Festival Information

The Southern Cathedrals Festival 2015

We are delighted to invite you to the Southern Cathedrals Festival, held in the beautiful setting of Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral School and the Church of St Thomas in the city centre. This is a very special year for Salisbury, being the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a fine copy of which belongs to Salisbury, and the themes of freedom and oppression from this important document occur throughout the festival.


Professor John Harper will give a lecture recital with the Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir on Thursday exploring the wider influences of Magna Carta. The following day, BBC Radio 3 will be recording Evensong which includes the première of a commissioned anthem, taking up Magna Carta themes, by Howard Moody, a former chorister of Salisbury Cathedral. The Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir will perform some of the songs from the ‘Magna Cantata’, a work first performed earlier in July and the Saturday concert has as its main work Sir Michael Tippett’s

secular oratorio ‘A Child of Our Time’, famous for its use of negro spirituals. This concert will involve the boy choristers and men of the three cathedrals plus the Salisbury girl choristers and the Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir, accompanied by the orchestra, La Folia.


The festival is all about sharing liturgy and worship as well as music. There are five services, three Youth in Music concerts, three major choral concerts and three Late Night Bach by Candlelight piano recitals plus an organ recital by one of the world’s most famous organists, Naji Hakim.


On Friday evening, the girl choristers from Salisbury and Winchester and men from the three cathedrals perform beautiful music by Bach, Handel and Mozart with the period orchestra, Charivari Agréable Simfonie.


We cherish the friendship between our three cathedrals, a family to which our musicians, patrons, worshippers and audience members belong. We look forward to sharing the Southern Cathedrals Festival with you.

David Halls Salisbury Cathedral
Charles Harrison Chichester Cathedral
Andrew Lumsden Winchester Cathedral