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This permanent exhibition was installed in 2010 to mark the bicentenary decade of Jane Austen’s heyday. The exhibition is situated beside her grave and tells the story of Jane’s life in Hampshire.
Jane Austen, who died in Winchester on 18 July 1817, is buried in the Cathedral's north nave aisle. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of her death. A series of events, tours, talks and exhibitions will be held throughout the year.
During Lent Canon Roly will lead an informal discussion group over breakfast using the gospel reading for the following Eucharist. This will be a chance for participants to explore issues of faith provoked by Jesus’ journey to the cross and also, for those who choose to come over to the Cathedral, to prepare for the sermon and worship to follow.
Looking at the Christian narrative and drawing on materials produced by the Church of England, “Understanding Christianity”, Bishop Tim will be looking at the Biblical story and its implications for us as Christians in our daily lives.
Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817, in rented rooms in College Street. She was buried in the north aisle of the Cathedral. This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life and connections with the Cathedral.
Nigel Gardner - chamber organ
Andrew Kerr - violone
Julian Macey - conductor
Players grade 5 and above are invited to attend this day and enjoy playing a collection of saxophone ensemble music, directed by Nigel Wood.
The music will include Nigel's own compositions and arrangements for saxophone choir from the Saxtet Publications catalogue and National Saxophone Choir repertoire.
The focus will be on improving ensemble skills and preparation for performance.
A Little Light on the Dark Ages – A brief history of the Anglo-Saxons by Mary Ford.
Mary Ford, in her seventh year as a Cathedral Guide, gives an introduction to the Anglo-Saxons, and their special relevance to Winchester.
Following on from Bishop Tim’s sessions on ‘Understanding Christianity’, The Revd. Sally Dakin will present the Diocesan Rule of Life as a way of living the life of God’s Kingdom. Part of the evening will be spent in silence, as we each reflect on our response. This is a free event.
Learn the art of Calligraphy under the expert tuition of the Cathedral Scribes.
The day will focus on studying The Uncial Hand. Equipment will be provided, but if students prefer they can bring their own.
Everyone is welcome.
A wonderful opportunity to hear Winchester Cathedral's Chamber Choir perform for Holy Week.
A special bank holiday recital featuring Organist Laureate, Colin Walsh, from Lincoln Cathedral.
The season of twenty two recitals starts with a very welcome return of the outstanding young pianist Cheyan Wong.
His programme will include music by Busoni, Mozart and Liszt.
Join former Winchester Cathedral Choristers spanning 70 years; a mixed chorus, soloists and ensembles performing favourite Cathedral choral and instrumental music.
A unique gathering of mechanical organs in the Cathedral Close. Organs dating from 1878 to 2013, built across Europe. Plus display and demonstration of other mechanical instruments, including antique musical boxes. An opportunity to see, hear and play—come and be entertained!
A wonderful opportunity to listen to Geoffrey Morgan, Organist, Christchurch Priory perform at Winchester Cathedral.
The recital in May features the annual concert given by members of the music department from Peter Symonds.
Our series of lunchtime recitals continues until October, the next will be on Tuesday 6 June and then weekly.
Join our volunteer guides for this insightful tour and learn about the fascinating and beautiful architecture of Winchester Cathedral and how it was built.
A talk given by Jonathan Aitken in aid of the Footprints Project. The Footprints Project reduces the risk of re-offending by mentoring men and women leaving custody.
Join our volunteer guides for this special tour Hooray and Henry's. A fascinating account of some of the distinguished men called Henry who have played significant roles in the Cathedral.
STOP THE TRAFFIK and United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) have teamed up and created the GIFT box. This unique project was first launched during the London 2012 Olympics.
Winchester and County Music Festival – Mendelssohn St Paul, conducted by David Burgess.
The first of the series of recitals given by the resident team is with Andrew Lumsden (Director of Music).
Ruhleben – a civilian Internment Camp in Germany in the First World War – became a ‘little bit of England’, as the internees created social, sporting and education activities from home. The talk will bring to life those times, based on contemporary accounts, research and personal artefacts.
To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most turbulent events in history, the Royal Choral Society will perform two outstanding works by Russian composers – Prokoviev’s Alexander Nevsky and Rachmaninov’s The Bells – in the stunning surroundings of Winchester Cathedral. The choir will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which will open the concert with Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia
The second of the series of recitals given by the resident team is with George Castle (Assistant Director of Music).
We called it hell - they called it Passendale..." In 1917 , when the war intensified,we remember the horrors, the conflicts and the victories as we visit all parts of the Cathedral - from the Crypt to the Bell ringing Chamber in the roof.
A unique opprtunity to hear Gabriele Giacomelli, Opera del Duomo, in Florence perform at Winchester Cathedral.
Visit the team at the Cloisters Shop to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. Cloisters was opened by a group of volunteers back in 2007 as a temporary venture to raise much needed funds for the cathedral, and ten years on its still going strong.
From Friday 2 - Sunday 4 June the Christians from around the region will create a Pentecost festival in Winchester Cathedral’s Outer Close, with the simple aim of ‘Sharing God’s Life’ through a number of tents and fun activities for all ages on the green. The festival will culminate in a Beacon prayer concert in the evening of the Sunday 4 June at 6.30 pm, as part of Thy Kingdom Come, the ecumenical global prayer movement launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and supported by other denominational leaders.
Join us in the Cathedral as we welcome back the violinist David Juritz, who gave such a memorable performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons last year.
The last of the series of recitals given by the resident team is with Richard Moore (Assistant Organist).
'Inspired by the Word' is a multi-venue visual arts exhibition by contemporary artists celebrating the literature of Hampshire writers - Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. The theme chosen for Winchester Cathedral’s exhibition is Jane Austen and artists have been inspired by both the author and the Cathedral setting.
The exhibition will showcase sculpture, letter carving and works in other media. Visitors will come across the works as they explore the building prompting moments of reflection about the author.
We give a welcomed return visit from the globe-trotting classical guitarist Michael Durrant for this special lunchtime recital.
Today's lunchtime performance features the second of three violin recitals in the season and will be given by Joo Yeon Sir.
John Vigar’s specialist subject is the study of church architecture. This lecture will show a selection of images of murder and mayhem from across the country and explain both the stories behind them and their relevance to periods of history.
To end the month we will be visited by students from the specialist music school at Wells Cathedral. Those of you who came to the string orchestra recital last year know we will be in for a real treat from these very talented young musicians.
‘Jane Austen’s Novels – Regulated and Checked by Religion’ is a quotation from Sense & Sensibility (Vol iii Ch. 10) when Marianne declares that any remembrance of Willoughby shall be regulated and checked by religion. The talk, by Revd Michael Kenning, retired Rector of Steventon, will aim to show how important a role the Christian faith played in Jane’s life and how Christian principles and teachings were foundational for her work as a novelist.
It's back! Illyria's production of Jane Austen's glorious social comedy, Pride & Prejudice, attracted sell-out audiences for 4 consecutive years. It toured throughout the UK and Europe, attracted nationwide critical acclaim and at its run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe the queue for returns stretched around the block.
In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people - and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness?
Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts.
The festival takes place every year during the first weekend of July across the historic city of Winchester.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy at each year’s festival, and best of all, it’s absolutely FREE.
Today's recital will feature the organ - Laurence Caldecote giving a programme of music featured at weddings.
Our series of lunchtime recitals continues until October.
These concerts are free but a retiring collection is taken to defray costs. All welcome.
The Cathedral has glass spanning a period of nearly 700 years. The earliest dates from 1330, and the most modern dates to the current century.
On the anniversary of her death, Tuesday 18 July, a special service of Evensong will be held at 5.30pm. Led by the Dean and Chapter with contributions from invited guests and sung by the Cathedral Choir. All are welcome to attend this service although you will need to obtain ticket(s) in advance through the Cathedral Box Office.
At this very special lunchtime recital, on the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, the performance will include music heard during Jane Austen's life.
In 2017 the festival will be held at Winchester Cathedral.
This festival offers sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard by the three Cathedral Choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester. The choirs will be performing separately and together and will be complemented by visiting performers. The music is presented in concerts and within worship. The Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music and to take part in worship within the setting of three magnificent cathedrals.
Today's free lunchtime recital is sung by the choir, Winchester Consort.
Our series of lunchtime recitals continues until October.
Walk the Inner Close in the footsteps of Benedictine monks and explore over 1,000 years of history. From monastic times, through the turbulence of the Civil War, up to the present day.
This bank holiday recital features organist Christopher Herrick.
Giuseppe Verdi - Grand March from Aïda, arranged by Edwin Lemare and Christopher Herrick
Andante in G major with 5 Variations [K501] - W.A. Mozart, arranged by David Nield
Matin Provençal - Joseph Bonnet
Sonata on the 94th Psalm - Julius Reubke
Rapsodia alla Latina - Hans André Stamm
Festmusikk - Mons Leidvin Takle
Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is spectacularly situated in the centre of the Cathedral's historic Inner Close and until 22 December it is surrounded by the Christmas Market. The clear roof guarantees a rain-free skate whatever the weather and fun skate aids make it an ideal rink for adults and children alike.
Founded in 2006, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe due to its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.