Events for Chichester Cathedral

Come and See the Famous Chichester Cathedral Peregrines: Open Day

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

22nd June 2019 - 23rd June 2019

Every year a pair of peregrine falcons raise new chicks in the Cathedral’s spire. From March until July, catch sight of these magnificent birds from the Cathedral grounds.

A series of Open Days will be held on a number of weekends giving visitors the opportunity to observe the peregrines through a telescope, watch the webcam footage, and learn more about the birds and their activities. Located on the Cathedral's south west lawn, or in the cloisters in the event of inclement weather.

All Open Days are weather permitting.

Photograph by David Shaw

Behind the Scenes at Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

22nd June 2019, 11:00 - 12:30

A special opportunity for a look 'Behind the Scenes' at the Cathedral. A chance to see areas of the Cathedral normally closed to the public: visit the Song School, the Library and the Bishop's Chapel. Free, all are welcome.

Lunchtime Concert: Mitchell Farquharson

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

25th June 2019, 13:10 - 14:00

Chichester Cathedral's popular lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1.10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no extra charge, and some visitors event bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Mitchell Farquharson, organ

Programme
D Buxtehude - Praeludium in G minor BuxWV 149
W Byrd - A Fancy
T Albinoni - Adagio
C V Stanford - Prelude in G, No. 3, Op. 105
E Elgar - No. 2 & No. 3 from ‘Vesper Voluntaries Op. 14
L Vierne - Arabesque & Carillon de Longpont from ‘24 Pièces en style libre’ Op. 31

Mitchell is the Organ Scholar of Chichester Cathedral for this current 2018-2019 academic year, having joined the Cathedral from The Bishop’s Stortford High School. At TBSHS, Mitchell studied for A-Levels in Music, Mathematics and Physics. Before starting in Chichester, he was Organ Scholar at St. Michael’s Church, Bishop’s Stortford, as well as Organist in Widford.

He is currently studying the organ with Daniel Moult, having previously studied with Richard Carr. Before leaving school, he had achieved Grade 8 in Music Theory, Piano and Organ, with a Pass, Merit and Distinction respectively. Mitchell is now studying towards the ARCO (Associate of the Royal College of Organists) and DipABRSM (Piano) diplomas. After his gap year at the Cathedral, Mitchell will be moving to King’s College, London to read for a degree in Music. Mitchell will also take up the position of Organ Scholar at King’s College, London from September 2019 for three years, where his duties will involve assisting the Choir Director and accompanying the Choir at Evensong and the College Eucharist, as well as playing for some Morning Prayer services.

A Woman's Place...is in the Cathedral: Tour

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

26th June 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

The 2018 centenary of some women receiving the vote for the first time has reminded us of their long struggle for recognition. In the Cathedral women are sometimes commemorated as ‘relicts’ of their pre-deceased husbands!

This Tour explores works designed and/or executed by women including tapestry, stained glass, sculpture and embroidery. The tour lasts an hour, please meet at the West Door of the Cathedral.

This event is part of the Festival of Chichester, 15 June – 14 July. There is another similar Tour on 10 July. Tickets cost £7 and are available from the link on the Cathedral website, or from the Festival of Chichester website.

Concert: Harriet McKenzie: Eight Seasons and a Blackbird

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

27th June 2019, 19:30 - 21:30

Popular Festival of Chichester soloist Harriet Mackenzie returns to Chichester directing her Celoniatus Ensemble in a programme featuring Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece The Four Seasons juxtaposed with the heat of Argentinian tango in Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and an evocative orchestral work by Canadian composer Emily Doolittle, depicting a blackbird singing in the rain.

Harriet Mackenzie (violin) & Celoniatus Ensemble
Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Emily Doolittle - falling still
- Interval -
Pizzolla - Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Harriet Mackenzie
An internationally renowned concerto soloist, Harriet has performed across five continents with regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Hungarian National Radio.
She has released recordings as a soloist and chamber musician on the NMC, Discovery, Naxos, Nimbus and Dutton labels with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the English Symphony Orchestra receiving international acclaim, including nomination for the 'Recording of the Year' in the Music Web International: "There is completeness, a confidence, an honesty and a consistent lyrical beauty that has moved me again and again. These qualities all emerge in Harriet Mackenzie's utterly magisterial performance." - Richard Hanlon.

Celoniatus Ensemble
Hand-picked and directed by Harriet, this highly acclaimed string ensemble is named after Harriet's rare and beautiful 1730 Italian violin. It is a virtuoso group of some of today's most brilliant young players who formed at Trinity College of Music - one of London's leading music conservatoires. Harriet's playing and directing has been described as with "searing intensity....a performance full of panache...captivating" (The Strad).

This Festival of Chichester event is presented by the dynamic Chichester-based Amici Concerts.

Tickets £12.50 - £30 available from the link on the Cathedral website. Note to ticket buyers: this concert will be being filmed professionally.

A Woman's Place...is in the Cathedral: Tour

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

10th July 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

The 2018 centenary of some women receiving the vote for the first time has reminded us of their long struggle for recognition. In the Cathedral women are sometimes commemorated as ‘relicts’ of their pre-deceased husbands! This Tour explores works designed and/or executed by women including tapestry, stained glass, sculpture and embroidery.

The tour lasts an hour, please meet at the West Door of the Cathedral. This event is part of the Festival of Chichester, 15 June – 14 July. Tickets cost £7 and are available via the link on the Cathedral website, or from the Festival of Chichester website.

Exhibition: The Southern Ceramic Group

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

27th July 2019 - 11th August 2019

The Cathedral will be hosting the 2019 Summer Exhibition by the Southern Ceramic Group which showcases over 600 exhibits from 60 ceramicists. The work of several new potters will be exhibited this year.

The Exhibition takes place daily from 10am to 5pm in the historic 'Old Kitchen' in the Cathedral’s Bishop's Palace which is normally closed to the public. This annual event always proves extremely popular, which is a testimonial to the quality and scope of work on offer, which ranges from traditional functional pottery to figurative sculpture.

Each item displayed will tell its distinct story, reflecting the attitude and inspiration of the creating artist, as well as the chosen technique to produce the work. These techniques range from the choice of the glaze and clay to the methods of kiln firing employed. Exhibiting artists will be in attendance to discuss their work and generally assist visitors in enjoying the event and deepening their appreciation for ceramic art. The exhibits will be available to purchase.

The Southern Ceramic Group was started in 1975 by a small group of enthusiastic potters. Today it is a thriving group with an ever-expanding membership of over 150. The membership includes potters and sculptors, professionals and amateurs, teachers and students, collectors and enthusiasts. The Group organises a varied programme of demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions, and members also meet in informal and friendly groups to share, discuss and debate interests in the world of clay and glazes.

For more information about the Group please visit: www.southernceramicgroup.org.uk and for more details about the exhibition please contact Vidya Thirunarayan vidyathiru@hotmail.com

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Divine Inspiration

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

14th September 2019

The BSO present a trio of masterpieces inspired by greatness and created by two of the best-known names in classical music’s hall of fame. Schubert’s Overture in D, alternately titled 'Overture for Orchestra in D Major “in the Italian Style"' will be followed by two of Beethoven’s masterworks, his violin concerto and his Symphony No.4.

Schubert’s Italian influences are evident throughout this concert’s opening piece, drawing as it does from the rapid rise in popularity of Rossini in Vienna during that time. Its majestic and visionary depictions of Italy’s gorgeous landscapes are matched in evocative beauty by the piece that follows, as Beethoven used his only violin concerto to capture the intense skill required to play the instrument to a high standard. The concert then concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No.4, judged by fellow composer Hector Berlioz to be so great as to be the work of the Archangel Michael, rather than that of a human.

These three pieces of substantial beauty and influence will be performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra in the South of England, and conducted by the BSO’s Leverhulme Young Conductor In Association Marta Gardolinska. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto will be performed by Daniel Auner, a multi award-winning Violinist judged by The Strad to be “technically impeccable” in a performance last Spring.

Concert at 7.30pm, tickets online via https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/events/bournemouth-symphony-orchestra-divine-inspiration

Art Views @ Chichester Cathedral: Guided Tour

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

10th October 2019, 13:30 - 15:00

Art Views in an opportunity to look at and discuss a selected work of art in Chichester Cathedral. Share your thoughts and enjoy hearing other people's responses, with a facilitator from Pallant House Gallery. There are no right answers; all thoughts and ideas make a valuable contribution to the discussion.

This session is open to anyone interested in joining the art discussion and is also dementia friendly. Followed by tea and cake in the Eastern Arm of the Cloisters. £3.50 per person. Booking is essential. Please contact Sue Poil on 01243 812497 or email sue.poil@chichestercathedral.org.ok