Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: Viking Cruises and The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon

Guy Johnston (c) Kaupo Kikkas/Tom Poster (c) Sussie Ahlburg

Highclere Castle, Newbury

Highclere Castle Gala Concert

Monday 14th May, Highclere Castle, Newbury RG20 9RN
7.30pm (ends approx 9.20pm)
£50.00 including interval champagne


This event is currently sold out - please telephone the Box Office (0845 5218 218) to be added to the waiting list.




Guy Johnston cello
Tom Poster piano
Ethel Smyth Cello Sonata, Op.5
Grieg Cello Sonata in A minor, Op.36
Rachmaninov Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op.19


A welcome return by Guy Johnston and Tom Poster, two of the Festival’s previous Young Artists whose creative partnership is now one of Britain’s most established and renowned.


Dame Ethel Smyth’s composing career, most notably in opera, was occasionally interrupted by her actions as a suffragette; here is a rare opportunity to hear her chamber music. When studying in Leipzig, she met Grieg, whose cello sonata was premiered there; it is described as ‘imbued with the soaring ecstasy of yearning wistfulness’. The Rachmaninov sonata is perhaps his most famous chamber piece and a perfect example of the composer’s gift for sweeping, romantic melody.


"Stirringly impassioned." The Times, on Guy Johnston


"Warmly beguiling." Gramophone, on Tom Poster


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