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April


Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April 2020, 10am - 5pm

Cello Weekend

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Sponsored by D’Addario Strings University of Chichester Cello Weekend is a two-day course organised and coordinated by Professor Laura Ritchie.
All music is arranged to suit participants' individual levels, and everyone comes together to form a fantastic cello-orchestra that performs throughout the two days. The course is open to cellists of all ages and abilities. The schedule includes workshops, masterclass sessions, large-group rehearsals, and chamber music opportunities. The Cello Weekend is an opportunity for cellists keen to develop their performing, skills, technique, and musical appreciation to come together for a remarkable weekend of music making. There is a gala concert to finish the course on Sunday at 4:30 pm that features the participant cello-orchestra. This year’s music ranges from arrangements of popular hits to Bach to a contemporary ‘gamified’ piece of music by Rebecca Askew.

Course fee: £55/£35

To book online, visit our Box Office page or phone the Ticket Source Box Office 0333 666 3366. Please note a standard postage rate of £1.50 will apply for telephone bookings.
Once you have booked please email l.ritchie@chi.ac.uk with your booking reference. University cellists who assist with organisation will have their fee waved.

Sunday Cello-Gala concert: 4:30pm

Admission free, donations accepted.
No need to book.


Monday 20 April, 4-5 pm

Poetry collection launch: Adamantine.

Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Senior Lecturer, Dr Naomi Foyle, launches her new poetry collection, Adamantine. Host: Dr Hugh Dunkerley. Free and open to all.


Monday 20 April 2020, 5.30pm

‘Authorship, Language and Textual Pathology: Linguistic Changes in Iris Murdoch’s Informal Writings’, Prof. Peter Garrard

Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus. Free and open to all.

Full details at https://www.chi.ac.uk/humanities/public-humanities/literary-and-cultural-narrative/iris-murdoch-research-centre/events


Wednesday, 22 April, 6.30-8.30pm

Annual Publishing Panel.

Room E124, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Host: Karen Stevens. Free and open to all.


Thursday 23 – Sat 25 April, 7.30pm, Saturday 25 Apr, 2.30pm

Fiddler on the Roof

Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1BL

The Musical Theatre Performance Company is very proud to present this multi-award-winning show that has been described as ‘a defiant portrait of Jewish resilience’. Brought to you by the same team that produced The Addams Family and Jekyll & Hyde in their 2018/19 season. Winner of 9 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and bookwriter Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humour, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colourful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instil them with traditional values in theface of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl. Book by JOSEPH STEIN. Music by JERRY BOCK. Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK. Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince. Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.

Tickets: £14, £12 (Concessions), £8 (NUS/U16’s). To book tickets call 01243 861010 or book online at www.alexandratheatre.co.uk.


Thursday 30 April 2020, 7pm

International Jazz Day Concert

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

This concert will celebrate International Jazz Day (April the 30th) with an eclectic range of jazz from students and staff!
Personnel TBA. Admission Free, no need to book
Donations in aid of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. Registered Charity Number 1096622 


May


Saturday 2 May 2020, 7.30pm

Cabaret Showtime

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Presented by the Cabaret Performance Company and the Conservatoire Cabaret Showband. Come and join the fun in this CABARET SHOWTIME! With song and dance, humour, and maybe a spot of magic to spice up the evening, this evening will transport you to the wonderful world of cruising. HMS Chichester sets sail at 7.30pm. No lifejackets are required for this performance. N.B. Swimsuits are not permitted in the Chapel.
Tickets: £5, University of Chichester students and staff are free.
Please present your student or staff card at the door.
To book online, visit our Box Office page or phone the Ticket Source Box Office 0333 666 3366. Please note a standard postage rate of £1.50 will apply for telephone bookings.


Wednesday 6 May 2020, 7.30pm

Rachmaninoff Uncovered: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto is one of the most popular pieces in the whole of the western classical repertoire. Nearly 120 years after it was first performed, it remains a staple favourite amongst both audiences and performers. But what exactly is it about this piece that gives it such universal acclaim? In a personal exploration, pianist Ben Lathbury delivers a brand-new illustrated recital of this astounding work. He will delve into the history and inception of the piece and share his thoughts on both the music and the man behind it. Featuring an acute, in-depth analysis of the work, lightly spiced with Ben’s trademark wit, and culminating in a full performance of the concerto, this is an evening not to miss. This concert is a fundraising event for Funtington Music Group’s Robert Headley Bursary, a foundation which Ben was a recipient of following his performance in the 2008 competition at the University of Chichester and latterly in part-funding of his Master’s degree in Music Performance. Orchestral reduction kindly provided by Jon Grave.

Entry is free, with a retiring collection to benefit the Robert Headley Fund, provided by the Funtington Music Group to support postgraduate students studying music performance.
Funtington Music Group is affiliated to Making Music (The National Federation of Music Societies) Registered Charity No. 1106962


Thursday 7 May 2020, 7.30pm

MA Concert

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Come for a taste of the final year MA Music Performance students’ final recitals as they present an evening of music from across styles and genres. Hear instrumentalists and vocalists perform music from classical to contemporary styles in preparation for their final degree recitals. Instruments featured this evening include trumpet, French horn, percussion, voice, and piano.
Admission Free, no need to book.


Wednesday 13 May 2020, 7.30pm

Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars – “A Shared Resonance”

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester (Sponsored by Funtington Music Group)

Guitarists Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth present a historical journey through the development of the guitar duet, focusing on original works composed for two guitars. They will play duets from across three centuries, from the Baroque to modern times. Music by a wide range of composers including Sor, Castelnuovo- Tedesco, Duarte and 21st century guitar duets by Sussex composers.
Tickets: £15 on the door or pre-booked on 01243 378900. No charge for University of Chichester Staff or Students


Friday 15 - Thursday 21 May 2020

A Man of No Importance

• Fri 15th, 7.30pm: Regis Centre, Bognor Regis
• Sat 16th, 2.30pm & 7.30pm: Regis Centre, Bognor Regis
• Sun 17th, 7.30pm: Brighton Fringe Festival, Blatchington Mill Theatre, Hove
• Thurs 21st, 7.30pm: Newbury Spring Festival, Corn Exchange Theatre, Newbury

A compelling mixture of Ahrens and Flaherty’s musical genius delivered by one of the finest company of young performers on the circuit of an awardwinning story of family, friendship and acceptance in 1960s Dublin. Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance is the second successful collaboration by the team of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for Ragtime.
Alfie Byrne is a bus driver in 1960s Dublin whose heart holds secrets that he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde's Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over his natural love. What could possibly be left in his life that would bring his friends back to his side? A Man of No Importance is a rare gem in the canon of musical theatre, one that combines the depth and drama of a play with the lyricism and comedy of a musical. A tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship and coming to terms with who we are that has inspired audiences. It may be your most importance night out of the year!
University of Chichester Conservatoire’s Triple Threat Festival Company’s production at Newbury Spring Festival also has the accolade of being sponsored by Claude-Michel Schonberg.
Director Miranda Kingsley, Musical Director Stuart Hutchinson, Choreographer Wendy White and Design by Ryan Dawson-Laight bring the same panache as they did to their  previous sensational Ahrens and Flaherty production Lucky Stiff.

Tickets: £14, £12 (Concessions), £8 (NUS), £5 (School, Youth and Care Home groups, 10 or more attending).
Book Online at:
• www.alexandratheatre.co.uk
• www.brightonfringe.org
• www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk


Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 May, 7.30pm, Thursday 21 May, 2.30pm

Stepping Out

New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD

The Musical Theatre Joint Route students are proud to present Stepping Out. Dust of those tap shoes and Join Mavis and an unlikely group of adult tappers as acclaimed British playwright Richard Harris takes us on an evening of Laughter, Love & Friendship. The Play revolves around Mavis a former chorus girl that attempts to teach a group of amateurs from all walks of life to tap dance, at the run-down church hall in North London. However, before the preparation for the upcoming recital can commence Mavis finds herself mediating the quarrels that ensue between this motely but lovable crew. Despite the students at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little coordination, they later develop a level of skill and go on to triumph! This amateur production of “Stepping Out” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.
Tickets: Band A: £16, Band B: £14, Band C: £12, Under 25’s and Friends of New Theatre Royal: £10, University of Chichester code £8. Book Online at https://www.newtheatreroyal.com/whats-on/ or call the Box Office on 023 9264 9000.


Thursday 21 May 2020, 9.30am – 3.00pm

Special Education Conference

Creating a space to talk about equity and inclusion for pupils with SEND and their identities. An essential conference for school/college leaders, SENCOs and professionals working in education, health and social care who want to make a difference for those they work with.

Keynote: Professor Sally Tomlinson

Cost: £150 (£30 student concession). Includes lunch.

To book or for further information email Conference Administrator, Sharon Robinson: SSENCOT@chi.ac.uk


June


Wednesday 3 June 2020, 7.30pm

ECCO: Encore Chichester Community Orchestra

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
ECCO is the Encore Chichester Community Orchestra led by Professor Laura Ritchie and comprised of enthusiastic players from across our local community. Join us for an evening of music including the 1812 Overture and Symphony 1 by Florence Price, the first black female composer to have her work played by a major symphony orchestra.
Tickets: £3, University of Chichester students and staff are free. Please present your student or staff card at the door.
To book please phone the Ticket Source Box Office 0333 666 3366. Please note a standard postage rate of £1.50 will apply for telephone bookings.


Saturday 6 June 2020, 7.30pm

The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra Swing

St James Concert and Assembly Hall, College Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2NZ

Breakaway on a Saturday night to Come Along and Listen to… us Strike Up the Band with Dance Tunes from the 20s to 50s that will get your Happy Feet tapping.
For ticket information please visit https://stjames.gg/event-directory/.


Sunday 7 June 2020, 11am

The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra

Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1DA
Sponsored by St Peter Port Town Centre Partnership
The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra bring a taste of the 30’s and 40’s to the Candie Gardens in a concert of popular dance music.
Admission Free, no need to book


Sunday 7 June 2020, 3pm

The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra

Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1DA
Sponsored by St Peter Port Town Centre Partnership
The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra bring a taste of the 30’s and 40’s to the Candie Gardens in a concert of popular dance music.
Admission Free, no need to book.


Wednesday 10 June 2020, 7.30pm

Summer Buffet Concert – Erin Alexander (soprano) and Nick Miller (piano)

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester (Sponsored by Funtington Music Group)

This year’s Summer Buffet Concert will be a special event, with the return of Chichester University graduate and Awardwinning soprano Erin Alexander, and pianist Nick Miller, presenting On a High Note, the story of soprano Graziella Sciutti. The singer was a contemporary of Maria Callas, and helped pioneer the movement of opera singers becoming actors. Erin will sing the arias by Mozart, Verdi, and Rossini which made Sciutti’s career. Erin Alexander has recently finished studying on a full scholarship at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini. Whilst there she performed the roles of Despina (Cosi fan Tutte) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Seviglia).
Tickets: £15 pre-booked only on 01243 378900. No charge for University of Chichester Staff and Students. A supplement of £15 is payable for the buffet.


Monday 15 – Thursday 18 June 2020

Iris Murdoch Summer School: Iris Murdoch and London

Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Full details at https://www.chi.ac.uk/humanities/public-humanities/literary-and-cultural-narrative/iris-murdoch-research-centre/events.


Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 June, 7.30pm Saturday 20 June, 2.30pm

Marriage A La Mode: A New Musical

The Assembly Theatre, Bognor Regis Campus, University of Chichester

The Musical Theatre Performance Company is very proud to present the World Premiere of this brand-new British Musical as the fourth instalment of the New Musical – Summer Project. Brought to you by the same team that produced The Addams Family, Jekyll & Hyde and the World Premiere of The Stationmaster in their 2018/19 season. Should one marry for money or for love? Posh (but poor) Percy and rich (but common) Cecilia are forced to wed by their parents. And soon wind up dead. Gin soaked, syphilis riddled 18th century London meets ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ in Marriage A La Mode, a witty new musical inspired by Hogarth’s legendary paintings. Real-life history echoes today’s selfobsessed society in this comic – yet cautionary – tale, set to a soaring musical score.
Marriage A La Mode: A New Musical. Inspired by the paintings of William Hogarth. Book and Lyrics by Victoria Saxton. Music by Charles Miller This production is brought to you by Andrew Wright and the University of Chichester, by kind permission of Charles Miller and Victoria Saxton.
Tickets: £14, £12 (Concessions), £8 (NUS/U16s).
To book please phone the Ticket Source Box Office 0333 666 3366. Please note a standard postage rate of £1.50 will apply for telephone bookings.
 


Friday 19 - Saturday 20 June, 7.30pm, Sunday 21 June, 2.30pm

Godspell

The Musical Theatre Joint Route students are very proud to present the hugely successful rock opera Godspell, the firstmusic offering from renowned composer Steven Schwartz (Wicked, Children of Aden, Pippin.) Godspell follows the story of an eccentric group of players that assist Jesus in teaching his lessons in a new age through parables, games, music and general tomfoolery. Featuring an eclectic blend of musical styles from pop to vaudeville. This thought-provoking, fast-paced show, beautifully encapsulates the messages of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Boasting a score of well know and charttopping songs Day By Day and Prepare ye the way of the Lord and book by visionary playwright John-Michael Teblak. Godspell is a sensational show that continues to reach out to audiences of all ages.
Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK. Music and New Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, Originally Produced on the New York Stage by EDGAR LANSBURY/STUART,  DUNCAN/JOSEPH BERUH.
This amateur production of “Godspell” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.
Tickets: Band A: £16, Band B: £14, Band C: £12, Under 25’s and Friends of New Theatre Royal: £10, University of Chichester code £8. Book Online at https://www.newtheatreroyal.com/whats-on/ or call the Box Office on 023 9264 9000.


July


Friday 3 July 2020, 6pm

Debut: A Graduate Showcase

The Bridewell Theatre, 14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

The Musical Theatre Performance Company is very proud to present their annual graduate showcase in London again this year. Having enjoy three successful productions at The Electric Theatre in Guildford, our students performed in London for the first time in 2019 and the response was overwhelmingly positive with a large number of our graduates gaining representation as a result of the showcase.
Debut 2020: A showcase presented by the graduating students from the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance programme. We would be delighted if you were able to join us as our graduates introduce themselves to the industry in this unique, one-off performance at The Bridewell Theatre, London on Friday 3rd July at 6pm.
DEBUT is Produced by Course Leader Andrew Wright, Directed by Jamie Aspden with Musical Direction from Joshua Winstone and Choreography by Drew Varley.
Tickets: £15, £12 (Concessions), £8 (NUS/U16’s).
To book please phone the Ticket Source Box Office 0333 666 3366. Please note a standard postage rate of £1.50 will apply for telephone bookings.
 


Sunday 12 July 2020, 12noon - 4pm

The Great Gatsby Fair

The Metropole Lawns, Bexhill East Sussex TN40 1DP
Sponsored by Bentley Fairs
The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra make a return visit to the Great Gatsby Fair performing music from the 1920s to 1930s written for dancing!
For ticket information please visit www.bentleyfairs.co.uk.

 


August


Thursday 13 August 2020, 12noon - 4pm

Big Band Sound Concert

Eastbourne Band Stand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD

The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra perform a selection of music from 20’s to 60’s from the classic dance band era.
For ticket information please visit www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk.


Friday 21 August 2020, 7.30pm

Hove Lawns, Kingsway, Hove Brighton BN3 2FR
Sponsored by Bentley Fairs.
Dance the evening way to The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra as they play songs and Dance from 1920’s and 1930’s from the Charleston to the Breakaway.
For ticket information please visit www.bentleyfairs.co.uk.


October


Undergraduate Graduation Ceremonies -  24 - 28 August 2020

Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies  - 22 and 23 October 2020

Please visit our Graduation page for more details.