World Premiere performance
“An Honest Soldier never is forgot, Whether he die by Musket or by Pot.”
Summer 1918: Bill Wilson, an American soldier, is billeted in Winchester on his way to fight in the war in France. An encounter in Winchester Cathedral will eventually draw him to a new way of life - and on his return to America, he will become one of the founding members of a worldwide organisation: Alcoholics Anonymous.
Compiled by Philip Glassborow and presented by 2Time Theatre, this new play for voices includes music and poetry from the First World War, with extracts from the writings of Bill Wilson and other contemporary accounts.
Also performed on Monday 9 July.
Preacher : The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane
Chancellor and Canon Librarian, Chichester Cathedral
John Sheppard (1515-1558) Evening Canticles from The Second Service
John Sheppard Spiritus Sanctus
Sung by the Lay Clerks of Winchester Cathedral Choir.
A Life in Questions
Jeremy Paxman – journalist, author and television presenter – is a veteran broadcaster. In 1989 he became anchorman of the BBC’s nightly news analysis programme Newsnight, a post he held for 25 years. He has been chairman of University Challenge since 1994 and anchored Channel 4’s Election Night coverage in 2015 and 2017. Jeremy is also the author of numerous documentaries and ten books.
In this conversation with award-winning news presenter Alastair Stewart, Jeremy reveals his opinions and stories from four decades in front of the camera.
Supported by Mrs Anne Fairey and Colonel David Parker
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Laura Rickard violin
Andrew Moore conductor
Grieg Holberg Suite
Haydn Violin Concerto in C
Frank Bridge Four Pieces for string orchestra
Elgar Introduction and Allegro
The Festival is pleased to welcome back the Winchester Camerata, a group of string players who come together to play some of the extensive repertoire that exists for string orchestra, and to share their delight in music-making with audiences. Mixing the well-known with the less-familiar and featuring Winchester-born violinist Laura Rickard in the Haydn concerto, the programme includes two favourite string works, concluding with one of Elgar’s finest inspirations - the surging and lyrical Introduction and Allegro.