HISTORY

Nestled in the heart of Hampshire’s idyllic countryside the Winchfield Festival continues to introduce world class musicians in a wonderful village setting. The first festival was held in 1990 to raise funds to overhaul the church organ; since then it has expanded and increased its scope to cover many musical genres and you can expect high calibre performances from renowned artists. Now held every other year in mid-June, concerts are performed in either the ancient beauty of Winchfield’s Grade 1 listed Norman Church of St Mary’s or in the Festival Marquee sited in the field next to it. Festival-goers have, in recent years, been entertained and enthralled by performances of chamber music, jazz, pop, klezmer, and opera.  

Festival founders John Profit and Alan Melbourne were passionate about music, art and education. Then as now, a central aim of the Festival is to encourage the appreciation of music in the community and we have an active outreach programme which includes concerts and master-classes for local schools.  

The Festival has become the centrepiece of the village calendar. Winchfield is a small village of only 650 inhabitants and the Festival is actively supported by over 100 volunteers, brimming with enthusiasm, who help with everything from manning the Festival bar to hosting the performers.