Symphony of Flowers

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Winchester Cathedral has today released final details of their flower extravaganza, Symphony of Flowers, for which tickets are now on sale.

SYMPHONY OF FLOWERS, the Cathedral’s first Flower Festival for 10 years, will take place between 12 and 16 June 2013.

The Cathedral is no stranger to symphonies, but here’s one with a bit of a difference!

A spectacular array of floral displays will fill the medieval building with colour and, outside in the Inner Close, there will be other horticultural displays, a market and a range of refreshment opportunities and other activities.

Organised in conjunction with the Wessex and Jersey Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies), the Creative Director is Angela Turner and her design team are Pip Bensley and Pauline Hurran, whose collective work has received National and International acclaim. All three will exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.

The floral designs will be created by hundreds of NAFAS Members and the Cathedral’s own flower arranging team. This event will be showcasing thousands of stunning flowers in this historic building.

Proceeds from Symphony of Flowers will go to support the refurbishment of the Cathedral Organ (shown above), which dates from the Great Exhibition in 1851, and it is planned that there will be a range of musical experiences, including organ recitals and a concert by the Cathedral Chamber Choir.

A full media pack is attached to this email, giving details of the inspiration behind the festival, the biographies of the contributors, and a selection of images taking the up some of the themes of the show.


Opening times
9am – 5pm Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
9am – 8pm on Wednesday and Friday.
Last admission one hour before closing.

£10 adults,
£5 children under 16,
£8 groups of 15 or more and NAFAS members.
Advance booking is highly recommended and includes fast-track admission.

Cathedral Box Office
Telephone booking: 01962 857 275; Internet booking:

Other attractions at the festival
In addition to the spectacular array of floral displays which will fill the medieval building with colour, visitors will be able to enjoy the musical accompaniment of our Cathedral organists and choirs, as well as being invited to stay for our daily Evensong, which will take place amongst the flowers. Details of the performances will be featured in the official Symphony of Flowers programme. And outside, in the Inner Close, there will be other horticultural displays, a range of refreshments and the opportunity to peruse and buy products offered by our hand-picked selection of exhibitors.

Eating and Drinking
Symphony of Flowers will offer plenty of opportunities for purchasing refreshments, including homemade cakes, afternoon teas and light lunches. We will also be offering a “Seafood Bar”, providing visitors with a chance to sample an array of seafood, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, all locally sourced. Unfortunately, we are unable to take any advance bookings.

Preview Evening - Tuesday 12 June at 7pm
An exclusive viewing of the arrangements with a champagne and canapé reception. Guests are invited to join us for Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Choir, at 6pm. Tickets: £30 from the Cathedral Box Office.

Flower Festival Concert – Saturday 15 June at 7pm (viewing), 8pm (concert)
Winchester Cathedral Chamber Choir performs a programme of music with a floral theme. Tickets: £30, which includes a welcome drink and exclusive viewing are again from the Cathedral Box Office.

Group bookings
Groups are welcome but must book in advance. Special arrangements can be made for admission and catering if required. Please contact Sarah Williams, Visitor Services Manager, on 01962 857 225; email:

Media Opportunities
There will be a number of media opportunities and releases over the coming months. Information will be circulated as they arise. In the meantime, please contact the Press Office.

Members of the Creative Team and others involved in the festival will be available by arrangement for interviews, etc.. The process of designing and creating the content of the show actually started last year, but the main work starts now, so there is a story to be told.
Please contact the press office for information.

Press Day
This is yet to be confirmed, but there are proposals for a Press Day shortly after Easter when, following Lent, the Cathedral will again be festooned with floral displays. This would be an ideal opportunity to get images to support features. Details will be circulated in due course.

The team is in the process of building up a library of high resolution images which can be provided on request and the relative credits will accompany each image. The images used in this document are mostly from a photo-shoot held at the end of February, using design concepts and flowers which will form the festival itself.

For press enquiry please email or call 01962 857 217/077968 549 628.

Download the Shymphony of Flowers media pack