Saturday 19th March 2022, 7:30pm
New Hall, Winchester College


Bernstein: Overture to Candide

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Nicholas Wilks
Robert Bridge


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Leonard Bernstein by Jack Mitchell Porträt des Komponisten Pjotr I. Tschaikowski (1840-1893) Sergei Rachmaninoff cph.3a40575


NOTE: Due to the COVID pandemic, there was a last-minute substitution, and the piano soloist was Thomas Kelly. See the review of the concert by Mark Edelsten.

Saturday 20th November 2021, 7:30pm
New Hall, Winchester College

Joo Yeon Sir


A concert of works by Ludwig van Beethoven:

  • Overture to "The Creatures of Prometheus"
  • Violin Concerto 
  • Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral"
Nicholas Wilks
Joo Yeon Sir

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Regretfully, the Young Soloist Competition 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We apologise to our three finalists, Amélie Budd, Hanna Simojoki and Shoshana Yugin-Power, and wish them every success for their futures.

It is our intention to run the competition again in 2022. Details will be published on this website when known. 

If you have bought tickets for the final of the 2020 competition, the Turner Sims Concert Hall will contact you to organise a refund.

The final of the Fourth Young Soloist Competition will take place in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton on Wednesday 8th July 2020. 

The competition is open to all young people of school age in the Winchester area. The heats took place in January 2020, and three competitors were selected to play a concerto of their choice in the final, accompanied by the Winchester Symphony Orchestra under our conductor Nicholas Wilks. 

They are : 

Amélie Budd

Cimarosa Oboe Concerto in C min

Hanna Simojoki

Samuel Barber Violin Concerto

Shoshana Yugin-Power

Vivaldi Flute Concerto in C min, RV 441

We ae delighted that Christopher Seaman and Howard Ionascu have kindly agreed at act as adjudicators.

Tickets are available now from the Turner Sims Box Office at £15 (adult) / £5 (university student) / £1 (school student).

Vaughan Williams by Rothenstein

You are invited to the next concert of Winchester Symphony Orchestra, under our musical director Nicholas Wilks, which takes place on Saturday 14th March in Winchester College New Hall. We will be presenting two London symphonies: no. 104 "London" by Joseph Haydn and "A London Symphony" (Symphony no. 2) by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Haydn's much loved final symphony was first performed at the King's Theatre, London in 1795. One of the grandest of Haydn's symphonies in both scale and orchestration, the symphony exemplifies Haydn's contribution to the development of the symphonic form, with well-known themes, a slow movement of great delicacy and a vigorous, almost rustic minuet. 

Vaughan Williams gave a distinctive English voice to his music, but this is a long way from the "cowpat" label with which he has been so unfairly saddled. First performed in 1914, then lost, recreated and revised, the symphony is inspired by London, though Vaughan Williams himself made it clear that it is not intended to be heard as descriptive "programme" music. The work shows a breathtaking range of sounds and moods, at times turbulent and tranquil, jaunty and tragic. 

Tickets are available online now, at £15 / £13 (concessions) / £7.50 (children under 16), or from our telephone box office 0333 666 3366 (additional £1.75 transaction fee). Tickets may also be available on the door, but we suggest you book in advance if you can, to avoid queuing and to secure your seats. 

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