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

The 2025 festival will run from Saturday 14 June to Sunday 20 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.

For much of June and July each year, the Festival of Chichester brings around 100 events to the city, from classical concerts to theatre to a whole range of talks, poetry and guided walks.

In 2024 we will be presenting a truly exciting and varied line-up over 5 weeks, 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 both local and international performers of the highest calibre.

How to find out what's on

You can view the 2024 events either by scrolling down this page to view them in date order, or by selecting “Events” above.

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11 June 2024
The Society’s annual exhibition of original and contemporary art offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire unique artwork at an affordable price. There will be a wide range of works including paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and beautiful jewellery. For more information...
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15 June 2024
Local, contemporary sculptor Helen Solly is exhibiting her unique handmade sculptures throughout Denmans Garden. Helen graduated from Chichester University with a first-class degree in fine art with sculpture, and she was inspired to create these metal sculptures after walking around...
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15 June 2024
This exhibition showcases how dinosaurs started life as hatchlings. Discover the secrets of those dinosaur babies with specimens from around the world. Skeletons, models and artwork bring the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to life. Visit the webpage. Tickets £5, child £3,...
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15 June 2024
Chichester City Tours offers a 90-minute walking tour of Chichester, taking in highlights and interesting facts and stories of the history of our city, many of its interesting buildings and the lives of some of its prominent residents. Our guides...
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16 June 2024
An easy 90-minute stroll with an ITG qualified green or blue badge guide takes you through Chichester’s past, within the historic walls of this beautiful city. From Roman times to the present day, we give an intriguing insight into 2000...
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16 June 2024
Unique street ventriloquist! Bewitchingly mesmerizing, delightfully astonishing, Miss Merlynda Merry pops up around town throughout the Festival performing her hilariously improvised Commedia Dell Arte/Circus-inspired ‘ventriloquist acts’ with her cheekily cute ventriloquist dolls! For kids of all ages! Cheeky! – Chatty!...
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16 June 2024
Chichester Walls Trust leads a 90-minute guided tour around the city’s two-kilometre circuit of historic walls, with insights into the walls’ construction in Roman times, their survival through two millenia and their continuing importance. Parts of the city walls are...
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18 June 2024
Step into the Lady Chapel and unlock its hidden tales on this captivating tour. Delve into the pre-Reformation era, where visionary Bishops shaped its architecture. ​Witness the chapel’s post-Reformation transformation, and explore Victorian renovations that seamlessly blend tradition with innovation....
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22 June 2024
A mystery novel needs: a tight-knit group of characters, seething with resentment and jealousy; a clever murder method; a compelling location; a dramatic denouement; and a pacy story-telling style. How hard can it be? Greg Mosse is the author of...
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22 June 2024
Join us for an engaging day of observational drawing, guided tour, and shared stories led by artist Helen Friend. Unlock your artistic potential and immerse yourself in the vibrant cityscape of Chichester, blending creativity with history. Our day begins at...
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22 June 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 years...
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22 June 2024
A bi-monthly cabaret club for gown ups wanting a good time! A mixed cast variety show with plenty of sauce and pizazz. Not for the faint-hearted, it features burlesque, drag and comedy. Produced and hosted by Dawn Gracie who personally...
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22 June 2024
Get ready to be dazzled by the PZAZZ Singers in an electrifying concert! Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with chart-topping hits from iconic artists like Queen, ABBA, Meghan Trainor, and many more. From soul-stirring ballads to high-energy anthems,...
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22 June 2024
Striking a masterful balance between old soul and modern flair, Will Johns is one of the most distinctive and exciting British Blues performers. Born in 1973, this is a man with the music in his blood, but it’s hardly surprising...
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23 June 2024
Join local historian and author Alan Green on this popular walk (for approximately two hours) that explores Chichester’s Georgian architecture and meets a few of its Georgian characters along the way. Sunday June 23, 10.30am & Sunday July 7, 2.30pm...
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23 June 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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23 June 2024
‘Music & Myth’ will transport audiences back to a time when bards played music and told stories around the fire. Visionary harp-guitarist Jon Pickard plays incredibly beautiful music and tells ancient tales (Celtic Saints, Welsh Giants, Eastern Mystics and more)....
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23 June 2024
An evening of Greek Rebetiko music by Tsitsanis, one of its greatest icons. He revolutionised the sound of Greek music blending modal and byzantine melodies with western harmonies and traditional rhythmic patterns. His imagination and creativity knew no bounds, and...
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24 June 2024
Arun & Chichester Air Enthusiasts Society presents a Talk by Duncan Dean, former RAF fighter pilot, about the BAE Systems Hawk covering the design, development, and operation of the last all-British built military aircraft. He will take you to the...
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24 June 2024
West Dean head gardener Tom Brown, in conversation with Observer arts editor Phil Hewitt. Tom was at RHS Wisley before ten years at Parham House and has been gardening at West Dean College since 2019. He writes for BBC Sussex,...
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25 June 2024
Emerging artists from the fine art BA at the University of Chichester showcase their work in a dynamic exhibition which includes textiles, painting, print, sculpture and digital photography.  Fourteen recent Fine Art graduates re-present their 2024 Degree Show in the...
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25 June 2024
Monthly low-cost lunch-time cabaret club in Chichester with a cabaret ambiance designed to bring sassy seniors together for an afternoon of glamorous, cheeky fun. Featuring vintage and cabaret entertainment with an immersive edge. Includes light afternoon tea, music, cabaret show,...
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25 June 2024
Professor Maggie Andrews talks about her latest book, Political Women: Fifteen Campaigns that Shaped Twenty-First Century Britain. Everyone has heard of the Suffragettes. Professor Andrews also explores some of the less well-known political campaigns fought by women in the last...
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25 June 2024
Acclaimed poets Maura Dooley and Jeremy Page link with Mike Carey’s Big House Jazz Band to entertain and inspire. There’s also the launch of Poetry & All That Jazz magazine with South Downs poets. Enjoy a delightful mix of words...
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26 June 2024
This richly illustrated lecture, picks out the major architectural innovations that the ancient Romans introduced. He discusses how the Roman period built on Greek heritage, introduced new architectural orders, and learned to span great voids, with arches, domes, brick and...
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27 June 2024
Paul Stickler, retired inspector, investigates the 1962 A6 murder using personal papers discovered in 2017 from the woman who survived the attack – Valerie Storie. Reservations: It is necessary to book seats via bookings@talksatsix.co.uk or online at www.talksatsix.co.uk. Although admission is...
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27 June 2024
Chichester Pride is delighted to be invited back for a third annual takeover of Pallant House Gallery, with a night full of fun activities. Courtyard entertainment will feature an incredible line-up of music and performance, and there will be free...
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27 June 2024
Join the globally-bestselling author Anthony Horowitz as he discusses his newest Alex Rider book Nightshade Revenge with fellow bestselling author, Kate Mosse, plus an opportunity to hear about his latest book for adults, Close to Death. A chance for all...
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28 June 2024
An exhibition of paintings by Fiona Bell Currie, many of local areas: views from the Trundle, Bosham, Bishop’s Palace Garden and coastal walks. New greeting cards and prints for sale with proceeds going to Brain Tumour Research.  A chance to...
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28 June 2024
Medicine Woman Amanda Waring leads an empowering and motivating magical event to re-energise and activate self-belief. Enjoy a beautiful sound bath, drumming journey, energy exercises to raise your vibration into a state of liberation, motivation and joy. Be welcomed by...
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28 June 2024
The hugely-popular West Dean Summer Show will showcase original work by emerging artists on the Graduate Diploma and MFA programmes as well as graduating BA Craft students. Held in the Edward James Studios, the show will feature a diverse range...
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28 June 2024
On a summer’s evening come and enjoy a lovely entertainment on Marriage by Alan Ayckbourn, George Melly, James Saunders, Harold Pinter, Alun Owen, Fay Weldon, David Campton, Lyndon Brook and John Bowen. Tickets allow entry to West Dean Gardens from...
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28 June 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. Dangerous missions, quiet beauty and rumbustious derring-do all feature in Steve’s remarkable music....
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28 June 2024
EVENT POSTPONED OWING TO ILLNESS Opening concert by international recitalist Margaret Phillips of the newly restored pipe organ in St John’s Church, Chichester. The programme will include works by Handel, Samuel Wesley, the Chichester composer John Marsh and other English...
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28 June 2024
A quintet of top-quality musicians brought together to finish the Chichester Jazz Club season in style. Hannah Horton – SaxophonesTommaso Starace – SaxophonesBruno d’Ambra – PianoMatt Ridley – BassMigdalia van der Hoven – Drums Led by Hannah Horton, whose saxophone...
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29 June 2024
On the morning of Saturday 29th June, from 10.00 a.m. onwards, we will be hosting an open day at the Priory Playhouse, Arundel, for those of you interested in having a look ‘behind the scenes’ and talking to those responsible...
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29 June 2024
Come and enjoy a great day out with music, dance, food, games and funfair. Whether you’re a resident or visitor, we’re sure you will find something to enjoy. A free entry community event for all. Get ready for an unforgettable...
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29 June 2024
This relaxed and meditative experience invites you to connect with nature, find inspiration in your surroundings, and express yourself through the gentle art of drawing. No pressure, no expectations -just easy art and summer fun. We begin our day at...
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29 June 2024
Come and listen and relax to exotic, mystical, meditative music from the beautiful Indonesian island of Java. You can’t miss us, we will be playing our gongs and metallophones on ‘Jeraldine’, our big purple double decker bus, as part of...
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29 June 2024
The 60 Minute Orchestra once again perform Bognor Regis’s Opera Night with Celebrity Soloists drawn from such acclaimed institutions as The English National Opera, Welsh National Opera. Opera Arias include Habanera by Blizet, Vesta La Giubba by Leon Cavaollo, Flower...
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29 June 2024
New Theatre Productions present Tom Jones by Joan Macalpine and Henry Fielding. A ripe, rich, rowdy romp. Great fun! Tickets allow entry to West Dean Gardens from 5.30pm, picnics welcome. Tickets £10. June 29, July 3, 5, 9, 11and 13...
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29 June 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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29 June 2024
The Southdowns Concert Band will be performing a very special Last Night of the Proms Concert especially for the Festival. They will also be joined by the choir of St. Paul’s Church. Conductors will be Kirsty Sanders & Christopher Larley....
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30 June 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. Retiring collection for Chestnut...
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30 June 2024
Martin Smith – The Lyrical Euphonium returns to the Festival of Chichester showcasing his award-winning debut album, recently featured on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and well over three quarters of a million streams on Spotify. This recital...
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30 June 2024
These acclaimed musicians, always popular with Festival of Chichester audiences, invite you to join them for an evening of beautiful baroque music in the glorious setting of Boxgrove Priory. Composers include Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann. The Parnassian Ensemble comprises: Sophie...
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1 July 2024
Have you ever thought about writing your own book? Have you made a start but aren’t sure how to move forward with it Fancy a cuppa and a piece of cake? Join author Helen Garlick to chat about getting your...
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2 July 2024
Bestselling historian, novelist, and television presenter, Dan Jones discusses the second instalment in his Essex Dogs Trilogy. Wolves of Winter follows the Dogs from the Battle of Crécy in 1346 to the siege of Calais the following year. Tickets £5,...
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3 July 2024
Tamzin Barnett (soprano) and Teresa Dovani (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. Pictured: Tamzin...
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4 July 2024
Discover quick ways to render the magnificent trees around Chichester Festival Theatre, try drawing or painting with experienced enthusiastic teacher, Fiona. Also an informal drop-in to meet volunteer Chichester Tree Wardens, enjoy exploring nearby trees. Some uneven ground.  Local artist...
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4 July 2024
Craig Gershater will discuss the origins of the NHS, how universal health care, free to the point of delivery, has existed in these difficult times and where it might go in the future. Reservations: It is necessary to book seats...
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4 July 2024
A family concert sharing the musical excellence of the musicians at The Prebendal School, an establishment known for the remarkable fact that 95% of pupils learn a musical instrument. Free Organiser: The Prebendal School
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4 July 2024
Join award-winning writers Eleanor Conlon and Martin Vaux for a live recording of The Three Ravens podcast at Chichester Library. In this episode, they revisit their home county of Sussex to talk history and folklore and tell an all-new version...
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5 July 2024
This exploration of the cello by Pavlos Carvalho 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...
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5 July 2024
Chichester Chorale perform Franz Schubert’s famous ‘Mass in G’ alongside glorious music by Johannes Brahms, including ‘How lovely are thy dwellings’, and hauntingly beautiful motets by Anton Bruckner, including ‘Locus Iste’, in this his 200th anniversary year. Accompanied by the...
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6 July 2024
David Bathurst will be singing from memory every song written and released by ABBA, one of the greatest pop bands ever. Come and go as you please – there’s no ticket required and entry is free but there’s a retiring...
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6 July 2024
To mark the “48th and a half” anniversary of the final season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Chichester Cinema will present an illustrated talk followed shortly after by a screening of the re-released feature film, Monty Python & The Holy...
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6 July 2024
To mark the “48th and a half” anniversary of the final season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Chichester Cinema will be showing the re-release of Monty Python & The Holy Grail. A treat for Python fans everywhere! Monty Python and...
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6 July 2024
Join Bognor and Chichester CTC and Cycle Bognor for a ride taking in some cycle paths and quiet roads around Chichester. Two rides will run, a short and slow one of around 12 miles to West Dean and a second...
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6 July 2024
Nick Papadopulos spent spring 2024 as an ecumenical accompanier (EA) in Palestine and Israel and will share his experiences. EAs from the UK are coordinated by Quakers and are there to support peace activists on both sides and to moderate...
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6 July 2024
Louise Blissett, 1980s checkout girl, returns to fight against the oppressive Cortopse Agency and their alien masters, who now begin their final stages of universal domination. Bigger (and more bonkers) than before, this “script-in-hand” drama returns to entertain with the...
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6 July 2024
Portsmouth Baroque Choir returns to Chichester for a Summer concert based on Times and Seasons, featuring Jonathan Dove’s cantata The Passing of the Year, John Rutter’s Five Childhood Lyrics and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. A selection of Madrigals and...
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6 July 2024
Celebrate summer and join us on a journey through music with glorious sounds from your local award winning brass band, in a carefully chosen programme of entertaining music to suit all tastes and ages featuring Soloists, interval refreshments and ever...
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7 July 2024
Handel’s magnificent oratorio Saul takes the listener on a musical roller-coaster with portrayals of Saul’s jealous rages, David’s soothing harp music, Jonathan’s conflicted loyalties, the other-worldly sounds of the Witch of Endor and the Ghost of Samuel. Then there’s the...
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8 July 2024
Join Cathedral Guides as they delve beyond tombs and memorials, uncovering the intricate narratives of women who left an indelible mark on the Cathedral. While women were often behind the scenes for much of the long history of the Cathedral,...
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9 July 2024
Readings from two award-winning writers of short fiction. Naomi Booth’s Animals at Night recently won her the reader’s award at the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story competition. Nicholas Royle’s latest book, David Bowie, Enid Blyton and the Sun Machine, is...
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9 July 2024
The legendary actor and playwright Steven Berkoff reads from Lord Byron’s classic poem Don Juan. Described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ in his lifetime, we celebrate Byron’s bicentenary in 2024. With music from the Romantic period played by...
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10 July 2024
Visit our award-winning community vegetable plot in the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens. The garden is run as a therapeutic space benefiting both physical and mental health. Our volunteers will give you a tour and tell you about the work we...
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10 July 2024
Accompany Chichester Tree Wardens on a walk in Priory Park to enjoy and learn about its trees. Meet at Friends Meeting House, Priory Road, PO19 1NX, and return there for refreshments and conversation. Approx one-hour walk, plus social. Sponsored by...
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10 July 2024
“Ashdown tiptoes carefully through explosive family secrets” – Observer. After a sold-out appearance last year, bestselling Chichester author Isabel Ashdown returns to her hometown to launch her latest suspense novel One Girl, One Summer. (Please note that this event was...
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12 July 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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13 July 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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13 July 2024
Kate Mosse, international bestselling author and Festival president, will compere. Smyth – Overture: The Wreckers Smith – Andante for clarinet and orchestra* Gipps – Clarinet Concerto* (*soloist: Alex Buckley) Mackenzie – Britannia: A Nautical Overture op.52 Arnold – Little Suite...
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13 July 2024
Anna Pancaldi is a London-based singer-songwriter, enchanting audiences with her wondrous vocals and thought-provoking songbook. Receiving support from BBC Radio 1/2 and TV music placements providing soundtracks for a Grey’s Anatomy trailer and Levi’s campaign. She performs an intimate acoustic...
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14 July 2024
Everyone is welcome to come and sing in this Choral Evensong led by Jamie W. Hall, conductor, composer, baritone, and full time member of the BBC Singers. On Sunday 14th July, there will be an afternoon rehearsal from 4.00 –...
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16 July 2024
Isaac Watts’ Hymns and Spiritual Songs’ is the landmark publication in the history of English hymns. His ‘Joy to the World’, ‘When I Survey the Wonderous Cross’ and ‘O God our Help in Ages Past’ are still sung. Historian Daniel...
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16 July 2024
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED At around midday on the 14th February 1748, two travellers stopped for refreshment at The White Hart in Rowland’s Castle. Neither man was seen alive again. Dr Oliver Morgan reconstructs what happened to William Galley...
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17 July 2024
Chichester SITP meet for themed discussions leading from a starter talk of around 15 minutes. This month’s title, Atheism: Common Sense or Spiritual Cop-Out? is likely to spark a heated debate. Although this date is a one-off exception, the group generally...
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19 July 2024
Step into the Lady Chapel and unlock its hidden tales on this captivating tour. Delve into the pre-Reformation era, where visionary Bishops shaped its architecture. ​Witness the chapel’s post-Reformation transformation, and explore Victorian renovations that seamlessly blend tradition with innovation....
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19 July 2024
Enjoy an inspirational mix of words and music on pastoral themes by classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett and poet Barry Smith. Linda is the director of the West Sussex Guitar Orchestra and Barry is the director of the South Downs Poetry...
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19 July 2024
Peter Lantos, prisoner 8431 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was deported from Hungary with his family in 1944. His father died of starvation but he and his mother survived. He will talk about life in Belsen, liberation, return to Hungary, behind...
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19 July 2024
Join a celebration of a special time in Chichester musical history from the late seventies to eighties, when New Park Road Community Centre was host to the ‘RocSoc’. This was hugely popular with the young of the day, with weekly...
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19 July 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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20 July 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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20 July 2024
Lyrical, exciting, rhythmic, rhapsodic, catchy, crafted, clever, genre-defying, toe-tapping, jazz-infused afro-latin-euro-eastern-mashup: step into the Big House! Big House are an established 5-piece band based in Arundel, playing their own unique style of jazz-funk-groove-afro-latin mash-up. Predominant in their own extensive catalogue...
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21 July 2024
Local Community Choirs invite you to enjoy their varied repertoires and join in some community singing. Free entry. Organiser: The Community Choirs of Chichester
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21 July 2024
Join us for the Festival Finale Party with music from the golden age of Big Band and Swing, played live by the acclaimed 18-piece Phoenix Big Band. The Phoenix Big Band has been entertaining audiences with top quality big band...

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