Classical highlights for city’s celebrations

Cellist Steve Isserlis is performing as part of Winchester Festival.  PICTURE: CREDIT Satoshi Aoyagi
Cellist Steve Isserlis is performing as part of Winchester Festival. PICTURE: CREDIT Satoshi Aoyagi
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The Winchester Festival will begin on July 6 with a performance of Bach’s mighty Mass in B minor in the city’s historic cathedral.

The Bach Choir and Southern Sinfonia will be conducted by the cathedral’s former director of music, David Hill.

Other classical music highlights at the festival include a recital by world-renowned cellist Steven Isserlis and young Canadian pianist Connie Shih (July 8), a programme of church music by Byrd sung by leading specialist choir The Cardinall’s Musick<CORRECT> (July 10), and a performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers by Southern Voices (July 12).

Young Hampshire musicians will also be given an array of opportunities during the festival, which runs until July 15.

Classical music enthusiasts will also be interested in an event at Winchester’s Theatre Royal on the final day.

In Beloved Clara, star actors Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, with pianist Lucy Parham, will tell the story of the intense, complex relationships between Robert Schumann, wife Clara and Johannes Brahms through music by all three composers -interspersed with extracts from their correspondence and diaries.

For details and ticket prices contact Winchester Festival on (01962) 857276 or go to winchesterfestival.co.uk.