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
Preacher : The Rev’d Canon Jonathan Thomas Boardman
Vicar of St Paul’s Church, Clapham
|E W Naylor||Canticles in A|
|Parry||Lord, let me know mine end|
Sung by the Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks of Winchester Cathedral Choir.
Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War
Max Hastings ambitiously re-tells the story of the Vietnamese war with the benefit of vivid personal memories: firstly reporting in 1967–68 from the United States, then through successive assignments in Indochina for newspapers and BBC TV. In his book, he explores a huge range of sources to describe, from both sides, the epic conflict in which between two and three million people (58,000 of them Americans) perished between 1945 and 1975.
Max Hastings is the author of twenty-six books, most of which are about conflict. Between 1986 and 2002 he was also Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph and then Editor of the Evening Standard.
Supported by Mrs Anne Fairey and Colonel David Parker
Christopher McKay horn
Richard Dickins conductor
|Brahms||St. Anthony Variations Op.56a|
|Weber||Horn Concertino in E minor Op.45|
|Beethoven||Symphony No.7 in A Op.92|
The Wessex Sinfonietta is one of Hampshire’s leading chamber orchestras. This evening’s concert includes Weber’s Horn Concertino, a virtuosic piece which includes four-part chords and explores the extremes of the instrument’s range. Christopher McKay is a former Hampshire Young Musician winner, now forging a successful professional career. The concert will open with the rich colours of Brahms’ St. Anthony Variations, a work performed too infrequently, and close with Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, one of his most exhilarating works, described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.