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Festival of Chichester 2018 @ St John’s Chapel

Saturday, 16th June – Sunday 24th June

Tickets for our events are available from the Chichester Box Office at the Novium Museum, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH. Telephone 01243 816525 or 775888 – or on the door

experienced Chapel-goers know that our pews can get hard; don’t be afraid to bring a cushion…you won’t be the only one…

Saturday 16th June
Bear Hunt

Chichester Community Theatre present a pop-up theatre production of Bear Hunt
a specially-commissioned play written by Lucy Flannery and directed by Roger Redfarn.
Robert has been looking forward to his retirement but things aren’t going as planned. He can’t find the spare batteries, he can’t change the weird light bulb and there’s something very, very wrong with his wife.

No tickets or advanced booking required : this free production runs for about 20 minutes. All welcome.

All That Malarkey
Fresh from a successful 2017, including dates at London’s King’s Head Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ATM are delighted to return to the 2018 Festival of Chichester with their unique blend of operatic cabaret. This classically-trained quintet promise an evening rich in glorious vocals, cheeky humour and spine-tingling masterpieces.
Tickets £13


Sunday 17th June
Little Vicky and The Seven Assassins

History doesn’t recall that there were seven attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria…the Empress of Nearly Everything, Isosceles Theatre Company present a fascinating and true tale told through melodrama, comedy and rock’n’roll.


Monday, 18th June
Bach & Music from Out of the Blue

Emily Burridge is a virtuoso cellist, and in her concert production she performs the G major suite by JS Bach and her own series of compositions Out of the Blue in which, using modern sampling technology, she can play the cello and recreate her multi-tracked compositions live.
Tickets £10: seniors £7:50: students £5: children £2


Tuesday, 19th June
Solo Bach Cello Suites No 1 in G major and No 2 in D minor
Pavlos Carvalho

Cellist Pavlos Carvalho and the Bach cello suites are an inspired combination. Since childhood the suites have been an integral part of his life and he conveys every nuance to his audience with his amazing musicality and enthusiasm.

The Parnassian Ensemble
A Baroque Celebration
The Parnassian Ensemble takes you on a journey around 18th-century Europe in this concert celebrating their 20th anniversary.
The programme includes treasures by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann as well as some delightful English rarities with which the ensemble has built its international reputation.
Tickets £15: seniors £13: students £10


Wednesday, 20th June

A Spagna in the Works
Ethereal, enigmatic and exhilarating – renaissance miniature masterpieces. A rare chance to hear 16th-century dances, divisions and instrumental settings played on a variety of early viols, and lute by distinguished artists Alison Crum and Roy Marks, both core members of the Rose Consort of Viols
Tickets £12


Thursday, 21st June
Deborah Rose & Mari Randle

Modern folk music at its best in settings inspired by Blake, Shakespeare, Tennyson and Rossetti in a mesmerising landscape of Celtic music.
Exceedingly beautiful, achingly romantic, a real burst of wild flowers and all their scents – Math Jones, Royal Shakespeare Company. With support from inspiring local singer-songwriters David Farnan and Olivia Stevens.
Tickets £12: students and children £5


Friday, 22nd June

Rob Johnston
Rob Johnston returns to the Festival of Chichester with a unique blend of stunning instrumental acoustic guitar music and songs. A unique finger-style and plectrum player, Rob also uses digital effects, looping technology and even guitar percussion in his music. This is cutting edge contemporary guitar playing.
Tickets £8: seniors and students £7: children £6


Saturday, 23rd June

Around the World with Music and Dance:
The Ensemble Reza Family Concert
The Ensemble Reza Family Concerts are always popular, with plenty of audience participation. Come a join virtuoso musicians Ensemble Reza for some gigs, reels, tangos and polkas from around the world – and remember to wear your dancing shoes.

Ensemble Reza
Romantic Gems
The Ensemble Reza’s virtuoso musicians return to St John’s to perform a programme of beautiful music, introduced by Pavlos Carvalho. Join us for an unforgettable journey through Halvorsen – the Passacaglia for Violin and Viola (after Handel); Beethoven – the String Trio in C Minor; and Dohnanyi – the String Sextet in B Flat Major
Tickets £15


Sunday, 24th June

The Chorões – Traditional Brazilian Music Group
The Chorões are an ensemble of award-winning musicians, formed at the Royal College of Music, who specialise in traditional Brazilian music called Choro. Drawing on samba and classical music, this genre emerged in the late 18th-century. the ensemble is a quartet of clarinet, guitar, cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele) and pander (Brazilian tambourine)

Eduardo Niebla Experience
Roots around the World present Eduardo Niebla”, a formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and master of today’s generation of flamenco musicians. Continually seeking out new musical terrain, he has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical, world and pop music. Tonight Eduardo presents a stunning repertoire, brilliantly accompanied by Matthew Robinson (guitar) and Dharmesh Parmar (tabla)


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