A truly festive celebration

chamber orchestra

Last Sunday evening, parishioners at St Joseph’s, Havant, enjoyed a real festive treat thanks a concert by the University of Chichester Chamber Orchestra held at their church in aid of CAFOD.

It was a fantastic evening, as reported by our local parish contact and volunteer Maureen Thompson:

“Wow! What a treat we enjoyed on Sunday evening when the young people from Chichester University Chamber Orchestra came and performed for us at St Joseph’s Parish in Havant. In its first season, the Orchestra performed at Goodwood House and in Switzerland, Austria and America to great critical acclaim – and last night we discovered why!

The Orchestra members are all music students from Chichester University. They arrived dressed in their glorious evening gowns and looked absolutely splendid! Their elegant appearance set the scene for the music, which was all appropriate for the season. The programme included Vivaldi’s “Winter” from the Four Seasons, Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto”, Handel’s “Messiah (Christmas session)” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for four violins”.

The solo performance of Elena Davidova, a Masters student from Moldova, was exceptional and really kept us on the edge of our seats. The great “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah was another of the many highlights of the evening.
It was a truly fantastic event – a huge thanks to all 28 performers, to their conductor Crispin Ward (who is also a parishioner at St Joseph’s), and to the two student conductors Adam Hoskins and Thomas Duchan”.

Thanks to Maureen for reporting back on the evening – we would like to add our own special thanks as well to all the orchestra members and to everyone who took part – all proceeds from the evening will go to CAFOD. Thanks so much everyone!

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