Newsletter - October 2017
We are well into our new season, and it promises to be both exciting and rather daunting for the orchestra, but more of that later.
I hope you were able to get to our summer concert back in July. It is fast becoming a tradition that the Chichester Symphony Orchestra concert is the final concert (and we think the climax) of the Chichester Festival. We were particularly pleased that the audience was one of our largest ever. There wasn't quite standing room only in St Paul's Church, but if our following keeps growing, you will have to start arriving early to ensure a seat!
This is certainly true of our October lunchtime concert in Chichester Cathedral. This year we are excited to be welcoming Yasmin Rowe to play the Schumann Piano Concerto as the main part of the concert. As usual, if you want a good seat, it's advisable to claim it before 12.30 for the 1.00 start, as the Cathedral is usually full to bursting.
After the Cathedral lunchtime concert we will be preparing for some important changes for the orchestra. Our leader, Lis Peskett, has made the decision to ask us to find a new leader to give her time to devote to her viola playing and string teaching. So the October concert will sadly be her last. Happily for us, Catherine Lawlor has agreed to take Lis's place and we look forward to working with her in the future.
Not only will we be losing Lis, but our conductor, Mark Hartt-Palmer, has made the difficult decision to give up his conductorship. We have been particularly lucky to have Mark's continued presence with the orchestra over the last 17 years, first as leader, and then as conductor, so it is with deep regret that the committee have had to accept his resignation. However, he has said he would like to come back to play for concerts when he can, so we hope our collaboration will continue for many years to come. Mark's last concert as our conductor will be the Christmas concert on 9th December in St Paul's Church. Please come along if you can to say goodbye to him in style. During this term we are going through the difficult process of choosing a successor to Mark - a difficult act to follow. We will therefore begin 2018 with a new conductor on the rostrum. Come along to our Spring concert to see how things are going.
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We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our concerts this year. As always, please make yourselves known to us. We love getting to know our audience in person.
Best wishes to you all,
Chichester Symphony Orchestra