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Winchester Chamber Music Festival 2024


General booking opens Tuesday 27 February

Priority Booking:
Patrons from 6 Feb
Associates from 13 Feb
Friends from 20 Feb

International performers present live classical music in its most intimate form.

Festival String Quartet
David Adams
Lucy Gould Violin
James Toll Violin/Viola/Baroque Violin
Kate Gould Cello

Visiting Artists
Gould Piano Trio

Lucy Gould Violin
Benjamin Frith Piano
Richard Lester Cello/Baroque Cello
Liz Kenny Lute/Theorbo
Max Baillie Violin
Simone Van Der Giessen Viola
Marianne Schofield Double Bass
Katharine Dain Soprano
Fritz Brothers Swing Jazz Band
Piers Hellawell Composer-In-Residence
Sam Glazer Workshop Leader
Lenny Sayers Family Concert Presenter
Aestus Quartet Emerging Quartet-in-Residence


Schools' Performance

Fri 3 May 11am – 12pm / St Paul's Church

The culmination of our Festival education project led by the wonderful Sam Glazer involving local schoolchildren who will devise from scratch and perform their own original songs alongside our Festival musicians and others. Come and hear the results!

Tickets: Free


Winchester Go LD Funky Lunch

Fri 3 May 12.30pm – 1pm / The Arc

Aestus Quartet
Come and join us. It’s free!

Tickets: Free


Opening Concert

Fri 3 May 4pm – 6pm / St Paul's Church

Festival String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio, Katharine Dain

Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No 3 Fifths
Piers Hellawell Up By The Roots
Amy Beach Three Songs Op. 21
Ravel Piano Trio in A minor

Tickets: £23 (£19 in side aisles)

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Late Night Concert

Fri 3 May 9pm – 10pm / St Lawrence Church

Lucy Gould, David Adams, Simone van der Giessen, James Toll, Richard Lester, Kate Gould, Aestus Quartet, Katharine Dain

Wagner Prelude to Tristan und Isolde, arr. for sextet by Sebastian Gürtler
Piers Hellawell The Still Dancers - Invocation III: Floating
Berio Sequenza lll for solo soprano Arensky Cello Quartet in A minor Op. 35

Tickets: £19 (Unreserved seating)

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Family Concert: Wonderful Worldwide Wander-fest

Sat 4 May 11.30am – 12.30pm / The Nutshell

Don’t miss this chance to introduce children to classical music from all over the world in a very relaxed setting. Presenter Lenny Sayers and international Festival performers will explore a fascinating range of short piecse by Haydn to Piazzolla with lots of fun audience participation. Primary school age encouraged but the concert will be entertaining and illuminating for all ages 1 – 100!

Tickets: £5 (Free for under 4s. Unreserved seating)

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Sat 4 May 2pm – 3pm / The Nutshell

Eminent cellist, Richard Lester, coaches the Aestus Quartet playing Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E♭

Tickets: £5 (Unreserved seating)

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Festival Gala Concert Inner World

Sat 4 May 7.30pm / Theatre Royal Winchester

Directed by David Adams, Festival String Orchestra, Aestus Quartet, Katharine
Dain, Max Baillie, Kate Gould

Mozart Divertimento in D K.136
Barber Adagio for Strings
Arvo Pärt Fratres for solo violin and strings
Mozart Exsultate Jubilate for soprano and strings
Carl Vine Inner World for solo cello and electronic recording
Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Op. 48

Tickets: £30 / £23 / £19
(ticket prices include £2 theatre restoration levy)

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Composer’s Talk

Sun 5 May 2.30pm – 3pm / St Paul's Church

Piers Hellawell gives his insights into the world of composition

Tickets: Free


Afternoon Concert

Sun 5 May 3.30pm – 5.15pm / St Paul's Church

Aestus Quartet, Katharine Dain, Festival String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio, Simone van der Giessen, Marianne Schofield

Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn String Quartet in E♭
Fauré La Bonne Chanson Op. 61
Piers Hellawell Weaver of Grass
Debussy String Quartet in G minor Op. 10

Tickets: £23 (£19 in side aisles)

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Classical Swing

Sun 5 May 8pm – 9.30pm / St Paul's Church

Inspired by the great fiddler Fritz Kreisler, the Fritz Brothers transport some of classical music’s most beautiful melodies to New Orleans and Paris of the 1930s… With an all-star lineup up led by violinist Max Baillie and clarinet player Ewan Bleach, this band brings you uniquely re-imagined versions of tunes by Rachmaninov, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and more, alongside some swing jazz and manouche classics.

Tickets: £23 (£19 in side aisles)

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Baroque Coffee Concert

Mon 6 May 10.30am – 11.30am / St Paul's Church

Liz Kenny, James Toll, Richard Lester

Biber Sonata for Violin & Basso Continuo No 3
Gabrielli Ricercar II in A minor for solo cello
Corelli Sonata for Violin & Basso Continuo in A Op. 5 No 9
Kapsberger Toccata I from Libro Quarto d’Intavolature di Chitarrone for solo lute
Corelli Sonata for Violin & Basso Continuo in D minor Op. 5 No 12 La Follia

Tickets: £19 (£16 in side aisles)

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Festival Finale

Mon 6 May 3.30pm – 5.15pm / St Paul's Church

Gould Piano Trio, Festival String Quartet

Brahms Piano Trio in C minor Op. 101
Germaine Tailleferre String Quartet
Bongani Ndodana-Breen Safika – Three Tales of African Migration
Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor Op. 80

Tickets: £23 (£19 in side aisles)

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Additional information


The Arc
Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

St Paul's Church
St Paul's Hill, Winchester SO22 5AB

Theatre Royal Winchester
Jewry Street, Winchester SO22 5SB

The Nutshell
15 Kings Walk, Winchester SO23 8AF

St Lawrence Church
The Square (off Great Minster Street), Winchester SO23 9EX

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Young Persons' Ticket Scheme

Winchester Chamber Music Festival offer a limited number of free tickets to under 18-year-olds throughout the Festival.

To claim a free ticket please call Festival Manager on 07853 275542.

Proof of eligibility may be required.

These tickets are not available for the Family Concert.