Events for Chichester Cathedral

Concert: SPIRE Live: Claire M Singer, Charles Matthews and The Eternal Chord

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

7th September 2019, 20:00 - 22:30

SPIRE, an experimental music programme for organ and electronic works presented by IKLECTIK, pushes the envelope for which this most traditional of instruments is used. The organ has the greatest frequency range of any acoustic instrument, but this is rarely exploited; the unique sound of the mechanical organ has often been limited and controlled and SPIRE aims to liberate it from its history without denying that history.

The programme is carefully curated by Charles Matthews, organist, and Mike Harding, creative producer; combining organ works: ancient (The Robertsbridge Codex) and modern (Scelsi & others). Other performers use the organ and organ works as a basis for their own compositions, using piano, voice, record players, samplers and other electronic devices.
Doors open at 7.30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Spire has been performed at Lincoln Cathedral, York Minster, Geneva Cathedral and many other unique places.

Tickets £12 in advance via the Cathedral website, £15 on the door.

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

Behind the Scenes at Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

21st September 2019, 11:00 - 14:00

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, located high up in the Cathedral triforium – come and discover its secret chamber. Visit the Cathedral Library also situated in the Cathedral heights, and the Bishop’s Chapel, the private chapel of the Bishop of Chichester. Disabled access to Bishop’s Chapel, but not to the Library and Song School. Free, all are welcome.

Safe Spaces – an Exhibition by Pallant House Gallery’s Creative Collective

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

3rd October 2019 - 4th November 2019

This autumn, Chichester Cathedral will be hosting Safe Spaces: an exhibition produced by a group of artists who have each created a personal response to the Cathedral and the concept of safety. The work explores different themes including people, place and presence.

The Pallant House Creative Collective grew out of the Gallery’s Learning and Community programme in Jan 2015. It is about learning new skills in an inclusive and supportive environment mirroring the values of the Community programme.

The Collective approached the Cathedral to host the Exhibition as it is considered as an important place for many of the artists. It is a safe space to relax, contemplate, draw and find inspiration, and it provides a safe and atmospheric location for a step into the world of exhibitions.

Sixteen artists are taking part using a range of media including watercolours, acrylics, water-based oils, charcoals, clay, inks and pastels. Their work includes drawings, paintings, sculpture and poetry and explores colour, texture and pattern using natural and manmade materials.

The Dean of Chichester, the Very Reverend Stephen Waine commented, “The Cathedral is delighted to be hosting this imaginative exhibition by The Pallant Creative Collective. The Collective’s response to the Cathedral highlights its role as a safe and inspiring space open to everybody, for contemplation and inspiration. Please come and visit the exhibition to experience this for yourself.”

The Safe Spaces Exhibition is free and runs from 4th October to 3rd November, it is open during normal Cathedral opening hours.
Image by Peter Baker

Art Views @ Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

3rd October 2019, 13:30 - 15:30

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.uk

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

Wonderful World: Family Activities

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

1st November 2019, 10:00 - 15:00

Come along to the Cathedral for some holiday fun. Families can follow a trail, collect a prize and take part in some creative crafts.

Suitable for children aged 3 – 12 years, accompanied by an adult, also a toddlers’ toy area. No need to book just drop in – £2.50 per child, last entry 2.30pm.

Voucher offer: one child’s meal for £1.50 when an adult spends a minimum of £5.50 in the Cloisters Café between 11.45am and 2.30pm.

For further details contact Luna on: 01243 812986

Lunchtime Concert: Angelina Kopyrina, piano

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

5th November 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 even bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Concert Programme

Bach-Busconi - Chaconne in D minor
F Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
F Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in A major, S. 514 ​​​​​​​

Russian pianist Angelina Kopyrina was accepted, aged six, into the Central Music School (held at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory), where she studied under acclaimed pianist and pedagogue, Valery Piassetski. At 14, Angelina performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Yaroslavl Philharmonic Orchestra in Yaroslavl, and won Second Prize at the fourth International Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition, in Paris, France.

Angelina continued her studies under Nina Sereda at Trinity College London, where her natural virtuosic, passionate and powerful interpretations led to performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Barbican Hall, London as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Angelina has won several UK and European competitions including the Czech Republic International Competition; the Moray Piano Competition, in Elgin; and Second Prize at The Hastings Music Festival Piano Concerto competition.

Angelina returned to Moscow in 2008, successfully completing a Masters in Music under Vladimir Tropp at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. During this time she gave concerts at the Big and Small Hall at Moscow Conservatory; Rachmaninov’s Hall; Moscow Philharmonic Hall; the Sviatoslav Richter Museum and the Gnessin Academy's Big Hall.
In 2018, Angelina commenced her PhD studies at Chichester University. She is researching the author’s editions and the problems of interpretations surrounding Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonatas No. 1 and No. 2.

Lunchtime Concert: Frederick Stocken

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

12th November 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 even bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Concert Programme
F Stocken - Mysterium Fidei
R V Williams - Rhosymedre from Three Preludes founded on Welsh hymn tunes
P Buck - Sonata No. 2

Frederick Stocken was appointed Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral in 2014. He was Organ Scholar of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he studied with Peter Hurford. His PhD in music is from the University of Manchester.

Frederick won five prizes at ARCO and three at FRCO. He has given recitals in venues around the UK and beyond. He has played the organ in two live BBC broadcasts since arriving at St George’s, and accompanied the choir in two CDs for Priory and Regent labels. In May 2019 he gave the first performance of his Mysterium Fidei for organ in Tokyo.
Frederick’s Chichester Service was commissioned for the 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival. He has written many works and had diverse commissions, including his First Symphony for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, premiered in the Royal Albert Hall; a ballet, Alice, for the State Theatre in Giessen, Germany; and an orchestral mass, Missa Pacis, for the Brompton Oratory. Other major works include his Violin Concerto and Second Symphony, both premiered at St John’s Smith Square. Frederick has music published by both OUP and Banks Music, and his music has been broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM and elsewhere. In May 2019, Gaudete in Domino, commissioned for the Rikkyo University handbells choir, was premiered in Tokyo.

Frederick’s Scale Shapes (Chester Music) is a well-established tutor for piano, and Graded Keyboard Musicianship, written jointly with Anne Marsden Thomas, was published in 2017 by OUP. He is currently writing The New Oxford Organ Method with Anne Marsden Thomas, which will be published in 2020. Frederick’s doctorate on nineteenth-century harmonic theory was published as book by Edwin Mellen Press, and he has given various papers on related topics, with articles in Music & Letters and The Musical Times.
Frederick teaches supporting studies in the organ department at the Royal Academy of Music, organ at the Junior Academy and for the Royal College of Organists. He examines for the ABRSM and for the Royal College of Organists.

Lunchtime Concert: The Chagall Piano Quartet

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

19th November 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 even bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Concert Programme
Percy Hilder Miles - Piano Quartet No. 1 in C major
Johannes Brahms - Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo
III. Andante
IV. Finale, Allegro comodo

The Chagall Piano Quartet are an exciting young chamber group based in London, dedicated to exploring the rich and varied repertoire available for this instrumentation. Praised for their 'imaginative and demanding' programmes, they combine well-known works with rarely performed gems. The Quartet are becoming known for their sharp attention to detail and energetic, lyrical interpretations.

Having begun collaborating in 2011, the group have worked closely with many outstanding coaches including members of the Belcea Quartet, Matthew Jones, David Dolan, Caroline Palmer and Melissa Phelps. The quartet were finalists in the 2015 St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and are also recipients of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Award. They have performed at venues including Sophie's Barn, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall and have given concerts at the City of London Music Festival and for concert societies including the Blenheim Music Circle and Ripley Recitals.Members Katarzyna Ziminska (violin), Emily Hester (viola), Alice Purton (cello) and Ian Tindale (piano) are all individually much in demand as chamber musicians appearing in concert halls across Europe and America. As individual performers they are engaged in a wide variety of creative work, including classical improvisation, orchestral playing, jazz and folk performance, song recitals, historical performance and experimental contemporary music. Notable individual appearances include the Musikverein, Vienna; the Mozarteum, Salzburg; UNESCO Hall, Paris; Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Warsaw; the Grand Theatre, Luxembourg; and major London venues including the Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Handel’s Messiah

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

14th December 2019, 19:15 - 21:15

Join us for an evening of sparkling music as Cathedral Organist Charles Harrison directs the professional singers of NMH in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.
After an inspiring performance of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in 2018, Charles Harrison - Organist and Master of the Choristers, Chichester Cathedral - once again directs the outstanding vocal ensemble NMH in an intimate performance of Handel’s Messiah. Using small, perfectly balanced forces, hear this much loved masterpiece come to life in this beautiful setting. Proceeds to support the work and ministry of the Cathedral.

Tickets cost £20 (or £16 with restricted view) and are available at the Cathedral Shop or via the Cathedral website.