Festival of Chichester

The 2024 festival will run from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 21 July.

The Festival of Chichester is a month-long celebration of the arts running from mid-June to mid-July each year in the historic city of Chichester.

We present a truly exciting and varied lineup of around 100 events every summer, combining a brilliant programme of classical music with the best in jazz, blues, folk, rock, pop and world music.

Add thrilling theatre, book events, talks and poetry, exhibitions, walks, tours, cinema, open days and galas and there really is something for everyone.

Grounded in the Chichester community, the festival aspires to the stars. We are pleased to welcome local and international performers of the highest calibre.

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    July 20, 2024
    Stradivarius Piano Trio welcomes you to hear Fauré, Beethoven and Elgar with a glass of Nyetimber, and in the beautiful Luytens-designed Eartham House, which inspired the artist Romney, the poet William Hayley and the sculptor Flaxman. Sponsored by Nyetimber with...
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    July 19, 2024
    Classical guitarist Zoe Barnett, ‘the guitarist who plays standing up’ presents an engaging programme including JS Bach and Castelnuovo-Tedesco in the serenity of St John’s Chapel, Chichester. Zoe was Sussex Young Musician in 2022 and graduates from the Royal College...
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    July 13, 2024
    Following the success of our fundraising concert last year, in memory of our late chairman, Chris Coote, who started the concerts many years ago, we are presenting another this year. Local musicians come together to present music in a range...
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    July 13, 2024
    Kate Mosse, international bestselling author, will compere. Smyth – Overture: The WreckersSmith – Andante for clarinet and orchestra*Gipps – Clarinet Concerto* (*soloist: Alex Buckley) Mackenzie – Britannia: A Nautical Overture op.52Arnold – Little Suite for orchestraWood – Fantasia on British...
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    July 12, 2024
    Delight in a 50-minute daytime concert at Pallant House Gallery as pianist Elena Toponogova takes you on a musical journey. The program seamlessly intertwines Sussex’s musical heritage with timeless classics, offering a harmonious blend of regional and universal melodies for...
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    July 3, 2024
    Tamzin Barnett (soprano) and Birgit Rohowsky Miller (pianist) present an afternoon recital of arias and songs, centred around themes of flowers and flirtation. Featured pieces are composed by Handel, Mozart, Strauss and Massenet. Tickets £15, students £5, children free Visit the Festival of...
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    June 30, 2024
    Martin Smith – The Lyrical Euphonium returns to the Festival of Chichester showcasing his award-winning album, recently featured on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 . This recital with Rachel Fryer will include works by Hummel, Vaughan Williams and...
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    June 30, 2024
    A varied programme to include Fingal’s Cave by Mendelssohn, Petite Suite by Debussy, Capriol Suite by Warlock, an organ duet by Chichester composer John Marsh and an engaging suite for piano and organ by Denis Bedard. A retiring collection for...
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    June 29, 2024
    The professional singers of Chichester-based consort, South Downs Soloists, return with their vibrant voices to the Festival. Celebrating the music of Renaissance masters Thomas Tallis and Robert White, extolled by Morley as “greatest glory of our muses”. Featuring the first...
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    June 28, 2024
    Helen Hooker directs the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia in a world premiere of Three Paintings by Millais: The North-West Passage, Ophelia and The Boyhood of Raleigh by Steve Marshall. Plus popular favourites by JS Bach, Giovanni Gabrielli, John Dowland and Brian Bonsor. Dangerous...
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    June 28, 2024
    Opening concert by international recitalist Margaret Phillips on the newly-restored pipe organ in St John’s Chapel, Chichester. Part of the design of the original building and built in 1822 by the renowned Georgian organ builder G P England, the organ...
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    June 23, 2024
    Formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2019, the Mera Horn Trio presents a programme of major works by Dame Ethel Smyth (Concerto originally for Violin, Horn and Orchestra) and Johannes Brahms (Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40)....
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    June 22, 2024
    Join Ensemble Reza as they return for their 10th Festival concert, sponsored by Close Brothers, with a special programme celebrating women classical composers with music through the ages, and from across the world. Based in Mid Sussex and established ten...
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    June 15, 2024
    Cellists Lynden Cranham and Tom Parker are joined by violinist Emma Parker in evoking the sounds of an early Victorian music room, with commentary by writer and broadcaster Roger Parker. Drinks and nibbles will follow; all proceeds to the beautiful...
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    June 21, 2024
    Prize-winning pianist Julian Chan presents an exciting programme of music depicting vibrant cultures and landscapes both near and far away. Featuring thrilling works by Debussy, Liszt, and Lysenko, the evening culminates with a rare complete performance of Godowsky’s Java Suite,...
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    February 14, 2024
    Read a preview. Cellists Christopher Allan, Michael Atkinson, Adrian Bradbury and Ben Rogerson return to Chichester with an astonishingly varied programme promising to take us from J S Bach and Guy Barker through to Puccini and Piazzolla. They bring something...
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    July 2, 2023
    Forget everything you think you know about string quartets. Bowjangles is an award-winning, irreverent, anarchic group of multitalented genre spinners, bringing music, storytelling, cabaret, theatre, choreography and comedy together in a way you’ve never seen before. Brilliant classical musicians at...
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    July 5, 2024
    This exploration of the cello celebrates the many different sounds of this beautiful instrument, from Bach’s orchestra and even ‘bagpipes’, the flamenco guitar of Cassado’s suite and Ligeti’s dialogue between two human voices, the most fundamental instrument of all. Tickets...
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    June 6, 2023
    Jacques Ibert (1890–1962) : Impromptu pour Trompette et Piano Manuel De Falla (1876–1946) : Canciónes populares españoles (trans. Fraser Tannock) Karl Pilss (1902–1979) : Sonata für Trompete und Klavier (1935) I. Allegro AppassionatoII. Adagio, Molto CantabileIII. Allegro Agitato GyörgyLigeti (1923–2006)...
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    May 30, 2023
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Prelude & Fugue in G minor, BWV 885 from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827): Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101 I. Etwas lebhaft, und mit der innigsten EmpfindungSomewhat lively, and with...
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    May 23, 2023
    Read a review. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) : Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen (from The Magic Flute) Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) : Sonata for cello and piano I. Allegro – Tempo di MarciaII. CavatineIII. BallabileIV. Finale ArvoPärt (1935–) :...
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    May 16, 2023
    Emma Halnan, flute, & Heather Wrighton, harp Programme Hendrik Andriessen (1892–1981) : Intermezzo for Flute and Harp   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) : Andantino from Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major Paul Lewis (1943–) : Two Waltzes Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992) :  Histoire du...
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    July 9, 2023
    Read preview notes and a review. Celebrate the last night of another fabulous Festival, with the Consort of Twelve and the Portsmouth Baroque Choir performing Handel’s Messiah. Bring a picnic for the dinner interval. 2023 will be the 280th anniversary...
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    July 9, 2023
    Read a preview. Exceptional recorder players on seven sizes of instrument will present the leading edge of English musical style from 1700 – 2023. An inspirational performance directed by Helen Hooker. Fabulous music in magnificent Boxgrove Priory Church …Viva los...
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    July 8, 2023
    Read a preview. Sussex Young Musician winner 2022 and International Guitar Foundation Young Artist Zoe Barnett presents a diverse programme of guitar solos for the West Sussex Guitar Club, inspired by the folklore of Brazil, Iran and Catalonia. Tickets £15...
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    July 8, 2023
    Read one review and another review. Catherine Lawlor, former leader of the Chichester Symphony Orchestra, will perform Bruch’s violin concerto. The orchestra will also perform Brahms’ Symphony No 2 and Brahms’ Academic Overture. The student songs quoted in the Academic Overture were inspired by...
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    July 7, 2023
    Chichester Chorale presents music by Henry Purcell, including his Birthday Ode for Queen Mary ‘Come ye Sons of Art’. The Chorale is conducted by Tom Robson and accompanied by the Chichester Chamber Ensemble in the idyllic setting of Boxgrove Priory....
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    July 7, 2023
    Read a preview. Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboe, and Torelli’s Concerto for trumpet will be performed. The singers are the Sussex Song Makers, conductor Elizabeth Muir-Lewis, with the Sussex Ensemble, leader Nick Houghton. The Torelli and the Albinoni complement the beauty of the...
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    July 5, 2023
    Read a profile of Amanda. “The guitar queen with a silken touch” (The Independent) presents an inspiring programme of Romantic and Contemporary music by the celebrated composers Verdery, Kavanagh, Assad & Torroba. Known for her sensitive musicality and special ability...
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    July 4, 2023
    Read a review. Italian pianist Ida Pelliccioli performs a programme of music inspired by the “forgotten” Spanish composer Manuel Blasco de Nebra (1750-1784). This concert features as part of Chichester Cathedral’s regular Lunchtime Concert series in the spectacular setting of...
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    July 3, 2023
    Read an article with Bogdan Vacarescu. International virtuosos Bogdan Vacarescu and Valentina Seferinova present a stunning programme for violin and piano featuring treasures by Vivaldi, Tartini, Vitali, Beethoven, Chopin and Sarasate. “A performance of virtuosity, energy, spontaneity and poetry in...
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    July 1, 2023
    Local pianist, Chris Coote, organised concerts for local charities, raising thousands from donations over many years. Chris was also chairman of the Bognor Regis Music Club. Join us as we come together to celebrate the life of our friend Chris,...
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    July 1, 2023
    In aid of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, this summer Spectacular Concert features the very best of choral music from the Walton Voices as well as spectacular pieces from the repertoire of the Southdowns Concert Band. Tickets £15. Visit the Festival of Chichester...
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    June 30, 2023
    Tenor Tom Robson is joined by Arculo Consort of Viols to present a programme of song and consort music to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd. Come and join these fantastic musicians in the stunning setting...
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    June 30, 2023
    Tesoro Duo – soprano Karen Barnett and tenor Simon Long – will be returning this year to the Assembly Rooms for a musical extravaganza of music from Movies, Musicals, and More. The tenor/soprano duo will perform a wealth of music...
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    June 30, 2023
    Read a preview. Pavlos Carvalho performs the 1st suite, G major, the simple, innocent genesis of all the suites, and then the more inward-looking and reflective 2nd suite in G minor. Bach speaks to the soul and intellect at once;...