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The joy for compere Kate Mosse is that it’s definitely a concert she would have gone to anyway.“It’s got classical music and Chichester Symphony Orchestra and female composers and Sussex composers and it’s the Festival of Chichester… I would certainly...
  • July 11, 2024
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Becky Hill, chair, writes. Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is putting on its final concert of the current season at Oaklands School on Saturday 13 July at 7.30pm. It will perform Three Dances from The Bartered Bride by Smetana, the Cello...
  • July 10, 2024
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Portsmouth Baroque Choir – “Times & Seasons”, Saturday 6 July, 1900, Christ Church, Chichester The venue for our summer concert, Christ Church Methodist and United Reformed Church in Old Market Street, Chichester, has two very good pianos, one of which...
  • July 1, 2024
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Someone asked Ensemble Reza, at the end of their Festival of Chichester concert last year, why they hadn’t included any female composers. They are certainly doing so this year. On Saturday, June 22 at 6pm for the Festival, they offer...
  • June 15, 2024
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As he completes his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Julian Chan heads to the Festival of Chichester for two dates in three days. On Friday, June 21 at 7pm, he will be offering Home And Abroad at...
  • June 15, 2024
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On Sunday 7 July at 6.30pm Portsmouth Choral Union and the Consort of Twelve are performing Saul by Handel at St Paul’s Church in Chichester as part of the Festival of Chichester. David Gostick, conductor of the PCU, tells us...
  • June 13, 2024
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Lynden Cranham’s Victorian Family Music Room will be a genuine family affair on the opening day of the 2024 Festival of Chichester. Cellist Lynden will be joined by her cellist son Tom Parker and her violinist daughter Emma Parker with...
  • June 10, 2024
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23 June, University of Chichester For over 20 years Chichester has enjoyed Cello Day events at the University of Chichester. Here’s your chance to join in and be part of a cello orchestra. The Chichester Cello Day is an annual...
  • May 24, 2024
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I’d like to invite you to a recital I am giving with two colleagues, Cressida Godfrey (flute) and Frannie Millar (soprano) at St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield on Saturday 1st June. Our programme will feature music by a variety of extraordinary female...
  • May 23, 2024
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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