Lunchtime Concert: The Parnassian Ensemble

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 charge, and some visitors even bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Concert: ‘A Baroque Garland’

Sophie Middleditch - recorder
Helen Hooker - recorder

Lynden Cranham - baroque ’cello
David Pollock - harpsichord


  • Johann Christoph Schultze (c.1733-1813) - Suite in D minor 
  • Gottfried Keller (d.1704) - Sonata No.5 in C major 
  • Jacques Paisible (c.1650-1721) Sonata in B flat J
  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) - Sonata in G minor 

Since its formation in 1998, The Parnassian Ensemble has gained a reputation for its virtuosic performances and innovative programming.  It regularly appears at prestigious venues throughout the British Isles such as The Purcell Room; St John’s, Smith Square; St David’s Hall, Cardiff and The Fairfield Hall, Croydon.  The ensemble also performs for festivals, music societies and museums as well as schools and universities. 

The group’s concert schedule has included appearances at the Victoria and Albert Museum; the National Portrait Gallery; the Cobbe Collection of historical keyboard instruments, Hatchlands, Surrey; the Newbury Spring Festival; the Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham; the Firth Hall, University of Sheffield and the Totnes Early Music Society, Devon. 

An unusual feature of its recitals is the introduction to audiences of fine, original, early eighteenth-century English recorder music which would otherwise remain virtually unknown.  It was this enthusiasm that led to the recording of their critically acclaimed first disc, A Noble Entertainment – Music from Queen Anne’s London 1702-1714 (AV2094) released on the Avie Records label and which is now regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and world-wide.

It is also developing an exciting project to commission new works by living composers. 

The ensemble recently travelled to Bergen, Norway to teach at the Grieg Academy and to perform in the Antikk Musikk concerts series.