Festival of Chichester 2021 – a fantastic finale

Week 4 (4 to 11 July)

What a time we’ve had, with a scintillating mix of outdoor, live and virtual events, offering audiences the chance to immerse themselves in fun, culture and entertainment. We’ve had some brilliant events including sell-out successes! The final week brings even more delights which can be browsed on the Festival website.

There’s the chance to see Dame Penelope Keith in person at Chichester Cathedral for Poetry and Music, celebrating the bicentenary of Romantic poet John Keats – together with music from Russian pianist Elena Toponogova. Then, you can catch festival favourite Pavlos Carvalho performing Bach’s Cello Suites at St Paul’s, be inspired by international pianist Young-Choon Park playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata in a free Cathedral lunchtime concert, attend a Lyrical Euphonium Recital, go on a Sojourn with the Guitar with Linda Kelsall-Barnett, enjoy the Prebendal School Summer Concert or thrill to the full-blooded orchestral sounds of the Chichester Symphony Orchestra.

Other musical delights are Summer Acoustic Nights,  the super Cuban band, The Latin Bridge in an outdoor picnic show at Halnaker Park Cottage grounds, be nostalgic with the Spirit of Woodstock, or maybe try Retro Bingo with Dawn Gracie or A Little Bit of Everything!

One theatre highlight is Greg Mosse’s Lydia and George, a spin-off from Pride and Prejudice, another the comedy Good Girl. Spoken word conjures up Lethal Ties, a suspense thriller book talk set in Sussex. Or maybe you’d enjoy a Plastic Free Picnic, a Bumblebee Identification Workshop or a Family Walk, Bike-Ride and Picnic on Centurion Way.

Art lovers are spoilt for choice with a wide selection of shows across the city and beyond. Take your pick from a Pottery Exhibition and Sale by Dancing Pots, Chichester Art Society’s exhibition at the Oxmarket, be Inspired by Light at the Little Gallery, West Wittering, follow the Chichester Art Trail Hub, catch Artel’s Alchemy exhibition, be moved by Darkness into Light, or spot the cartoons of celebrities in Legends of Sport, Music and the Movies.

Then, of course, there’s the city itself, which can be explored on walks with expert guides – choose from Guided Tours of the City Walls, A walk Around Georgian Chichester or the Highlights of Chichester’s History.  To get the full picture, please go online to the Festival website and browse the fantastic choice on offer. You won’t be disappointed!  The Festival runs from 12th June to 11th July.

Dame Penelope Keith, Bach Cello Suites, International Piano – Young-Choon Park, Lyrical Euphonium Recital, Sojourn with the Guitar, Prebendal School Summer Concert, Chichester Symphony Orchestra, Summer Acoustic Nights, The Latin Bridge, Retro Bingo, Good Girl, A Little Bit of Everything, Lydia and George, Lethal Ties, Plastic-Free Picnic, Bumblebee Workshop, Family Walk, Bike-Ride and Picnic, The Spirit of Woodstock, Dancing Pots, Artel Alchemy exhibition, Darkness into Light, Legends of Sport, Music and the Movies, Guided Tours of the City Walls, A Walk Around Georgian Chichester, Highlights of Chichester’s History, Heritage Walk: the history of Graylingwell.

Image: Penelope Keith