Gala Festival Evening At St John’s

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Preparations for the 2016 Festival of Chichester, to be held between 18 June and 17 July, got off to a flying start with a gala evening at the Festive Jazz Café.

Held in the atmospheric setting of St John’s Chapel, the evening featured Christopher Timothy, star of TVs All Creatures Great and Small, actress Emily Rose Smith, Sussex poet Stephanie Norgate and the Jazz Smugglers band.

Seasonal readings from Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and Dylan Thomas interspersed with poetry from Christina Rossetti, evocative descriptions of local wintry scenes and the swinging jazz of the Smugglers  band. All proceeds from the evening go towards promoting the Festival of Chichester, now one of the largest arts festivals in the south.

Festive Jazz Cafe, Thursday 10th December, 7.30pm, St. John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, Chichester. Tickets £11 (students £6) from Cloisters Shop, Chichester Cathedral, tel. 01243 813595 or The pictures show the Jazz Smugglers in full flight and actors Christopher Timothy and Emily Rose Smith in performance.

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