Chichester Cathedral lunchtime concerts autumn season confirmed

Series organiser Timothy Ravalde (contributed pic)Series organiser Timothy Ravalde (contributed pic)
Series organiser Timothy Ravalde (contributed pic)
A busy lunchtime concerts series at Chichester Cathedral will take us through towards Christmas.

As series artistic director, Chichester Cathedral assistant organist Tim Ravalde says: “The joy of the lunchtime concert series is that we get brilliant performers and we get brilliant audiences. We're very fortunate to have such a loyal, enthusiastic, intelligent and receptive audience. When I arrived here 13 years ago these concerts were already an established tradition. It quickly became obvious that my job was not to break it!

“I don’t ask people why they come. I'm just glad that they do! But I think it helps that these concerts are free entry with a retiring collection which means effectively that this is a pay what you can situation.

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“Obviously the cathedral is primarily a place of worship but it is also a place for the community to come together and to experience other things and these lunchtime concerts sit very comfortably within that idea of other activities and also within the context of the liturgical art which is ongoing. And you have to say that we are lucky to have one of the best concert venues in town, maybe the best concert venue in terms of size and location and acoustics.”

The lunchtime concerts run September to November on Tuesdays at 1.10pm. Free entry; donations welcomed.

September 12: The Test Trio: Anna Durance, oboe, Robert Eckett Holmes, bassoon, & Duncan Honeybourne, piano; Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Madeleine Dring Jubilate & Prelude for solo piano, Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Keyboard; Jean Francaix Adagio – Allegro moderato from Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

September 26: Joshua Stephens, organ; Bach Passacaglia in C minor, Byrd Fantasia in A minor, Ravel Modéré from Sontatine, Liszt Prelude and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H

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October 3: Continuum – Elizabeth Walker, baroque flute, Rachel Beckett, baroque flute and recorder, Sebastian Comberti, baroque cello, Michael Overbury, harpsichord; pieces including François Couperin La Françoise — Prelude, Byrd La Volta; Callino Casturame; Pavane and Galliard, Johann Joachim Quantz Sonata in C major.

October 10: The Brighton Chamber Ensemble; Elgar Quintet in A minor for Piano and String Quartet

October 24: Chichester Symphony Orchestra; Elgar Three Characteristic Pieces, Haydn London Symphony No 104 in D Major.

October 31: Miriam Wakeling, cello, & Ben Socrates, piano; Janáček Pohádka (Fairy Tale), Shostakovich Farewell to Granada from Spanish Songs, Brahms Von ewige Lieber from Four Songs, Op 43; Fauré Romance; Beethoven movement from Cello Sonata No 4 in C

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November 7: Robert Sharpe, organ; pieces including Francis Jackson Prelude for a Solemn Occasion, Ravel Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Kerensa Briggs Light in Darkness; Bach Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544.

November 14: Elisabeth Turmo, violin, & Elena Toponogova, piano; pieces including Ole Bull A mountain vision, Johan Halvorsen Norwegian Dance in D major. November 21: Tim Rumsey, piano: Fauré Nocturne No 4 etc.