Concerts coming up at the Festival of Chichester
This coming Saturday (11 June) sees the launch of the festival, where there will be twenty-seven classical concerts over four weeks.
Headliners include Jess Gillam (saxophone) with the London Mozart Players performing Mozart, Haydn and Glazunov; Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; the Stradivarius Piano Trio performing Robert and Clara Schumann; students from the Yehudi Menuhin School playing a showcase of music; and the Camarilla Ensemble with music by Vaughan Williams and Karl Jenkins.
There’s a Bernardi Music Group open-air concert, opening the festival with movements from Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Also featuring at the launch will be the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra and the Lazy River Dixieland Band from the Chichester Conservatoire. The Parnassian Ensemble provides Baroque treats for a summer’s evening, and the Chichester Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Nocturne.
Pavlos Carvalho will be playing Bach’s solo cello suites No’s 4 and 5. “Cello-holics” will enjoy music by Cellophonics, and Pavlos Carvalho and Luisa Lam will take you around the world in 80 minutes. Roger Clayden is organising a series of 60-minute recitals. Elena Toponogova’s lunchtime piano recital includes Prokofiev, Medtner and Stravinsky, and Hoger Skepenit launches his “15 fables” piano pieces on CD.
Alexander Rider will be launching his new CD featuring harp music. Jonathan Ross Parkin will be guiding you through the guitar’s journey through Bach’s Brandenburg and Beethoven’s Vienna towards its cultural and spiritual home in Spain, and Linda Kelsall-Barnett and Zoe Barnett will play their historic and modern guitars.
Chichester Singers will be performing Will Todd’s Mass in Blue. St Richard Singers is “still quiring” after 50 years with a programme of British master composers, including Parry, Elgar, Finzi and Vaughan Williams. Chichester Chorale performs Handel’s sublime Coronation Anthems, and the Portsmouth Baroque Choir joins forces with the Consort of Twelve to perform Handel’s Israel in Egypt.