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LATEST NEWS: WINCHFIELD FESTIVAL PLANS FOR 7th-14th AUG 2021

You will be pleased to know that plans are nearly complete to hold the fullest-possible Festival this year.

Full details of the first class concerts can be seen on our What's On page

However, you will understand that the Covid situation is unpredictable, and that we may need to adapt the structure of the Festival to comply with the government's safety regulations. We are keeping the situation under close scrutiny.

To give the vaccination programme and the warmer summer weather the maximum time to reduce infection rates, we have decided to delay the Festival, but we fully intend to put on a full week from Saturday 7th until Saturday 14th August.

We have also decided to bring the concerts forward so that they start at 6pm, with a 15 minute interval. This will make the most of summer sunshine and earlier evenings.  We will not be offering food and drink this year but you are very welcome to bring your own.  All concerts will take place in our Festival Marquee and not in St Mary's Church because it is not suitable for social distancing.

You can see details of the concerts here.

Please put the dates in your diary, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Festival in August.

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'

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NEW TO WINCHFIELD FESTIVAL?

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