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 8 July.
Photo : Winchester actor Emily Pacey as Henrietta
Gombert Lugebat David Absalon
Choral Evensong sung by the Lay Clerks of Winchester Cathedral Choir.
Canon Mark is a priest-poet and theologian who draws on poetry as a way of exploring Christian spirituality, the mystery of human life and the wonder of God’s creation. He is Chaplain to HM The Queen and Director of Ministry for the Church of England Birmingham.
Canon Andrew White has spent two decades as a peace-maker, negotiating with tyrants and psychopaths. Something of a legend, he is a man of great charm and energy whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his internationally recognised relief and reconciliation work in Iraq and the Middle East. He has been involved in many hostage negotiations, playing a key role in ending the siege at the Church of Nativity in Jerusalem, and has been kidnapped himself. Crossing paths with numerous world leaders from George W Bush and Tony Blair to Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II, he also once invited Isil to dinner. Until recently he pastored one of the largest churches in Baghdad, where he is now the Emeritus Vicar.
Bach Cello Concerto in A major
Gounod Symphony No. 1 in D major
Wessex Sinfonietta is a dynamic chamber orchestra which performs an eclectic mix of well-known and less familiar pieces with highly respected conductors, including Frank Zielhorst, Dennis Simons and Richard Dickins. For this concert they are joined by soloist Gavin Kibble, who played in the Festival’s lunchtime series in 2010 and was formerly a member of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Gavin now regularly plays with ensembles including Oxford Baroque, La Serenissima and The English Concert.