Lunchtime Concert: Kassia Trio

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. There is a retiring collection.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto for oboe, violin and strings, RV 548
arranged for soprano saxophones and piano by D. Camwell
    I. Allegro
    II. Largo
    III. Allegro

George Gershwin (1898–1937)
arranged by Wolfgang Schlei
Three preludes
    I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
    II. Andante con moto
    III. Agitato

Jennifer Higdon (1962–)

Franz Doppler (1821–1883)
Andante and Rondo*

Matthew Quayle (1976–)

Irving Berlin (1888–1989)
Puttin’ on the Ritz


The Kassia Trio is a modern re-invention of the piano trio made up of two saxophones (Chloe Percy-Smith and Emma Jones) and piano (Amy Bladon). Performing new music and arrangements of repertoire from the past, this versatile ensemble combines graduates of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
Through exploring a range of repertoire, the trio’s aim is to keep classical music accessible, as well as helping to promote the saxophone as a classical instrument. Their repertoire ranges from modern pieces written for their specific instrumentation, to classical transcriptions, as well as lighter well-known musical works. Their saxophone line-up is interchangeable, covering soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Recent performances have included recitals in Llanstadwell, Launde Abbey, Andover and London. The trio also enjoy being part of various outreach and community projects and regularly perform school and family-based concerts.
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“Kassia” - where the name comes from:
Kassia was an Eastern Roman abbess, poet and composer. She is one of the first medieval composers whose music is still in existence and able to be interpreted by modern scholars and musicians. She is also notable for being one of the first women to have written in her own name, rather than using an alias.