The Festive Jazz Café 2019 – A special gala event in aid of the 2020 Festival of Chichester

Acting and Singing Star at Festive Gala

A special seasonal treat of words, music and complimentary mince pies is heading Chichester’s way when the Festive Jazz Café takes off in the atmospheric setting of historic St John’s Chapel on Wednesday, 11th December.

The event is in aid of next year’s Festival of Chichester and a scintillating cast of performers will take the stage with a package of seasonal delights.

Headline guest is Mark Wynter, actor and 60s singing icon, who had a number of top twenty hits to his name. Mark has appeared extensively on screen and stage, including Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sweet Charity and a recent starring role in the West End with Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Chichester audiences will remember Mark for his starring role as Henry V in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of the Shakespeare classic. Mark is currently on a major tour of the Hitchcock thriller, The Lady Vanishes. He will be performing seasonal readings from favourite writers.

There’s mellow jazz from the eight-piece jazz band, the much-loved Sussex based Jazz Smugglers. Expect all your favourite jazz standards from singer Maria Ball and the band. Jazzy versions of Christmas songs and carols are also on the menu.

Poet Maggie Sawkins, the winner of the Ted Hughes Award, will be reading some of her recent inspiring poetry. Maggie’s lively performance style is always a hit with audiences.

Performing alongside Gareth and David 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.

Festival Co-ordinator Barry Smith said, ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have the support of these fantastic performers who all have Chichester connections and have appeared in our Festival. Audiences can be sure of having a great time and getting the Christmas season underway in swinging style as well as helping support next year’s Festival. All proceeds will go towards the 2020 Festival so it’s an opportunity for people to enjoy themselves knowing they are also supporting further treats next summer.’

Date: Wednesday 11 December, 1930
Venue: St John’s Chapel, 5 St John’s St, Chichester PO19 1UR

Tickets £12 (students £10) from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QH. 01243 816525 or https://chichesterboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/873565269.

Maria Ball and Mark Wynter

The Festive Jazz Café 2018

A special Gala event in aid of the 2019 Festival of Chichester

Date: Thursday 6 December, 1930
Venue: St John’s Chapel, 5 St John’s St, Chichester PO19 1UR

With film/stage/TV actor Gareth Williams, Ted Hughes Award nominee writer David Swann and the fabulous Jazz Smugglers Band. Enjoy a delightful mix of seasonal readings, mellow jazz classics and complimentary mince pies in this historic, grade 1 listed chapel.

Gareth Williams is featured in Mike Leigh’s new film of Peterloo. As a singer, he had a number 1 smash hit with The Flying Pickets with Only You.

Tickets £12 (students £10) from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, Chichester, 01243 775888 or via Chichester Box Office.

THE FESTIVE JAZZ CAFÉ 2016

The Festive Jazz Cafe
Special Gala fundraiser in support of the Festival of Chichester 2017
St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, Chichester, Thursday 8th December, 7.30pm.

The Festive Jazz Cafe features the much-loved Sussex based Jazz Smugglers Band with Adam Taylor on sax and Maria Ball on vocals. The evening is a delightful mix of seasonal words and mellow jazz sounds, with jazz classics from Gershwin, Cole Porter and many other favourites.

Readings are by film, TV and stage star Michael Jayston who played Tsar Nicholas in the Oscar winning film, Nicholas and Alexandra. His TV roles include Eastenders, Only Fools and Horses and Dr Who. On stage, he has appeared with many of the greats, including Laurence Olivier. Also appearing are actor Emily Rose Smith (lead in Chekhov in recent Festival) and BBC wildlife poet of the year, Hugh Dunkerley. Plus complimentary mince pies! All proceeds go to the 2017 Festival of Chichester.

Tickets: £12 (students £10) from Novium/TIC, Tower Street, 01243 775888.