Highlights coming up at the Virtual Festival of Chichester

A great line-up is promised this week at the 2020 Virtual Festival of Chichester.

By Phil Hewitt
Thursday, 25th June 2020, 7:30 am
Pavlos Carvalho
Pavlos Carvalho

The day’s events will be added at 7pm ready for enjoying at the traditional 7.30pm event time. Festival events will then stay online all summer. Log on at https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/virtual-festival/Events coming up include:

Thurs, June 25 – Poetry Time: Costa Poetry Prize winner John Haynes Join poet John Haynes and South Downs poets for a stimulating selection of poetry as part of Chichester Poetry’s contribution to the festival.

Fri, June 26 – Classical Cabaret: All That Malarkey. Festival favourites All That Malarkey bring a touch of musical good-humour with a Beach Boys medley

Sat, June 27 – Are We Angels: Tobiah. Indie/folk musician Tobiah presents her latest video clip Are We Angels, filmed in and around Midhurst.

Sun, June 28 – Beethoven – Pianist, Prophet, Dreamer: Reiko Fujisawa. Pianist Reiko Fujisawa presents the first part of her tribute to Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year

Mon, June 29 – The Music of Trees: Geoff Robb (guitar). Brighton Fringe Festival Award Winner Geoff Robb returns virtually to Chichester to present his original guitar compositions inspired by trees.

Mon, June 29 – Introduction to Wetlands and Wildlife: Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group.

Tues, June 30 – Somewhere Over the Rainbow (cellos): Ben Rogerson and the Minerva Ensemble. Festival regular Ben Rogerson assembles a first-class collection of musical friends for a cello treat with an arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Wed, July 1 – Chichester Cathedral Choristers: Litany to the Holy Spirit. Performance premiere by Chichester Cathedral Choristers of Litany to the Holy Spirit by Peter Hurford

Thurs, July 2 – The Seasons, Tchaikovsky: Victor Ryabchikov (piano). Described by BBC Music as ‘unfailingly beautiful’ in his playing, the Russian virtuoso treats us to May from The Seasons.

Fri, July 3 – Waves and Bridges: Pavlos Carvalho & Friends. An enticing programme of music which varies from pop ballads to Greek folk and Turkish songs. Pavlos Carvalho and friends join together in a channel of audio recordings and art illustrations created from April 2020 to this present moment.

Sat, July 4 – The Story of Love in the Harbour: Danielle Morgan & Ensemble. The Story of Love in the Harbour is a powerful musical dramatisation of the romance between Captain George McElroy, a WWI RAF officer and Irish girl,Grace Guinan.

Sun, July 5 – Beethoven – Pianist, Prophet, Dreamer: Reiko Fujisawa. Pianist Reiko Fujisawa presents the second part of her tribute to Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year.

Mon, July 6 – Sketches of Spain Flamenco Show: Duende Flamenco (dance). Helena “La Leyenda” and Ana Reese present a taste of Spanish flamenco dance.

Mon, July 6 – The Reluctant Teabag: Sandra Saer. Publisher of SMH Books and author Sandra Saer takes us on a quirky voyage of discovery about how a sense of humour has lifted our spirits through the ages.

Tues, July 7 – In the Beautiful City: Rob Johnston (guitar). Join classically- trained jazz/blues guitarist Rob Johnston as he takes us into the Beautiful City as MC Takes a Walk.

Wed, July 8 – Sculpture, Murray, Large as Life: Vincent Gray. The sculptor of the statue of poet John Keats in Eastgate introduces us to his monumental project to celebrate local Admiral Murray and the national hero of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson.

Thurs, July 9 – Celebrating Cuban Music: The Latin Bridge (Amici Concerts): the summer sounds of Cuban band Latin Bridge.

Fri, July 10 – A Recital in Rehearsal: Tamzin Barnett (soprano). Chichester-based soprano Tamzin Barnett shares videos from her rehearsal process of songs by Mozart, Schubert and Massenet for a recital exploring musical relationships with pianist Birgit Rohovsky.

Sat, July 11 – Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 3: Pavlos Carvalho The profound imagination behind the cathartic simplicity of Bach’s cello suites makes his music a companion for life for the listener and a mystery to be constantly re-examined and explored by the performer. This performance was recorded live by Mark Granger and John Fincham.

Sun, July 12 – We’ll Meet Again: The Chichester Singers. Regular festival performers, the Chichester Singers, bring the 2020 Virtual Festival of Chichester to a striking conclusion with this specially-recorded music. The title evokes the spirit of this unusual year and looks ahead to the return of a live festival in 2021.


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