Music Makers Festival of Floral Delights

I can’t believe it is 2 years since the last Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers in 2012, yet here we are in 2014 and once again it is Festival Time.  The theme for this year is “The Music Makers” and is also the 10th biennial festival to take place.  To quote the festival Chairman Hilary Tupper “…it is a musical extravaganza, which has been so cleverly interpreted by the amazing ‘Orchestra’ of talented flower arrangers, to tell the stories associated with each of the 73 different pieces of music”. 

This year the Festival of Flowers Patron is the TV Celebrity Gardener Charlie Dimmock of Ground Force fame; while the Flora Designer/Director this year is Jose Morum-Pound who has chosen an interesting cross-section of musical pieces from the 12th to 21st century; the earliest piece being Sanctus Spiritus written by St Hildegarde of Bingen and the most modern piece is The Sweeper of Dreams by 8-year-old Alma Deutscher in 2012.    the composer Ludwig van Beethoven said “ Music is…a higher revelation than all wisdom and beauty” if this is true then this years Festival is a symphony of colour, perfume and beauty.

The rest of this blog post is mainly pictures of the amazing floral creations.  I have annotated where possible and hope that this brief glimpse of this stunning display may encourage you to go along to either the next Chichester Festival of Flowers in 2016, or maybe try one closer to where you live.

sister susie sewing shirts for soldiers

Sister Susie Sewing Shirts for Soldiers

polotsvian dances alexander borodin

Polotsvian Dances, Alexander Borodin

pictures at an exhibition  modest mussorgsky

Baba Yaga – Pictures at an exhibition by Alexander Mussgorsky

miss saigon

Miss Saigon

magnificent man in their flying machines ron goodwin

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, Ron Goodwin

madame butterfly giacomo puccini

Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini

leaf slipper

Leaf Slipper



easter oratorio j s bach

Easter Oratorio, J S Bach

clock symphony joseph hayden

Clock Symphony, Joseph Hayden

choo chin chow

Choo Chin Chow

brook green suite gustav holst

Brook Green Suite, Gustav Holst

beatles concerto john rutter

Beatles Concerto, John Rutter

ave maria and sanctus spiritus

Ava Maria and Sanctus Spiriti

an american in paris george gershwin

An American in Paris, George Gershwin

academic festival overture johannes brahms

Academic Festival Overture, Johannes Brahms


About paisleypedlar

Artist, Sewist, sometime Cyclist and Arm Chair Activist
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