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Winter Festival 2012

Hampshire County Council’s Music Service is excited to announce a week of music performed by some of the best up-and-coming, young musicians in Hampshire.

The Winter Festival runs every day from Saturday 28 January to Saturday 4 February 2012 and takes place in St John’s Rooms in Winchester and, for the opening and closing performances, Winchester Cathedral.

The tempting programme showcases music by Peter Graham, James MacMillan, Jock McKenzie, Arvo Pärt and Terry Riley, as well as a host of other composers and includes new, original compositions by Alton College students and composition students who benefit from Hampshire County Council’s Exceptional Ability Award Scheme.

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Among the many ensembles of student players taking part are Alton College Composers Ensemble, Alton College Jazz Band, Hampshire County Youth Band, Hampshire County Youth Choir, Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Hampshire Music Service composition award holders, Peter Symonds Brass Ensemble, Romsey Area Youth Jazz Orchestra, Winchester Area Jazz Orchestra, Winchester Youth Orchestra, Winchester Area String Training Orchestra and Winchester Youth Concert Band.

The week climaxes with a Festival Finale in Winchester Cathedral, hosted by the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Nigel McNair Scott, an enthusiastic supporter of the Hampshire Music Service and his wife the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Anna McNair Scott. The finale will feature music by Peter Graham, Gabriel Marquez, Jock McKenzie, Bedøich Smetana and Eric Whitacre. Enthralling the audience will be Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Hampshire County Youth Band, and Hampshire County Youth Choir. Money raised from the Finale will be split between the Cathedral and Hampshire Music Service.

Hampshire County Council Chairman, Councillor Anna McNair Scott said: The Winter Festival really does show what marvellous young musical talent is being developed and encouraged in Hampshire by the County Council’s Music Service. It supports the musical education or around 55,000 children across the county and this festival showcases some of the best young musicians from Hampshire and the talents of contemporary composers, offering audiences a wonderful week of musical entertainment. I urge Hampshire residents to sample some of the events. I am sure they will not be disappointed.”

Carl Clausen, the Festival’s organiser and Director of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, added: I believe that young musicians develop best when they have an understanding of the classics but also an appreciation of cutting-edge music of their own era – they should have their feet in the past and their eyes on the horizon. I hope that the Winter Festival 2012 will open up everyone’s ears to the great music that is being created today, and to the inspiring young musicians in Hampshire.

Tickets for opening and closing concerts available from the Cathedral box office (01962 857275), tickets for the other concerts available on the door