Chichester Music Society: Student Showcase Concert

Olivia Westall, voice
Life I’ve never led, Sister Act
Wait a bit, Just so
Maybe this time, Cabaret
At Last Etta James

Olivia Westall is a Level 5 ‘Musical Theatre Cabaret’ student, at Chichester Conservatoire. In her spare time, you’ll find Olivia working on a range of projects, most recently as Assistant Director on ‘Moby Dick’ at ‘The Minerva Theatre’. She is very excited to be performing for you this evening and hopes you enjoy her set. 
  
Thomas Messer, Tuba
Concerto Alla Jazz, by Sy Gordon
Rondo for double bass, by Vivaldi

After graduating with a first-class undergraduate degree in music in the summer at the University of Chichester, Thomas is currently studying a master’s. He is a first study tuba player but also plays bass trombone and tenor trombone. Thomas is involved in many of the university ensembles, playing in a variety of styles. He is a part of the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra, big band, symphony orchestra, and brass band, to name a few. Outside of university, Thomas has been involved in performances and recordings with ensembles from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, as well as playing in the pit of a show with the National Youth Musical Theatre. 
  
‘Maddy and the Colour Tones’, Jazz Trio
Nathaniel Galton, double bass, Oliver Peal, guitar, and Madeline Mckee, vocals. 
 
Softly, as in the morning sunrise
My funny valentine
There will never be another you
All of me
Whisper not

The group met at university and formed as an ensemble within the first few weeks of setting foot on campus. They have played at the beach in Littlehampton along with many restaurant venues around Chichester. They all plan to have careers in their respective instruments, and hope to burst onto the mainstream music scene one day!
  
Sirwan Hariri, piano
 
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody

Beginning his piano journey at the age of 14, Sirwan had been self-taught and began formal training at university. He recently won first prize for solo performance at the annual Chichester Festival. For his dissertation, Sirwan will be giving a recital of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt.
 
‘The Chitettes’

Ella Gwyn-Evans, Claire Gale, Natasha Bursch, Katie Brown, voice
Loch Lomond, trad arr. Katie Brown 
L-O-V-E, Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler, arr. Julie Gaulke 
Crabbuckit, ‘The Good Lovlies’, Kevin Brereton
Blue Moon, Richard Rodgers arr. Kevin Stannard and Peter Hunt
Steal Away, trad arr. Simon Lole and Ella Gwynne-Evans 
 
The Chitettes are an A Capella quartet made up of students from The University of Chichester Conservatoire. The ensemble formed in February 2020, and has loved performing at various concerts and events both at university and further afield; singing a wide range of repertoire from choral sacred works to well-known barbershop classics, and even arranging their own repertoire to fit the group.  

The Chitettes have also had the honour of performing in various wonderful venues including Chartres Cathedral, in which they sang last year as a part of the University’s Choral Tour. Last summer they were also invited to attend a week-long course at the International A Capella School, run by former King’s Singer Stephen Connolly. Here they worked closely with him, finishing with a concert in which they sang with two other ensembles from the UK and Belgium. They hugely benefited from Stephen’s feedback and have applied it their ever-expanding repertoire, some of which you will be hearing tonight!

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Chichester Music Society (CMS), formally Funtington Music Group, meets nine times a year at the University of Chichester. Its annual musical programme is full of variety and includes concert appearances by well-known artists and ensembles, illustrated lecture-recitals and guest appearances by international celebrities.
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