Lunchtime Concert: Meera Maharaj & Dominic Degavino

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:

Sonata in E minor BWV 1034  by J.S Bach (1685 – 1750)

  • Adagio ma non tanto
  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Allegro

Sounds of the Forest – by S Gubaidulina (b. 1933)

Six Pieces for flute and piano – by F Amirov (1922 – 1984)

  • Achugskaya (Song of the Ashuge)
  • Kolybyelnaya (Lullaby)
  • Dance
  • B Gorakh Azerbaydyana (In the Azerbaijan Mountains)
  • U Rodnika (At the Spring)
  • Nocturne

Meera Maharaj enjoys a diverse performing career and has performed at the Concertgebouw, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall and St James’ Piccadilly.

She recently completed her Masters with Michael Cox at the Royal Academy of Music. She received scholarships from Sir Elton John, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians. In 2017, she graduated from RNCM (first class honours), studying with Wissam Boustany and Laura Jellicoe. Previously, she studied at Junior RNCM.

Competition successes includewinning the RAM Flute Competition and Dutch International Flute Competition and 3rd prize in the BFS Young ArtistCompetition. Meera is a Tunnell Trust Artist alongside Dominic Degavino. Meraki Duo with guitarist, James Girling reached the final of the Royal Overseas League competition and they are Live Music Now artists.

Meera has enjoyed playing with the Pro Youth Philharmonia and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys improvisation and collaborating with other art forms. Jazz and music from across the world is of great interest to her.

Pianist Dominic Degavino has performed concerts including solo performances at Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, London, Bridgewater Hall and the Lichfield and Edinburgh festivals. Concerto appearances include performances with Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

Having completed studies in Manchester with Helen Krizos, at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, he recently graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Charles Owen and Noriko Ogawa.

 Dominic has achieved competition success, winning the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, 3rd Prize at the Concours International de Piano d'Epinal and keyboard prizes of the Tunbridge Wells International Artists Competition and the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Competition. He has had masterclasses with pianists such as Lang Lang, Richard Goode, Imogen Cooper, Peter Frankl and John O'Conor.

 Alongside work as a soloist, he is a passionate chamber musician, accompanist, and jazz player, performing and winning prizes with a wide array of ensembles, including the Mithras Piano Trio and with Meera Maharaj.