Date(s) - 18/09/2018

West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester

Tuesday September 18, 7pm-9pm

Tickets £8, must be booked in advance

As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, author and critic Nigel Simeone explores the lively exchange of letters between Dean Walter Hussey (pictured above, right) of Chichester Cathedral and Bernstein (pictured above, left) concerning the commission that led to the Chichester Psalms. The editor of The Leonard Bernstein Letters tells the story behind the choral work written for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival and its surprising origins in the music for a Broadway show. Simeone is the author of Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, which examined the creative process behind the show and its lasting impact and reputation, as well as acclaimed studies of Messiaen and Janacek. The talk will be accompanied by a display of rare and original documents relating to the Chichester Psalms from the West Sussex Record Office’s archive.

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

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