It is a very great pleasure to invite you to this year's Southern Cathedrals Festival. For us in Winchester, the most significant anniversary in 2017 is that of Jane Austen, who died in 1817 and is buried in the North Nave Aisle of the Cathedral.
Musical anniversaries this year include Francis Jackson, E W Naylor, Louis Vierne and, from an earlier period, Antonio Lotti and Claudio Monteverdi. Our closing concert will be a performance of the latter's magnificent Vespers of 1610, which will involve all of the three Cathedral choirs, and will be performed using the magnificent space of the Cathedral.
On a lighter note, this year sees the return of the traditional Festival Fringe, when the Winchester Lay Clerks and friends will be providing some suitable entertainment, under the title, 'Responses and Irresponsibility'.
The Southern Cathedrals Festival celebrates the friendships and sense of community that exists between our three cathedrals. It will be a delight for our choirs and organists to be working together, and to welcome friends from near and far to join us at services and concerts.
Andrew Lumsden - Winchester Cathedral
David Halls - Salisbury Cathedral
Charles Harrison - Chichester Cathedral