Enjoy a magical blend of poetry and music with legendary Liverpudlian poet Roger McGough, international pianist Elena Toponogova, actress Emily Rose Smith and South Downs poets celebrating the bicentenary of Sussex-born Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The mix includes Roger’s much-loved poetry, music from the Romantic era and readings from Shelley.

Tickets £15. Disabled access.

Poetry and Music at the Cathedral has become one of the regular highlights of the festival, featuring Dame Patricia Routledge and Dame Penelope Keith as readers in recent years. This year, an exciting cast of distinguished performers takes inspiration from Shelley.

Roger McGough is a poet, performance poet, broadcaster, children’s author and playwright. He presents the BBC R4 programme Poetry Please as well as performing his own poetry. McGough was one of the leading members of the Liverpool poets, a group of young poets influenced by Beat poetry and the popular music and culture of 1960s Liverpool.

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born at Field Place, Horsham. Shelley was one of the major Romantic poets. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, he did not achieve fame during his lifetime, but recognition of his achievements in poetry has grown steadily ever since. Among his best-known works are Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and the political ballad The Mask of Anarchy.

Elena Toponogova, the London based concert pianist, will present musical interludes from the Romantic period. Elena is a prizewinner in international competitions. “Her performance was mesmerising!”— Musical Opinion Magazine

Emily Rose Smith will read extracts from Shelley’s poetry. She has appeared in theatre in London, Chichester and elsewhere, including Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, Chekhov, Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.

This event is presented in association with the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association.

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