2016 Choirs Festival in Winchester

The 2016 Annual Conference and Choirs Festival of the Cathedrals Group took place on 26-27 February in Winchester.  The Chaplains’ Annual Residential Conference was also held in Winchester from 25-28 February.


The Choirs Festival concert, entitled Gloria, was held in Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 27 February 2016 and formed part of the 175th anniversary celebrations of the University of Winchester.  More than 300 choir members from 13 of the Cathedrals Group Universities around the country performed at the event, with the world-renowned soprano Claire Rutter and accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra.  


Following a commissioning by the University, acclaimed British composer Will Todd and Winchester graduate lyricist Madeleine Vaughan wrote a piece for organ and massed choirs entitled 'Bring Light'. The piece was written around the values of the University and was performed for the first time at the Festival by all 13 choirs. There was also an en-masse choir performance of both the first movement of Gloria and Magnificat by British composer John Rutter.


The Festival Celebration Service was held on 28 February, where the congregation was welcomed by David Rowe, the Vicar of Christ Church, and the organist was Mr Christopher Kipling.  Prayers were led by Savannah King, the President of Winchester Students Union, and the New Testament reading was read by Professor Peter Neil, Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, and Vice-Chair of the Cathedrals Group. The sermon was given by the Bishop of Winchester the Right Reverend Tim Dakin.


You can see photos of the Choirs Festival here.

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