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St Bartholomew's Church, Winchester
This programme of songs for voice and guitar takes the listener on an emotional journey spanning four hundred years of music.
Emily Gray (mezzo soprano)
Gerard Cousins (guitar)
Hampshire County Youth Orchestra - Conducted by Carl Clausen Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra -Conducted by John Fuller. Come and join Hampshire Council Council Chairman, Cllr Elaine Still for a spring concert celebrating the best and most talented of Hampshire's young musicians.
Alexandru Tomescu - Violin
Conductor - Christopher Petrie
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
This unique concert features history in the marking; the World Premiere of the 'Hampshire Symphony' by Calin Huma. The programme also includes Saint-Saens' impressionistic Violin Concerto No. 3 and 'Balada', a musical gem of sheer Romantic indulgence by little-known Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu.
Learn about the architecture of this great cathedral and how it was built. Winchester Cathedral contains fine examples of all the main styles of ecclesiastical architecture which will all be seen and explained in some detail.
Join us for our second Bank Holiday Organ Recital of the year, performed by David Newsholme, Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral.
Following his recent visits to Rwanda and Burundi Canon Mark Collinson is sharing what we can learn from our relationships with other parts of the Anglican Communion. “We’re not here to help” questions traditional missionary models by seeing how such visits affect our lives here.
The Winchester and Country Music Festival is made up of 7 locally based choirs: Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Itchen Valley Choral Society, Sarisbury Choral Society, Botley Choral Society, Overton Choral Society, Twyford Singers and Winchester City Festival Choir.
The Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today.
Join us for our second May Bank Holiday Organ Recital featuring Phillip Scriven, the organist at Cranleigh School.
Pick up a trail from the Entrance Desk and discover all the weird and wonderful animals that can be found around the Cathedral, followed by clay animal craft activity.
Free on entry to the Cathedral. Admission is free for under 16s. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The famous tile pavements of Winchester Cathedral enable us to track the stories behind the Cathedrals history and the tales of the people who influenced its development.
Back for 2019, this popular charity walk raises vital funds for Naomi House & Jacksplace.
One of the finest choral educators of our time, Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, and ensembles from across the US, the UK and Germany will gather in historic Winchester, England to perform LUX: The Dawn From On High, Dr. Dan Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra. As Guest Composer, Dr. Forrest will take part in the 5-day festival experience providing personal insights into his compositions and supporting Artistic Director Dr. Pearl Shangkuan in their interpretation, as well as performing at the gala concert with the choirs. Collaborating with an English Choir-in-Residence, this concert will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and will make for a memorable evening.
For nearly 1400 years, those associated with the Cathedrals in Winchester have played an important part in the care of the sick and management of disease. This tour recounts the history of medicine in relation to the structure of the present Cathedral and the people commemorated within it.
A true spectacle with between 80 and 100 iconic classic cars, travelling to five towns of interest in the Hampshire and Wiltshire area. There will also be Static displays at Winchester and Salisbury Cathedral.
Join Matthew Barley and his ensemble, a carefully assembled collection of some of the most talented London string players, for an evening to explore The Protecting Veil by the late Sir John Tavener.
Southampton Philharmonic Choir with Southampton University Philharmonic Choir performs Verdi's Requiem, a work unashamedly theatrical in style, in which moments of great tenderness and simplicity are juxtaposed with passages of the most powerful and thrilling intensity. Performing with them under the baton of David Gibson are the New London Sinfonia.
Keith Betton, Chairman and County Recorder of the Hampshire Ornithological Society, is a birdwatcher, writer and broadcaster. He has studied Peregrines for almost ten years and leads a team of enthusiasts who have helped them to return to Winchester and the rest of Hampshire. In a beautifully illustrated talk, he will explain how the world's fastest bird lives and thrives alongside us, and how for many years their very existence in the UK was on a knife-edge. Afterwards, he and a team of volunteers will look for where the Peregrines are perched and will use high-powered optical equipment to show them to attendees.
Throughout July, August and September we have a number of free* specialist subject tours lead by our expert guides. These tours are perfect for those who want to dig deeper into the Cathedral’s thousand- year history.
For this tour, our expert guides take you through the life and times of Jane Austen and to see her final resting place in the North Nave Aisle of the Cathedral.
This tour explores the exceptional riches of the Cathedral's woodwork, ancient and modern. It considers the indispensable role of wood in the construction and preservation of the building and we discover wood furnishings and decoration as far back as the 12th century. The highlight of the tour is a look in some detail at one of the Cathedral's greatest treasures, the 14th century choirstalls, described as "the most beautiful in Northern Europe".
An informal opportunity for members of the community roll to meet and talk with Chapter members.
Open Chapter dates 2019
Monday 8 July
Wednesday 23 October
Wednesday 4 December
The Cathedral was cold, dismal and colourless when Queen Victoria came to the throne. This tour traces its transformation and introduces colourful Victorian personalities associated with the Cathedral including Soapy Sam; the Bishop of Borneo; the anti muckabite Dean Garnier and the inspiration for one of Trollope’s characters.
The religious upheavals of the Reformation, the cultural revolution of the Renaissance and the powerful personalities of the Tudor monarchs have all left their mark on Winchester Cathedral. Come and see this fascinating period of history brought to life.
Join us for our final Bank Holiday Organ Recital of 2019, featuring Steven Grahl, Organist at Christ Church, Oxford.
Face the music includes background musical history and examines aspects of music with in the Cathedral. There are three types of visual clues: firstly, images in stone, wood, glass and embroidery reflecting 'heavenly harmony'; secondly memorials and graffiti referring to specific musical personalities; and thirdly, places and objects with musical functions such as organ or the Treasure.
The Sixteen return to Winchester Cathedral as part of their 2019 Choral Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen's Choral journey over the last 40 years. Their close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on their very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in the Sixteen's 40th anniversary year.
Co-operation and conflict between Britain and Europe as reflected in Winchester Cathedral During this tour we will review how England and Britain’s fluctuating relationships with Europe during the last 1000 years has brought benefits to art and architecture in Winchester Cathedral and is reflected in the lives of Saints, Bishops, Royalty and citizens connected with the Cathedral.
An insight into the Cathedrals many royal connections from the Norman conquest to the present day.
Voices for Hospices Choir are passionate about enabling singers to join together and raise their voices to help those with end of life and life limiting illnesses. Join them for a concert at Winchester Cathedral in 2019!
Open Chapter dates 2019
Wednesday 23 October
Wednesday 4 December
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. Our giant Christmas tree brings festive cheer to all our skaters.
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location, high-quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, with a delightful Food Court, British Crafts Village, and over 100 chalets to explore.
The final Open Chapter this year will be on Wednesday 4 December.