Mark Wynter to headline Festival of Chichester festive fund-raiser

Mark Wynter
Mark Wynter

The Festival of Chichester will be hosting a special fund-raising event at St John's Chapel, Chichester, PO19 1UR on Wednesday, December 11 at 7.30pm.

They are promising a special seasonal treat of words and music in aid of next year’s Festival of Chichester

Festival Co-ordinator Barry Smith said: “Headline guest is Mark Wynter, actor and 60s singing icon, who had a number of top twenty hits to his name. Mark has appeared extensively on screen and stage, including Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sweet Charity and a recent starring role in the West End with Dreamboats and Petticoats.

“Chichester audiences will remember Mark for his starring role as Henry V in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of the Shakespeare classic. Mark is currently on a major tour of the Hitchcock thriller, The Lady Vanishes. He will be performing seasonal readings from favourite writers.

“There's mellow jazz from the eight-piece jazz band, the much-loved Sussex based Jazz Smugglers. Expect all your favourite jazz standards from singer Maria Ball and the band. Jazzy versions of Christmas songs and carols are also on the menu.

“The Ted Hughes Award winning poet Maggie Sawkins will be reading some of her recent inspiring poetry. Maggie’s lively performance style is always a hit with audiences.

“Performing alongside Gareth and David is Emily Rose Smith, whose credits include Goblin Market for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton festival, Canaries Sometimes Sing (London and Antibes), Dr Faustus with Sam West and Chekhov in the Festival of Chichester.”

Barry added: “We’re absolutely delighted to have the support of these fantastic performers who all have Chichester connections and have appeared in our Festival.

“Audiences can be sure of having a great time and getting the Christmas season underway in swinging style as well as helping support next year’s Festival. All proceeds will go towards the 2020 Festival so it’s an opportunity for people to enjoy themselves knowing they are also supporting further treats next summer.”

Tickets £12 (students £10) from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QH. 01243 816525 or

The 2020 Festival runs from Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, July 12. It is now one of the largest festivals in the south of England.

“Our purpose is to showcase local talent and bring people together in Chichester and across the local community in celebration of the Arts. We also welcome to the city performers from all over the world, including major orchestras, bands, singers, authors, poets, artists and many more.”

The Box office opens at The Novium at the beginning of April. Full website listings will be available mid-March.

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