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Amici Concerts Festival Series

12th - 17th July 2016

The Chapel of the Ascension, College Lane, Chichester, PO18 6PE

Thursday 29th September, 8pm

The Queens Six a capella vocal sextet

The Queens Six is one of the most exciting vocal groups in the country. Based at Windsor Castle the group formed in 2008 and are Lay Clerks of St George's Chapel. On 29th September, fresh from the studio having recorded their latest disc, they will  make their Chichester debut with a varied and inviting programme of florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd Madrigals, haunting folk songs and upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements. Come and experience this group’s magical blend of sound along with their irresistible informality and charm.  www.thequeenssix.co.uk


Thursday 24th November, 7.30pm

The London Klezmer Quartet
featuring Clarinettist Susi Evans (She'Koyokh)
“Dizzyingly dynamic playing... a band at the forefront of the European klezmer revival" (fROOTS)
Delving deep into the celebratory and lively music of Jewish Eastern Europe, LKQ Brings fresh life to an almost-lost folk tradition.  LKQ's concert programmes and three albums include songs with themes ranging from food and love to conscription and exile. Their fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful old melodies are presented together with colourful stories about musicians' lives to take you on a journey from the Baltic to the Black Sea and beyond. www.londonklezmerquartet.com

Classical, baroque, Persian, Balkan, swing and folk music


12th – 16th July 7.30pm

St. Pancras Church, Eastgate Square, Chichester


12th July 7.30pm

She’Koyokh - “The best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (Evening Standard) www.shekoyokh.co.uk


13th July 7.30pm

Karolos Ensemble with Harriet Mackenzie - Beethoven, Schubert & Dodgson string trios www.karolos.org


14th July 7.30pm

Mark Ashford - 'a truly remarkable guitarist' (Classical Guitar) www.markashford.com


15th July 7.30pm

Baroque Encounter- recorders, harpsichord & tenor. "resplendently baroque..."  Early Music Today


16th July 7.30pm

Mystic sounds of the Alevi and Yarsan. "an ancient wisdom is being imparted." (Evening Standard)



17th July 3pm  (picnics from 1.30pm)

Halnaker Park Cottage, Nr Chichester

The BeauBowBelles - Glamorous quartet combine English folk, country, classical music and gypsy swing.



The Diva and The Fiddler   “an eclectic duo” ( Time Out New York)

Wednesday  May 25th 2016, 7.30pm

St. Pancras Church, Eastgate Square, Chichester, PO19 7LJ

Diana Jacklin (soprano) and Hartmut Ometzberger (violinist) tour the world inspiring composers to write for their unique combination. Their programme will transport you into a world of Italian and American music, with rarely performed Verdi songs, favorites of Paolo Tosti, English Folksongs of Rebecca Clarke as well as original works written for them by Jennie Gottschalk and Jean-Christophe Rosaz.  www.dianajacklin.com; www.hartmutometzberger.com.


Bogdan Vacarescu (violin) and Victor Ryabchikov  (Festival lunchtime recital)

Wednesday 22nd  June 2016, 1pm 

From Romania and Russia, two charismatic virtuosos form an inspired artistic partnership, collaborating for the first time at the Festival of Chichester to perform Grieg’s Sonata No. 3 alongside rarely heard transcriptions by the violinist Leopold Auer (teacher of Jascha Heifetz) of works by Vitali, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. bogdan.vacarescu.com; www.victorryabchikov.com


Bibi Heal –soprano  The Eyes of a Child - lullabies, prayers and flights of fancy

Thursday 24th March 2016, 7.30pm

Venue:  The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, PO18 6PE

Bibi Heal  returns to Chichester to perform Poulenc’s Song Cycle “La Courte Paille”, Schubert’s Ave Maria, folksongs, Juliette’s waltz from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and Wiegenleid by Brahms.  Bibi performed in the Festival of Chichester in 2014, and as a soloist with Chichester Singers a few years ago. She is a favourite with Opera North, The Opera Group and ENO,  and has sung at Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. www.bibiheal.com

José Antonio Escobar
Saturday 19th September, 7.30pm
Venue: St John’s Chapel, St John’s St, Chichester, PO19 1UR

Born in Santiago de Chile, José Antonio Escobar is one of the most distinguished  classical guitar soloists of his generation, awarded some fifteen prizes in leading international guitar competitions. This concert marks a rare visit to the UK. His programme will include music from Brazil, Chile and Colombia, featuring  works by Fernando Sor, Isáac Albéniz , Astor Piazzola and contemporary Chilean composer Javier Contreras  "...Every note is played with soul, sincerity, love and musical intelligence."  Eliot Fisk.

Friday 2nd October, 8pm
Venue: Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester

Bucimis performs the elegiac, mysterious music of South-Eastern Europe, focusing on the ancient instrumental and vocal tradition of Thrace, the region linking Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Expect an intimate and enlightening evening filled with stunning harmonies, electrifying rhythms, mesmerizing virtuosity and dance. 

Julian Jacobson
Friday 20th November, 7.30pm
Venue: Chapel of the Ascension, Chichester University, College lane

Julian Jacobson  has been (piano) soloist with several principal British orchestras under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Tamás Vásáry, recorded twenty five CDs for Meridian, Hyperion, Chandos, Decca Argo, Continuum and other labels and broadcast over a hundred works for BBC Radio 3.  He is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire, and Guest Professor at Xiamen University, China. www.julianjacobson.com.

Ravel - Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
Mozart - Rondo in A minor K511
Bethoven - Sonata in C op 53 ("Waldstein")
Chopin - The Four Ballades

Festival of Chichester 2015

Amici Concerts will be held at St Pancras Church, Eastgate Sq, from Tuesday 30th June, with the finale on Sunday 5th July in Halnaker.

Box Office: http://www.chichestertickets.co.uk Tel: 01243 813595

Tuesday 30th June 7.30pm
Morgan Szymanski (guitar) with Harriet Mackenzie (violin)
Baroque and classical gems, suave tangos, passionate Spanish dances and intimate solos performed by international soloists

Wednesday 1st July 7.30pm
Boybershop vocal quartet
Ashkenazi and Sephardi melodies in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino, interspersed with Jewish sacred music, classic barbershop, folk and comic song. 

Thursday 2nd  July 7.30pm
Shane Allessio Jazz trio
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, gifted bassist Shane Allessio brings new compositions to the table, remaining deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. 

Friday 3rd July 7.30pm
Kosmos Ensemble
From South America to the Middle East: Jewish, Polish, Greek and Japanese music glide into hot-blooded tango with classical references and improvisation.

Saturday 4th July 8pm
Eden Stell Guitar duo
Likened to a ‘miraculous single guitarist blessed with an impossibly wonderful technique’The Observer: works by Couperin, Piazzolla & Mompou. 

Sunday 5th July 3pm (picnics from 1.30pm)
Paprika (Balkan band)
Violin, two accordions, guitar, bass, percussion.
Hot, fiery, Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and classical music performed with energy, brilliance and soul, by virtuosi from Romania, Serbia and UK.
@ Halnaker Park Cottage, Nr Chichester PO18 0QH

This concert will be raising money for the Syrian Medecins Sans Frontieres who give medical aid both in Syria and to refugees in neighbouring countries.
Parking available. Bring low chairs for picnics and concert.
1.30pm arrive for picnics. 3pm concert with drinks in the interval. Approximate finish time 5pm.
NB: In case of wet weather, the concert will be held in the barn. If the weather is dry, tickets will be available at the venue, even if advance tickets have sold out


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