Lisa Dafydd soprano
George Butler bass
Will Lithgow piano
Programme to include Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Ivor Novello
Lisa and George are both in their second year of vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Lisa is from North Wales; she was a frequent competitor in the National Eisteddfod and a member of a traditional Welsh folk song choir. She now sings with six-strong soprano ensemble, Castor Voices.
Brought up in Winchester, George was a member of the Hampshire County Youth Choir and of the National Youth Choir. He has sung in the chorus of Dorset Opera and has just made his debut as a principal in the RNCM’s production of Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Progress.
Will is a pianist and cellist and Assistant Director of Music at Bedales School.
Supported by Ro Spedding, Tim and Jenny Guerrier and The Friends of Music in Winchester
Former Labour MP turned political pundit, Ed Balls reflects on his career with ITV news anchor, Alastair Stewart.
As a Labour MP, Ed held a series of prominent roles both in government and opposition. He was Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families until 2010. From 2011 to 2015, he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Losing his seat in 2015, he returned to his journalistic roots, writing a column for The Guardian, presenting documentaries and radio programmes for the BBC and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. He is married to Labour MP Yvette Cooper.
Inspired by the Sistine Chapel
Including Palestrina, Campkin, Morales, Josquin des Prés and Allegri’s Miserere
Over four decades of performance, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to ensure that sacred vocal music of the Renaissance has not fallen out of the repertoire of concerts across the world. This fine programme draws on the richness of music at the Sistine Chapel, which was not solely a treasure trove of visual art. Allegri’s ‘Miserere’ was jealously guarded by Vatican powers, but there was much more than that heard within those famous walls. Palestrina set many versions of the Mass, some of which provide the framework of this concert, where the Italian Renaissance will come to the Gothic nave of Winchester Cathedral.
Supported by the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Trust
A walk with Jane Austen and John Keats
Winchester Tourist Guides present a walk through Regency Winchester to mark the 200th anniversary of the visit of John Keats to the city in 1819, and of Jane Austen’s death here in 1817, with quotes from their works and letters read by 'Georgian' players along the way. Discover the contrasting wit and wisdom of two of the greatest writers of their day as they give their opinions on life, education, religion, love – and Winchester!
Walks last approximately 90 minutes.
‘.. it is the pleasantest Town I ever was in, and has the most recommendations of any,’
– John Keats, letter 1819.
‘I give you joy of having left Winchester (College). Now you may own how miserable you were there,’
– Jane Austen, letter 1811.