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
Polotsvian Dances, Alexander Borodin
Baba Yaga – Pictures at an exhibition by Alexander Mussgorsky
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, Ron Goodwin
Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini
Easter Oratorio, J S Bach
Clock Symphony, Joseph Hayden
Choo Chin Chow
Brook Green Suite, Gustav Holst
Beatles Concerto, John Rutter
Ava Maria and Sanctus Spiriti
An American in Paris, George Gershwin
Academic Festival Overture, Johannes Brahms