Back in April, 30 Ukrainian refugees, dressed in their national costume, sang and danced their way into the hearts of more than 200 local people, opening an outstanding series of lunchtime concerts in The Chapel of St Cross and raising money for Ukraine.

The concerts' principal aim has been to provide a performing opportunity for young musicians, drawn from local schools and colleges and also including star students from The Royal Academy of Music on London.

The 28 concerts have been noted for their variety and inclusiveness and have showcased students at all stages of their musical journey. They have become a fixture in the music calendar of Winchester

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The final concert, on Thursday October 26 at 12.30pm will feature The London Central Brass Trio from The Royal Academy of Music, who will play a programme to celebrate the end of a successful series.

Entry is free and refreshments will follow. 

The opening concert of the 2024 series with be given by The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, on Thursday April 18 at 12.30pm. Free entry with a retiring collection towards St Cross Hospital conservation.

The Hospital of St Cross is also planting a tree commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III on the same day, at 2pm.

By Graham Davies