Carol and Ginny

Winchester Festival, 7-15 July 2017

Celebrating its 20th year, the 2017 Winchester Festival brings nine days of music, talks, drama and visual arts to the city in a programme that includes homages to Rachmaninoff, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare and, in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen.


Along the way we will delve into the mysteries of China, the daring of the SAS and the secrets of MI5 and hear exquisite music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Schumann, alongside beautiful 20th Century repertoire. Once again, we are showcasing world-renowned musicians, including Tasmin Little and Voces8, as well as a host of prestigious names in our series of talks, from BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson to bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope.

We could not bring such a programme to Winchester without the help and support of a myriad of companies and individuals. This year, in particular we extend much gratitude to our Principal Sponsor, Godwins, for their unstinting support, to our generous Festival and Event Sponsors – both those who have been our partners for many years and those who are supporting us for the first time – and especially to the Friends of Music in Winchester, Rathbone Investment Management and the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust.

We are also enormously grateful to our individual Patrons who are at the heart of what we do. Without all of these individuals and companies, we would not be celebrating our 20th Festival. Lastly we would like to thank the Trustees of the Festival for their advice, help and encouragement throughout the year.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Winchester Festival in July and hope that you will find much to interest and entertain you in the performances in Winchester’s many wonderful venues.

Carol Butler Festival Director

Ginny Sherriff Literature Consultant