Preview: Chichester Symphony Orchestra – Festival of Chichester Concert

Saturday July 13th 7.30 p.m., St Paul’s Church Chichester

This programme will take you to the heart of Europe in the 1870s with its Nationalism, Romanticism and all you would expect of both movements. The composers are Brahms and Dvorak, and the works are linked by their representation of country and countryside, and by a host of rich melodies. The composers knew each other and were quite close in age.

The selection of Slavonic Dances (op 46 nos. 1,2 4 and 8) show off Dvorak’s ability to write original themes in the style of folk music, Czech for nos 1 and 8, Ukranian for no. 2 and Austrian for no. 4.

Brahms’ violin concerto is a big Germanic Romantic work rich in themes. The second movement is almost a folk tune, and the Rondo finale slightly Hungarian, with a ‘gypsy’ touch to it.

Dvorak 5th Symphony, strangely neglected in the concert hall, was written before the Slavonic Dances, and promoted in German and Czech. You will hear flowing melodies redolent of the outdoors and countryside.

Catherine Lawlor is the soloist in the Brahms, and Simon Wilkins conducts. Read an interview with Simon here:

Tickets are available from the Novium Box Office (01243 816525 or, from, or on the door on the night from 7p.m. £12. Students £5 and under 16’s free and welcome.

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