Southern Cathedrals Festival 2019

The 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival takes place in Chichester from 18-21 July 2019, with the combined choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals performing in an exciting programme of events, performances and services held in the Cathedral and other iconic venues around the city centre.

For more details and information on how to buy tickets or become a Festival Patron, visit:
The Southern Cathedrals Festival website

Download the 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival brochure here:
Southern Cathedrals Festival 2019 brochure

July 18 2019: Please note, as from today tickets are no longer available via the websites. Tickets are available from the Cathedral shop daily till midday, and on the door 45 minutes before the performance.

Programme of events

All events take place in the Cathedral unless otherwise stated.

Thursday 18 July

2.15pm Concert: O Be Joyful in the Lord
Sung by the combined boy choristers and lay clerks
Featuring sacred music by Heinrich Schütz, Peter Philips, William Byrd, Felix Mendelssohn, Will Todd, Edward Bairstow and Gerald Finzi
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3.30pm Afternoon Tea
Venue: 4 Canon Lane
Catering provided by Chichester Cathedral Enterprises
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4.30pm Choral Evensong
Sung by the girl choristers and lay clerks of Winchester Cathedral

Free admission

7.00pm Celebrity Organ Recital
Franz Hauk (Ingolstadt Cathedral)
Featuring music by J. S. Bach, Théodore Dubois, Olivier Messiaen and Léon Böellmann
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Friday 19 July

10.00am Choral Mattins
Sung by the girl choristers and lay vicars of Salisbury Cathedral
Free admission

11.30am Church Music Society Lecture: 'Stainer, Steggall and Me" - Dr Barry Rose OBE
Venue: St John's Chapel, St John's Street PO19 1UR
Free admission

12.30pm Friends' Light Lunch Reception
Venue: The Festival Marquee, The Deanery Garden
Hosted by Chichester Cathedral Friends and open to all
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2.30pm Recital – ‘At the Round Earth’s Imagin’d Corners:
Britten, Vaughan Williams, and the Metaphysical Poets’

Venue: Pallant House Gallery, 8-9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJ
Mark Wilde (tenor), David Owen Norris (piano), Paul Silverthorne (viola)
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4.15pm Choral Evensong recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast
The combined boy choristers and lay clerks
Free admission

7.00pm Concert: Sing Unto the Lord
Sung by the girl choristers of Salisbury and Winchester and the combined lay clerks
Featuring sacred music by J. S. Bach, Henrich Schütz, Felix Mendelssohn, Jonathan Harvey and C. H. H. Parry
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8.00pm Fish ‘n’ Chips and Cocktail Evening
Venue: The Festival Marquee, The Deanery Garden
Hosted by Chichester Cathedral Friends and open to all
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Saturday 20 July

11.00am Festival Eucharist
Sung by the combined boy choristers and lay clerks
Guest Preacher: The Reverend Ronald Corp OBE

Free admission

12.30pm Festival Lunch
Venue: The Festival Marquee, The Deanery Garden
Catering provided by Chichester Cathedral Enterprises
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3.00pm Concert: West Sussex Music
Venue: St Paul’s Church, Churchside PO19 6FT
West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra
James Underwood (conductor)

West Sussex Youth Choir
Sarah Forbes (conductor)
Including music by Percy Grainger, Robert Sheldon, Randall D. Standridge and David R. Gillingham
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6.00pm Concert: J. S. Bach – St John Passion
Sung by the combined boy choristers and lay clerks, with Florilegium
Mark Wilde (Evangelist), Robert Rice (Christus), Ruth Provost (soprano), Tim Morgan (alto), Tom Robson (tenor), Bozidar Smiljanic (Pilate and bass)

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8.00pm Jazz and Hog Roast Evening
Venue: The Festival Marquee, The Deanery Garden
Hosted by Chichester Cathedral Friends and open to all

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Sunday 21 July

Services sung by Chichester Cathedral Choir and open to all.

10.00am Choral Mattins
11.00am Sung Eucharist
3.30pm Choral Evensong with Dismissal of Choristers

The 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival is proudly sponsored by Chichester Cathedral Friends.