Past Performances

Details of our recent concerts

Want to know what we've been up to recently?  This page lists our concerts from 2018 onwards.

Looking further back, you can browse an archive of concerts from 2012 to 2021 (PDF format) 


Sat, 2 Apr 2022
A selection of music from across the British Isles, including:

Vaughan Williams: Five English Folksongs
Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
James MacMilllan: O Radiant Dawn
Guest director - Mark Williams


Sat, 18 Dec 2021
St Cross Church is one of Winchester's most iconic buildings, and it provided the ideal venue for our Christmas concert.  We performed a selection of Christmas music old and new and, as usual, the audience were encouraged to join us in some of the most popular and well-loved carols.

This was our final concert under the leadership of  Katherine Dienes-Williams, after 10 exciting and fulfilling years as our Musical Director.

COVID-19 This concert was held in accordance with guidance from the Trustees of St Cross on coronavirus procedures, which currently involve the audience wearing masks (unless medically exempt). Attendees - both audience and performers - were advised to undertake a lateral flow test on the day of the concert, if possible.  It was unfortunately not be possible to serve interval drinks.

GRACE Charity LogoThere will be a retiring collection in aid of the charity GRACE, which funds research and raises awareness for all gynaecological cancers 
A selection of carols for choir and audience, including:
Cecilia McDowall: Before the paling of the stars -  
John Rutter: Candlelight carol
arr. Mack Wilberg: Ding dong, merrily on high
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium
arr. David Willcocks: On Christmas night (Sussex carol)
Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd’s Carol
Matthew Owens: The holly and the ivy
John Gardner: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
organ - George Castle


Sat, 13 Nov 2021
We returned to St John's Church in Alresford with a programme of reflective music from English and American composers.

Walford Davies composed A Short Requiem in 1915, an intriguing collection of nine short motets.  Along with part-songs by Elgar, Holst and Richard Rodney Bennet, this was presented alongside some splendid settings of spirituals and other works from across the Atlantic.
Walford Davies: A Short Requiem
Edward Elgar: They are at rest
Richard Rodney Bennett: A Good-Night
Gustav Holst: The Evening-Watch

arr Craig Hella Johnson: Two Spirituals
arr Undine Smith-Moore: We shall walk through the valley
musical director / organ - Katherine Dienes-Williams
soprano = Ruby Skilbeck

CONCERT: Let's Begin Again!

Sat, 2 Oct 2021
 St Paul's Church, Winchester
Celebrating the return to music-making
Kile Smith: Everyone sang
Finzi: My spirit sang all day
Elaine Hagenburg: O love

Jonathan Dove: Vertue
H.I. Thorsteinsson: Nunc dimittis
Stanford: Justorum animae
Rachmaninov (arr. Peter Gritton): Vocalise

Eric Whitacre: hope, faith, life, love
Adrian Batten: O sing joyfully
John Rutter: Let’s begin again

Handel: The many rend the skies
2021-10 poster cropped
musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
piano - Richard Moore
cello: - Kate Ryan
The newly refurbished St Paul’s Church is an ideal venue for music-making and we were delighted to return there and perform this musical miscellany, celebrating the resumption of live music-making and remembering those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This concert was limited to around 60 minutes with no interval.

CONCERT: The Colours of Christmas

Sat, 14 Dec 2019
St  Cross Church
A Concert of Christmas Music
John Rutter
The Colours of Christmas

Edvard Grieg
Ave maris stella

Cecilia McDowall
Now may we singen

and carols for choir and audience
musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
organ - Claudia Grinnell
retiring collection in aid of Tommy’s  
Our Christmas concert is firmly established as an annual event in St Cross, with an evening of Christmas songs and carols. Our 2019 programme included carols by John Rutter and Sir David Willcocks, whose compositions have been central to virtually all carol services and concerts in the recent decades. And there were, of course, opportunities for the audience to add their own voices, joining the choir and organ in traditional carols.

This was a splendid and atmospheric evening -- just the thing to escape from the stress and clamour of Christmas shopping, and the tedium of watching repeats on the small screen!

A retiring collecting was held in aid of Tommy’s, the charity that provides expert information and support to women and their families throughout their pregnancy journey.

CONCERT: Saxtopia

Sat, 16 Nov 2019
St Cross Church
A selection of music for choir and saxophone

James Whitbourn:
Son of God Mass & Requiem Canticorum

Tarik O’Regan:
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
variations for choir

Kim André Arsenen:
Making or Breaking

Cecilia McDowall
Standing as I do before God
musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
soprano saxophone - Kyle Horch

CONCERT: Fly me to the moon

Sat, 29 Jun 2019
St John's Church, Alresford

A selection of “lunar” music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing

including choral pieces by
Eric Esenvalds
Eric Whitacre and
Henry Mancini

and piano works by
Beethoven and

musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
piano - Ashton Gray
Throughout human history, the moon has always been an object of fascination - as a symbol of continuous renewal, love and beauty and as the lantern of the night sky, borrowing light from the more powerful sun. It is not surprising that it has also been an inspiration for music-makers and this is reflected in the varied programme we have assembled for this concert.

Our programme comprised moon-related music by composers old and new, from classical figures such as Beethoven, Brahms and Reger to contemporary choral composers from around the globe, including Eric Whitacre (USA), Erik Esenvalds (Latvia) and David Hamilton (New Zealand). And, as the concert title suggests, we included a group of familiar songs from the mid to late 20th century.

We were delighted to be performing alongside Ashton Gray, who stepped out of the choir ranks to be our pianist and accompanist for the evening.

CONCERT: Music from the Time of Leonardo

Sat, 16 Mar 2019
Southampton Art Gallery
A concert to accompany the display of Leonardo drawings from the Royal Collection
In association with the Leonardo Art Exhibition
Mass L’homme armé & motet Absalon, fili mi
by Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521)

Angeli, archangeli
by Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)

Leonardo dreams of his flying machine 
by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
lutenist - Toby Carr
This concert comprised music related to Leonardo, which we were delighted to be able to perform amid a display of twelve of his original drawings. Southampton’s City Art Gallery was chosen as one of only 12 venues across the country to display items from the Royal Collection, marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

Leonardo was a master in many areas and, while he is not known to have composed music himself, he was undoubtedly interested in music and it is believed that he played the lute. The works we performed were mostly contemporary with Leonardo’s life in Italy, with the exception of one item that was written by the American composer Eric Whitacre in 2001. Whitacre collaborated with the poet Charles Anthony Silvestri to produce a fascinating work that imagines Leonardo dreaming about a machine that would allow a man to fly.

CONCERT: Angels Sing

Sat, 15 Dec 2018
St Cross Church
A Concert of Christmas Music and Readings  
Cecilia McDowall: Christus Natus Est
Roxanna Panufnik: Angels Sing

and carols for choir and audience
musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams

organ - Richard Moore

retiring collection in aid of Winchester Hospice  
Our Christmas concert is firmly established as an annual event in St Cross, with an evening of Christmas songs and carols. Our 2019 programme included Angels Sing - a set of four Polish carols arranged by Roxanna Panufnik - and Christus Natus Est by Cecilia McDowall - a cantata based on five Christmas carols - and a number of shorter pieces, all written by women composers. And there were, of course, opportunities for the audience to add their own voices, joining the choir and organ in traditional carols.

This was a splendid and atmospheric evening -- just the thing to escape from the stress and clamour of Christmas shopping, and the tedium of watching repeats on the small screen!

A retiring collecting was held in aid of the new Winchester Hospice, which was scheduled to open in early 2019.

CONCERT: Distant Shores

Sat, 3 Nov 2018
All Saints Church, Odiham

Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
Songs of Farewell

Philip Moore (b. 1943)

musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
organ - Richard Moore
readier - James McConnachie
We enjoyed our first visit to All Saints Church, Odiham, which is near Hook in northern Hampshire. The concert comprised two major works on the theme of mortality and life beyond the grave, interspersed with a series of readings.

Parry’s Songs of Farewell are the last works in that composer’s repertoire, and something of a reflection of his resignation to his terminal illness, shortly before the end of the First World War. These six unaccompanied works are masterful examples of Parry’s harmonic and melodic talents, reflecting the emotions behind verses penned by a selection of English poets from the 17th and 19th centuries.

Philip Moore’s Requiem was first performed almost exactly one hundred years later, in November 2016. Philip Moore has an international reputation as a composer, primarily of organ and choral music, having held posts at Eton College, Canterbury Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and, finally, at York Minster where he was the Master of Music from 1983 to 2008.


Fri, 6 Jul 2018
Winchester Cathedral
An evening with J S Bach  

Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV 1067
Ashley Solomon flute

Cantata “Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!” BWV 214

Magnificat BWV 243

with period orchestra Florilegium
(director: Ashley Solomon)
and the Choir of St Katharine’s Church, Braunschweig
(director: Klaus-Eduard Hecker)

musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams

sopranos - Claire Seaton , Nina Bennet
counter-tenor - Daniel Collins
tenor - Gwilym Bowen
bass - Thomas Humphreys
Blazing trumpets, Baroque dance and uplifting choral singing were all part of this concert, which opened the 2018 Winchester Festival. An Anglo-German co-operation between the region’s top chamber choir and their partner choir from Braunschweig in Northern Germany filled the soaring vaults of the Nave with the glory of Bach.

From the intimacy of solo flute to the power of voices and the excellent players of Florilegium, a wide range of emotions were touched and stirred.

CONCERT: Bach St John Passion

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Winchester Cathedral

** Edward Ross (Evangelist)
Jamie W Hall (Christus)

Ruth Provost (soprano)
Tom Lliburn (countertenor)
** Peter Davoren (tenor)
Thomas Humphreys (bass)
with the renowned period Orchestra Florilegium

musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
Our March concert fell shortly before the start of Holy Week, the ideal time to hear Bach’s fantastic telling of the Easter Story as set out in the Gospel of St John. We were joined by a first-rate band of soloists, including bass-baritone Jamie W Hall singing the part of Christ and tenor Edward Ross as the Evangelist. We were also delighted to be performing once more with Florilegium, one of the country’s most outstanding period orchestras.

** We are particularly grateful to Edward Ross and Peter Davoren who stood in a short notice in place of Mark Wilde (Evangelist) and Joel Williams (tenor soloist), who were unwell. Their excellent contributions were very much appreciated.
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