Tuesday 9 July

Tuesday 9 July

Lunchtime Recital

Tuesday 9 July, 1.00pm

St Lawrence’s Church

Tickets: £8 (£5 students)

George Rowley  piano

Beethoven Sonata in C Op.2 No.3
Chopin Ballades Nos. 1 and 3

British pianist George Rowley is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young musicians in the country. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and more recently the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, George is currently undertaking a year of postgraduate study at  the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest as a result of winning the Weingarten Scholarship in 2018. George returns to the Festival after a very successful recital in the lunchtime series in 2014.

Supported by The Friends of Music in Winchester


Sir Chris Bonington

in conversation with Jim McNeil

Tuesday 9 July, 6.00pm


Tickets: £15

Book cover
Chris Bonington
Jim McNeil


Sir Chris Bonington began climbing in 1951, at the age of 16. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest (which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty). He has written 17 books and received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering.

In this talk Sir Chris discusses his many daring climbs and near-death adventures with experienced Polar explorer and expedition leader, Jim McNeil.

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Castalian Quartet

Tuesday 9 July, 8.00pm

St Cross Church

Tickets: £22

Castalian Quartet (photo:  Kaupo Kikkas)
Haydn Quartet in D minor Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet in E minor Op.59 No.2 (Razumovksy No.2)

In a world full of fine ensembles, the Castalian Quartet has been noted as ‘the new force to be reckoned with’. This is reflected in demand from festivals worldwide, and in the numerous awards the ensemble has won. They bring their special talent to the delightful ambience of St Cross Church in a programme focused on the early decades of the string quartet genre. Haydn is considered as the creator of the form, influencing the next generation of composers, among them Fanny Mendelssohn, whose only quartet will be played, and Beethoven, who wrote the Razumovsky quartets for the Russian ambassador in Vienna.

Jane & John visit Winchester

Monday 8 – Thursday 11 July, 3.00pm

Meet outside Tourist Information Centre

Tickets £10


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.