New directions and new challenges for Chichester Symphony Orchestra

Chichester Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor Simon Wilkins celebrates a year with the orchestra this month – by taking them in a new direction.

He and the orchestra are offering a family concert on Saturday, January 26 at the Millennium Hall, Westbourne House School, Coach Lane, Chichester, PO20 2BH, an afternoon event starting at 3pm and lasting around an hour with no interval.

They will be performing the complete Star Wars suite, ABBA, Night on the Bare Mountain, Jazz Pizzicato and Gershwin in Hollywood.

“It is exactly a year,” Simon says. “My first rehearsal was January last year, and this is my fourth programme with them, and I think the orchestra has really improved. We have got to know each other now. I know what I want to do with them, and they are used to my conducting style and I have done a few projects now that have been new to the orchestra. We have had a very, very positive reaction from the audiences and from the orchestra, and we have got other exciting things lined up.”

Phil Hewitt


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