Festivities bring performers from all over the world

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Michael Pennington, Dame Harriet Walker and the London Cellophonic Orchestra are just a few of the performers at this years Chichester Festivities, running from June 24 until July 14.

Performers that specialise in theatre, comedy, classical music and literature will be making their way to the West Sussex town to celebrate the festivities.

The celebrations are littered with events, with highlights including bass-baritone Sir Willard White performing at Chichester Cathedral on July 6, while the Russian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing there on July 8.

TV star and entertainer Des O’Connor will be performing at The Venue on Spur Road on July 1, while Welsh singer Cerys Matthews will also be performing there on July 12.

There will be comedy elements to the festivities as well as a number of talks by famous faces, including Dame Harriet Walker, who will be at St John’s Chapel on July 1 with Facing It: Reflections on images of an older woman.

Starring in Chichester Festival Theatre’s Anthony and Cleopatra this September, actor Michael Pennington will also be at St John’s Chapel during the festivities, as he reads extracts from his book, Sweet William: Twenty Thousand Hours With Shakespeare, on July 7.

To end the 2012 celebrations, there will be a fireworks finale on July 14 at Goodwood Racecourse, with tribute acts including Crazy For Buble, The Magic Of Take That and Queen B.

Booking online is open now, and May 19 for major events. Online booking opens on June 6.

For more information about the events and prices call Chichester Festivities on (01243) 780192 or go to chifest.org.uk.