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Angelina Kopyrina: Rachmaninov Lecture Recital

Angelina Kopyrina presents a lecture-recital on Rachmaninov’s first piano sonata in D minor, op.28, its history, background and influences on Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7.30pm.

She plays Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonatas on Tuesday 11 May.

Click the link below then.


Chantry Quire: There is Sweet Music

Celebrating the return to live performance with a programme of madrigals, motets and partsongs, from Byrd and Morley, via Finzi and Vaughan Williams to Skempton and MacMillan.

Saturday 3rd July, 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church, Causeway, Horsham RH12 1HE

Tickets £12; programmes £1. Book online via www.chantryquire.org.uk/performances, or email tickets@chantryquire.org.uk or phone 01243 779707 to reserve.


Festival of Chichester 2021 line-up unveiled

A fantastic range of events will go sale on Saturday 8 May as the Festival of Chichester opens its box office for business.

Dame Penelope Keith, Kate Mosse and Loyd Grossman, the Castalian Quartet, pianist Young-Choon Park, guitarists Linda Kelsall-Barnett and Rob Johnson, the Charlotte Glasson Jazz Trio, the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, a virtual Summer Feel Good Show from CAOS, poet Vicki Feaver and Chichester Art Society will all be taking part.

The 2021 festival will run from Saturday, June 12 to Sunday, July 11.

The virtual box office launch will be from 1830 to 1900 on Friday, May 7. This event will be held on Zoom. Anyone wishing to attend should contact support@festivalofchichester.co.uk.

Read more at the link below.


Portsmouth Chamber Music Series: a virtual May festival

We end our rather sorry 2020-21 chamber music season on a slightly brighter note!

You may know that our concerts are made possible by Sheffield-based Music in the Round, which each year hosts a May Festival. This year, for the usual reason, it has to be a virtual one, but this has allowed us to team up with them and offer our Doric Quartet concert as part of it. It will be a different (shorter) programme, but will be ‘live’ from the Guildhall, at 7pm (note early starting time) on Wednesday 12th May. It will be free to watch, though donations are encouraged.
Those unable to watch it ‘live’ will be able to watch any time up until the end of May.

For more information, please see the link below, and for the whole festival programme, all of which you can watch, please open this document (0.2 MB PDF): 70 MitR May Festival

https://portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/whats-on/event/portsmouth-chamber-music-the-doric-string-quartet/

We are still hoping that our postponed Ensemble 360 concert scheduled for Monday 14th June, will be able to go ahead not just ‘live’, but with lots of you in attendance. We are fortunate that the very large size of the auditorium means that social distancing is easy to organise. Tickets will be unreserved at the point of booking, but I will subsequently allocate seating together with the box office staff.

For booking and programme details please see below. The box office is open for in-person bookings, or you can phone 023 9387 0200.

https://portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/whats-on/event/portsmouth-chamber-music-ensemble-360-2/


Angela Zanders: a new online “Music in England” course

Angela Zanders (B.Mus., L.T.C.L.) is setting up a new online music appreciation course entitled ‘Music in England’ starting on 19 April 2021.

I have been lecturing in Music Appreciation for over 30 years and take great pleasure in bringing classical music alive for those with little or no knowledge of it, setting composers and musical performances in their historical context and reading contemporary accounts of musical life and personalities. My aim is to provide greater knowledge and appreciation of the music people enjoy listening to, and I use PowerPoint slides as well as audio and video examples to illustrate my talks.

My new course, ‘Music in England’, will trace the music of both native and foreign composers over the centuries, highlighting the different sacred and secular contexts in which music was composed, produced and performed.

The course takes place on zoom over 10 weeks on a Monday afternoon or a Wednesday morning and is open to anyone who is interested to know more on the subject. Please see the flyer below for more details of dates and fees and please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Angela Zanders Music in England course

Mondays 16.00 – 17.30 GMT
April 19th, 26th; May 10th, 17th, 24th; June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; July 5th

or

Wednesdays 10.00 – 11.30 GMT
April 21st, 28th; May 12th, 19th, 26th; June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; July 7th

www.angelazanders.com


Pianist Maria Luc offers Chichester Cathedral recital

Maria Luc, who usually plays regularly at Chichester Cathedral, has come back to record the last concert of Chichester Cathedral’s lunchtime concert series after almost a year of silence.

Maria is delighted to be back in the cathedral with a programme of the complete Chopin Preludes Op.28 on a Yamaha grand piano on Tuesday 23 March at 1300.

“Although the concert is online, the video depicts the wonderful interiors of the Cathedral. The video will also be able to view after the premiere alongside previous concerts on the Chichester Cathedral Live YouTube Channel.”

Read more at the link below.


The Organ Project: Organ Recital Series – Chris Milburn

Our 2021 monthly Organ Recital series continues with a LIVE virtual recital given by Chris Milburn on 15 April.

Chris Milburn first played an organ at the age of 8 and was hooked, first playing for a church service at 9. He was the full time church organist for St Bridget’s, Brean, by the age of 10. Chris continued in this role until going to university.

Chris was lucky enough to later learn on Wells Cathedral Organ, quickly finding that you could bribe vergers (with cake) to lock you in the cathedral for an hour or so in the evening. Chris continued to play whilst at university and found it was a great source of Sunday lunches with the church locals!

Chris spent his industrial year at ARE Portsdown and joined the choir of St Mary’s Church, Portsea. He also played for several services and most of the weddings during that year, and still gets invited to play for the odd service which is a great privilege. Chris is looking forward to entertaining a remote crowd with an unconventional repertoire at this organ recital!

Please do join us online LIVE and enjoy the opportunity to hear an alternative soundscape from our temporary digital organ, installed to support worship during the interregnum of our J.W. Walker & Sons pipe organ.

Watch the recital online at 7.30pm on 15 April.
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Chantry Quire Passiontide Meditation 30 March 2021

For several years now the Chantry Quire has performed an annual Passiontide Meditation – a programme of music and thought-provoking readings – in Boxgrove Priory.

The concert has been sponsored by Rathbones, which has enabled us to give the proceeds to support the Aldingbourne Trust, a local charity that does remarkable work with young disabled people; over the years the choir has raised over £5000 for the Trust.  As those of you who have attended previous performances will recall, we have always included a short presentation from a member of Aldingbourne’s staff, and from one of their young clients themselves, to remind us what it’s all about. We feel a special connection with the Trust as the mother of two of our singers was instrumental in setting it up.

But of course Covid-19 has changed everything.  We had to cancel last year’s concert, and we won’t be able to perform this year’s either – or not in the normal way.   We did, however, want to honour our commitment both to Aldingbourne and to Boxgrove.  So our musical director, Peter Allwood, came up with the idea of performing a rather shorter programme of music and readings, which we would all record separately at home, and then have combined – by technical wizardry – into a single video concert.

We are giving it our best efforts: learning the music, following the guide tracks pre-recorded by a group of four young soloists at the beginning of their careers so as to get our timing exactly right, and then recording ourselves at home.  It feels very strange, but it is still wonderful to get back singing together, even if virtually.

This all costs money, of course – the soloists, the musical director and the video producer all need to be paid.  So we appealed to everyone we could think of for help, and the response was amazing!  In fact, we have raised more than we needed, from more than 30 different sponsors – local companies, friends and family, choir members past and present …   We are so grateful to everyone who has helped to make our video dream a reality.

The video will actually be launched at 6pm on the Tuesday of Holy Week, 30th March.  You will be able to access it via the Chantry Quire website, so do please watch it, either then or later – it will remain freely available.  It will include a short introduction from Aldingbourne, and viewers will of course be warmly encouraged to make a generous donation to the Trust.  You may even spot – among the postage-stamp-sized faces – a few faces you recognise!


Chichester Cathedral lunchtime concerts resume

At 1pm on Tuesday 23rd February, Chichester Cathedral’s weekly lunchtime concert series will resume, online, for five weeks. Details of programmes and performers can be found on the cathedral website or by downloading the Chichester Cathedral spring 2021 lunchtime programme.

Each concert will be preceded by a short talk on the programme led by the Cathedral’s assistant organist Tim Ravalde. You can register for these by following this link: Register for pre-concert talks on Zoom.

Future concerts:
Tuesday 23 February, 1.00pm – Charles Harrison, organ – watch this on YouTube
Tuesday 2 March 2021, 1.00pm – Tim Ravalde, organ – watch this on YouTube
Tuesday 9 March 2021, 1.00pm – David Alexander, piano – watch the pre-concert talk and watch the recital
Tuesday 16 March 2021, 1.00pm – Louise Salmond Smith, recorder, and Charles Harrison, piano – watch the pre-concert talk by Louise and watch the recital
Tuesday 23 March 2021, 1.00pm – Maria Luc, piano

Tim says, “We look forward to welcoming our community and beyond back to the Cathedral’s Nave for the irreplaceable experience of enjoying live music in person. Until then, we invite you to join us online for music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Franck, Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Telemann, Widor and more.”


St Richard Singers: Virtual Come & Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion

Here we are in a New Year with new challenges, almost a full year after we entered the first national lockdown! Things are definitely looking up now with vaccines available and some of you possibly having received a first dose. Unfortunately, in-person gatherings and concert performances appear still some way off. However, we have a treat for you this Lent.

Last year we planned a ‘Come & Sing’ with Stainer’s Crucifixion at the end of March. It had to be called off to everyone’s disappointment just a few weeks before the event. Having sampled the possibilities, and indeed opportunities, which virtual music-making has to offer with our Christmas Carols project (now up on our very own YouTube channel), we would like to invite you to our first Virtual Come & Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion.

If you wish to be part of this project, and enjoy singing a few familiar pieces of great music, please head to our website for more information and payment details.

For £5 you can join SRS for this Virtual Performance of some pieces from Stainer’s ever-popular work in your own time and at your own pace. Please encourage others to join in, as we are no longer limited by time and space.

The edited “performance” will be released online on Palm Sunday, 28 March, exactly a year after the original planned event would have taken place. Once your payment has been received (BACS or cheque) the resources and instructions will be made available to you. Any profits will go to Parkinson’s Disease Association.

Think of the finished product as a TV programme that features yourself which you can re-play and re-play, and which will thrill & impress family & friends the world over.

If you have any question prior to booking, please use the contact form on our website. Please also revisit our website for further updates regarding the Festival of Chichester 2021.

We hope to “see” you at our virtual Come & Sing. Stay Safe and Keep Singing!

Read about Sachin Gunga, MD of St Richard Singers.


Jess Gillam and Adam Kay to headline this year’s Petworth Festival

Classical saxophonist Jess Gillam and doctor-turned-author and comedian Adam Kay will be among the headline acts at this year’s Petworth Festival.

Festival artistic director Stewart Collins has confirmed a number of the acts heading to West Sussex this summer.

There is no confirmed box office opening date yet, but at the very least Stewart and the team are offering a statement of intent.

It remains to be seen precisely what format the festival will take, but Stewart is determined that the festival will happen in some shape or form this July, within whatever the prevailing Covid restrictions are.

Read more at the link below.


Battleship Potemkin – the greatest film ever made?

Battleship Potemkin will be screened, in full, at the University’s Chichester Campus, in the Showroom on 25 June (was to be 5 March) at 7:30pm with a short introduction by Crispin Ward. The orchestral soundtrack uses a virtual orchestra of computer samples.

In 1925 Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned to produce a film celebrating the 20 years anniversary of the 1905 pre-revolution in Russia. His masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin, has become a cinematographic icon and remains one of the most influential films ever made.

The story follows the sailors of the Battleship Potemkin and their mutiny against the cruel captain and his sadistic officers. One of the most famous scenes, the massacre in Odesa, during which the baby carriage tumbles down the steps, has been much quoted by subsequent film-makers.

Eisenstein developed his theories of montage during the shooting of Potemkin, which are still to be seen in film making technique today. The quick-moving shots create a rhythm and tension that catapult the action forward and even today the exhilaration and excitement can be felt despite the fact it is shot in black and white, with no sound.

Crispin Ward, Senior Lecturer in Orchestral Studies at the University of Chichester Conservatoire, has had an obsession with the film for 30 years. He suggested a screening as part of the 1996 Southwark Festival on HMS Belfast. Even then he wanted a new musical score to be produced. Eisenstein himself had suggested that a new score might be produced every 20 years or so to keep the film fresh. “I have never been satisfied with the music put to Potemkin. The premier, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, was shown to Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.”
For the Berlin premiere in 1926 a bespoke score for small orchestra was commissioned and Edmund Meisel wrote an ambitious and effective accompaniment. Later offerings by various other composers, including a patchwork of the music of Shostakovich, have had varying degrees of success.

Over the past 25 years, Crispin has built a strong musical relationship with Eastern Europe, conducting in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova on many occasions. He believes that his in-depth knowledge of East European orchestral music puts him in a strong position to understand what is needed in the composition of a new and innovative score for this masterpiece.


Chichester Chamber Concerts are now being livestreamed from its own Youtube channel

We now have our own Youtube Channel where you can find the video of Ariel Lanyi’s piano recital on 3rd December. The forthcoming concerts by The Bach Players on 28th January and the Armida Quartet on 25th February will also be available there. In addition, if you have bought a streaming ticket from Chichester Festival Theatre, or if you write to Kevin Maynard at kevinmaynard@hotmail.com to register your interest, we will send you the link to a specific concert in advance.

If you are looking for classical music in Chichester look no further than The Assembly Room in the Chichester Council House in North Street, where you will find a rich variety of music from Bach to Stravinsky performed by world-class musicians.

Chichester Chamber Concerts is the name of the society which organises these concerts in October, November, December, January, February and March each year.

Founded in 2006 by Michael Nott this series of classical chamber music concerts has gone from strength to strength and has become a popular feature of the musical life of Chichester. String quartets were Michael’s particular love and the Skampa, Danish, Arcadia, Doric, Sacconi, Allegri and Heath Quartets have all appeared in CCC seasons.


The Portsmouth Chamber Series is back!

I am finally able to confirm full programme and booking details for our delayed 2020-21 season – please see the listings in the link below.

The concerts won’t look the same because while the distancing requirements remain in place we have to seat you in the main auditorium. At the point of booking, seating will be unreserved as usual, to allow the flexibility to seat twos, threes, fours etc together, but prior to the concert seating will be allocated by Guildhall staff to ensure we keep to the rules. I have already been to an event at the Guildhall and was very impressed both with how careful they are being, and by how smoothly things went despite being different from usual. They have various procedures in place to help ensure everyone is safe – please see the details below.

The concerts won’t look the same, but they will sound every bit as good! We open with an exciting programme by our ‘resident’ Ensemble 360, containing some less familiar repertoire which I think you will really enjoy. Then we have the Doric Quartet who last played in 2015.

The Arcadia Quartet is new to Portsmouth, but they won the Wigmore competition back in 2012, and I was bowled over by their recent recording of the Bartok quartets. Martin Roscoe needs no introduction, but this is one of the concerts we had to cancel six months ago.

Ensemble Perpetuo is a collective based in London and as such is not a usual candidate for our series except that these particular musicians are of the very highest calibre, and have performed together many times under this umbrella name. I was really attracted by the programme, put together by Fenella Humphreys, who last played here in 2012, the first time we had the Lawson Trio.

We have decided not to do a brochure this year, so I hope you will help me to spread the word, and look forward to resuming ‘live’ music.

Here are the Guildhall procedures:

– Your temperature will be checked on arrival. Should this be 37.8 degrees or higher, you will not be permitted entry.
– Masks will be mandatory to be worn for the duration of the time in the venue.
– If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, loss of taste/smell or a new continuous cough), we ask that you refrain from attending.
– There is a maximum of 6 tickets per booking.
– Name and contact details will be collected for Track and Trace on arrival.
– To keep you safe in the venue, further information is available here: https://portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/your-visit/covid-safety/


Chichester Chamber Concerts series update

We are delighted to announce that our new season of concerts will take place in the Assembly Room starting on 1st October. The concerts will also be live-streamed by MD Music Production, directors David Greenlees and Mark Mawson.

Seats in the Assembly Room will be limited to approx. 40, so hurry to get one from Chichester Festival Theatre via https://www.cft.org.uk/chichester-chamber-concerts – tickets can be ordered online or by post (Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP); no telephone or in-person bookings at the moment.

We will be live-streaming a rescheduled concert on 10th September by the Trinity Ensemble (seats in the hall sold out) – see CCC website for programme details – live stream tickets £9: https://www.chichesterchamberconcerts.com/trinity-10thseptember2020.

We are thrilled to be welcoming our audience back to hear wonderful musicians live in the Assembly Room, and to welcome the musicians themselves who have been deprived of their livelihood and the joy of sharing great music with their audience.

We look forward to the day when restrictions will be lifted and we can welcome everyone back to the Assembly Room.

 


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