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New ‘Online’ Tutors !

In addition to our premises based tuition, we are starting to offer Online Music Lessons from outstanding Musicians we know well, but who are now based further afield. Contact us if you would like to arrange an introductory lesson!

Olly Meredith is a Funk/Jazz bassist. Olly’s primary influences include Pino Palladino and Anthony Jackson, largely both for their creativity and versatility on the electric bass. He is currently in his final year studying Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and he gigs and records regularly in London and Brighton with up and coming artists in the funk, pop and jazz genres.

James is a producer, pianist and singer/songwriter with passion and experience in a wide spectrum of musical styles and genres. He developed his particular love for jazz and electronic music whilst at Bedales School in Hampshire, and combines these two fields in his own songwriting under his solo project ‘James George’. James is currently studying Electronic Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

“Amazing” Rock Show

I’ve been to quite a rock shows over the years, including some highly-professional big budget shows, and I can honestly say that what I saw at the Minerva Theatre over this weekend was nothing short of outstanding, and I’m putting aside any biased I may have in saying this! Having 108 children and young people (with varying levels of experience and confidence) appear on stage in bands, with 1 or 2 song sets (barely enough for a pro-band to warm up), and giving them less than a minute to get on and off, whilst also considering that very few band members are at the same school, or even in the same year, and only meet for 45 mins a week in term time to rehearse, is enough to make most sane people think twice about hiring such a prestigious theatre in which to do this!!

The standard of performance from these talented young musicians was about a good as it gets, and it’s great to see so many new faces amongst the more familiar ones who’ve appeared in our previous shows.. also to see those with low to zero confidence walking out on stage in-front of a packed house and giving it their all alongside their band mates. Truly amazing! Super Proud!! Very well done to each and every performer!

This show would not have been possible without the generous support from Covers, Seaward properties, Rathbones, Bruised Apple, Home Instead, Chichester College, Chichester Orthodontics and Chichester Music Academy. Equally there would be no show without our amazing tutors (George, Tom, Murray, Jack, Dan, Immy, Henry, Jordan H, Jordan P, and technical team David (Sound), Ben (Lighting), Matisse & Finn (Playlist audio), Enya (runner) all of whom worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that everything ran so smoothly from start to finish! So on behalf of the Trustees I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the above, and to Stuart, Steve & Lucinda (Comperes), Adorjan (Photography), Dani, Venetia, Sarah, Mac, Emma (Volunteers), Dylan, James, Luca, Riley, Jack, Thomas, James (college work-experience), the Chaperones & CFT, and to ALL the performers and to everyone who came along to support them.

Here’s to 2021 and our 5th anniversary ROCK SHOW!!

Nick Davidson – Founder / Trustee OVATION MUSIC

New Drum Room at CMA!

New Production room at CMA

Supporting the Ovation Rock Show 2020!!

Talented young musicians return to the Minerva Theatre for the Ovation Rock Show, two evenings and one afternoon of live music featuring children and young people (ages 8 – 18) from local schools, Chichester CollegeChichester Music Academy and Ovation Music.

Ovation Music is a Chichester-based charity providing music sessions and live performance opportunities to children and young people, encouraging creativity, teamwork and a positive outlook. 

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