John Keats is one of England’s favourite poets. In these performances, 2TimeTheatre presents a play for voices by Cecily O’Neill, celebrating Keats’ visit to Winchester in 1819. Based on Keats’ letters and poems, the script includes delightful descriptions of Winchester and of the writing of his most popular poem Ode to Autumn. It traces Keats’ obsessive love for his ‘Bright Star’ Fanny Brawne, his attempts to write a successful tragedy with his friend Charles Armitage Brown, and his increasing ill health. Performed by professional actors, and with original music, the play is introduced by Professor Christopher Mulvey.
2TimeTheatre’s previous productions for Winchester Festival include Venus and Adonis, Meeting Miss Austen and An Honest Soldier.
Image courtesy of City of London, Keats House, Hampstead
To Catch a King
In January 1649, Charles I was beheaded on the block in Whitehall and Britain became a republic.
Two years later, his son, the future Charles II, returned from France with an army seeking to regain the throne. The Royalists were overthrown by Cromwell’s forces at Worcester and Charles II was forced to flee with a vast sum on his head.
In this talk, bestselling author and historian Earl Spencer recounts the true story of one of the greatest escapes in British history.
Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra
Brian Lloyd-Wilson conductor
|Vaughan Williams||Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis|
|Bach||Brandenburg Concerto No.3|
|Vaughan Williams||Concerto Grosso for strings|
The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra presents a string event concentrating on the Concerto Grosso form. The performers will include young string players from all over Hampshire.
The concert will last approximately 45 minutes. Please note that the audience will stand for the performance, although there will be a small number of chairs available for those not able to stand.
Royal Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Cooke conductor
Elin Pritchard soprano, Božidar Smiljanić bass
|Parry||I Was Glad|
|Vaughan Williams||A Sea Symphony|
The Festival is delighted to welcome one of London’s great choirs for a stirring programme featuring three giants of English music from the turn of the 20th Century. Choir and orchestra join forces for two works guaranteed to fill the Cathedral with thrilling sounds. A rare outing for the full-scale version of Parry’s coronation anthem is paired with Vaughan Williams’ choral symphony, while alongside sits Elgar’s ever-popular portrayal of some of his close friends.