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Making a welcome return to the Festival after her 2016 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis, local author Cecily O’Neill presents the world première of Meeting Miss Austen at the Discovery Centre, in association with 2TimeTheatre. In these plays, based on Austen’s juvenilia, we hear the voice of the teenage Jane – exuberant, saucy and often surreal, in tales of love, loss, vice and victuals.
Also being performed on 9 July.
Photo : Winchester actor Emily Pacey as Henrietta
The diverse musical styles of Italian and German Baroque choral music will be explored by the Ashton Singers, from the avant garde harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo, the Deutsches Magnificat by Heinrich Schütz and Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorio Jepthe to J.S. Bach’s majestic double choir motet Singet dem Herrn. Music by J.M. Bach, Schein and Monteverdi, sacred and secular, will provide further variety.
To enhance the evening’s entertainment, the Master’s Garden will be open to the audience before the concert and in the interval, when drinks will be served.