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Festival Calendar
April - May 2008
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St  Dunstan's Choir
St Dunstan's Choir

The King's Singers in Renaissance Mood - Monday May 5
The King's Singers in Renaissance Mood
- May 5

Elizabeth Watts
Elizabeth Watts in performance with Sir Thomas Allen - May 2

David Watkins
David Watkins
- April 28

The Oboe Band - Saturday April 26
The Oboe Band
- April 26


Sunday 27th April
Mayfield Parish Church


Kodaly - Missa Brevis
Mawby - Ave Verum

Celebrant - The Reverend Nigel Prior (Vicar of St Dunstan’s Church)
Guest Preacher - The Reverend Lucy Winkett (Canon Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral)          

St Dunstan’s Parish Church Choir
Andrew Benians (Organist and Director of Music)

Schola Cantorum St Leonards-Mayfield School
Peter Collins (Director of Music)

Deirdre Benians (Organist)

The Festival is delighted to welcome to Mayfield guest preacher, Canon Lucy Winkett, who is responsible for music and liturgy at St Paul’s Cathedral.   With degrees in history, music and theology, she writes, speaks and debates on a wide range of issues reflecting on culture, gender and religion.

St Dunstan’s Parish Church Choir and the Schola Cantorum of St Leonards-Mayfield School join forces once again for this year’s Festival Mass setting, Kodaly’s Missa Brevis.  Written originally as on organ mass, the composer rearranged this work for organ and mixed choir whilst in hiding from occupying German forces.  It was first performed in the cloakrooms of the Budapest Opera House during the siege of Budapest in 1944/45!  The choral writing ranges from dark and brooding to passages of affecting ethereal beauty and spirited jubilation.


Sunday 27th April

Plotting Murder in the Cathedral

TS Eliot comes to Tea

Bishop George Bell, the Church and the life of the Arts in Britain, 1929-1958
Dr Andrew Chandler
Birmingham and Chichester Universities

At the outset of the twentieth century the paths of the church, the writer, the artist and the actor seldom crossed.  But as a young man, George Bell decided to press ahead with a polite revolution which would integrate them all on the basis of Christian experience.  In 1924 Bell became Dean of Canterbury; in 1929 he became Bishop of Chichester.  It was from these two cities that he set about his task, gathering a motley assortment of young talents and established voices around him to launch a succession of bold and often controversial, ventures.  This lecture seeks to bring this lost world vividly to life for all those who find themselves interested in religion, the Arts and in public life at large.

£5 donation ticket which can be purchased at the door on the evening of the event.  All proceeds to George Bell House, Canon Lane, Chichester.

Please stay for the official opening of the textile exhibition The Colours of Pentecost which will follow on from this event.


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