Friday 23 June - Saturday 1 July 2023

The Winchfield Festival Team are busy planning an inspiring programme of music for 2023 to include renowned classical musicians and other genres for different musical tastes. You can expect a full Festival of exceptional concerts in both St Mary's Church and in the Festival Marquee.  There will be an enormously varied programme of music including an organ recital, the Tim Kliphuis Trio, cello sonatas, a renowned pianist, a vocal trio and even a kora player in St Mary's.  The Marquee nights will thrill the audience with an 11-piece blues and soul band as well as a party night featuring the Abba Revival Band. You can subscribe to our Newsletter and receive details of dates and musicians as they are booked for 2023.

NEWS FROM 8th and 9th September 2022: Acclaimed violinist Sophie Rosa thrilled audiences in St Mary’s Church by playing the entire works for unaccompanied violin by JS Bach. These extraordinary pieces (consisting of three Sonatas and three Partitas) were ground-breaking in their day, and still represent the peak of writing for solo violin. The late Queen Elizabeth’s death was announced at the interval of the first concert, and this historic event will shape all our memories of both concerts. It was generally agreed that the Bach unaccompanied sonatas and partitas were perfectly fitted to the solemn occasion. The second concert started with Sophie playing the National Anthem followed by a minute’s silence. After that Sophie played the second Partita in D minor which ends with the famous D minor Chaconne – a huge movement written by Bach to commemorate the death of his mother. It was perfect music for the occasion. The concerts raised £1200 for humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

NEWS FROM March 2022: Hampshire Hub Musicians’ Recital – Saturday 26th March at 7pm.

Part of our Outreach Programme provides a platform for Hampshire’s best Secondary School musical students to hone their performance skills. St Mary’s Church Winchfield once again hosted a concert from Hampshire’s most talented young musicians including music for string quartet, trombone, flute, harp and marimba. This concert was presented in association with The Friends of St Mary’s Winchfield, a secular organisation created by local residents to support the fabric of the beautiful Grade 1 listed church and churchyard

NEWS FROM August 2021: Appreciative audiences were thrilled to enjoy eight successful nights of 'live' music in the Festival Marquee with many picnics. This took place later in the year than usual due to the COVID situation.  

 NEWS FROM 2020: Late summer joy in September 2020:

Against all odds, Winchfield Festival was able to put on two wonderful concerts on Saturday 19th September 2020.  Thirty lucky people at each concert, 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.  The sun shone, the wind died down and at 12.00 and 4.00pm ‘live’ music filled the air at a quintessentially English open air concert.  Guests brought their own chairs and refreshments and sat safely in a private garden, hosted by Tristram and Kirsty Cary.  ‘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, 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.  Huw and Oliver formed their duo in 2016 and have successfully developed and refined their programmes of music for this unusual pairing of instruments.

‘This outdoor recital was special’ said guests Chris and Snowie Johnson, ‘Both Huw and Oliver explained why they had chosen the music and what it meant to them; this is always an important feature of the enjoyment for the audience and their selections of Bach, Debussy, Gershwin and Piazzolla were beautifully suited to an afternoon in an English country garden.  Our thanks to both Huw and Oliver and to the Cary’s for opening up their garden for this event.’

Tristram Cary, Chairman, Winchfield Festival said: 'Many thanks for your continuing patience and support.  We are now looking forward to a brilliant Festival in 2021'


If you haven’t already subscribed to our newsletter, you can do so here and make sure you don’t miss out on all the news leading up to our Festival in June 2021. You can also click on Previous Festivals to see and hear the musicians who have played and electrified the Festival in earlier years.



If you have never been to one of our music festivals before, you may like to know what to expect: Eight nights of ‘live’ music take place in the heart of beautiful Winchfield countryside, in the socially spaced Festival Marquee, situated beside the Church, featuring a range of live concerts including jazz, rock and classical.

We celebrate the informality of our rural setting where the appreciative audience enjoys amazing music performed by world class musicians and the chance to picnic on a summer's evening.  On the practical side there is ample parking, disabled access, toilet facilities and volunteers to help festival-goers in any way. Bring your friends for a wonderful music festival experience.

Just some of the musicians who have performed at our previous Festivals

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