Newsletter - June 2017

The Festival of Chichester started on Saturday (17th June) and if you were in Chichester during the afternoon you may have enjoyed the opening celebrations on the Cathedral Green, all in perfect summer sunshine.

The Festival has an action packed programme, and once again Chichester Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be taking part.  Our concert is on Saturday 15th July at 7.30 at St Paul’s Church.  You will find the poster with full details on our website.  The enticing programme this time starts with Carmen Suite No 1, with lots of percussion again, and plenty of familiar and energetic melodies.  

We then move from Spain to Russia for the rest of our programme.  We are delighted and excited to introduce to our Chichester audience the French horn virtuoso Ben Goldscheider, who is a stunning young talent.  He won the brass section of the BBC Young Musician competition last year, and was a finalist in the concerto section, so you may have already seen him on television.  He has chosen to play a less known concerto with us by Glière.   It’s a great piece requiring the full forces of our brass and percussion sections as well as the usual wind and strings.  It is tuneful and very accessible on first hearing. 

After the interval we will stay in Russia for Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony, known as the ‘Little Russian’.  The ‘little’ is a slight misdescription, but it is terrific to play, and our full brass and percussion will be out in force again.  You may spot lyrical Russian folk melodies worked up in different sections, and then brought together in a splendid finale. 

St Paul’s is a perfect venue for a summer evening, for an interval drink in the garden, so do come, and bring your friends.

As we are part of the Festival our tickets can be bought in advance at the Novium Box Office in Chichester, or you can buy them through any member of the orchestra or on the door on the night.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Jill Hooker




Mozart: Overture "La Clemenza di Tito"
Schumann:  Piano Concerto (soloist Yasmin Rowe)

Tuesday 24th October 2017, 1.10pm
Free admission - retiring collection.

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