Previous Events


2017

Sunday, 21st May at 6pm
Consort of Twelve
The Telemann Connection
A varied programme of concertos and an overture-suite celebrating Telemann and his musical friends and colleagues Handel, Heinichen and Pisendel
Tickets: £17 (18 & under £8) from Chichester Office Supplies, 4 Crane Street, Chichester or by telephone and post from 02392 214494

Friday, 12th May at 7-30pm
Baroque Orchestra La Folie present
The Art of Bach
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Brandenberg Concerto 5 in D Major BWV 1050
‘Little’ Fugue in G minor BWV578
and more…
Tickets £10 Adult: £7 Child & Student (NUS)
Booking in advance: Tel 07985789765 – lukehaydn@lafolieconsort.co.uk

Wednesday, 12th April 2017  at 7:30pm 
Passion – Music for Holy Week
Nos Miseri Homines are delighted to return to St John’s to present a programme of meditative music for Holy Week. The programme features the Requiem Mass composed in 1603 by the Spanish renaissance composer Tomáo Luis Victoria (c.1548-1611). This evocative setting, in sumptuous six-part polyphony, is a reflective offering of some of the most dramatic and moving music for the season.

Founded in 2013 by a group of lay clerks and choral scholars from the world-famous cathedral choir of Christ Church, Oxford, Nos Miseri Homines is a coming together of a group of outstanding young professional singers – now drawn from London colleges and consorts, Winchester and Chichester Cathedral choirs and Oxford college choirs – who have delighted audiences and attracted acclaim for their fine blend and intimate style of performance.

Tickets £15 in advance from The Novium, Chichester  01243 775888 – chitic@chichester.gov.uk or £20 on the door

Saturday, 11th February at 7pm 
L’Art Da Musique Du Scéne
La Folie perform the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Includes works from Les indes Galantes, Les Borgeouis Gentillhomme and Armide.

A small baroque orchestra founded originally as a consort by harpsichordist and organist Luke Haydn in 2016, La Folie stems from previous projects with students in the Chichester area, and now includes many players from further afield; the aim of the orchestra is to bring some of the lesser-known works of the Baroque to a wider audience, and to show that Baroque… older music … doesn’t mean boring ! With a combination of conservatoire musicians and musicians from across the South, La Folie bring historically-informed performance with a sense of excitement.
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2016

Tuesday, 20th December 2016 at 7:30pm
Camp as Christmas
Classical vocal ensemble All That Malarkey have Christmas all wrapped up with Christmas classics old and new, from household favourites to familiar carols and seasonal sketches
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Sunday, 11th December 2016 at 4:30pm
A Celebration of Christmas… in words and music
Come along and join us for our annual Christmas carol service with Chichester’s own Off Centre choir for your favourite carols, songs and seasonal readings and not forgetting mince pies and mulled wine.
Free but with a retiring collection in aid of Stonepillow – the Chichester charity empowering homeless and vulnerable people to make positive changes in their lives

Thursday, December 8th 2016 at 7:30pm
Festive Jazz Café – heading the bill of celebrities and performers supporting the Festival is film, TV and stage star Michael Jayston.
Michael played Tsar Nicholas in the Oscar-winning film Nicholas and Alexandra as well as featuring in among others East Enders, Only Fools and Horses and Dr Who.

Saturday, 19th November 2016 at 7:00pm
Great Expectations
Nos Miseri Homines – an ensemble of outstanding young singers – return to Chichester to present some of the finest music for Advent and the build up to Christmas. Works by Byrd (Vigilate, Ne Irascaris) Taverner and Gibbons;through Brahams and Stainer (God so loved the world) and into the modern day with works by Joubert (There is no rose), Weir, MacMillan and Head (The little road to Bethlehem). There will be something to kick off everyone’s early preparations for Christmas.

Nos Miseri Homines was founded in 2013 by a group of choral singers and lay clerks at Christ Church, Oxford. The singers, who perform one on each part, are hand-picked from Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals, London Colleges and Consorts, and Oxford, to create the thrilling blend and intimate style that has been attracting critical acclaim and delighting audiences.

Monday, 7th November 2016 at 7:30pm
Robyn Stapleton Songs of Scotland and Ireland
Former BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician, Robyn Stapleton performs the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage. Singing in the Scots, English and Gaelic language, she is described as having one of the finest voices in folk music, with a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and an empathy and sensitivity for traditional songs.
Robyn has performed at Proms in the Park, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and on the legendary radio show, Desert Island Discs.
She will be joined by one of Scotland’s finest accompanists, Aaron Jones, on guitar and bouzouki. Aaron is a former winner of Instrumentalist of the Year (Scots Music Awards)

Sunday,18th September 2016 at 6:00pm
Consort of Twelve present Masters of the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach and
Georg Philipp Telemann

Tuesday, 30th August 2016 at 1pm
Music for Solo Bass Viol performed by Ibi Aziz
A lunchtime concert that will include recently re-discovered viol fantasias by Georg Philipp Telemann which had been thought lost for more than 200 years.
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Friday, 26th August at 21:15
Faust the celebrated 1926 silent film with live organ accompaniment 107 minutes
As part of the 25th Chichester International Film Festival Chichester Cinema at New Park and St John’s Chapel join forces again for their annual classic silent film with live accompaniment. In this Festival anniversary year we have Director F.W.Murnau’s Faust of 1926 accompanied by Ben Hall (Head of Music at the University of Chichester) on the organ.

Better known for his 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, (shown at St John’s in 2013 accompanied by Ben on the organ) Murnau’s equally impressive but often overlooked Faust is the chilling story of Faust (played by Gosta Ekman), an old and disheartened alchemist who forms a pact with Satan’s evil demon, Mephisto (Emil Jannings).

This expressionist black and white masterpiece, uses clever optical trickery, vibrant costumes and sets and employs every element – fire, wind, smoke, and lightning – to produce the film’s dark and menacing tone. Ben Hall provides the inventive and spine tingling accompaniment on the organ as the shadows begin to lengthen in the Gothic atmosphere of St John’s Chapel.
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The Friends of St John’s Chapel
Annual General Meeting
2:30pm Saturday 9th July 2016
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will be held in the Chapel
followed by tea at 3:15pm
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Saturday, 11th June 2016 
Viola da Gamba Society – Summer Meeting 10:30 to 17:30
&
Musical Tributes
an evening concert by the Rose Consort of Viols 7:30pm

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Festival of Chichester 2016 at St John’s Chapel – Sat 18th – Sun 26th June
Saturday, 18th June
2:00pm
Who Cares ?
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present the world-premier of a bittersweet comedy by Greg Mosse. Four young actors – and two puppeteers – tell a story full of drama, sympathy, wit and imagination.
A world premiere, designed, produced and directed by a young creative team.

7:30pm
Minerva Ensemble – a concert in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester
In a concert of great contrasts and transformations
Richard StraussMetamorphosen (chamber version)TrV290 –
Richard Strauss was 81 and his country was in ruins when, in 1945, he penned the tragic masterpiece Metamorphosen

Felix Mendelssohn – Octet Opus 2
Mendelssohn, whose music was banned under the Nazi regime, was 16 years old when he wrote this fizzy, effervescent Octet
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Sunday, 19 June
2:00pm
Who Cares ?
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present the world-premier of a bittersweet comedy by Greg Mosse. Four young actors – and two puppeteers – tell a story full of drama, sympathy, wit and imagination.
A world premiere, designed, produced and directed by a young creative team.

7:30pm
Classical Cabaret
All That Malarkey in their 2016 show featuring new songs, sketches, ballads and popular favourites.
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Monday, 20th June
7:30pm
Anemos
present a concert of chamber music for wind quintet. They will be joined by Ruth McGibben, viola, and Kate Ham, harp, for a recently-revived septet by Cambridge composer Cyril Rootham (1875-1938), organist at St John’s College, Cambridge (1901-1938) and an influential figure in English musical life.
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Tuesday, 21st June
7:30pm
Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe
Isosceles Theatre Company – Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden – bring you among others Freeberg, Lehrer, the Pythons, Pete ‘n’ Dud, Donegan, Cribbins, Digance, Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill and the Righteous Brothers.
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Wednesday, 22nd June
2:00pm
Who Cares ?
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present the world-premier of a bittersweet comedy by Greg Mosse. Four young actors- and two puppeteers – tell a story full of drama, sympathy, wit and imagination.
A world premiere, designed, produced and directed by a young creative team.

7:30pm
Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe
Isosceles Theatre Company – Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden – bring you among others Freeberg, Lehrer, the Pythons, Pete ‘n’ Dud, Donegan, Cribbins, Digance, Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill and the Righteous Brothers.
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Thursday, 23rd June
1:00pm
Brahms at Lunchtime
Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble
Some of the most distinguished UK period instrument specialists, Colin Lawson, clarinet, Sebastian Comberti ,cello, and Geoffrey Govier, piano, perform two works by Brahms – the Cello Sonata in F Op.99 and one of the finest of his trios, the Clarinet Trio in A minor Op.114
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Friday, 24th June
1:00pm
Brahms at Lunchtime
Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble
A rare opportunity to hear the calm rich beauty of Brahms’ Horn Trio in Eb major
performed by Pip Eastop on a natural horn accompanied by Madeleine Easton violin and Geoffrey Govier, piano. And Cesar Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major (1886)

8:00pm
John Bramwell (I Am Kloot)
An exclusive and intimate acoustic set with I Am Kloot’s singer/songwriter returning to the live stage armed with his first set of brand new songs since the bands UK 2014 top ten album ‘Let It All In’
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Saturday, 25th June
1:00pm
Brahms at Lunchtime
Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble
Six members of The Hanover Band, one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras, perform two distinguished works scored for two violins, two violas and two cellos by Louis Spohr – Sextet in C Major Op.140 and Johannes Brahms’ Sextet No1 in Bb major bOp.18

7:00pm
A Summer Romance
Ensemble Reza – a coming together of virtuoso performers and passionate musicians – present an evening of romantic music by Borodin – Sextet in D minor; Dvorak – String Quartet in F major, ‘American,’ and Brahms Sextet in G major
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Sunday, 26th June
1:00pm
Choro !
The Choroes, an ensemble from the Royal College of Music, make a welcome return to St John’s after a hugely entertaining performance at last years Festival, to present traditional Brazilian music drawing on samba and classical traditions. The Choroes are a quartet of clarinet, guitar, cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele) and pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine)

7:00pm
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
For our finale event Chichester Community Theatre, with special guests June Whitfield and Rula Lenska, are joined by Chichester’s Off Centre Choir in a celebration, in words and music, of our national eccentricities, humour and passions.

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Saturday, 4th June 2016  at 7pm
Nos Miseri Homines eight professional singers gathered from the Royal Academy of Music, The Sixteen, Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals and Christ Church, Oxford performing the most miraculous choral music from over 500 years of musical history
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Friday, 8th April at 7:30pm
All That Malarkey present A Rather Classical Concert
Celebrating a Spring Evening with Classical Favourites, Musical Theatre & Fabulous Arrangements
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Friday 25th March 2016 at 3pm
Starry Eyed Virgins
An afternoon entertainment of musical theatre by a young group of handpicked performers who are just starting out in the industry
Come and support the group as they explore the rich history of musical theatre with favourites from the musicals Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and many more.

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2015

Monday 21st December 2015 at 7:30pm
Camp as Christmas classical cabaret with All That Malarkey
A festive recipe of cabaret, comedy and classical music with All That Malarkey
For more info visit www.allthatmalarkey.com
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Thursday 10th December 2015 at 7:30pm
Festive Jazz Cafe
Tickets are now on sale for the Festive Jazz Cafe in aid of the 2016 Festival of Chichester
Joining Christopher Timothy, star of TV’s much-loved All Creatures Great and Small classic series, will be distinguished poet Stephanie Norgate and actress Emily Rose Smith from the recent Chichester Festival Chekov production.
Music from the brilliant Jazz Smugglers – jazz classics, Gershwin and seasonal songs.
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Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 7:45pm (doors open 7:00pm)
A Christmas with C.S. Lewis
Actor David Payne in a powerfully inspirational one-man performance exploring the insights of author C.S. Lewis – one of the literary giants of the 20th century.
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Sunday 6th December 2015 at 4:30pm
A Celebration of Christmas -in words and music
The Friends of St John’s Chapel and Off Centre, Chichester’s own choir, invite you to
join them for their annual celebration of Christmas – in words and music.
Come and sing some of your favourite carols, hear some familiar and not so familiar songs, and stories about Christmas – enjoy traditional mulled wine and mince pies – all welcome. Free – with a collection for Stonepillow– the Chichester charity helping homeless people.
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Sunday, 11th October 2015 at 2:30pm
Join us for a A Ukulele Extravaganza by The International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common….and the League of Crafty Ukulele Masters for a fun event in aid of charity
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Saturday, 26th September 2015 at 7:30pm
The Muses of Murray
A Concert of Music, Song and Readings
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Saturday, 19th September at 7:30pm
Jose Antonio Escobar
Classical Guitar
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Sunday, 13th September at 6:00pm
Baroque Music in England
presented by The Consort of Twelve
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Friday, 28th August at 9:15pm
Battleship Potemkin
Silent Film with Live Piano Accompaniment
In partnership with the 2015 Chichester International Film Festival, and following our tradition of presenting the very best silent films with live accompaniment, this year we present the great 1925 Sergei Eisenstein classic with live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney – a distinguished and highly-acclaimed accompanist of silent films.

Based on historical events, the film tells the story of a mutiny on board the Potemkin, a battleship of the Imperial Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet, which started as a protest by the crew to the rotten meat they were being given and ended in mutiny and a riot in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Battleship Potemkin  – in support of the Soviet revolution – has been described as one of the most influential propaganda films ever made.

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Sunday, 16th August 2015 at 7:00pm
Chichester Community Theatre
present a fund raising concert
Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington
A celebration in words and music of theatre life and theatre folk
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Saturday, 11th July, 2015 at 3:00pm
Annual General Meeting of Friends of St John’s Chapel, Chichester
followed by tea and biscuits
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Festival of Chichester 2015 at St John’s Chapel
Friday 19th to Sunday, 28th June

St John’s Chapel will again be the focus for an exciting programme of Festival events – the St John’s Festival – a ‘Festival within a Festival’ this year including classical and world music, song, drama and dance.
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Friday, June 19th at 7:30pm
Pavlos Carvalho Plays Bach
In our opening concert the outstanding young cellist Pavlos Carvalho plays the solo Bach cello suites (1,3,5)
St John’s Chapel remarkable acoustic and Bach Cello suites – an experience not to be missedSaturday, June 20th at 2:00pm
Self Help
A new play by Greg Mosse performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre
Self-Help is a comedy full of surprising twists about five young people trying to escape from living on the streets of London. Nothing comes easy, but in the end they pull together and help each other to make new lives.

Saturday, June 20th at 7:30pm
All-Sorts-Concert
Off Centre are a group of singers and performers of all ages who sing a wide range of music including English sacred music, spirituals and modern compositions. There are also solo items of singing, solo playing and reading – in fact All Sorts.
Chichester Tickets

Sunday, June 21st at 2pm
Self Help
A new play by Greg Mosse performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre
Self-Help is a comedy full of surprising twists about five young people trying to escape from living on the streets of London. Nothing comes easy, but in the end they pull together and help each other to make new lives.

Sunday, June 21st at 4pm and 7:30pm
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (…at last – the true story)
Isosceles Theatre Company make a welcome return to St John’s with their production, using the words of actual witnesses and underscored with the music of the period, which brings to life the real facts about the world’s most infamous murders in 1888.

Monday, June 22nd at 1:00pm
Choro ! Traditional Music From Brazil
The Choroes, an ensemble from the Royal College of Music, bring us traditional Brazilian music called Choro played on the clarinet, guitar, cavaquinoh (Brazilian ukulele) and pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine).

Monday, June 22nd at 7:30pm
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (…at last – the true story)
Isosceles Theatre Company make a welcome return to St John’s with their production, using the words of actual witnesses and underscored with the music of the period, which brings to life the real facts about the world’s most infamous murders in 1888.

Wednesday, June 24th  at 2:00pm
Self Help
A new play by Greg Mosse performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre
Self-Help is a comedy full of surprising twists about five young people trying to escape from living on the streets of London. Nothing comes easy, but in the end they pull together and help each other to make new lives.

Wednesday, June 24th  at 7:30pm
Death & the Maiden: Transfigured Night
The Minerva Ensemble and violin soloist, David Le Page – one of the musical highlights of the 2014 Festival of Chichester, return to St John’s to perform epic chamber music for strings. Richard Strauss Sextet from Capriccio, Opus 85: Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D  Minor, Death and the Maiden (D810), and Arnold Schoenberg, Verklarte Nachte, Opus 4 Transfigured Night

Thursday, June 25th at 1:00pm
Glorious Chamber Music at Lunchtime
The world-famous Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble perform Weber’s Clarinet Quintet Op34 in Bb and the brilliant Mendelssohn Octet Op20 in Eb.

Thursday, June 25th at 7:00pm
Jake & the Circle of Death
A Rehearsed Reading
The premier of a family play by local author and playwright Suzie Wilde with original dance by Kate Jones. Funtington Players with Chichester Community Theatre premier an exciting family play by local author and playwright Suzie Wilde in a rehearsed reading featuring dance elements choreographed by Kate Jones and music by Mike Fry.

Friday, June 26th at 1:00pm
Glorious Chamber Music at Lunchtime
String and wind principals of the Hanover Band, one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras, play Reicha’s Wind Quintet Op88 No 2 in Eb major and Spohr’s masterpiece, the Nonet Op31 in F major commissioned in 1813, the same year in which St John’s Chapel was built.

Friday, 26th June at 7:30pm
Plastikes Karekles
This truly interactive group, on bouzoukis, guitars, violin, piano accordion and vocals, enchant their audiences with the exciting rhythms and beautiful melodies of traditional Greek rebetiko music.

Saturday, June 27th at 1:00pm
Glorious Chamber Music at Lunchtime
Principal players of the Hanover Band, one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras, perform Schubert’s Quintet in C, (D956) one of his most sublime chamber music works, composed in Vienna in October 1828, just two months before his death.

Saturday, June 27th at 7:30pm
The Art of Classical Guitar
An evening dedicated to the art of the classical (Spanish) guitar, presented by the West Sussex Guitar Club, acknowledged as the UK’s most vibrant classical guitar society.

Sunday, June 28th at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Spaces in Between Kate Jones Dance
This dance piece is a collaboration between three different youth groups aged from eight to 15. The work is centred around the framework of a cube using trust and gaze as motivation for the movement. Sometimes the cube is a shelter, sometimes it’s challenging and sometimes it disappears into its environment. Tickets £6:00 and concessions £4:00

Sunday, June 28th at 7:30pm
Ensemble Reza Play Great Romantic String Quintets
Following their outstanding debut concert at St John’s last year, Ensemble Reza return with another dazzling programme including Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata arranged for String Quintet.

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 ‘My Dear Murray’  1815-2015  

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of  Admiral Sir George Murray (1759-1819) becoming Mayor of Chichester

St John’s Chapel features in a new film, available as a DVD, see below, ‘My Dear Murray’ about the life of Admiral Sir George Murray, (1759-1819) Captain of the Fleet and a close friend of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson (1758-1805).

Admiral Sir George Murray together with John Marsh (1752-1828), a well-known Chichester resident, diarist and perhaps the most prolific English composer of his time, were both involved in the establishment of St John’s Chapel in 1813.

Murray was born (1759) and died (1819) in Chichester and 2015 is the 200th anniversary of his becoming Mayor of the city.

It is also the 250th anniversary of the commissioning of HMS Victory, best known as the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson, on which Murray and Nelson served together, although as fate would have it, Murray was not present at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805.

During 2015, many events are being planned locally to celebrate these anniversaries and St John’s Chapel will be part of the Murray Trail of guided walks for the Festival of Chichester on 13th and 30th of June 2015

For more information contact Richard Plowman, founder of the local Murray Club, on 01243 787663 or email richard@plowman113.orangehome.co.uk

Copies of the DVD  are available from reception at Chichester City Council House, North Street, Chichester, at £10.

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2015 Friends’ Membership Subscriptions
…….were due on 1st January, 2015

If you haven’t renewed your subscription yet you can send a cheque for £12, payable to
Friends of St John’s Chapel to the Secretary at 14, St John’s Street, Chichester PO19 1UU
or print off a Standing Order here and send it to the Secretary

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Tuesday, 9th June 2015

The Storytellers Tour
featuring Cathy Burton, Nathan Jess and Steph Macleod
support from Aaron Frith
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St John’s Chapel Online Learning Resources – launched April 2015

With the support of a grant from Chichester City Council, the Friends of St John’s Chapel have prepared an online Learning Resources Pack that helps to describe and interpret St John’s, a rare surviving example of a 19th century proprietary chapel, and one of the architectural highlights of Georgian Chichester.

St John’s has much to offer schools, interested in looking at different approaches to worship in Christianity and other faiths. It also represents a good focus for investigating architectural styles, design technology and everyday life in 18th and early 19th century Chichester, particularly for students at Key Stages 2 and 3 studying local history.

The Learning Resources are available to download here as a pdf document : Learning Resources

For more details about the Online Learning Resources and the opportunities they offer at St John’s, or to book a visit, contact the Secretary at secretary@stjohnschapelchichester.co.uk

Friday, 6th February 2015 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm)
The Thorne Trio 
– music by popular composers from the Baroque to the present day, including Handel, Mozart, Francaix and Walthew

2014

Friday, 19th December, 2014 at 7:30pm 
Camp As Christmas
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Saturday, 13th December, 2014 at 7:30pm

A Celebration of Christmas ………..in words and music

The Friends of St John’s Chapel and Chichester’s Off Centre invite you to join us for a Christmas celebration

A selection of festive songs, verse and prose: with some of your favourite Christmas carols

No tickets – a retiring collection in aid of Stonepillow – the Chichester charity helping homeless people

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Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 7:30pm

Festive Jazz Cafe

Enjoy a delightful mix of jazz, seasonal readings, carols – and complimentary mince pies : all in aid of the Festival of Chichester 2015 in the atmospheric setting of St John’s Chapel
with seasonal readings by David Swann (Ted Hughes Award Nominee) and Emily Rose Smith (Chekhov’s The Bear at the 2013 Festival of Chichester)
Music by the Jazz Smugglers – jazz classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter and jazzy Christmas carols – as you’ve never heard them before

Tickets from Chichester Tickets or 01243 813595
or on the door

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Wednesday, 26th November 2014 at 7:30pm

Amici Concerts present ‘Bangalore Dreams’

South Indian musical traditions interwoven with Western classical and contemporary styles

Jyotsna Srikanth – violin
Shadrach Solomon – keyboards
Manjunath NS – South Indian drums, cajon and Jewish harp

Tickets: £15 (concessions £13)
from Chichester Tickets or 01243 813595
or on the door

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Saturday – Sunday 4th & 5th October 2014

‘My Dream’ FunPalace Chichester – at St John’s Chapel

The ‘My Dream’ Fun Palace at St John’s will give aspiring performers an opportunity to develop and practice their monologues for drama and degree school or for professional auditions. Coaching will be from theatre professionals. The Workshops will work towards a performance to a small invited audience; giving performers a rare opportunity to practice their monologue in a classic audition setting. If you’re interested in being part of the ‘My Dream’ FunPalace, we’d love to hear from you contact marthamosse@hotmail.co.uk

Fun Palaces are Free, Local, Innovative, Transformative and Engaging – the events, happening all over the country, are designed to promote creativity, learning and participation. The first Fun Palaces were events inspired by the legendary theatre director Joan Littlewood in 1961 – www.funpalaces.co.uk

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Saturday, 13th September 2014

Heritage Open Day

The Friends of St John’s Chapel invite you to our Heritage Open Day
Come and explore the Chapel – one of the gems of Georgian Chichester – find out more about its history, its activities today and our plans for the future.

Afternoon tea and cakes 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Guided Tour 4:00pm

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Friday, 29 August 2014 9:15pm at St John’s Chapel

Chichester International Film Festival 2014 in association with the Friends of St John’s Chapel

THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI

A special showing of this iconic 1920 silent horror film by director Robert Wienne
– with remarkable live organ accompaniment by Ben Hall

Following on from two previous highly-successful showings of gothic silent films at St John’s – both with the amazing accompaniment of Ben Hall on the organ – we follow it up with one of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, again with Ben at the organ, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

Robert Wiene’s 1920 masterpiece shook filmgoers wordwide and changed the whole direction of filmmaking with its sinister atmosphere and remarkable cinematography.
At a local carnival, hypnotist Dr Caligari presents the sleepwalker Cesare who can predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare to do his evil bidding.

This latest definitive restoration, which had its premiere at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, is set to send chills down the spines of its audiences and what striking improvisation will our organist Ben Hall conjure up for us this time ? Silent films with live accompaniment have become an annual St John’s speciality – come and join us for a unique film-going experience.

Tickets £12
Available from:
Chichester Cinema at New Park
Online at : chichestercinema.org
Telephone: Box Office tel: 01243 786 650

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Festival of Chichester 2014

St John’s Chapel was proud to be a supporter & prime venue for the Festival of Chichester 2014
For details of all Festival 2014 events, including all those at St John’s Chapel, and for booking tickets go to Festival of Chichester 2014

All Festival of Chichester 2014 events at St John’s Chapel are generously sponsored by
Lewis Brownlee Chartered Accountants
Lewis Brownlee Financial Services Ltd
Avenue House, Southgate, Chichester PO19 1ES
info@lewisbrownlee.co.uk
www.lewisbrownlee.co.uk
tel : 01243 782423

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Saturday 14 June, 7.30pm
THE OFF CENTRE SUMMER CONCERT – in aid of Cancer Research
A local choir performing an eclectic mix from Abba to Mozart via African song
Tickets £10 Seniors £5 Students £5 children free

Sunday 15 June, 7pm
MINERVA ENSEMBLE & DAVID LE PAGE
Vivaldi & Piazzolla : Four Seasons
In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice , Chichester
Tickets £20 : children £10

Wednesday 18 June, 1pm
THE HANOVER BAND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano Op.5 No2
Schubert ‘Trout’ Quintet in A Op.114
Tickets £20 and £15

Wednesday 18 June, 7.30pm
Thursday 19 June, 7.30pm
Friday 20 June, 7.30pm
Sweet Bird Productions present
WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG
A bitter sweet story of love and loss… ‘Carry On….meets Hilary Mantel’
Tickets £12 : seniors £10 : students : £10 : children £6

Thursday 19 June, 1pm
THE HANOVER BAND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Beethoven Septet Op.20 in Eb
Tickets £20 and £15

Friday 20 June, 1pm
THE HANOVER BAND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F K.370
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A K.581
Tickets £20 and £15

Thursday 26 June, 7.30pm
VIOLAS ASCENDANT
A programme of music for the viola from medieval times through to the 20th Century
Tickets £10 Seniors £8 children £8

Tuesday 1 July, 4.30pm & 7.30pm
BADKE QUARTET– with clarinet soloist Maximiliano Martin : Founder and Master of the String Quartet: Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms
Tickets £15 (£25 to include the Beethoven talk & performance at 4:30pm concessions: seniors £10 (£20 for both): students (£10 for both)
children (under 18 : £2 (£4 for both)

Wednesday 2 July, 7.30pm
Thursday 3 July, 7.30pm
Isosceles Theatre Company presents
THE MAN WHO LEFT THE TITANIC
April 15th 1912 and the Titanic sinks. ‘An enthralling evening of theatre’…
Tickets £11

Friday 4 July, 7.30pm
PLASTIKES KAREKLES * St John’s Concert Series
Internationally-acclaimed Greek trio playing songs and music from their homeland
Tickets £12 : seniors £12 : students £6 : children £6

Saturday 5 July, 8pm
ELIZA CARTHY TRIO
Roots around the World present one of the most dazzling and widely- recognised icons of the contemporary folk music scene
Tickets £17.50

Sunday 6 July, 7.30pm
ACCORDDUO* St John’s Concert Series
Award-winning Serbian classical accordionists Milos Milivojevic and Zivorad Nikolic
Tickets £12 concessions £10

Monday 7 July, 1pm
BOGDAN VACARESCU * St John’s Concert Series
Lunchtime Deal – buy five concerts for the price of four
The Roumanian violin virtuoso performs solo works by Bach, Ysaÿe and Paganini
Tickets £10 concessions £9

Monday 7 July, 7.30pm
PLUCKERS UNITE * St John’s Concert Series
Classical guitar and harpsichord with Amanda Cook and Claire Williams
Tickets £12 concessions £10

Tuesday 8 July, 1pm
BAROQUE ENCOUNTER * St John’s Concert Series –
Lunchtime Deal – buy five concerts for the price of four
Glenn Kesby (counter tenor), Lauren Brant (recorders) and Claire Williams (harpsichord) explore popular music from the baroque era
Tickets £10 concessions £9

Tuesday 8 July, 7.30pm
An Evening of Flute and Harp Duets with ROSANNA TER-BERG AND OLIVIA JAGEURS * St John’s Concert Series
Tickets £12 concessions £10

Wednesday 9 July, 1pm
CAFES AND CULTURE * St John’s Concert Series
Lunchtime Deal – buy five concerts for the price of four
Arias and Songs of Bohemian Life. Bibi Heal (soprano), Milos Milivojevic (accordion) and Meg Hamilton (violin) with a unique blend of waltz, czardas, musette and chanson
Tickets £10 concessions £9

Wednesday 9 July, 7.30pm
ZANUBIA * St John’s Concert Series
Early Arab Christian Chants – a rare chance to hear Syriac and Byzantine chants
Tickets £12 concessions £10

Thursday 10 July, 1pm
BOZIDAR VUKOTIC * St John’s Concert Series –
Lunchtime Deal – buy five concerts for the price of four
Bach cello solos, and duos with guitarist Amanda Cook
Tickets £10 concessions £9

Thursday 10 July, 7.30pm
SHE’KOYOKH * St John’s Concert Series
Folk songs and dance music from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans
Tickets £15 : seniors £13 : students £13 :children £7

Friday 11 July, 1pm
RETORICA * St John’s Concert Series
Lunchtime Deal – buy five concerts for the price of four
Violin duo Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo perform Mozart, Telemann, Handel and Wieniawski
Tickets £10 concessions £9

Saturday 12 July, 7.30pm
THE VIDA GUITAR QUARTET
‘Four guitarists of exceptional artistry…’ (Gramophone Magazine)
Tickets £12 : seniors £10 : students £5 ; children free

Sunday 13 July, 7.30pm
ENSEMBLE REZA * St John’s Concert Series
Russian Gems
The final concert of 2014 Festival of Chichester – Rachmaninov, Arensky and Tchaikovsky
Tickets £15 : seniors £12 : students £5 : children £5

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2014 Friends’ Membership Subscriptions

Wednesday, 14th May 2014 at 7pm

Launch event for Festival of Chichester 2014 St John’s Concert Series – 4th-13th July 2014 
St John’s Chapel will be hosting over 25 events for the 2014 Festival of Chichester – 14th June- 13th July
Among them will be the St John’s Concert Series – Friday 4th July – Sunday 13th July
 This short launch event will introduce some of the performers and their music and describe how the St John’s Concert Series
contributes to the Festival of Chichester – 14th June- 13th July 2014

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Sunday, 11th May 2014  at 6:00pm

The Consort of Twelve
Baroque Music 1650-1750

Music for strings by Purcell – Baltzar – Vivaldi – Wassenaer
English concertos for two recorders by Babell – Woodcock

Leader : Judy Tarling
Recorders: Sophie Middleditch & William Summers

Tickets £14 (18 and under £7) from:
Chichester Office Supplies, 4 Crane Street, Chichester
By post – telephone 01243 371128
or online from :
WeGotTickets.com
www.consortoftwelve.co.uk

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Tuesday, 6th May 2014 at 7:30pm

Richard Durrant – Cycling Music

The UK’s leading concert guitarist gets on his bike for a seven week, 1,000 mile UK tour which is the last word in eco-friendliness.

Guitarist Magazine “One of the world’s most accomplished and experimental players

Tickets: £14 & £5 under 18’s and students
01273 453422 or online at www.richard-durrant.com

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Wednesday, 23rd April 2014 at 5:00pm 

Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St John’s Chapel

In the Chapel
5:00pm Tea & Biscuits
6:00pm Annual General Meeting
Including talk by Peter Aiers, Churches Conservation Trust Director for the South East, 
St John’s Chapel and the Work of The Churches Conservation Trust

Any nominations for the Committee or items for the Agenda should be sent to Stephen Riley, the Secretary, The Friends of St John’s Trust by 12th April,2014 – email address on Contact page

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Tuesday, 6th May 2014 at 7:30pm

Richard Durrant – Cycling Music

The UK’s leading concert guitarist gets on his bike for a seven week, 1,000 mile UK tour which is the last word in eco-friendliness.

Guitarist Magazine “One of the world’s most accomplished and experimental players

Tickets: £14 & £5 under 18’s and students
01273 453422 or online at www.richard-durrant.com

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Saturday, April 19th 2014 at 7:30pm

Introducing…. The Breuss Family 

City Wall Productions introduce the Breuss family from Austria
From stunning classical to innovative modern sacred and secular songs, the extraordinarily talented Breuss family explore both instrumental and vocal music.

Tickets £10 : (£8 Concessions): (£4 NUS card)  www.citywallproductions.com 
or telephone 0333 666 3366

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Saturday, April 5th 2014 at 7:30pm

University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel, Chichester

Programme:
Conducted by Anthony Halstead

Pergolesi          Stabat Mater
Bach                Ich Habe Genug
Corelli              Concerto Grosso  Op 6 No 1

Tickets £10 concessions £5  – Students free : telephone 0333 666 3366

Available on the door or Online Bookings

Doors Open 7:00pm

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Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 8:00pm

Making Trouble  – featuring Greg Valerio & Andy Flannagan

The ‘Making Trouble‘ national tour is about inspiring hope and demonstrating that we can change the landscape of the British Isles by hearing stories of Greg Valerio’s personal journey from homelessness to pursuing justice in gold and diamonds through campaigning for Fairtrade Jewellery. With music by Andy Flannagan.

Book tickets Online @  Making Trouble : £6 (under 18: £5)
Doors open : 7:30pm

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Saturday, February 22nd 2014 at 7:30pm

Chelys – Consort of Viols

All the King’s Men

Consort music at the courts of Charles I & II

Coperario, Jenkins, Locke & Purcell

Ibi Aziz, Alison Kinder, Emily Ashton, Jenny Bullock  

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions, £5 students)  : call  07949 511619

Tickets Online

www.chelys.webeden.co.uk

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Saturday, 15th February, 2014 at 7:30pm
University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel, Chichester

Programme:

Sverre Indris Joner                   Tango Concerto
Soloist  : Hugo Ticiatti
Purcell                                           When I am laid
Bizet                                               O mio babbino caro
Lehar                                             Love unspoken
Shostakovich                               Romance from Gadfly
Mozart                                           Porgi Amor
Handel (Rinaldo)                      Scherzano sul tuo volto
Finzi                                              Romance

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Beautiful Churches :

saved by The Churches Conservation Trust

by Matthew Byrne

Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Publisher Frances Lincoln: £20

Friend of St John’s Chapel, Chichester, John Wickens writes

In this new book (September 2013) there  is …..”A selection  of 36 churches in England out of a total of 340 under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. Many are in remote locations with wonderful sounding names such as Upton Cressett, Theddlethorpe, Markham Clinton, Skelton-cum-Newby, Croome d’Abitot. It is split into 4 periods-Saxon/Norman, Medieval, Stuart and Georgian-including  St Johns, which is bang-up-to date with a mention of our 200th commemorative Evensong held in September 2013 -and Victorian.

A concise history of each church is given with very impressive photographs – the author being a professional photographer with a particular interest in church architecture. There are many references to the well-known Pevsner’s  architectural  guides.

It constitutes an excellent advertisement for the work carried out by The Churches Conservation Trust  since the 1960’s.  Most of the churches featured were taken on by them in the 1970’s, often working in partnership with other bodies such as the National Trust. The ever present threat of burglary and vandalism is carefully managed whilst keeping all churches open to the public regularly- thanks largely to the work of sterling volunteers, – like the Friends of St John’s Chapel !

This book is well worth a look- despite several typos/spelling errors-and is obtainable through West Sussex libraries or online via The Churches Conservation Trust

John Wickens

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2013

Sunday, 15th December, 2013 at 4:30pm

A Celebration of Christmas  ………..in words and music

Join us for a Christmas celebration with the Off Centre Choir

A selection of Christmas songs, verse and prose: come and sing some of your favourite Christmas carols

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

No tickets – a retiring collection in aid of Stonepillow

the Chichester charity helping homeless people

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Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Festive Jazz Cafe

A lively mix of jazz, from the Jazz Smugglers, seasonal poems and prose from Mark Wynter and guest poet Naomi Foyle

A fund raising event supported by The Friends of St John’s Chapel in aid of the Festival of Chichester 2014

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Saturday,  7th December 2013 at 7:30pm

University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel, Chichester

Programme:

Bach          Violin Concerto in E major: soloist Elena Davidova
Telemann  Uns ist ein Kind geboren
Locatelli     Christmas Concerto OP1 No8
Handel        Messiah (Christmas Excerpts)

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Saturday, 12th October, 2013 at 7:30pm

University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel, Chichester

Programme:

Bach                  Brandenburg Concerto No 5 : Soloist Kate Payne
Bach                  Violin Concerto in A Minor : Soloist Oxana Dodon
Bartok              Romanian Dances
Grieg                 Holberg Suite

Conductors     Anthony Halstead & Adam Hoskins

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Thursday, 26th September 2013 at 6:30pm 

St John’s 200th Anniversary Address

Christianity & the Arts

The Right Reverend, Dr Martin Warner

Bishop of Chichester

For centuries the Church has been a patron of the arts. In this illustrated 200th Anniversary Address, The Bishop of Chichester, The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, explores the legacy of that involvement and invites us to enquire why, and what the relationship is between Christianity and the arts in a secular age.  Central to this enquiry is the question of imagination and the role it plays in defining human character.

No Tickets Required –  All Welcome

  • Celebratory 200th Anniversary Toast
  • Retiring Collection

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Saturday, 21st September 2013 at 5:30pm

St John’s 200th Anniversary Evensong

St John’s Chapel was originally consecrated and dedicated with a special service attended by the Bishop and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral on Friday, 24th September 1813.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the chapel the choir of Chichester Cathedral, under the direction of Organist and Master of the Choristers, Sarah Baldock, will sing the Evensong which will be led by The Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling

The service will include music by John Marsh, the Chichester composer and one of the founding fathers of the new St John’s Chapel in 1813.

No tickets – but a retiring collection in aid of the Friends of St John’s Chapel

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Saturday 14th September 2013 10:00am to 6:00pm

Annual Heritage Open Day

including tours of the chapel by historian Alan Green : first tour 10:30am then every hour until 15:30pm

The Chapel opens its doors to this popular annual event held throughout the country giving public access to heritage sites of all types  – why not also visit the other Churches Conservation Trust churches in Sussex  – see Find Us – and Fishbourne Roman Palace nearby ?

Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride Event: 09:00 -18:00 Saturday, 14th September 2013 
The Annual Ride & Stride event is a sponsored course around the churches of Sussex. There is no fixed route and it’s an event all ages can enjoy – families are welcome as well as individuals. Everyone taking part is encouraged to raise sponsorship to help preserve Sussex Historic Churches
The full list of churches taking part can be found at
http://www.rideandstride.info 

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Friday, 30th August 2013  at 9:15pm at St John’s Chapel

Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror

F.W. Murnau’s  1922 silent film classic telling the spine-chilling story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Following on from one of last year’s Chichester Film Festival highlights The Phantom of the Opera, we are delighted to welcome back Ben Hall, Head of Music at the University of Chichester, to create a new live organ score for this screen classic. Be prepared to be entertained – and chilled  – by this nightmarish production. What devilish symphony of horror music will Ben conjure up this year ?

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Festival of Chichester  

15th June- 14th July 2013

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Festival of Chichester Events at St John’s Chapel

19th June     7:30pm    Kosmos Ensemble

23rd  June   6:30pm     Minerva Ensemble

28th June    7:30pm     Quillet String Quartet

2nd July       7:30pm     Violas Ascendant

Fri     5th  July    7:30pm     Badke Quartet

Sun   7th July     7:30pm     The Off Centre Summer Concert

Tues 9th July       8:00pm     Smoke Fairies

Sun 14th July      7:30pm     The World of Spanish Guitar

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Saturday, 22nd June 2013     4:00pm – 5:00pm

 The Friends of St John’s Chapel

200th Anniversary Midsummer Tea Party 

Come and help celebrate the bicentenary of the Chapel with tea and cakes,
in aid of  The Churches Conservation Trust

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Friday, 14th June, 2013 at 7:30pm

Concert by University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel

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Saturday, 4th May- Saturday, 11th May 2013

Traces: an exhibition

–        Painting, photography, prints, sculpture, ceramics & installations

Open 10:30am-5:30pm daily: admission free
An exhibition of contemporary art work by Artel, a Chichester-based group of artists is transforming the Chapel for ten days and encouraging visitors to discover art in unexpected places. Everyone is invited to leave their own ‘trace’ by adding to a colourful abstract collage being created during the exhibition. The Artel exhibition coincides with the 200th anniversary of St John’s.
Go to Gallery

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Friday, 26th April,2013  at 7:30pm

City Wall Productions present Acis and Galatea  by G.F. Handel

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Saturday, 20th April 2013 at 2:30pm in the chapel
Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St John’s Chapel
Followed by tea. All welcome.

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Saturday, 23rd March, 2013 at 7:30pm

Concert by University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra 
Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel

Spring – The fourth concert in the St John’s concert series

Programme
Bach                         Brandenberg Concerto No 1 
Vivaldi                      Spring from The Four Seasons 
Soloist:                      Oxana Dodon
Shostakovitch        Preludes arranged by Ward 
INTERVAL
Copland                    Appalachian Spring 
Conductors                 Crispin Ward & Adam Hoskins 

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Saturday, 16th February, 2013  at 7:30pm

Concert by University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra 
Orchestra in Residence at St John’s Chapel
The third concert by the Chamber Orchestra.

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Sospiri – composed just before the First World War, and receiving its first performance in August 1914, the piece is a reflection of a more tranquil and leisurely Edwardian England.

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Clarinet Concerto
Finzi wrote the clarinet concerto during 1948 and 1949 – the first performance was given by Frederick Thurston at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford during 1949
For tonight’s performance soloist Steve Dummer joins the orchestra.

Mozart (1756-1791)
Symphony No 29 in A major K201
With a finale described as “the richest and most dramatic Mozart had written up to this time” (1774)
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2012

Saturday, 22nd December 2012 at 6:30pm

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
The Choir of St Paul’s Church, Chichester, under the direction of Chris Larley and organist Richard Barnes, in the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Admission is free but with a retiring collection for the work of The Churches Conservation Trust
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