Wed 11th December, 7.30pm, St John’s Chapel, Chichester.

With Mark Wynter and the Jazz Smugglers

Enjoy a delightful mix of seasonal words and music with actor/singing star Mark Wynter, actress Emily Rose Smith, the evergreen Jazz Smugglers band and free mince pies!

Held in the atmospheric setting of grade 1 listed St John’s Chapel, the Festive Jazz Café is a great way to kick off the run-in to Christmas with mellow jazz classics and entertaining readings. Expect all your favourite tunes, plus entertaining and inspiring readings.

Mark Wynter, the sixties’ singing legend and film/stage actor, will give seasonal readings and poems his unique twist. His acting credits include Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Robert and Elizabeth as well as headlining in CFT’s version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Mark’s singing CV includes numerous top 20 hits.

The Jazz Smugglers are the Festival’s very own house band, having been keen supporters since the very first festival. Maria Ball will handle the vocals with her usual distinctive style.

Performing alongside Mark, Maria and the Jazz Smugglers is Emily Rose Smith, whose credits include Goblin Market for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton festival, Canaries Sometimes Sing (London and Antibes), Dr Faustus with Sam West and Chekhov in the Festival of Chichester.

A Festival of Chichester charity gala in support of the 2020 Festival.

Tickets: £12; £10 (students) from the Novium, 01243 775888 / 816525 www.thenovium.org/boxoffice


The 2020 Festival will take place from 13 June to 12 July. Exciting plans are afoot for a wealth of events covering classical music, rock, jazz, blues, folk and world music, plus exhibitions, theatre, book talks with authors, poetry, cinema, walks and tours and much, much more.

Over two hundred events will be staged in and around the city, making the Festival of Chichester one of the largest and most vibrant arts festivals in the south.

Box office opens on 2nd April 2020 at the Novium, Tower Street, Chichester. Online listings will be available from March.

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