Celebrating Democracy

Saturday 4 February 2017, 7.00pm

Winchester Cathedral

  • Jock McKenzie: Winchester Festival Fanfare

  • Beethoven: Battle Symphony Op.91 "Wellington's Victory"

    composed in 1813 to celebrate Wellington's victory at the Battle of Vitoria and dedicated to the Prince Regent, later King George IV

  • Princess Charlotte: Lord Wellington's March

    composed by Charlotte, Princess of Wales, whose death in childbirth in 1817 eventually led to the accession of Queen Victoria

  • David Owen Norris: Turning Points

    A Fantasia upon a suffragist song by Sir Hubert Parry, for Soprano, Tenor & Baritone Soloists, Chorus & Children's Choir, Brass Band, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Organ, Piano Duet & Four Electric Guitars

Kimberley Raw, soprano

Mark Wilde, tenor

Ashley Riches, baritone

George Castle, organ

Hampshire County Youth Training Choir

Hampshire County Youth Band

Gosport and Fareham Youth Orchestra Strings

Staff and pupils from Hampshire Music Services, guitars

Southampton University Symphony Orchestra, leader: Kath Roberts

David Owen Norris, conductor

About this Event

Celebrated Composer and conductor David Owen Norris directs a spectacular concert given by 200 young orchestral and brass band musicians together with The Waynflete Singers and Hampshire County Youth Training Choir.

The concert will be in aid of the Mayor of Winchester's Charities.

Celebrating the values of Democracy, Turning Points is a piece for many occasions of private celebration or of public solemnity. Composed in 2015, its libretto draws from sources relating to Magna Carta, Agincourt and Waterloo, but also includes contemporary quotes from Malala Yousafzai and the words (and especially their rhythm) chanted by an angry crowd in Ferguson, Missouri. Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln & Martin Luther King find their place alongside the American Declaration of Independence and the French Revolution as markers on the long road to political freedom and democracy.