Thursday 12 July

Thursday 12 July

Lunchtime Recital

Thursday 12 July, 1.00pm

St Lawrence’s Church

Tickets: £8 (£5 students)

Jessica McNulty  Megan O’Hanlon  flute
Jack Stebbing  clarinet
Emma Crooks  Jack Stebbing  bassoon
Roger Owens  piano

Weber  Trio in G minor Op.63
Dvořák  Piano Quartet in D Op.23

For the sixth year, students on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course bring chamber repertoire to the Festival in a concert that showcases the exceptional talents of the young wind players from Peter Symonds College, each of whom is a member of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Dvořák’s first piano quartet is charming, influenced by his native Bohemian folk music, while Weber’s Trio is one of the composer’s few chamber works, written while he was completing his opera Der Freischütz.

Supported by The Friends of Music in Winchester

Simon Jenkins

Thursday 12 July, 6.00pm

Theatre Royal

Tickets: £15*

England's Cathedrals

Simon Jenkins, one of Britain’s most prominent journalists and former Chairman of the National Trust, takes us on an enthralling tour of the nation and its history, through some of our most astonishing buildings. For a millennium, England’s cathedrals have been objects of pilgrimage for those seeking faith, consolation and beauty.

Simon Jenkins writes a column for the Guardian, has edited both the Evening Standard and The Times, and has written many books on  politics, history and architecture.

* Theatre Royal Box Office 01962 840 440

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Thursday 12 July, 8.00pm

Cathedral Nave

Tickets: £28, £23, £17, £12

A Hymn of Heavenly Beauty

Including pieces by Tallis, Allegri, Rachmaninov,
Holst, John Tavener and Eric Whitacre

World-renowned chamber choir Tenebrae brings to the Cathedral a programme celebrating the great choral tradition from Tudor times through to the present day. Including Allegri’s haunting Miserere as well as Whitacre’s resplendent i thank you god, the works showcase the rich dark sound of the Russian Orthodox, the prayerful intimacy of contemporary English masters and the soaring contrapuntal lines of the European Renaissance. With the choir’s hallmark ‘passion and precision’, this selection of favourite pieces in a great building is an unmissable treat.

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Between the Covers

Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 July, 3pm

Tourist Information Centre

Tickets: £10

Winchester in Literature

Come for a walk with the Winchester Tourist Guides and hear what famous (and less famous) writers have had to say about the city from Saxon times to the present day, with readings from books, poems and even a song or two.

‘The city of Wintoncester, that fine old city, aforetime capital of Wessex, lay amidst its convex and concave downlands in all the brightness and warmth of a July morning.’

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

‘Blood flowed out of the butchers’ shops into the street, and fat rats dodged between the feet of  the people who came to buy.’

Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

The walk starts outside the Tourist Information Centre. Tickets should be booked in advance through the Cathedral Box Office. The walk lasts for approx. 90 minutes.