naturalist Richard Williamson – Sussex’s very own David Attenborough and Chichester Observer columnist. Join poets, musicians and nature lovers to share Richard’s newly published last poems. Features music by the renowned Stradivarius Piano...
  • August 3, 2022
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As part of the Heritage Dedication Festival at St. Mary’s, an alternative interpretation of the Victorian Tea Dance is being hosted at the church, taking inspiration from the Mo’Jive dance style, at 2pm on Friday 15 July. During the Victorian...
  • July 9, 2022
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