Wonderful Winchfield Festival - August 2021

 An Appreciation

Would it happen or would it have to be cancelled?  Well, one week after restrictions on events were lifted, the Winchfield Festival made a happy return to ‘live music’ and thrilled audiences for 8 nights in August. Postponed from 2020 and with all possible precautions in place, some thought that classical music would not work in the Festival Marquee but they were wrong, it did, with excellent sound reproduction.

And so, audiences were able to share the joy of the musicians playing their first live concert for 18 months. It made for a very special atmosphere.

‘To be able to enjoy live music performed by top-class musicians in the stunning setting of Winchfield Festival, and to be made to feel so very welcome by the Festival team, is an experience I will remember for a long time. I was particularly struck by the warmth and enthusiasm exuded by the audience themselves, directly reflecting the culture of the whole event. Winchfield Festival has a regular, loyal audience for a good reason!’  Sally Richardson, Director, Tashmina Artists

There were concerts for all musical tastes, and better still the opportunity to hear and explore new musical forms. Alongside the Festival a full ‘outreach programme’ for children in local schools is enabled by the generous support of our Friends and Benefactors.

Details, photos and videos of past Festivals can be found at www.winchfieldfestival.org/previous-festivals.html and we are busy preparing to add the details of this year’s Festival to that page.

We are already planning for the next Winchfield Festival in 2023, so please keep a lookout for details on our News page.  You can always subscribe to our newsletter so that we can keep you in touch.

 

 

Last year's garden concerts in September 2020 were ‘pure delight’

On a sunny September afternoon, thirty lucky people at each of two concerts, safely checked in according to Covid-19 protocol and properly spaced, enjoyed an open air concert performed by Huw Wiggin on saxophone and Oliver Wass on harp.  Set in a private garden hosted by Tristram and Kirsty Cary, ‘live’ music once more filled the air at a quintessentially English open air concert.   ‘All proceeds went to support the musicians’ said Tristram, Chairman of Winchfield Festival, ‘and they expressed their delight at being able to perform ‘live’ for us.'

Huw Wiggin commented: ‘It was an amazing experience to perform to a live audience again. Oliver and I had a wonderful time, in beautiful surroundings and the atmosphere was so special. Thank you so much to Winchfield Festival and Tristram and Kirsty Cary for hosting the concert. Looking forward to Winchfield Festival 2021!’  Huw Wiggin, Commonwealth Musician of the Year in 2014 and Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music performed a varied programme with Oliver Wass, the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal. 

We don't have a video of our Winchfield concerts but here they are playing at Breinton during summer 2020:

 

Photography by David Hogg from Horizon Imaging


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