Lunchtime Recitals Programme 2018

February 9, 2018

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Our 2018 lunchtime recital programme launched with the successful Surround Sound IV in January. Surround Sound saw Index Cantorum return to give a truly immersive musical performance with attendees experiencing works by Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd (reimagined) Roderick Williams and Charles Villiers Stanford in the wonderfully resonant acoustic of the retroquire.

Lunchtime recitals will be running from May till October and this years programme is packed full of interesting and diverse musical talents for all tastes. See below for our full list of dates and performers.


Tuesday 1
In the first of three exciting recitals featuring performers under the age of 19, we welcome students from Peter Symonds’ specialist music course to share their talents.


Tuesday 5
We are delighted to welcome Russian cellist Mikhail Lezdkins to his first appearance in Winchester Cathedral.

Tuesday 12
Pianist Paul Turner makes a stunning return to the series with his piano, flute and cello trio, Enigma 14.

Tuesday 19
Music scholars from Winchester College make a long-awaited return in the second of our three recitals given by young music students.

Tuesday 26
Enjoy string, woodwind and brass ensembles from Wells Cathedral Specialist Music Department to conclude our under-19s recital mini-series.


Tuesday 3
The first organ recital of our lunchtime series comes from James Tett, who was awarded this recital as a well-deserved prize from last year’s ‘Oundle for Organists’.

Tuesday 10
Details to be confirmed

Tuesday 17
Irene Castle returns on recorder with her husband George on piano. George is well-known to many as Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral.

Tuesday 24
Having performed with many eminent conductors over the last year including Malcolm Archer, David Hill, David Hurley and Barry Rose, Winchester Consort make a spectacular return to the series.

Tuesday 31
Details to be confirmed


Tuesday 7
After his sold out performance last September with the Cathedral Chamber choir, guitarist Michael Durrant returns with friends and an exciting new programme.

Tuesday 14
We are delighted to welcome pianist Harry Rylance to his first solo recital at Winchester Cathedral.

Tuesday 21
Details to be confirmed

Tuesday 28
Our second organ recital of the series comes from organist Ben Sheen, Assistant Director of Music, at St Thomas’s Church in New York.


Tuesday 4
A number of performers from past recitals will return for the Cathedral’s annual flower festival. More details will be announced later this year.

Tuesday 11
We are excited to welcome Index Cantorum choir back to Winchester Cathedral. They will be directed by Mark Williams in a programme entitled ‘Just William’.

Tuesday 18
Violinist Yumi Fujisi gives a recital entitled ‘The Dances and the Landscapes.’ Her broad programme includes pieces such as ‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughn Williams.

Tuesday 25
We are delighted to welcome back Andrew Lumsden, George Castle and Claudia Grinnell, returning to the series to give their annual Organ Fun recital.


Tuesday 2
Soprano Nadine Benjamin returns to the series by popular demand. Those who heard her recital last year will recall the stunning impact of her voice.

Tuesday 9
Pianist Roger Owens makes his annual appearance in this series. Roger’s recitals have become one of the most popular throughout the whole series.

Tuesday 16
There will be no recital this week, as the University of Winchester celebrates at their graduation ceremonies.

 Tuesday 22
We are excited to welcome back violinist Joo Yeon Sir, who has given many memorable recitals in the past and will give the final recital of the year.


Lunchtime Recitals are free to attend and a collection will be taken for those who want to give to support the cathedral music programme.