This year’s past events

Discover the work of Glyn Philpot, the sought-after society portraitist who shook off convention to embrace modernism. The first major exhibition in almost 40 years, bringing together over 80 paintings, drawings and sculptures, it charts the artist’s development from society...
Chichester City Council are planning a Gala procession through Chichester at 11am followed by a family fun afternoon with stalls and attractions in Priory Park from 12 noon. There will be a Grand Raffle for the Mayor’s Charity and a...
The Society’s Summer Exhibition of original 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 and ceramics. The Society was formed in 1939 and...
This year we will be displaying the work of two featured artists for the Festival of Chichester. The first will be oil paintings by Sue Green and the second will be Original Printmaking works on Paper and drawings by Deborah...
This year we will be displaying the work of two featured artists for the Festival of Chichester. The first will be oil paintings by Sue Green and the second will be original printmaking works on paper and drawings by Deborah...
Enjoy a leisurely hour and a half walk through historic Chichester, and hear fascinating stories about this city from Roman times to the present day. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will point out details that you may not have noticed...
Free entry. Candida Stevens Gallery is proud to present Kerry Harding’s debut solo show, Edge of Day, a new body of work that puts the peculiarity of light at centre stage. Set against the backdrop of the rugged coastline of...
Michael Moloney, abuse victim and author of the newly launched title ‘Why punish me?’ explores what role fake truths might be playing in child abuse and mental well-being. A talk for anyone concerned with how we grow up and how...
On the Cathedral Green, West St, Chichester. View the video. Enjoy a free fun-filled gala to launch the Festival. We’re delighted to present the magnificent Bernardi Music Group, the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra, Olivia Stevens’ jazzy blues and other exciting festival...
Within the historic city walls of our beautiful city, an easy walk takes you through the ages; from Roman Baths to award-winning architecture of the 21st century, via medieval streets and the Market Cross, Georgian residences, the Cathedral quadrant and...
We welcome the Lazy River Dixieland Band to present an outdoor concert of repertoire for wind band. Free entry. Name of organiser: University of Chichester https://www.chi.ac.uk
Launching Alexander Rider’s new CD “Fresque marine – Forgotten Jewels for Harp Volume 1”. Alexander will present a selection of French repertoire, played on a 1902 Erard harp. CDs will be available to purchase at a discounted price. Quite early...
Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights since 1967. He is best known for two attempted citizen’s arrests of the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe, one of which resulted in him being beaten unconscious. Peter is Director of the human...
The lecture looks at the contributions made by artists of African, Caribbean or Asian origin to British art since the S.S. Empire Windrush first arrived from the West Indies in 1948. Artists who have achieved international recognition and respect. They...
Ahead of the publication of his new thriller, The Coming Darkness, writer Greg Mosse will share techniques for developing compelling plots and intriguing characters, gripping locations and cunning twists – creating an outline of a whole novel in just one...
Best-selling crime-writer Elly Griffiths talks about the latest book in the Dr Ruth Galloway series and about her novels set in West Sussex. A book sale will follow the talk. Tickets to attend the live event at Chichester Cathedral are...
Historical fiction writer Gill Thompson completed an M.A in Creative Writing at Chichester University. Her latest novel, ‘The Child on Platform One,’ about a little girl on the Kindertransport, was a USA Today bestseller and has been translated into nine...
All the hits from all the shows, with the Spectre Orchestra from the University of Chichester Conservatoire, dancers and soloists. Thursday 16 June 7.30pmFriday 17 June 2.30pm*Friday 17 June 7.30pm * The Friday matinee will be a relaxed performance, open...
As the Second World War loomed Thomas Kendrick, ostensibly a passport officer in Vienna, was running British spy networks across Europe and using his position to help Austrian Jews flee to freedom. Historian and biographer Helen Fry will explore his...
Bach’s solo cello suites have always inspired music lovers with their freshness, imagination, spontaneous experimenting in sound, structures and technical boundaries and sheer cathartic beauty. Imbued with deep thought and wisdom, they move between dances to reflection, moments of joy...
A celebration of Chamber Music, the local climate, our community and Vaughan Williams in his 150th year. Stradivarius Piano Trio is an internationally recognised virtuoso ensemble which has performed extensively across the globe taking their engaging warmth and enthusiasm to...
MVM Mindfulness uses simple techniques. MVM teaches you how to harness the real power of your mind and put you back in charge of your life. You will be astonished what you can achieve with a trained mind. This is...
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the organisers of significant events in Chichester were undaunted. Several of these initiatives were recorded for posterity by the award-winning documentary maker Clive Hand, whose work will be shown in a programme of...
UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE FOR TICKET REFUNDS. The Royal Marines Association Concert Band presents an evening of easy listening music including marches, overtures, Big Band, West End & a Last Night of the Proms finale. Name of...
Mass in Blue was written by Will Todd in 2003. A wonderful fusion of sacred choral music and jazz that has become an established part of choral repertoire. It brings the composer’s lifelong love of traditional choral music into the...
This indie pop sextet from Oxford finish their first UK tour at the Chichester Inn, so expect an upbeat selection of their own perfectly formed power pop. Despite only forming as the pandemic landed, the band have featured on Radcliffe...
It’s 2084 and Tina enters ‘Marriage Maker’! The idea of the game is if you win you get to marry the super-glamorous footballer, Harry Best, on the Saturday, have a weekend of love, then divorce him on the Monday. Unfortunately,...
Artel contemporary artists are exhibiting work celebrating Chichester Canal’s 200th anniversary. Drawing on all the history, beauty and the different ways the canal has served the community, this will be a multi-media exhibition. Free entry. Name of organiser: Maureen Brigden...
Steve Taylor, local herbalist at The Medicine Garden, demonstrates making elderflower champagne with flowers foraged from the orchard. Come and sample this traditional drink, so adults only, please. Our nine-year-old heritage apple orchard is a Transition Chichester project. The event...
A 90 minute guided tour around the two-kilometre circuit of the city’s historic walls, with insights into their construction in Roman times, their survival through two millenia, and their continuing importance. Organized by the Chichester Walls Trust. Parts of the...
UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE FOR TICKET REFUNDS. John Lenehan is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger with a passion for silent movies. In January, he performed the world première of “The Roaring Twenties” to a rapturous...
UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE FOR TICKET REFUNDS. This afternoon’s performance of silent comedy film clips is presented and accompanied by John Lenehan on the piano. This programme of funny films and lively music will have great appeal...
Inspired by heritage roses in the rose gardens of Mottisfont, Highdown, Elmwood and Nymans, Diana presents an exhibition of paintings of classic roses with evocative names. Diana’s exhibitions have included Bosham, Bedford, Arundel, Bognor Regis and Chichester. Monday, June 20-Saturday,...
You’ve heard that a dog’s powerful nose is capable of finding people during extreme search and rescue efforts, sniffing out drugs, tobacco, and even diseases like cancer. But did you know, their incredible snouts can be used to save wildlife?...
60-minute solo cello concert by Roger Clayden, followed by a Thai meal. JS Bach Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No 1 in G MajorPreludium, Sarabande, Gigue. Jean-Pierre DuportEtude No 8in D major JS BachSuite for Unaccompanied Cello No 3 in C...
Join us to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, with a specialist guided tour of the Cathedral. ‘The Monarchy and Chichester Cathedral’ uncovers the historic links between English Monarchs and Chichester Cathedral, during the turbulent centuries from William the...
Internationally acclaimed poets Grace Nichols and John Agard, winners of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, team up with star jazzers Julian Stringle and Dominic Ashworth to entertain and inspire. Grace and John will read from their multi-award winning collections....
Discover the fascinating world of bats as they emerge from their roosts at dusk. We will hear their echolocation calls using handheld detectors, and you’ll learn how to identify some of our most common species. Replace Netflix with nature and...
Join teacher and author, Nicola Garrard, to discuss the challenges facing young people. Includes readings from her book 29 LOCKS, a story of one teenager’s heroic fight against the criminal forces that threaten his mum, friends and community. Ask questions...
Headlined by one of the UK’s hottest female comedians, Ninia Benjamin, this evening will also feature Mike Cox and be hosted by the MC skills of Karen Bayley. Doors open at 6.30pm. A fantastic evening of live comedy, with three...
Pamela Howard, acclaimed director and scenographer, has worked in opera and contemporary music theatre all around the world. Join her for a very special evening of talk, music and visual reflections celebrating her life’s work in anticipation of the publication...
An all-star sextet! Judith, pathologist, saxophonist and author; Allison’s beautifully crafted West Coast style; vocalist and pianist Eriko has a reputation for her Diana Krall-style vocals; Marianne, the driving force behind Guildford and Fleet Jazz Clubs; Hannah, a rising star...
Organised by Chichester Chamber Concerts. Camarilla Ensemble, a group of outstanding wind players, will perform a programme of inspiring music by British composers from Edward Elgar and Vaughan Williams, to the present day, Karl Jenkins. Camarilla Ensemble is renowned for...
UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED A TICKET FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT OUR BOX OFFICE. To celebrate the birthday and platinum jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we come together to perform an all British programme of favourites. Rule...
Four dangerously good singers and a hilarious MC/pianist deliver a performance rich in glorious vocals, cheeky humour and operatic flamboyance. Fast becoming known for their classical re-imaginings of iconic hits, ATM are thrilled to be returning to the Festival of...
Festival regulars Isosceles Theatre Company bring this fast-paced adaptation of Stevenson’s classic novel which has enthralled audiences throughout Britain and Ireland, playing to packed houses everywhere. ”Impressive…done in fine style..a very good version of a great story” (The Scotsman) ”A...
Join Chichester City Band as we celebrate our 125th Birthday. Since 1897, interrupted only by World Wars and the recent pandemic, your local brass band has provided joyful sounds for all to enjoy. This special concert will embrace 125 glorious...
UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED What happens after the worst happens? Is it possible to find fulfilment after trauma? Mina shares her story of how an insurmountable challenge – the loss of a child – leads to self-empowerment and joy, and that through...
‘Billie meets Ella & Amy’ as well as other legendary jazz icons with local chanteuse Olivia Stevens bringing her trademark warmth and genuine emotion to proceedings in this solo vocal performance with audio accompaniment. Expect toe tappers and torch song...
Guitarist Rob Johnston and percussionist Tim Gower return to provide a supercharged acoustic evening of driving and energetic rhythms that you will find irresistible! This is a dazzling fusion of world, folk and roots music and original songs. These skilled...
Chichester Big Band plays the nostalgic era of swing, including Glenn Miller, Count Basie & other big band greats. Celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee at our ‘Indoor Street Party’, to include ‘vintage’ afternoon tea, cakes and sandwiches. Fabulous raffle....
The multi-award-winning classical guitarist Jonathan Ross Parkin will be your guide through a surprising, dazzling and intimate portrait of the guitar’s journey through Bach’s Brandenburg, Beethoven’s Vienna towards its cultural and spiritual home. The guitar’s journey has been a nomadic...
Beloved melodies by Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and Xarhakos were composed for different reasons during almost the same decade. Songs that dressed beautiful poems and coloured movies, that were inspired by political situations, or talk about love and passion; some of them...
Please note that the listing for this event in the festival brochure as Saturday June 19 at 11.30am is unfortunately incorrect. We apologise for this error. Renowned for their welcoming classical concerts, Ensemble Reza is a versatile group, and this...
Cellists Christopher Allan, Michael Atkinson, Adrian Bradbury and Ben Rogerson return to Chichester with an astonishingly varied programme promising to take us from Puccini to Piazzolla, and from the Renaissance to a brand new work by jazz king composer Guy...
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself – invite you to join them for this sparkling comedy. Bring a chair and a picnic and prepare to be entertained and transported! One of the...
Henry Purcell’s most famous opera includes sparkling baroque favourites to start the evening. Full orchestra, choir and soloists featuring Orbita Baroque Orchestra from the University of Chichester Conservatoire. Name of organiser: University of Chichester https://www.chi.ac.uk Main ticket price (£): 15...
NTP is returning to the Pergola Open Air Theatre to present two entertaining plays to be enjoyed in the wonderful West Dean Gardens. These amateur productions are presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd,...
A stunning display of talent from some of the world’s finest young musicians! The pupils of the internationally-renowned Yehudi Menuhin School give many concerts each year, touring throughout the UK and Europe. Their ‘Showcase’ concerts treat audiences to solo, duo...
Monday 27 June 2022 – Tuesday 6 September 2022 Chichester Cathedral is to host a major exhibition of artworks from celebrated members of the Royal Society of Sculptors from 27th June – 6th September 2022. Together We Rise comprises over...