In 2016 the Winchester Festival begins in fine style with Brahms’ German Requiem in the fittingly grand surroundings of Winchester Cathedral.

This opening concert heralds nine days of music, talks and drama throughout the city, including Fauré’s exquisite Requiem, Michael Morpurgo on the inspiration behind his stories, a staged reading of Venus and Adonis in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, history from world-renowned Antony Beevor and Professor Alice Roberts, a cappella singing from award-winning choir Sansara, national treasure Sandi Toksvig in conversation with John Lloyd, Red Priest’s breathtaking interpretation of baroque repertoire, Robert Hardy on stage as Sir Winston Churchill and a gloriously colourful closing performance of Britten’s community opera Noye’s Fludde.


We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 Winchester Festival in July.

Carol Butler Festival Director

Ginny Sherriff Literature Consultant

Winchester Festival programme cover