Winchester College VA Series 2017-18 brochure


Six professional concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Winchester College.

Bringing world-class music

to Winchester College

V I SI T I N G A RT I ST S SERI ES 20 17-18

Welcom e

Winchester College is delighted

to present this series of public

concerts for the academic year

2017/18. Following the recent

refurbishment of New Hall, and

the acquisition of the wonderful

new Steinway D concert grand

piano, the College is keen once

again to provide a stage for

some of our greatest musicians.

The six concerts provide a wide range of music

performed by some of the UK?s leading soloists

and ensembles. Connections with Winchester

College abound, with three former pupils among

the musicians, and works by a former pupil and

previous College organist.

We hope you will enjoy this varied programme of

concerts, and we are happy to offer a discounted

ticket for the entire series. I would like to thank the

College for the chance to curate this series, and

look forward to future seasons of the Visiting Artist

Series. As a pupil at the school in the late '70s, I

was inspired by hearing so many wonderful

musicians perform, such as James Galway, Radu

Lupu, Heinz Holliger, John Williams, Janet Baker,

and The King's Singers. Such concerts were a

formative experience for me, and having spent

over 25 years on the road with The King?s Singers, I

am delighted now to return to the College as a

member of the vocal staff and as curator of this

Visiting Artist Series. I would welcome any

suggestions from our audience, either in person at

the concerts, or via email -

David Hurley

Art ist ic Direct or


Program m e at a glance


Sun 17 Sep 2017

The Heath Quartet


Sun 1 Oct 2017

Benjamin Grosvenor


Sun 5 Nov 2017

The Schubert



Sun 14 Jan 2018

Adrian Brendel cello

Tim Horton piano


Sun 22 Apr 2018

James Gilchrist tenor

Anna Tilbrook piano


Sun 29 Apr 2018

Stile Antico

Tickets for all concerts are

available online or by telephone from - see page 10 for details.

A series discount is available if tickets for all six

concerts are bought at the same time.

Please check the times of concerts carefully: some

are at 7.00pm while others are at 7.30pm.

50 tickets are reserved at each concert for boys at Winchester

College, which can be obtained via the Music Department.



Sunday 17 Sept em ber 2017

The Heat h Quart et

Oliver Heath - violin

Sara Wolstenholme - violin

Gary Pomeroy - viola

Chris Murray - cello

Haydn String Quartet in B minor op.33 no.1

Tippet t String Quartet no.1

Bach Three Chorale Preludes

Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor op.80

Photo © Patrick Ford

"...the music's potency and bravura were conveyed

with thrilling conviction." (The Guardian)

The Heath Quartet is one of the most exciting

British chamber ensembles of the moment and is

being showcased by the Emerging Talent Scheme

of the Wigmore Hall.

The quartet?s debut CD was released in autumn

2015 on the Wigmore LIVE label featuring the

Tippett quartets, and won the Gramophone

Chamber Award 2016. The quartet performs

regularly across Europe and North America.

We are delighted to welcome them to Winchester

College to open our new Visiting Artists Series.

7.00pm , New Hall Ticket s: £20/ £15 (£15/ £10)



Sunday 1 Oct ober 2017

Benjam in Grosvenor piano

Bach French Suite No 5 in G Major BWV 816

Brahm s Four Pieces op.119

Bret t Dean Homage à Brahms

Debussy Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune

Berg Piano Sonata op.1

Ravel Gaspard de la nuit

"He commands the stage

with aristocratic ease..."

New York Times, 2015

Photo © Decca/Sophie Wright

Winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young

Musician Competition at the age of eleven, Benjamin

Grosvenor is now an internationally regarded pianist

performing with esteemed conductors and orchestras

across the world. Benjamin has performed at the BBC

Proms on a number of occasions and in 2015 starred

at the Last Night. Exclusively signed to Decca Classics,

the youngest British musician to be so, his recordings

have received numerous awards and in October 2016

he was announced as the inaugural recipient of the

Ronny and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize at

the New York Philharmonic. Playing since the age of

six, Benjamin graduated from the Royal Academy of

Music in 2012 with the ?Queen?s Commendation for


7.00pm , New Hall Ticket s: £20/ £15 (£15/ £10)



Sunday 5 Novem ber 2017

The Schubert Ensem ble

Schum ann Piano Quintet in E flat major op.44

Piers Hellaw ell The Building of Curves (1998)

Dvo?ák Piano Quintet in A major op.81

Since its first concert in January 1983, the Schubert

Ensemble has established itself as one of the world's leading

exponents of music for piano and strings. The ensemble

has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 3 and has

performed in over 40 different countries. It has around 80

commissions to its name, and has recorded more than 30

critically acclaimed CDs, the most recent being a recording

of piano quartets by Chausson and Saint-Saëns which

received a double 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine. In

1998 the Ensemble received the Royal Philharmonic Society

Best Chamber Ensemble Award.

The Ensemble has decided to bring its 35-year career to a

close at the end of June 2018. It will see out its final season

in celebratory style, with around fifty concerts planned in

the UK and abroad, including return visits to Romania and

Luxembourg and two tours of the USA. The final two

concerts of the Ensemble?s piano quintet series

Quintessentials at Kings Place will take place on October

12th and November 9th 2017, and its final concert at

Wigmore Hall will be on March 21st 2018.

Simon Blendis violin

Tristan Gurney violin

Douglas Paterson viola

Jane Salmon cello

William Howard piano

7.00pm , New Hall Ticket s: £20/ £15 (£15/ £10)



Sunday 14 January 2018

Adrian Brendel cello

Tim Hort on piano

Fauré Elégie op.24

Widor Sonata op.80

Beet hoven Judas Maccabeus Variations, WoO 45

Bart ók Rhapsody No 1

Beet hoven Cello Sonata No 3 in A major op.69

One of the most versatile and original cellists of his

generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as

soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in

the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring

fascination that has led to encounters with many fine

musicians at the world?s most prestigious festivals and

concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music

through the works of Kurtág, Kagel and

Ligeti in his teenage years opened a

new and vital avenue that he

continues to explore with huge

enthusiasm alongside his passion

for jazz and world music. In 2014

he became a member of the

Nash Ensemble of London.

7.00pm , New Hall Ticket s: £20/ £15 (£15/ £10)

Photo © Matt Jolly



Sunday 22 April 2018

Jam es Gilchrist tenor

Anna Tilbrook piano

Schum ann Liederkreis op.39

Vaughan William s Songs of Travel

Schum ann Dichterliebe

Photo © Opera omnia

James Gilchrist is one of the UK?s leading tenors and has

performed in major concert halls throughout the world.

Recognised as ?the finest Evangelist of his generation?his

extensive repertoire embraces works spanning many

centuries. He is an enthusiastic and prolific exponent of

lieder and enjoys nothing better than putting together

interesting and challenging recital programmes. His

impressive discography includes the Schubert and

Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Britten.

Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain's most exciting pianists, with

a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber

music. She made her Wigmore Hall debut in 1999, and has

since become a regular performer at Europe's major concert

halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the

Royal Opera, Covent Garden. She has collaborated with

James Gilchrist in many recitals, and their recordings of

German Lieder and English Song have been received with

critical acclaim.

7.30pm , New Hall Ticket s: £20/ £15 (£15/ £10)



Sunday 29 April 2018

St ile ant ico

"The singing is staggeringly

beautiful, the balance meticulous."

The Sunday Times

Photo © Marco Borggreve

St ile ant ico is firmly established as one of the world?s

most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles,

thrilling audiences with their fresh, vibrant and moving

performances of Renaissance polyphony.


Elizabeth I as Monarch, Patron and Lover

The reign of the great Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, saw an

unparalleled flowering of the arts in England. The 'Virgin

Queen', herself a talented musician, presided over a

court which revelled in the skill of composers such as

Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland. This

programme explores the way music was used to gain

favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats and

even by suitors, seeking to win the royal hand in

marriage. Along the way we meet foreign spies,

disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating

the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest

music ever created in England.

7.30pm , New Hall Ticket s: £20/ £15 (£15/ £10)


How t o book

Tickets can be purchased online at

t icket w incoll or on 0333 666 3366

(Monday to Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm).

There is an additional charge for telephone booking. The

telephone service is provided by Ticketsource and can only deal

with bookings. Any other queries (including refunds, etc.)

should be sent to concert s@w

You will need to download and print out your tickets; there is an

additional charge to have them posted to you.

Please note that not all seats on the seating plan may be

available for all concerts.

Tickets for all concerts are priced at £20 (stalls) or £15 (balcony).

Concessions (£15 and £10) are available for those under 18

years of age, registered unemployed, disabled persons and

their carers/escorts. We regret that we are not able to offer

concessions to senior citizens.

A series discount (six concert s for t he price of five) is

available w here t icket s (of equal value) for all six concert s

are purchased at t he sam e t im e.

50 tickets are reserved at each concert for boys at Winchester

College, which can be obtained via the Music Department.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each

performance. We regret that latecomers can be admitted only

when there is a suitable break in the programme.

Enquiries: concert s@w

How t o find us

New Hall (SO23 9NF) can be found on College Walk on the East

side of Winchester College. Please note that the only vehicle

access is via Wharf Hill, and that t here is no parking at t he

Hall. Access is not available via Winchester College.

Disabled access is available to the Hall, and spaces are set aside

for wheelchair users. Please alert us in advance if disabled

access is required (concert s@w

All details in this brochure are correct at the time of going to print.

We may, however, be obliged to make changes due to

circumstances beyond our control and we reserve the right to do

so. In such cases, we will make every effort to notify ticket-holders

as far in advance of the performance as possible.


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