FESTIVAL PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
 Saturday 16 June  Spitfire Sisters  Festival Marquee
 Sunday 17 June  Saxophone, Harp and Organ Recital  St Mary's Church
 Monday 18 June  Dante String Quartet  St Mary's Church
 Tuesday 19 June   Music in Shakespeare (K’antu Ensemble)  Festival Marquee
 Wednesday 20 June   'Cello and Piano Recital  (Corinne Morris)  St Mary's Church
 Thursday 21 June   Gilbert and Sullivan: ‘Patience’  Festival Marquee
 Friday 22 June  Piano Recital (Noriko Ogawa)  St Mary's Church
 Saturday 23 June   The Milestones  Festival Marquee

Saturday 16 June - Spitfire Sisters - Festival Marquee

Spitfire Sisters 250The Spitfire Sisters is an internationally acclaimed vintage-inspired band with three-part vocal harmony at its core. The Sisters originally specialised in the repertoire of the 1940s singing hits from the Andrews and Boswell sisters. But over the years they have broadened their horizons and they now perform an eclectic mix of songs including tunes from their own album ‘Put your Phone Away’, classic repertoire from the 1940s and modern songs with a vintage twist. The Spitfire Sisters are joined by Steve Christie, a versatile and talented pianist, multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass, organ, guitar and keyboards), session musician, sound engineer and composer.
The Sisters play saxophones and flutes and with their their seven-piece backing group they are guaranteed to get the Festival off to a full throttle flying start – chocks away!

“We have welcomed the Spitfire Sisters to Highclere Castle on several occasions and each time they have been a huge hit! They give a wonderful energy and nostalgic feel to our events. They are all amazingly talented and stunningly gorgeous! Can’t wait to have them back!”

The Festival Bar and fresh, hot BBQ from Lewis Bros will be available from 6pm, all £6.00, before the concert and during the interval. The concert begins at 7.30.

Sunday 17 June - Saxophone, Harp and Organ Recital - St Mary's Church

Huw Wiggin and Timothy End gave us a wonderful recital in the 2016 Festival, and they loved the atmosphere and acoustics of the church so much that they are coming back, but this time with the brilliant young harpist Oliver Wass, the first harpist ever to win the prestigious Guildhall Gold Medal. Huw won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and was named Commonwealth Musician of the Year in 2014. He is the professor of the Saxophone at the Royal College of Music and he is driving a surge of interest in the saxophone outside its jazz niche. Timothy End is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and a multiple first-prize winning accompanist who works regularly with Huw.  Huw has worked with Oliver and Timothy to devise a special programme to explore the possibilities of this unusual combination of instruments and to make the most of the organ and special acoustics of St Mary’s church. Don’t miss it!

Piazzolla Libertango, Oblivion and Fugata Saxophone, Harp and Organ
Bach Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033 Saxophone and Harp
Bach Fuga Jesus Christus unser Heiland BWV 665 Organ
De Falla Spanish Dance No.1 from the opera La Vida Breve Harp
Albeniz Asturias (from Suite Espagnola Op. 47) Saxophone, Harp and Organ
Interval  
Barber Adagio for Strings Saxophone, Harp and Organ
Orlando Gibbons Fantazia of Four Parts Organ
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe Saxophone and Organ
Gershwin songs - Summertime, Someone to Watch Over Me, It ain’t necessarily so Saxophone, Harp and Organ

Hugh WigginOliver WassTimothy End

Hugh Wiggin photo by Trent McMinn.

The Festival Bar opens at 6pm, the concert begins at 7.30 and freshly made sandwiches will be available from Whitewater Catering during the interval

Monday 18 June - Dante String Quartet - St Mary's Church

Dante Quartet Portrait Gazebo 250The Dante Quartet has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exciting young chamber groups playing today. The Quartet has won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music, as well as numerous awards for its recordings, for instance the BBC Music Magazine and Diapason d’Or medals for its outstanding Hyperion recordings of the Franck and Faure quartets. The Quartet is renowned for working with students and championing new music: they held a residency at King’s College, Cambridge from 2007-2014 where they gave master classes and worked with the renowned King’s College Choir. The Dante Quartet also holds its own thriving festival in Cornwall which attracts local audiences and visitors from all over the world to listen to chamber music in ancient churches and rural barns.

Krysia Osostowicz Violin
Oscar Perks Violin
Yuko Inoue Viola
Richard Jenkinson Cello

The programme features three great but very different quartets by Smetana, Shostakovich and Beethoven which all demonstrate the triumph of the creative spirit over adversity. Smetana’s quartet was the first piece he wrote after becoming deaf at the age of 52; Shostakovich’s third quartet was written in 1946 just after the war and at a time when his music was heavily criticised and mostly banned from performance; and Beethoven’s last quartet was written when he was deaf and nearing death – it was the last complete work he wrote. 

Programme:  
Smetana Quartet no 1
Shostakovich Quartet No 3
Interval  
Beethoven Quartet 0p 135

The Festival Bar opens at 6pm, the concert begins at 7.30 and freshly made sandwiches will be available from Whitewater Catering during the interval

Tuesday 19 June - Music in Shakespeare (K’antu Ensemble) - Festival Marquee

Kantu 250Come now, a roundel and a fairy song

Tonight’s programme transports us back in time to Elizabethan and Jacobean England exploring popular songs and dances featured in Shakespeare’s plays. K’antu Ensemble’s lively arrangements will be performed on an array of beautiful replica instruments and interspersed with speeches and sonnets by the Bard.

Ruth Hopkins founded K'antu Ensemble in 2012 to explore the less-trodden territories of early music, combining elements of folk and world music with historically-informed techniques. The music of Spain and South America seemed like the obvious starting place - hence the name K'antu, referring to an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance.
 
Their love of Shakespearean music has resulted in performances for the Shakespeare Anniversary at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, Craiova International Shakespeare Festival (Romania) and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Shakespeare: Forever and a Day Festival (Egypt). Other international engagements include Göttingen International Handel Festival (Germany), the Medieval University of Pecs and the Liszt Academy Museum (Hungary).
 
K’antu’s unique sound and eclectic programmes have resulted in extensive performances across the UK, from Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Cheltenham Festival, to Kings Place and St Martin-in-the-Fields, where they were semi-finalists in the Chamber Music Competition 2014 and 2015. They have also broadcast on Radio 3's In Tune as house band during their residency at the Southbank Centre.
 
Ruth Hopkins:  Soprano - Baroque Violin - Recorders 
Michelle Holloway: Alto - Recorders
Ben Mitchell: Tenor – Plucked Strings
Andrew Hopper: Bass – Viola da Gamba 
Tymoteusz Jozwiak: Bass – Percussion
 
Quotes:

"Ruth invites the audience to come close, to experience, to imagine, with glorious evocations of lives and places that jump out of the past and chime effortlessly with the here and now"
(Bratton Clovelly Festival)

“These players are expert without being mannered, vivid without being simplistic, wholly alive to the expressive possibilities of Elizabethan and Jacobean music.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.” (Michael Dobson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies)
"An extraordinary and entertaining evening, which ended with an enthusiastic applause and an encore." (Göttinger Tageblatt)
 
Outreach Programme:

Dedicated to bringing the music they love to a wider audience, K’antu Ensemble lead interactive performances for children with Special Educational Needs and people living with Dementia. During the afternoon, they will be performing for the Forget-Me-Not Café in Hartley Wintney. The Forget-Me-Not Café meets each week in St John’s Hall and is open to people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers.

Free Tickets for Young People. 

Free tickets will be available for tonight’s performance on a first-come-first-served basis for young people (under 18s), school parties and disadvantaged people and their carers. Please contact the box-office on 07342 321713 to book your free tickets.

The Festival Bar and fresh hot food will be available from 6pm before the concert and during the interval.  There will be Paella (Streetfood Spain) and/or Lasagne, veg/meat (Whitewater Catering), all £6.00. The concert begins at 7.30

Wednesday 20 June - 'Cello and Piano Recital  (Corinne Morris) - St Mary's Church

Corinne Morris is a highly accomplished 'cellist who started playing at the age of 8. At 16 she graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music and continued her training at the Conservatoire in Paris where she graduated with the first prize in both the 'cello and chamber music. Rostropovitch was a great admirer of her playing and nicknamed her 'Corinnotchka': Paul Tortelier was also a great admirer and said that he had 'unlimited confidence in her'. Sadly, Corinne had to take a break from playing for several years due to a shoulder injury, but in 2015 she relaunched her career to wide acclaim.
 
Peter Limonov studied piano at the Central Music School in Moscow, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and did his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music under Dmitry Alexeev. He was awarded the First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris 1998; his notable appearances include The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, Salle Cortot, a recital at the Duke’s Hall in the presence of Prince Charles and a solo appearance at the prestigious La Roque d’Antheron Festival. 
 
The programme includes Beethoven's sonata No 4 and Britten's Sonata as well as two unaccompanied pieces - one of these, Wilde's "The Cellist of Sarajevo" is a tribute to Verdan Smajlovic, a 'cellist who played in public in the streets of Sarajevo to raise morale during the siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996) during the Bosnian war.

Corinne MorrisPeter Limonov

Programme    
Beethoven 12 Variations on See the Conquering Hero Comes Cello and Piano
Wilde The Cellist of Sarajevo Cello
Bridge Sonata H 125 Cello and Piano
Interval    
Borenstein Soliloquy Cello
Beethoven Sonata No 4 Op 102 No 1 Cello and Piano
Britten Sonata Op 65 Cello and Piano

Outreach Programme:

Corinne Morris will visit Long Sutton primary school in the afternoon to introduce the ‘cello and its repertoire to a group of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.

The Festival Bar opens at 6pm, the concert begins at 7.30 and freshly made sandwiches will be available from Whitewater Catering during the interval.

Thursday 21 June - Gilbert and Sullivan: ‘Patience’ - Festival Marquee

Kantu Ensemble 250David Gibson 250The New London Sinfonia directed by David Gibson and soloists from the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Ellie-Jane Moran Soprano
Louise Crane Mezzo- soprano
Stephen Anthony Brown Tenor
Simon Butteriss Baritone
Ian Belsey With the Occam Singers Bass

‘Patience’ is a hit Victorian comic opera written in 1881 by Gilbert and Sullivan as a satire on the Aesthetic Movement of 1870's Britain which believed in 'Art for Art's Sake' – in other words that aesthetic considerations outweighed social or moral themes in art and literature. The opera is about the rivalry between two aesthetic poets (Bunthorne and Grosvenor) for the love of a milkmaid (Patience).
 
The performance will be a concert version (not in costume but part-acted) directed by David Gibson, founder and conductor of the New London Symphonia. David was for many years the Assistant Director of Music and Guest Conductor for the D'Oyly Carte Opera company where he performed all the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The soloists are all leading Gilbert and Sullivan specialists. They will be accompanied by the Occam Singers and the London Symphonia orchestra.

Free Tickets for Young People. 
Free tickets will be available for tonight’s performance on a first-come-first-served basis for young people (under 18), school parties and disadvantaged people and their carers. Please contact the box-office on 07342 321713 to book your free tickets.
 
The Festival Bar and fresh hot food will be available from 6pm before the concert and during the interval. There will be Caribbean street food (Miss Sheila) and/or Tagines, veg/meat (Whitewater Catering) from 6pm, all £6.00. The concert begins at 7.30.

Friday 22 June - Piano Recital (Noriko Ogawa) - St Mary's Church

Noriko Ogawa 250

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Ian Gavin-Brown, Chairman of the Winchfield Festival from 1996-2016, who died on 14 January 2018. The piano recital was always the highlight of the Festival for Ian, and he was responsible for encouraging the Festival to engage some of the world’s leading pianists, a tradition that we have maintained this year.

Noriko Ogawa is professor of piano at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Noriko has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Her “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and the acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Her Images Book I and II were chosen as the top recommendation by BBC Radio 3’s CD Review in January 2014. 

Noriko appears with all the major European, Japanese and US orchestras including the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Richard Dubugnon’s Piano Concerto. Noriko made her BBC Proms debut in August 2013 and appeared again in 2014 with the Endymion Ensemble. She was the Artistic Director for the Reflections on Debussy Festival 2012 at Bridgewater Hall. 
 
The first half of Noriko’s programme is devoted to Debussy as a tribute to the one hundredth anniversary of his death in March 1918. After the interval Noriko will play two pieces by the Japanese composers Toru Takemitsu and Yoshihiro Kanno before finishing with Chopin’s famous Funeral March Sonata.

Programme  
Debussy Estampes
Debussy Images Book 1
Debussy Images Book 2
Interval  
Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch 2
Kanno A Particle of Water
Chopin  Sonata No 2 in B flat mi Op 32 (Funeral March)

Outreach: Jamie’s Concert
Noriko will host a 'Jamie's Concert' at 11 o’clock in St Mary's Church Winchfield for families and carers of autistic children.  When Noriko first moved to London she lived with a family of a child with severe autism – Jamie.  Noriko felt that by helping parents and carers of autistic children to relax in a musical setting with other families in similar circumstances, she would be indirectly helping their children. And so the successful 'Jamie's Concerts' were born. For more details see http://uk.jamiesconcerts.com/
If parents and carers of autistic people would like to reserve a free ticket for this concert, please contact Kirsty Cary on 07891 193805.

The Festival Bar opens at 6pm, the concert begins at 7.30 and freshly made sandwiches will be available from Whitewater Catering during the interval.

Saturday 23 June - The Milestones - Festival Marquee

Milestones 250The Milestones play Motown, Disco, Funk, Soul and modern chart hits. They authentically replicate the hits the way they were meant to be played.

Collectively the members of The Milestones have live and recorded credits with some of the worlds most revered artists including Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Eurythmics, Terence Trent D'Arby, Seal, Everything But the Girl, The Pretenders, The Temptations, Beverley Knight, Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers. Our mission... ‘There are milestones in the history of popular music that are characterised by greatness. The music of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, The Supremes and The Jacksons to name but a few have provided people all over the world and of all ages with countless good times. The classic artistes of years gone by only give us half the story. The milestones of the modern music era are also peppered with moments of greatness. The music of Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Prince, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and Lauryn Hill have also provided those who listen to them with good times beyond compare.’

As the name suggests, The Milestones bring together the music of these great pioneers in one authentic extraordinary sounding band.

The Festival Bar and fresh hot curry from Lewis Bros will be available from 6pm before the concert and during the interval (all £6.00). The concert begins at 7.30.