Southern Cathedrals Festival in Chichester

Music lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the Southern Cathedrals Festival brings the finest choral and organ music to Chichester.

Charles Harrison, organist at Chichester Cathedral and festival director
Charles Harrison, organist at Chichester Cathedral and festival director

The Festival is an annual celebration of cathedral music that brings together the renowned choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. The 2016 Festival will be in Chichester until July 24, where music will be performed both in concerts and within worship.

80 choristers and 30 lay clerks (adult singers) from all three Cathedrals will be performing together and separately, and will be complemented by a number of accomplished visiting performers.

The eclectic programme promises choral classics, alongside some rarities, plus a fusion of old and new styles.

Music lovers can visit the Cathedral website to see the full programme and to book tickets:


10am Mattins

The boy choristers and lay vicars of Salisbury Cathedral

Responses Radcliffe

Sumsion Te Deum in G

Howells Collegium Regale (Jubilate)

Wesley Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

2.30pm Songs and Sonnets: Shakespeare and Friends

Pallant House Gallery

Mark Wilde tenor

David Owen-Norris piano

Parry Four Sonnets of Shakespeare

Sterndale Bennett from Six Songs, Op.23 and Op.35

Battison Haynes Elizabethan Lyrics

Tickets £15 unreserved (includes admission to Gallery)

5pm Evensong

The boy choristers and lay clerks of Winchester Cathedral

Responses Smith

Murrill in E

Jo Twist How shall we sing in a strange land

7pm Concert - Angel Voices

Music for choir, tenor and harp

The girl choristers of Salisbury and Winchester and the combined lay clerks

Mark Wilde tenor

Lucy Wakeford harp

Wood Hail! Gladdening light

Gowers Viri Galilei

Messiaen Transports de joie

Howells Sequence for St Michael

Britten Canticle 5

Grieg Ave Maris stella

Rachmaninov Bogoroditse Djevo

Ned Bigham Music to hear (SCF 2016 Commission)

Janácek Otce nas

Tickets £21 centre nave £15 side aisles (restricted view)

8.15pm Fringe Jazz Club

The Old Kitchen, Bishop’s Palace

Lucy Cronin voice

Sam James piano

Jazz for all tastes, excellent food and drink, and a relaxing and convivial atmosphere. The Fringe Jazz Club is the perfect way to round off you day at the Festival.

Tickets £5.50 (admission only) £12.75 (admission and barbecue)


11am Festival Eucharist

The combined boy choristers and lay clerks

Kodály Missa brevis

Sharpe Venite commedite

Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster

2.45pm Brighton Festival Youth Choir

St Paul’s Church

James Bingham conductor

Among the country’s leading youth choirs, BFYC performs an exciting programme including works by Lauridsen and Franck.

Tickets £10 unreserved

6pm Concert - Touches of Sweet Harmony

The combined boy choristers and lay clerks

Southern Sinfonia

Bozidar Smiljanic bass baritone

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs

Dvorak Mass in D

Tickets £25 centre nave £18 side aisles (restricted view)

£12 south transept

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