Chichester Symphony Orchestra to launch a Friends group

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 of rhythm and one on Saturday, April 20 at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church with music by Butterworth, Holmes, Taylor-Coleridge and Sibelius. The family concert will feature music from Lord of The Rings, Sleeping Beauty, Carnival of The Animals and much more. Tickets on the door, from or

Chichester Symphony Orchestra chairman Greg Slay said: “The Chichester Symphony Orchestra, originally known as the Chichester Instrumental Society, made its first appearance in print in 1889. It is the city’s oldest secular amateur musical ensemble in continuous existence. New audiences and new players ensure the orchestra’s continued success in Chichester’s cultural life. Members of the orchestra visit local schools to promote live music performance.

“The Friends of Chichester Symphony Orchestra is being formed in 2024 with the aim of sustaining the finances of Chichester’s premier orchestra. The Friends will exist to connect the orchestra to its wider community and also to raise the orchestra’s profile locally, regionally and further afield. It is our intention to enable the orchestra to continue to be at the centre of musical life in the city, committed to live performance for people of all ages and in a variety of venues.”

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