Bernstein in Chichester Festival

Various venues in Chichester

Until November

Chichester celebrates its unique relationship with West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (pictured above) with a festival marking his centenary and featuring stars including actors Patricia Routledge and Peter McEnery and the conductor Carl Davis. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Bernstein and this festival culminates in a special performance of his composition the Chichester Psalms at Chichester Cathedral by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by Marin Alsop, who was taught and mentored by Bernstein. Bernstein himself was present at the world premiere of the Chichester Psalms at the Southern Cathedrals Festival in 1965. This festival, which has a programme of concerts, workshops, revues, jazz, talks, film shows, exhibitions and reunions, is part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of the composer, conductor, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian, who died aged 72 in 1990. Keeping Up Appearances star Patricia Routledge (pictured below with Howard Seckerson) will speak for the first time about her working relationship and valued personal friendship with Bernstein, while actor Peter McEnery performs his one-man show Walter & Lenny, which he devised and is directed by his wife, the actress Julia St John. There will be a performance of Carl Davis’s Sing God A Simple Song, an original musical entertainment depicting seven aspects of Bernstein’s musical life. Picture of Leonard Bernstein: Paul de Hueck, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office Inc. Picture of Carl Davis, below right: Jasper Fry.

Read our feature on the Bernstein in Chichester Festival.

Email info@bernsteininchichester.com or visit bernsteininchichester.uk.



Chichester Festival 2018


Chichester Festival Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester.


Tickets from £10/prologue: £5 tickets for 16-25s

STARS of stage and screen including Caroline Quentin (above left), Penelope Keith (above right), Patricia Hodge (below left), Matt Lucas (below right), Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rufus Hound headline Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2018. Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin and Little Britain star Matt Lucas make their Chichester debuts in the musical Me And My Girl while Penelope Keith makes a return to Chichester to star in The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. Copenhagen by Michael Frayn stars Patricia Hodge, who appeared on TV in Miranda, and Downton Abbey actor Charles Edwards, who played Lady Edith’s love Michael Gregson, as well as Spooks actor Paul Jesson, who is making his Chichester debut. The programme also includes Cock, a very adult play by Dr Foster writer Mike Bartlett, described as “a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities”. Singer, actor and comedian Gary Wilmot appears alongside The Bill star Clare Burt and award-winning actress Joanna Riding in Flowers for Mrs Harris from the novel by Paul Gallico, and actor and director Samuel West directs The Watsons, a new play by Laura Wade adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen. Rufus Hound stars in Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, and there’s also a double bill of plays by debbie tucker green, one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. For children, there’s an adaptation of David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe. Present Laughter by Noël Coward runs from Friday April 20-Saturday May 12. random/generations runs from Friday May 4-Saturday June 2. The Chalk Garden runs from Friday-Saturday May 25-June 16. The Country Wife runs from Friday-Saturday June 8-July 7. Me And My Girl runs from Monday July 2-Saturday August 25. The Meeting runs from Friday-Saturday July 13- August 11. Copenhagen runs from Friday-Saturday August 17-September 22. Flowers for Mrs Harris runs from Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27. Cock runs from Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27. The Midnight Gang by David Walliams runs from Saturday-Saturday October 13-November 3. The Watsons Saturday-Saturday November 3-December 1. Sleeping Beauty Saturday-Sunday December 15-30.

Read our feature on Chichester Festival 2018.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.


Glyndebourne Festival

Glyndebourne, Lewes

Saturday May 19-Sunday August 26

Glyndebourne Opera House promises rare gems and Glyndebourne classics in its Festival 2018 programme, a vocal and visual feast offering world-class opera. The programme kicks off with Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (below right), when East meets West with tragic consequences, from May 19-July 18, following it with Richard Strauss’s operatic masterpiece Der Rosenkavalier (above left), produced by Richard Jones with a new cast, from May 20-June 26. Glyndebourne classic Giulio Cesare (above right) by George Frideric Handel, a much-loved visually striking production by David McVicar, runs from June 10-July 28, while Claude Debussy’s passionate love triangle Pelléas et Mélisande, with Stefan Herheim, one of Europe’s most exciting directors, making his company debut, is on from June 30-August 9. The programme concludes with Barrie Kosky’s staging of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Saul (below left), which marries spectacle and psychology, from July 19-August 25, and finally a rare opportunity to see Vanessa, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Samuel Barber from the age of Hitchcock, from August 5-26. Pictures: Madama Butterfly by Clive Barda, Der Rosenkavalier by Bill Cooper, Giulio Cesare by Mike Hoban and Saul by Bill Cooper.

Read our feature with the full programme of the Glyndebourne Festival 2018.

Phone 01273 815000 or visit glyndebourne.com.


Jazz Re:Fest

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Sunday July 22, 12noon-7pm

Tickets £7.50/u16s free

Jazz Re:Fest is an annual one-day festival celebrating jazz and jazz-inspired music and culture, produced by Jazz re:freshed. It showcases the diverse, colourful, expressive and creative world of jazz music and alternative culture, featuring live performances from more than 60 musicians, artists & DJs including Vels Trio, Daniel Casimir, SEED, Yussef Dayes, Noya Rao, Blue Lab Beats, Ruby Rushton and more to be announced. 

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

South Downs Summer Music International Festival


St Andrew’s Church, The Tye, Alfriston, and Lullington Church, Lullington

Tuesday-Sunday July 24-29

Tickets from £15

Poldark star Jack Farthing (pictured above, left), who plays the captain’s rival George Warleggan in the BBC series, appears in a night of music and poetry as part of this five-day festival. He appears with the tenor Nicky Spence (pictured above, right), chamber musician and pianist Jeremy Young and the Benyounes Quartet (pictured below, right), who recently released their debut recording, Mozart Piano Concertos with Jeremy Young, and are part of a collaborative recording of the complete works for string quartet by Mendelssohn, released by Champs Hill. Other artists appearing at the festival include composer and jazz pianist Kit Downes (pictured below, left), cellist Philip Higham, flautist Jonathan Rimmer, who will perform with the Alfriston Ensemble, pianist Gen Li, the Aronowitz Ensemble, cellist Kim Vaughan, Scottish oboist Frazer Kelman and London-based vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki. The Benyounes Quartet have just become artistic directors of South Downs Summer Music, previously known as Alfriston Summer Music, which was founded a decade ago by Daniel Bhattacharya and Jeremy Young. The festival’s aim is to continue to bring world-class artists and promising young talent to its audience and provide insight and education in the science of music. Previous performers at the festival have included Dame Felicity Lott, Katherine Stott, Julian Bliss, Karine Georgian, Li Wei Qin, Jennifer Pike, Benyounes and Heath String Quartets, and in recent years has branched out into poetry and music events, inviting Sir Andrew Motion, Michael Pennington, and Prunella Scales and Timothy West. Picture of Jack Farthing: Wolf Marloh. Picture of Nicky Spence: David Bebber. 

Read our feature on the festival.

Visit southdownssummermusic.co.uk.


Festival of the Garden: The Culture of Place

Charleston, Firle

Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29

Tickets £12 per event/concs £10

What is it about a place that makes us like it? This question is addressed in a series of talks at Charleston, the home of the artistic Bloomsbury Group. It’s curated by landscape gardener Tom Stuart-Smith, an eight times Chelsea Gold medallist who is known for his work expressing cerebral conception through supremely beautiful execution. Over the two days, there will be eight talks by leading gardeners, designers, ecologists, campaigners and writers who will explore themes of what makes a place interesting and engaging, can the garden, whether ancient or modern, tell a story, and if so what can this narrative mean for us, and how do we go about expressing ourselves through our gardens and outdoor spaces? On the programme is Wild Lands with Charlie Burrell, Landscape and Emotion with architect Kim Wilkie, John Watkins talking on Reviving the Past and Gardens as Living History, The Culture of Gardening with Tom Stuart-Smith, Faded Glories with photographer Rachel Warne, The Magic of Dixter with Fergus Garrett, Gravetye Manor: The Development of an Historic Garden with Tom Coward. Hidden Nature with Alys Fowler, The Garden at Charleston with Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Darren Clarke and Mark Divall, and Poetry in the Walled Garden with Andrew Wincott and Emerald O’Hanrahan. There will also be a plant stall by Pelham Plants in association with The Garden House, cream teas and free demonstrations by local craftspeople on the skills and traditional practices of hedge-laying, bee-keeping and green timber.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Speed so the theme this year is The Silver Jubilee. Now one of the world’s best-known celebration of motorsport and car culture, the festival will feature 25 favourite moments chosen by the Duke of Richmond from the first 25 events, his personal highlights that have been landmarks in the festival’s history. The festival will continue to remain faithful to its heritage by bringing together racers on two wheels and four on hill and forest rallies. The 2018 season also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Goodwood Road Racing Club. Picture: Drew Gibson.

Phone 01243 755073 or visit goodwood.com.

Qatar Goodwood Festival

Goodwood Racecourse, Selhurst Park Road, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

Popularly known as Glorious Goodwood, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the largest and most glamorous race meetings in the world. One of the highlights of the flat racing season, it kicks off with the opening ceremony when the Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup takes centre stage on the course. On the second day, the mile-long Group 1 race the Qatar Sussex Stakes has prize money of £1million, attracting a world-class field. Ladies’ Day, on the third day, is the most glamorous day of the meeting and features the unique ladies celebrity race The Magnolia Cup. Ladies’ Day is followed by the £300,000 Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes on day four, plus other races. And on the final day, the Qatar Stewards Cup has one of the racing season’s biggest handicaps, with the finest sprinters dashing for the £250,000 prize. Picture: Dominic James.

Phone 01243 755072 or visit goodwood.com.

Brighton Pride Festival 2018


Preston Park, Brighton

Friday-Sunday August 3-5

Pop icon Britney Spears headlines this year’s Pride at Preston Park on Saturday, the first gig on her 2018 tour performing her Las Vegas show Britney – Piece of Me. Joining her on the main stage will be drum-and-bass powerhouse Ella Eyre (pictured above centre), who provided the vocals on Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. Dance-pop queen Pixie Lott (pictured above right) will also be playing the main stage. And Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, guitarist Nile Rodgers (below left) and his multi-platinum selling band Chic are confirmed to headline Brighton Pride’s new LoveBN1Fest at Preston Park on Sunday. Also on the stage will be anthem queen Jess Glynne (pictured below right), whose vocals on Clean Bandit’s Rather Be made it a classic, and pop newcomer Raye (bottom). LoveBN1Fest celebrates everything Brighton and Hove and will help raise extra funds for the Pride Social Impact Fund. Brighton Pride is a community celebration with the annual Pride Community Parade, the biggest visual event in the city’s calendar when more than 300,000 people participate and watch the Carnival of Diversity. This year, it’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic Rainbow Flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride originally commissioned and politician and activity Harvey Milk and devised by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, with the theme Colour My World, with Pride returning to the flag’s original eight colours of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet representing, respectively: sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit.

Visit brighton-pride.org.


Loxwood Joust

The Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood, Billingshurst

Saturday and Sunday August 4 & 5 and 11& 12, 10am-6pm

The Loxwood Joust is one of the most spectacular medieval festivals in the country. Over two weekends, the extravaganza features full-contact jousting twice each day with other daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire as armoured knights prepare to meet in thunderous battle. There’s a Living History Village in the Medieval Meadow, where inhabitants live and work as they would have in the Middle Ages. They display their traditional wares in the Medieval Marketplace, where wandering minstrels, dance troupes and a court jester entertain the crowds. There’s also a Children’s Kingdom, a festival within a festival, where the currency is the medieval groat and children can have a go at archery, face and wound painting, pelt the peasant, sword school and a bouncy castle. Pop in to the Medieval Learning Zones to listen to tales from the Medieval Housewife and details of gruesome torture from The Executioner.   

Phone 07866 468632, email info@loxwoodjoust.co.uk or visit legendpresents.co.uk.

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