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Top 10 things to do this week | July 12 – 18

1 Events. Petworth Festival. Now celebrating its 41st year, the festival has attracted Rick Wakeman, Julian Clary, the great Sir John Tomlinson and his peers from the classical music world, Imogen Cooper and Viktoria Mullova. Don’t miss the many smaller gems lurking in the festival programme.Organisers say: “Come and Sing… the Music of Disney, celebrate the first moon landings on the 50th anniversary of that era-defining event and watch the young stars of tomorrow who populate an expanded series of coffee and lunchtimes concerts.” The festival runs from July 16 to August 3. Visit the website at:


2 Music. Oculi Ensemble.Violinist Emma Parker and friends from the internationally award-winning Badke Quartet have formed Oculi Ensemble. They will beperforming in a Festival of Chichester event, organised by Amici Concerts at St Pancras Church, Eastgate Square, Chichester PO19 7LJ, on Friday, July 12, 7.30pm. The chamber musicians’ programme comprises works by Brahms, Mozart and Webern. Tickets are £17 from the box office at The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, call 01243 816525/775888.


3 Theatre. The Merchant of Venice Stansted Park, near Rowlands Castle (PO9 6DX), is the setting for a production of The Merchant of Venice by the Royal Navy Theatre Association. Shakespeare’s classic tale, with its fascinating characters and twists and turns of romance, law, money and the meaning of words, will be on the outdoor stage in the park’s Walled Garden at 7.30pm on both Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, at 7.30pm..


4 Music. Celebrate Five Years of Bersted Arts. Come and join in the birthday celebrations as Bersted Arts turns five, featuring show-stopping performances from The Bersted Community Choir, The Bersted Boys and a number of invited special guests. This fabulous evening of pure entertainment at Bognor Regis Alexandra Theatre, in Belmont Street, is guaranteed to put you in the party mood. Full price tickets are just £10 and concessions are £8 for the concert on Saturday, July 20, at 7pm.


5 Talk. Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop. In this Festival of Chichester event, organised by Amici Concerts, author Garth Cartwright promises an entertaining talk illustrated with music from old records, starting at 3pm. He will discuss how the humble record shop grew from selling wax cylinders into the huge HMV chain, sparked Richard Branson’s Virgin empire and, after the collapse of record shops, has a happy ending with the vinyl revival. Tickets for the talk at St Pancras Church in Eastgate Square, Chichester, are available at the festival box office at The Novium Museum in Tower Street, Chichester. They cost £10 for adults and £5 for under-25s.


6 Music. Abba’s Angels On Friday, July 12, as the Festival of Chichester nears its end, the city’s Assembly Room in North Street welcomes back Abba’s Angels to take us back to the seventies and the pulsating hits Abba had all around the world. Their authentic costumes and choreographed dance routines will transport you to the Abba era so you can release your inner Dancing Queen and beg Mamma Mia to join in the fun. This is a great opportunity to reminisce and tap your toes to great songs such as Supertrouper , Money Money Money and that Eurovision classic, Waterloo, as well as the more soulful tunes. Book now to avoid disappointment – tickets available online from or in person or by phone from The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, call 01243 816525.


7 Comedy. Laughing McGeorge. Four more comedians will be treating Felpham audiences to previews of the sets they will be taking to the Edinburgh Festival next month when they appear at The George Inn. Sonia Aste – Made in Spain and Joe Jacobs with Cracker are the acts appearing on Friday, July 12, at 8pm and 9.30pm. The following Friday, July 19, has Steve McClean with his Action Figure Archive act on first then award-winning Hampshire-based James Alderson will Bring Back the 80s. Entry on each night, to include both performers, is £10. The pub is at 102 Felpham Road, PO22 7PL..


8 Theatre. Two Sparkling Comedies for a Summer Evening. Chichester Community Theatre’s contribution to the Festival of Chichester comprises The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, by Bernard Shaw, and The Odds of Being Earnest, by Greg Mosse, both directed by Roger Redfarn. The productions are taking place at the Riverside Studios, Chichester College, Avenue de Chartres, Chichester PO19 1SB until Saturday, July 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and are bookable by calling 01243 816525 or from


9 Event. Summer Food & Fun Day. Jubilee Gardens, beside the River Arun, are the setting for this community event organised by Arundel Museum supporters. Food for all tastes will include curry, quiche, jacket potatoes and, of course, a barbecue, plus cakes, cream teas and Pimm’s. There will be fun and games for all the family, plus cook books, a tombola, and more. Music will be from Arundel’s charity rock band, The Alternatives, between noon-1pm and 3pm-4pm, and a ukulele band. The event is on Saturday, July 13,.


10Music. Rolling Tones. Travel back to the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s and revel in this authentic tribute to legendary rockers The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Tones play the hits which shook the establishment and made this band so unique. Remember it is only rock ‘n’ roll and you will like it – satisfaction guaranteed as Jumping Jack Flash, You Can’t Always Get What you Want and the fans’ favourite, Midnight Rambler, ring in your ears. The band have a great sound system, which complements the fine acoustics at the historic venue of the Assembly Room, North Street, Chichester. The show is on Saturday, July 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £20 are available online at or in person or by phone from The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, call 01243 816525.

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