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Harbour Discovery
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy wonderful views of Chichester Harbour, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a general commentary from the skipper and crew. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available on board and you are welcome to bring your own (no glass). No dogs except assistance dogs. Hour. . .
pete coe
Music

FOLK IN THE CAFÉ WITH PETE COE

25 June, 12:00 - 14:00

BRICK KILN GARDEN CENTRE, BOGNOR ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO20 1EJ

Pete Coe has been one of the best-known, popular and respected performers on the national folk scene for over four decades. An extraordinary singer and collector of songs, musician and arranger, step dancer and stage performer, Pete is indeed a one-man folk industry. Come along to enjoy a wonderful concert. . .
sean on brien
Acclaimed poet Sean O’Brien and jazz stars the Dream Duo, with Julian Stringle and Dominic Ashworth on clarinet and guitar, entertain and inspire. Sean will read from his T S Eliot-award nominated new collection, Europa. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid. . .
Chichester cathedral
The 2018 centenary of some women receiving the vote for the first time has reminded us of their long struggle for recognition. In the cathedral, women are sometimes commemorated as ‘relicts’ of their pre-deceased husbands! Explore works designed and/or executed by women including tapestry, stained glass, sculpture and embroidery. Tickets. . .
the oldie
food Literature

THE OLDIE LITERARY LUNCH

26 June, 12:00 - 15:30

Chichester Cathedral

THE OLDIE MAGAZINE. The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary. Held monthly at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, we also partner with regional literary festivals. This will be our first visit to the Festival of Chichester. A three-course lunch will be followed by three guest speakers who will. . .
Award-winning writer Helen Dennis, author of the River of Ink series and Secret Breakers (recently optioned for TV) will read from her books and discuss the background to her stories. She will also chat about writing, so come along ready to ask questions and find out more. For ages eight. . .
churchill
Discussion with Nursing Churchill (Wartime Life from the Private Letters of Winston Churchill’s Nurse) author Jill Rose (née Miles), whose family has a long-time Chichester connection. “Fine and fun new book on Churchill from the letters of his nurse Doris Miles… I heartily recommend it” (Churchill biographer, Andrew Roberts). Tickets. . .
Chez Moi Bognor Regis
Chez Moi is Bognor Regis’s beautiful French Cafe, found in Aldwick shopping parade. 6. 30pm, the guests arrive and order drinks; 7. 30pm, a 60-minute concert of classical music begins with Roger Clayden playing a programme of classical solo cello music, followed by the Trombone Trio; 8. 30pm, set meal. . .
musical massage

A SENSORY MUSICAL MASSAGE SENSATION

27 June, 10:00 - 19:30

70 MAPLEHURST ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 6XL

MJ’S RELAX AND REVIVE. Immerse yourself on a massage journey with the wondrous sounds of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Plunging your olfactory senses with luxurious aromatherapy oils, be energised with the finesse and complexity of massage movements, your body and soul uplifted in harmony as you float away on the perfect. . .
Harbour Discovery
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy wonderful views of Chichester Harbour, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a general commentary from the skipper and crew. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available on board and you are welcome to bring your own (no glass). No dogs except assistance dogs. Hour. . .
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THE STORYTELLER. Following last week’s event featuring Dvorak’s time in America, The Storyteller charts his personal journey as a music lover concentrating on music from the great man and other, more unexpected influences. Come early as space is limited and be prepared to buy something from the café. Admission free. . . .
waterloo
Paul Chamberlain explains how The Battle of Waterloo is probably the most famous action in British history, but was it a British victory? The Prussians together with Germans, Dutch and Belgian soldiers also fought on those muddy slopes, to make up Wellington’s Army. Donations to Waterloo Uncovered. Free admission. Disabled. . .
small island
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage. . .
Popular Festival soloist Harriet Mackenzie returns to Chichester directing her Celoniatus Ensemble juxtaposing Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece The Four Seasons with the heat of Argentinian tango in Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and an evocative orchestral work by Canadian composer Emily Doolittle, depicting a blackbird singing in the rain. Tickets. . .
richard lumsden
THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS. Actor, writer and composer Richard Lumsden discusses his bittersweet debut novel (and BBC Radio 4 play) starring Billy Binns, the oldest man in Europe who has a final wish: to remember what love feels like one last time. Billy reflects on the relationships that. . .
pavlos carvalho
Through the sonatas for cello and piano, in one evening, one travels through the map of Beethoven’s extraordinary life. These works will show the lightness and excitement of his early life through to the profound intensity of later life. Yet hope persists. Tickets £12; students £6; children £6 for over. . .
viva guitarra
Zoe Barnett and Linda Kelsall-Barnett in concert as part of the Last Friday Concerts Series 3 at St George’s. Join us for a scintillating evening of Spanish and South American guitar music from this mother and daughter team, including works by Tarrega, Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo. Tickets £10; under 18s free. . . .
love in the harbour
BY DANIELLE MORGAN / JOHN MERRIGAN , FATDAN PRODUCTIONS. A special evening featuring the music and soundtrack from the critically-acclaimed play Love in the Harbour written by renowned singer/songwriter Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan, performed live by an ensemble in an intimate setting. Tickets £12; concessions £8; children under 12. . .
phoenix big band
The Phoenix Big Band returns this year to bring you another wonderful evening of big-band music and ballroom dancing. Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to be entertained with a wide range of wonderful tunes from the ages. Ball gowns and bow ties optional. Tickets £12. 50. Disabled. . .
Alan Barnes
The always-popular Alan Barnes brings his swinging sextet to the CJC. The repertoire is wide ranging and varied with classics, originals and standards. The three-horn front line allows for interesting arranging and writing which will emphasise the band’s conviction that jazz is a branch of the entertainment industry. Tickets £15. . . .
music of george harrison
Music

THE MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON LIVE

28 June, 20:00

ALEXANDRA THEATRE (REGIS CENTRE), BOGNOR REGIS, PO21 1BL

THE ALL THINGS MUST PASS ORCHESTRA. A fantastic ten-piece band dedicated to the Quiet Beatle’s work. George Harrison wrote some of The Beatles’ most beautiful songs (Something, Here Comes The Sun, etc), but he continued to write great music during his solo career (My Sweet Lord etc) on 12 studio. . .
Ivon Hitchins
Looking at the far-reaching influence of one of the region’s most influential artists. Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) moved to a woodland near Petworth in 1940, from where he painted for the next 40 years. His influence is still felt today. His work will be shown alongside other influential painters including Howard. . .
tales from the orchard
food

TALES FROM THE ORCHARD

29 June, 10:00 - 11:00

WHYKE COMMUNITY ORCHARD, SHONE COURT OFF EXTON ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 8FT.

Join us for storytelling. Hear the ancient stories of the Golden Apple, key to the heart and immortality. Find the ancient apple tree, overcome the obstacles and challenges. Complete the heroic adventure and find the Golden Apples, ancient fruits of wisdom. With Steve Taylor, herbalist, storyteller. All ages welcome. Tickets. . .
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food Crafts

DRAPERS DEMO DAY

29 June, 10:00 - 16:00

| Draper's Yard

An open day at Drapers Yard Marketplace with demonstrations from our artisans, craftspeople, chefs and vendors. Furniture renovation, soft furnishings, jewellery classes, floristry classes, cooking and more. All welcome. Free but some classes have small charge for materials. Disabled access. . . .
jazz ovation
CHICHESTER COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT. Ovation Music is a non-profit organisation providing music sessions and live performance opportunities for children and young people, encouraging creativity, teamwork and a positive outlook. Come and see what we get up to on Saturday mornings. Admission free. No disabled access. . . .
CASS
A wonderful opportunity to visit the remarkable Cass Sculpture Foundation and learn about the organisation, its artists and sculptures. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the peaceful grounds. Return minibus transportation is provided: collection from Chichester Cathedral at 10. 30am and returning at 3pm. Tickets £18 to include transportation, entrance. . .
NF Simpson
CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE. Three short plays by N F Simpson to celebrate the centenary of his birth. He was a proponent of The Theatre of the Absurd and his work mixes a comic brew from Lewis Carroll to W S Gilbert and The Goons. Gladly Otherwise, OH and Have Done. . .
Dismantle for Flow
A glimpse of life paused on the way round the generational cycle. A visual journey with poetry, art, video and a book. Rediscovering writing was timely although I still approach the subject from an artist’s stance: I am revelling in the place where the two cross over and everywhere in. . .
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Outdoors

WILDLIFE EXPLORER ON SOLAR HERITAGE,

29 June, 13:30 - 16:30

PUBLIC JETTY, ITCHENOR, PO20 7AW.

Three-hour trip. Explore Chichester Harbour and its wildlife. We hope to see seals at their haul-out site. Wildlife expert on board. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available. You are welcome to bring your own (no glass). Pay and display carpark near The Ship, walk to Harbour to arrive 15 minutes. . .
chi highlights
Spend around one and a half hours with one of our experienced guides walking round Chichester, hearing fascinating details about the past and present of the city, learning about some of the interesting buildings and seeing the nooks and crannies of some of the historical back streets. Tickets £5. Disabled. . .
loretta schauer
Create your own character and tell their story with illustrator Loretta Schauer. Discover drawing expressions and costumes and find out what makes a character unique. Loretta is the illustrator of numerous children’s books including A Very Corgi Christmas, A Monster’s Moved In and the hilarious Dougal Daley series. For children. . .
creativity with chindi
Join local children’s authors Lexi Rees and Sue Wickstead for an exclusive creative writing workshop. They’ll share top tips to help you become a better writer before you put it into practice in a brand-new story. You can also make a bookmark and badge to go with the story. Tickets. . .
Piatti String Quartet
Music

A Family Concert with the Piatti String Quartet

29 June, 15:00

Vicars Hall, 12-13 South St, Chichester PO19 1EH

A Festival of Chichester Event at the Vicars Hall, 12-13 South St, Chichester PO19 1EH. . Meet the musicians and their instruments: two violins, viola and cello. . Lots of lovely music familiar and not-so-familiar. . There will be a competition for the best picture or poem inspired by the. . .
bignor
heritage

HOW ROMAN WAS ROMAN SUSSEX?

29 June, 16:00

SUTTON VILLAGE HALL, THE STREET, SUTTON, RH20 1PS

David Rudling, director of excavations at Bignor Roman Villa in 1985 and 1990-2000, compares the remains of one of Britain’s best-preserved rural estates with other Roman and not-so-Roman settlements throughout the county. Ticket includes talk, tea or coffee and admission voucher to Bignor Roman Villa archaeological site and museum. Tickets. . .
GHOST TOUR
heritage

GHOST TOUR OF CHICHESTER,

29 June, 18:00

THE OLD CROSS, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LP

Two local authors Helen Christmas and Julia Macfarlane will guide you around the centre of Chichester, regaling you with ghostly tales of our historic city centre. Enjoy a drink and a copy of the Chichester Ghost Tour book, included with every ticket. Tickets £10. Disabled access. . . .
alter eagles
Back in Chichester and playing many of the band’s greatest hits whilst showcasing the Eagles’ trademark duelling electric guitars. A wonderfully-dynamic group with excellent harmonies and a great musical experience for the connoisseur – one not to be missed. One of These Nights to think about Hotel California!. Tickets £20. . . .
geoff rob
A unique double bill of two remarkable guitarists. Geoff Robb (winner of the music prize, Brighton Fringe Festival 2018) is a classically-trained player of superb skill and creativity. Rob Johnston builds on his own classical background with a brilliant individual style including live looping technology and guitar percussion. Tickets £12;. . .
nelson and murray
Nelson and Murray in the making. See the sculptor of the Keats’ statue at work and learn of the journey to bronze of the new commemorative sculpture for Chichester. Admission free. No disabled access. . . .
chi tour guides
An easy 90-minute walk with a qualified and knowledgeable Green or Blue Badge guide takes you through Chichester’s past within the historic walls of this beautiful city. From Roman times to present day we give an intriguing insight into 2,000 years of Chichester history. Tickets £6. Disabled access. MEET AT. . .
Harbour Discovery
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy wonderful views of Chichester Harbour, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a general commentary from the skipper and crew. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available on board and you are welcome to bring your own (no glass). No dogs except assistance dogs. Hour. . .
flute choir
Music

SUMMER FLUTES

30 June, 15:00

St George's Church Whyke

The Chichester Flute Choir are proud to present their biggest concert of the year. Flutes of all shapes and sizes will play together in harmony to uplift and entertain you. With a mix of light classical music along with popular classics, this will be a concert suitable for all. www. . . .
roger clayden
Roger Clayden, cello, and Christopher Taylor, piano, return to play the Brahms – Cello Sonata in E Minor Op 38; Edward Elgar – Chanson de Matin, Salut d’amour; JS Bach – Air in G and Ave Maria. The Trombone Trio play Blake Kiely and Flynn Jeffery. Clayden will also play. . .
Blithe Spirit
Diana presents a career-spanning retrospective of theatre poster designs to celebrate the theatricality of the festival. Free admission. Disabled access. . . .
WILDLIFE SOLAR HERITAGE
Outdoors

WILDLIFE EXPLORER ON SOLAR HERITAGE,

1 July, 15:00 - 18:00

PUBLIC JETTY, ITCHENOR, PO20 7AW.

Three-hour trip. Explore Chichester Harbour and its wildlife. We hope to see seals at their haul-out site. Wildlife expert on board. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available. You are welcome to bring your own (no glass). Pay and display carpark near The Ship, walk to Harbour to arrive 15 minutes. . .
Kate Mosse
Best-selling author Kate Mosse in conversation with Philip Robinson, former vice-chancellor of University of Chichester. Kate will discuss the various cities which have influenced and inspired her internationally-acclaimed novels, plays and non-fiction. The talk will be followed by refreshments reflecting the three cities of Chartres, Ravenna and Valletta. Tickets £10. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
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A variety of subject matter within the exhibition of paintings and drawings by Catherine Barnes. An opportunity to see her dramatic seascapes on canvas and drawings on paper, along with more emotive abstract landscapes. Also the museum series, depicting ancient figures. Joint exhibition with Daphne Casdagli and recitals (see music. . .
Daphne Casdagli Exhibition
Daphne’s original limited-edition prints are an extension of her paintings and figure drawings. Using drypoint on acrylic plates and etching on copper plates, she choreographs the composition with the use of collagraph. Her prints are stimulated by an emotional reaction to her environment. Joint exhibition with Catherine Barnes and recitals. . . .
chi writers
Chichester Writers will be reading some of their best work written specially for the Festival. Come along and share with us a selection of poetry and prose reflecting our love and enthusiasm for Chichester and the local environment. Light refreshments included. Tickets £5; students £2. 50. Disabled access. 7 FOR. . .
love in the harbour
BY EDDIE ALFORD & MUSIC BY MORGAN / MERRIGAN , THE HARBOUR THEATRE COMPANY. A moving dramatisation of the lives of real-life Irish heroes in the original Royal Flying Corps set near the end of WWI. A heart-warming story, in words and music, about their comradery, bravery, humour and heartbreak. . . .
Mrs Pankhursts Purple Feather
A decade before Mrs Pankhurst’s suffragette movement, a different women’s campaign captured public imagination. Its aim was to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats. This was the birth of the RSPB. Tessa Boase charts the rise of “murderous millinery” and champions the women who fought back on the. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
Waterstones
Waterstones Chichester is delighted to host Sam Meekings talking about his latest novel, The Afterlives of Dr Gachet. Join acclaimed local novelist Sam presenting his new book – a story following Dr Gachet from the asylums of Paris in the 1850s to 20th-century Japan, unravelling the mystery of one of. . .
Simon O Toole

MODERN SLAVERY AT SEA

3 July, 19:00

THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, COUNTY HALL, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RQ.

UN ASSOCIATION – UK, CHICHESTER BRANCH. Modern slavery and trafficking, now well recognised in the UK, are also a huge problem at sea. Simon O’Toole, chairman of trustees of the Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) and a barrister with experience of human rights law, discusses what we can do. . .
love in the harbour
BY EDDIE ALFORD & MUSIC BY MORGAN / MERRIGAN , THE HARBOUR THEATRE COMPANY. A moving dramatisation of the lives of real-life Irish heroes in the original Royal Flying Corps set near the end of WWI. A heart-warming story, in words and music, about their comradery, bravery, humour and heartbreak. . . .
chichester chorale
The Chichester Chorale presents an evening of Handel and Mozart in the idyllic setting of Boxgrove Priory accompanied by The Chichester Chamber Ensemble. Conducted by Tom Robson. G F Handel – Zadok the Priest; G F Handel – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; G F Handel – Foundling. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
on the beach
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER MAGGIE AND HELENA COCHRAN. Maggie and Helena will be exhibiting a series of work based on our wonderful coastline. Maggie likes to capture the moment in her paintings, the light and the feeling of being by the sea. Photographs by Helena will include aerial images viewing the. . .
jacquelyn fugelle
International soprano Jacquelyn Fugelle is joined by pianist Christopher Johnston in a recital including songs by Ravel – Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques; Rodrigo – Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios; Jonathan Dove – Five Am’rous Sighs; and songs by Samuel Barber. Performed within the exhibition of paintings by Catherine Barnes and prints by. . .
victor ryabchikov
Acclaimed Russian pianist Victor Ryabchikov brings his exquisite touch to a delightful programme of Russian Romantic music with a touch of Chopin. Victor is a great favourite at the Festival of Chichester and has enchanted audiences from the Peterhoff Great Palace in St Petersburg to London’s Wigmore Hall. “Unfailingly beautiful”. . .
linda kelsall-barnett
Linda Kelsall-Barnett presents an hour of her favourite guitar works, celebrating 30 years of playing and teaching classical guitar in Chichester. There will be 19th-century repertoire from her recent recording alongside works from South America by Leo Brouwer and Barrios and works by English composers John Duarte and Vincent Lindsey-Clarke. . . .
the hawkhurst gang
Writer Greg Mosse and theatre director Roger Redfarn discuss their works and collaborations including the staging of theatre productions. They will tell the story of the Hawkhurst Gang, which was recently performed in Chichester. Admission free. Donations to Smile Train. Disabled access. . . .
medicines from the orchard
food Outdoors

MEDICINES FROM THE ORCHARD

4 July, 18:00 - 19:00

WHYKE COMMUNITY ORCHARD (MEDICINE GARDEN), BEHIND SHONE COURT, OFF EXTON ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 8FT.

Orchards are places where a range of wild plants and medicinal herbs thrive. Explore the biodiversity, the healing potential and historic uses of the plants. Hear about the folklore, the traditional beliefs and the scientific evidence behind the country medicine that grows here. Led by Steve Taylor, local herbalist. Tickets. . .
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Festival chairman Phil Hewitt will be in conversation with Chichester-based novelist Kate Mosse about his new book Outrunning The Demons, tales of extraordinary people who have overcome trauma and adversity through the peace and perspective that running can bring. Marathon addict Phil was stabbed and left for dead in South. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
angela zanders
The recital will include works by Rachmaninov, Berg and Cecilia McDowall, as well as Lili Boulanger, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. Angela performs throughout the UK and Europe as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Performed within the exhibition of paintings by Catherine Barnes and prints by Daphne Casdagli. Sponsored by the. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
summer show
The West Dean Visual Arts Summer Show 2019 will showcase original work by emerging artists studying for their graduate diploma and MFA qualifications. The free exhibition, held in the college’s Edward James Studios, will display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles. It. . .
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Sue England and Sylvia Kopecek are exhibiting at their studio and in the adjacent St Giles church. Sue’s work is diverse, but always returns to the landscape. Sylvia is exhibiting cut-outs in wood and acrylic, drawings and paintings. The work is figurative with references to different places, times and cultures. . . .
Amici concerts
Bogdan Vacarescu and Julian Jacobson return to Chichester with a stunning selection of beloved pieces and lost masterworks for violin and piano featuring music by Beethoven, Chopin and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Programme to include Tartini – Devil’s Trill Sonata, Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 17 and Julian Jacobson’s composition Orang-u-Tango. Tickets £15. . . .
chi highlights
Spend around one and a half hours with one of our experienced guides walking round Chichester, hearing fascinating details about the past and present of the city, learning about some of the interesting buildings and seeing the nooks and crannies of some of the historical back streets. Tickets £5. Disabled. . .
NF Simpson
CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE. Three short plays by N F Simpson to celebrate the centenary of his birth. He was a proponent of The Theatre of the Absurd and his work mixes a comic brew from Lewis Carroll to W S Gilbert and The Goons. Gladly Otherwise, OH and Have Done. . .
quaker
CHICHESTER QUAKERS. A guided walk to places of Quaker interest, about an hour and a half, about a mile and a half, ending with tea in the Meeting House. Tickets £3; students free; children free. Disabled access. . . .
Oasis of Peace
CHICHESTER QUAKERS. Jack Omer-Jackaman speaks about a unique community of Jewish and Palestinian-Arab Israeli citizens, located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Tickets £5; students free; children free. Disabled access. . . .
southdown band
The Southdowns Concert Band together with The Walton Voices present a fantastic concert to reflect a musical Journey through Time and Space, in the wonderful acoustics of Chichester Cathedral. The proceeds will be donated to Dementia Support (Sage House). The compere for the evening is novelist and Cicestrian Kate Mosse. . . .
john law
“One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists” (International Piano Magazine) presenting original compositions and new versions of tunes from the jazz repertoire, merging classical sensitivity and form with jazz harmonies and rhythm. Performed in the paintings and prints exhibition by Catherine Barnes and Daphne Casdagli. Tickets £12;. . .
midsummer charity concert
Music

MIDSUMMER CHARITY CONCERT

6 July, 19:30

CHICHESTER BAPTIST CHURCH, SHERBORNE ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 3AW.

Concert of accessible vocal and instrumental music in a variety of styles to suit all tastes. Performers include Chris Coote (piano), Ian Clark (baritone), Olivia Moss (soprano), Paul Dorrell (flute). Free admission. Retiring collection in aid of Lifecentre. Disabled access. . . .
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As part of the 2019 Festival of Chichester, we will be singing a concert filled with the music of praising and rejoicing through the ages. The concert will showcase some of the best festal music from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. From Adrian Batten’s spritely “O Sing Joyfully”, composed. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
chi tour guides
An easy 90-minute walk with a qualified and knowledgeable Green or Blue Badge guide takes you through Chichester’s past within the historic walls of this beautiful city. From Roman times to present day we give an intriguing insight into 2,000 years of Chichester history. Tickets £6. Disabled access. MEET AT. . .
georgian chi
ALAN GREEN. Join local historian and author Alan Green on this popular walk (approx two hours) that explores Chichester’s Georgian architecture and meets a few of its Georgian characters along the way. Tickets £5. Disabled access. MEET OUTSIDE EDES HOUSE ,. . . .
amanda waring
AMANDA WARING PRODUCTIONS. Don’t miss award-winning Amanda Waring’s profound gift for storytelling, ceremony, journeying and song. You will feel welcomed, held, beguiled, inspired by this unique spiritual storyteller taking you on a journey that will be healing, magical, musical and uplifting. A transformative event to envelop you with warmth and. . .
christopher johnston
Chichester University graduate Christopher Johnston, piano, will perform works by Russian jazz composer Nikolai Kapustin and showcase performances by a selection of his talented young pupils. Suitable for adults and children. Performed within the exhibition of paintings and prints by Catherine Barnes and Daphne Casdagli. Free admission. Tickets from the. . .
consort of 12
The Consort and Portsmouth Baroque Choir perform one of Bach’s greatest choral works, his B minor Mass. Written late in Bach’s life, it features a rich array of solo instruments including flutes, oboes, a natural horn, three natural trumpets and timpani and includes some of his most intricate and deeply-felt. . .
una danza para violeta
Contemporary flamenco dancer and choreographer Natalia García-Huidobro presents her homage to traditional flamenco, completing Violeta Parra’s unfinished work El Gavilán (Sparrowhawk). Violeta de Mayo was first known for singing zambras, farrucas and sevillanas with a flamenco company in Santiago, Chile. Jorge Bravo (guitar), Carlos Lobo (voice) and Demi García Sabat. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
Deborah Mitchelson
Arts

DEBORAH MITCHELSON OPEN STUDIO VISIT

9 July, 12:00 - 19:00

8 ST JOHN'S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR

PAINTINGS AND CERAMICS. This artist’s studio visit showcases Deborah’s paintings and ceramics. Inspired by nature, her landscapes make reference to maps, and her interest in colour is evident. Memories and imagination influence the way in which we perceive the world. Deborah’s paintings hover between a real and illusionary world. Admission. . .
nigel price
Music

JAZZ IN THE CAFÉ WITH NIGEL PRICE

9 July, 12:00 - 14:00

BRICK KILN GARDEN CENTRE, BOGNOR ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO20 1EJ

Award-winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged for his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and mastery of chording. Performing here at Brick Kiln Garden Centre: Nigel Price (guitar) and Vasillise Xenopulo (sax) with Oz Dechanie (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums). Admission free. Booking advisable on. . .
einar johannesson
Acclaimed international musicians Icelandic clarinettist Einar Johannesson and Italian pianist Alessandra Pompili join forces to present an inspirational programme of music on an Italian theme, including pieces by Liszt and Nino Rota. Einar is former principal clarinet of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Alessandra performs in major concert halls around the. . .
guitars in the garden
Guitars in the Garden play café music, a genre from Bach to Blues, Django to contemporary, which is often interspersed with improvisation. The venue is the walled garden of St Martin’s Organic Café. Tickets include a hot drink. Tickets £8. . . .
patricia rout ledge
SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL. Dame Patricia Routledge reads Keats’ immortal Odes to mark the bicentenary of their composition in this celebration of poetry and music, held in the atmospheric setting of the cathedral. With stimulating new poetry read by South Downs poets and live music performed by Linda Kelsall-Barnett on. . .
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A talk about the disused railways of Sussex. David Bathurst will provide a sparkling overview of these fascinating reminders of our history and local heritage for the would-be walker, armchair traveller and historian, drawing on his own experience of exploring each one of them. Admission free. Retiring collection for Priory. . .
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A concert of lovely well-known music for a summer’s evening, featuring a variety of styles from pop to musical theatre to classical. Free entry with a retiring collection for a local charity. Disabled access. . . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
Chichester cathedral
The 2018 centenary of some women receiving the vote for the first time has reminded us of their long struggle for recognition. In the cathedral, women are sometimes commemorated as ‘relicts’ of their pre-deceased husbands! Explore works designed and/or executed by women including tapestry, stained glass, sculpture and embroidery. Tickets. . .
community theatre
The Odds of Being Earnest by Greg Mosse: the scene is Monte Carlo in 1914, 20 years after The Importance of Being Earnest and reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Canon Chasuble. Plus The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw: William Shakespeare, intending to meet. . .
views of england
JOSEPH SPOONER , CELLO and DAVID OWEN NORRIS , PIANO. Cellist Joseph Spooner and pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris consider England through the ears of familiar and less well-known composers, with exquisite song settings, folk melodies, and a grandiose Romantic sonata. Performed within the exhibition of paintings by. . .
nature v nurture
BIBI HEAL , SOPRANO & AMANDA COOK , GUITAR. From the heart-warming to the heart-breaking, this exquisite pairing of voice and guitar delves through the universal truths of our nature and along the paths of our own nurture. In an intimate programme, themes of common humanity are juxtaposed and brought. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
harpsichord recital
Sylvia, a Southampton University and Royal College of Music graduate, will be bringing her modern double- manual harpsichord and comparing it with the Oxmarket’s 1910 Bechstein piano in a recital including works by Scarlatti and Bach. Performed within the exhibition of paintings and prints by Catherine Barnes and Daphne Casdagli. . . .
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Literature Music

TALES FROM CARPETS, PIANOS & KEYS

11 July, 14:00

St. Martins Coffee House

THE STORYTELLER. For his final Festival appearance, The Storyteller, aka Len Gould, reads four stories from his collection Carpets, Pianos & Keys, accompanied by musical extracts. Free admission. Voluntary retiring collection. Come early as space is limited and remember to purchase drinks and food from the café. No disabled access. . . .
mandela
Colin Chambers, who was the chaplain on Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there in the 1960s, will tell us the stories of the time, the regime and conditions under which Mandela lived for 18 years. Free admission. Donations to Faith and Football. Disabled access. . . .
prebendal
The summer concert is the highlight of the musical year at The Prebendal School and brings together a range of ensembles, solo performances and duets, as well as wonderful pieces from the concert band and the 1st Orchestra. Admission free although there will be a retiring collection. Disabled access. . . .
community theatre
The Odds of Being Earnest by Greg Mosse: the scene is Monte Carlo in 1914, 20 years after The Importance of Being Earnest and reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Canon Chasuble. Plus The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw: William Shakespeare, intending to meet. . .
euphonium
MARTIN SMITH. Following an outstanding recent recital to a packed St Martin in the Fields, Martin Smith euphonium will entertain you accompanied by pianist Chris Coote. Hummel, Elgar, Strauss, Rossini and Sir Karl Jenkins Euphonium Concerto will be featured and will send you away smiling and raising funds for the. . .
piano
Nicholas Gleed (piano) is joining the long-established chamber music partnership of Graham Elliott (cello) and Michael Sullivan (violin). Performing piano trios by Haydn in D and Mozart K496, culminating in Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, within the exhibition of paintings by Catherine Barnes and prints by Daphne Casdagli. Sponsored by the artists. . . .
unicorn
Dazzling classical music juxtaposed with Russian gypsy gems, Hungarian folk, Romanian laments, Bulgarian dances, free improvisation and jazz: a fiery ensemble of virtuosos featuring guitar, accordion, double bass and percussion, led by violinist Bogdan Vacarescu, whose “technical mastery made it sound as if there were at least two fiddlers” (The. . .
new theatre
DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
cellophane flowers
A trio of experienced musicians interpreting The Beatles’ work in a new, refreshing way focussing on the vocals, accompanied by only one guitar. Guitarist/singer Alex Eberhard joins forces with supreme vocalists Lucy Pickering and Rachel Myer to explore the Lennon/McCartney catalogue’s vocal possibilities. A musical journey from A Hard Day’s. . .
Tom Bullard
Tom returns to perform Schubert’s best-loved lieder. A rare opportunity to hear solo, a singer with London Voices (Berio, Proms), Synergy Vocals (MacMillan), Tenebrae, Opera up Close, and Swingle Singers. With piano accompaniment. Performed within the exhibition of paintings by Catherine Barnes and prints by Daphne Casdagli. Tickets £10. Disabled. . .
community theatre
The Odds of Being Earnest by Greg Mosse: the scene is Monte Carlo in 1914, 20 years after The Importance of Being Earnest and reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Canon Chasuble. Plus The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw: William Shakespeare, intending to meet. . .
oculi
Violinist Emma Parker and friends from the internationally award-winning Badke Quartet have formed Oculi Ensemble to continue their rich history of collaborations, inviting the finest of chamber musicians. Programme: Brahms String Quintet o 88, Mozart String Quintet in G minor k516, Webern Langsamer Satz for string quartet. “An unswerving togetherness…. . .
romantic music
THE LUC SISTERS – IMY AND MARIA LUC. From the early romanticism of Schubert’s Fantasia for piano duo to Chopin’s piano works, acclaimed pianists Imy and Maria will transport you to the world of the different composers’ love of melody and harmony. Tickets £12; students £5; children free. Disabled access. . . .
abbas angels
Get ready to reminisce and tap your toes to Abba’s Angels performing Abba’s greatest hits with great gusto. Authentic costumes and choreographed dance routines transport you to the Abba era. Let out your inner Dancing Queen and treat yourself to a night to remember. Tickets £20. Disabled access. . . .
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DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
wizardry
Join Simon Philip as he introduces Fred Wizard in Training. Being a wizard sounds pretty great, right? Except that Fred is absolutely, completely, mind-bogglingly terrible at magic. Find out if Fred can prove to his family he’s not the worst wizard in town! For ages six to nine. Free admission. . . .
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Sue England and Sylvia Kopecek are exhibiting at their studio and in the adjacent St Giles church. Sue’s work is diverse, but always returns to the landscape. This series of work will be about PAGHAM HARBOUR. Sylvia is exhibiting cut-outs in wood and acrylic, drawings and paintings. The work is. . .
chi highlights
Spend around one and a half hours with one of our experienced guides walking round Chichester, hearing fascinating details about the past and present of the city, learning about some of the interesting buildings and seeing the nooks and crannies of some of the historical back streets. Tickets £5. Disabled. . .
going for a song
A CHRONICLE OF THE UK RECORD SHOP ,. In an entertaining talk illustrated with music from old records, author Garth Cartwright discusses how the humble record shop grew from selling wax cylinders into the huge HMV chain, sparked Richard Branson’s Virgin empire and, after the collapse of record shops, has. . .
guitars
Guitars in the Garden play café music, genre from Bach to Blues, Django to contemporary, which is interspersed with voice. The venue is the lovely restaurant garden of West Dean, with beautiful views of the Downs. The restaurant will be open for food and drink. Tickets £8. Disabled access. . . .
community theatre
The Odds of Being Earnest by Greg Mosse: the scene is Monte Carlo in 1914, 20 years after The Importance of Being Earnest and reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Canon Chasuble. Plus The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw: William Shakespeare, intending to meet. . .
sull'aria
TAMZIN BARNETT AND RHIANNON MERRIFIELD. Enjoy an evening of songs and duets for soprano with Tamzin Barnett and Rhiannon Merrifield, singers from Chichester. Tamzin recently made her debut with New Sussex Opera and Rhiannon studies at the renowned Royal Northern College. The concert will feature music by Mozart, Rossini and. . .
chichester symphony orchestra
Catherine Lawlor will be the soloist in Brahms’ violin concerto. Catherine is a brilliant young violinist who has studied and performed extensively in this country as well as Europe Asia and the USA. CSO will also perform Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and his Symphony No 5. Simon Wilkins conducts. Tickets £12;. . .
rolling tones
Travel back in time to the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s and revel in this authentic tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones playing the hits that shook the establishment and made them so unique. Remember, it’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll and you will like it, like it. Satisfaction guaranteed!. . . .
West Dean College 2
DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT , THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE , NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ,. Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7. 30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215. . . .
centurion way
heritage Outdoors

CENTURION WAY HERITAGE WALK & QUIZ

14 July, 14:00 - 16:00

BISHOP LUFFA SCHOOL ENTRANCE, PO19 3HP

FRIENDS OF CENTURION WAY. Join us for a fun walk along Centurion Way. Take part in an interactive quiz that highlights the heritage of this much-loved footpath and cycleway and learn more about the wildlife it supports. See www. centurionway. org. uk. Free admission. Disabled access. . . .
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food Music

MARY ANN KENNEDY: GLASCHU

14 July, 15:00

HALNAKER PARK COTTAGE, FAR END OF PARK LANE, HALNAKER, NEAR CHICHESTER, PO18 0QH

Glasgow Gael Mary Ann Kennedy was brought up surrounded by music. A multi award-winning musician, singer, writer and producer, she’s joined by long-time musical partner-in-crime, Finlay Wells on guitar, bringing to life the real people, places and stories of her Gaelic songs. Her new album Glaschu is released on ARC. . .
duet
From the well-known Slavonic dances of Dvorak to the hidden Spanish gems of Moszkowski, this is a journey across Europe, exploring the delights of a variety of musical traditions. Free admission. Donation to Chestnut Tree House. Disabled access. DOORS OPEN 3. 30PM FOR DRINKS. . . .
guitars
Guitars in the Garden play café music, genre from Bach to Blues, Django to contemporary, which is interspersed with voice. The venue is the lovely restaurant garden of West Dean, with beautiful views of the Downs. The restaurant will be open for food and drink. Tickets £8. Disabled access. . . .
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