Talks

Chichester Psalms: A Reunion

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As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, former choristers of Chichester Cathedral recall performing his composition the Chichester Psalms in his presence on 31 July 1965. “I remember preparing for and performing in the 1965 concert with great appreciation and affection, and for the challenge of singing something so different and in a language other than Latin or English,” recalls one. “It was indeed a memorable experience, ending with Bernstein visibly appreciative of the performance by the choir and orchestra.” Noel Osborne, a Bass Lay Vicar in the Cathedral Choir from 1963-1976, recalls singing the Chichester Psalms in 1965: “I remember the anticipation ahead of the final Southern Cathedrals Festival concert for the cathedral choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester, with the Chichester Psalms at the centre of it – and wondering if it would all come together on the day. Would we do justice to the music – and the Hebrew?” Picture of Chichester choristers performing the Chichester Psalms in 1965: Timothy Nott.

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Burton on Bernstein

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Saturday November 24, time to be announced

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As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (pictured), Humphrey Burton talks about his friend and colleague for 30 years. He directed almost 200 music films with Bernstein and he was present at the 1965 performance of the Chichester Psalms in Chichester Cathedral. He also attended many of his premieres, including his last musical, his second opera and his Concerto for Orchestra, one of whose movements he dedicated to Burton’s daughter Helena. Burton published his acclaimed biography of Bernstein, which was recently reissued with a new introduction. Picture: Paul de Hueck, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office Inc.

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