A Bernstein in Chichester festival event, joining Chichester to the worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary

In late 1963, Dean Walter Hussey commissioned Leonard Bernstein to compose a new work for the Southern Cathedrals Festival being held in Chichester in 1965. Chichester Psalms has since taken its place in the concert repertory as one of the most frequently performed twentieth-century American choral works – jazzy and contemporary, yet accessible.

Walter Hussey's biographer, Dr Peter Webster, explores Hussey's significance as a patron of the arts in Britain, and noted authority Dr Paul Laird draws on Bernstein's sketches, notes, drafts and scores, to examine the musical sources of his choral masterpiece.

The afternoon's discussion will include excerpts from Christopher Swann's 1985 television documentary on Walter Hussey, Patron of Art, with contributions from John Piper, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Moore and Sir Peter Pears.

Supported by the University of Chichester.

£10 (Students £9, Friends £8.50)

Book in person or by calling 01243 774557. Contact info@bernsteinchichester.com.