2015 Festival of Chichester builds

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Entries for the 2015 Festival of Chichester are coming in thick and fast as the deadline for registration looms.

An impressive programme is already starting to take shape, with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Les Mis screenwriter William Nicholson already confirmed.

But there is still time to get your entry in before registration closes on January 31.

Full details, including downloadable registration documents, are available at festivalofchichester.co.uk

Any queries should be addressed to festival co-ordinator Barry Smith on 07813244731 or festivalchichester@gmail.com.

Barry said: “Our third festival is shaping up to be more exciting than ever. The special thing about our festival is the wonderfully-eclectic mix of events, with top international artists performing alongside local groups and organisations, like Chichester Singers, Chichester Symphony Orchestra and Chichester City Band.”

Barry is delighted Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be opening the festival on June 13 in Chichester Cathedral: “It’s an indication of how far we’ve come that the very best performers want to be part of our festival.

“Later on, the cathedral choir will be participating for the first time alongside the Hanover Band. A brilliant set of jazz gigs is lined up, with star Canadian trumpeter Jay Phelps bringing his quintet hot from Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival. For book-lovers, there will be visits from famous authors including screenwriter William Nicholson who has been nominated for the Oscars, BAFTAs and the Tony Awards. He’ll be talking about his new novel while plans are afoot to screen a mini-season of his films in collaboration with New Park Cinema.

“Other super exhibitions are planned for the Oxmarket and for Chichester library. And we mustn’t forget all the local fairs and fetes, including a major art and crafts fair at West Dean as well as the brilliant Taste and Savour food fair which was so successful in last year’s Festival of Chichester.”