Southern Cathedrals Festival brings 80 choristers to Chichester Cathedral 21st to 24th July 2016
Music lovers are in for a real treat this month as the Southern Cathedrals Festival brings the finest choral and organ music to Chichester. The Festival is an annual celebration of cathedral music that brings together the renowned choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. The 2016 Festival will be in Chichester from 21st to 24th July, where music will be performed to the very highest standard both in concerts and within worship – all of this taking place in the uplifting and magnificent setting of Chichester Cathedral. No less than 80 choristers and 30 lay clerks from all three Cathedrals will be performing together and separately, and will be complemented by a number of accomplished visiting performers.
The eclectic programme promises choral classics, alongside some rarities, plus a fusion of old and new styles. BBC Radio 3 will join the Festival to record the atmospheric sound of Choral Evensong on Thursday 21st July at 5.45pm. Several important anniversaries are explored in this year’s programme, from the 30th anniversary of the dedication of Chichester’s own organ (celebrated with a special recital from David Goode), to the four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare, which is marked by featuring (in the closing concert) Serenade to Music from The Merchant of Venice in a beguilingly beautiful setting by Vaughan Williams. An exclusive premiere of a brand new commission by composer Ned Bigham will also reference the Bard, taking its text from Sonnet VIII – ‘Music to Hear’. Two song recitals in the stylish surroundings of Pallant House Gallery will also feature some settings of Shakespeare.
There is also something for jazz lovers at the Fringe Jazz Club, which rounds off Thursday and Friday evenings with a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, lots of good food and a chance to meet other Festival goers.
Music lovers can visit the Cathedral website to see the full programme and to book tickets: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk