Autumn Festival 2017 Sunday 17th September - Sunday 1st October 2017 Ambassadors and Benafactors Priority Booking is now open. Please log in to book. Friends Priority Booking opens on Friday 30th June. General Booking opens on Monday 10th July. Sunday 17th September Windsor's Bandstand 2:00 PM Sunday, 17 September 2017 Alexandra Gardens, Windsor Quickly becoming an annual tradition, join us around the Bandstand in Alexandra Gardens for an afternoon of music to mark the start of this year’s Festival. Monday 18th September Princess Charlotte and the Scandalous Georgians Walk 10:30 AM Monday, 18 September 2017 Royal Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the tragic death in childbirth of Princess Charlotte and a turning point in British history. How to Write a Bestseller 3:00 PM Monday, 18 September 2017 Coworth Park, Ascot Selling over 330 million copies of his books in 97 countries and in more than 37 languages, Jeffrey Archer is a man of many talents. A History of Pubs in Windsor Walk 7:00 PM Monday, 18 September 2017 Windsor and Eton Riverside Station, Datchet Road, Windsor The origins of Public Houses can be traced through the ages. In fact, the great British pub started life as a great Italian wine bar! It was the Romans who first brought roads, towns and pubs, known as tabernae, in AD43. Tuesday 19th September The Savill Garden Walk 2:00 PM Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Entrance to the Savill Building, Savill Garden Join John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens in Windsor Great Park, for this informative walk around The Savill Garden. Wendy Cope 3:00 PM Tuesday, 19 September 2017 The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor Wendy Cope’s witty and astute poems in collections such as Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Two Cures for Love, and Family Values, have made her one of the nation’s most popular poets. Nathan Meltzer with the Philharmonia Orchestra 7:30 PM Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle This year our flagship Waterloo Chamber concert offers a feast of romantic classics and young talent. Under the direction of Michael Francis, a British conductor whose star is on the rise, the Philharmonia present a programme of music for which they are renowned. Wednesday 20th September Long Walk Carriage Rides 20 September 2017 Top of the Long Walk, outside Windsor Castle Step back in time and travel with England’s oldest Licensed Hackney Carriage company, and Windsor’s last licensees to operate throughout The Great Park. The Snowdon Files and A Very Expensive Poison 7:00 PM Wednesday, 20 September 2017 The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor Likened to le Carré, journalist, writer and award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian, Luke Harding, is the author responsible for two shockingly true political thrillers. Thursday 21st September The Sixth Victim 3:00 PM Thursday, 21 September 2017 Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park London’s East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins… Meet the Authors 7:00 PM Thursday, 21 September 2017 The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor Delve into the world of fiction writing with some of the region’s top talent as they talk about their publishing journey and latest titles. La Boheme 7:30 PM Thursday, 21 September 2017 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead Maidenhead Music Society present Barefoot Opera Company’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme, an opera where youth, joie de vivre and passion are depicted struggling against the hard, dark city. Russian Treasures 7:30 PM Thursday, 21 September 2017 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle The Eastern Orthodox Churches are associated with a wealth of choral music dating back to the 16th century. Tenebrae are one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, renowned for their passion and precision. Friday 22nd September Hidden Windsor Walk 10:30 AM Friday, 22 September 2017 Royal Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping ‘Hidden Windsor’ does not necessarily mean places off the beaten track (although this tour will take in a few of these), but items of street furniture and buildings that residents and visitors pass by without a second glance. Peter and the Wolf 2:00 PM Friday, 22 September 2017 Windsor Parish Church, High Street, Windsor This delightful afternoon children’s concert will bring young people face to face with all the characters from Prokofiev’s colourful Peter and the Wolf. Wales of the Unexpected 7:00 PM Friday, 22 September 2017 Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park Roald Dahl was a man characterised by multiple identities who never ceased to reimagine Wales in his work. Hackney Colliery Band 8:00 PM Friday, 22 September 2017 Windsor Parish Church, High Street, Windsor Part of the great appeal of Hackney Colliery Band lies in their diverse set list. Taking their cues from the worlds of contemporary rock and electronica, jazz and global brass, they switch between high energy and moody introspection, from cutting edge jazz to dancefloor rave. Saturday 23rd September Literary Lions Walk 10:30 AM Saturday, 23 September 2017 Royal Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping From Shakespeare to Queen Victoria, Thomas Hardy to H G Wells: discover Windsor’s literary legacy with this fascinating town walk. Survival in Solitude 6:30 PM Saturday, 23 September 2017 Royal Chapel, Windsor Great Park British humanitarian, Terry Waite travelled to Lebanon in the 1980s to secure the release of four hostages, but found himself captured in 1987. Jazz at the Brewery 8:00 PM Saturday, 23 September 2017 Windsor & Eton Brewery Multi-award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett (BBC Jazz Awards, British Jazz Awards) brings his barnstorming quartet to the Festival for an evening of ‘classic’ modern jazz, drawing on the repertoire of British jazz legend Tubby Hayes. Sunday 24th September An Evening with Princess Josephine Loewenstein; In conversation with Hugo Vickers 7:00 PM Sunday, 24 September 2017 Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park Princess Josephine Loewenstein has certainly enjoyed a life lived to the full. Spend a refreshing evening in her company as she casts a poignant look at the collage of memories, parties and people captured in her memoirs, Wind in My Hair. A Song for Peace: A concert of Music and Poetry on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele 7:30 PM Sunday, 24 September 2017 St Stephen's Church, Vansittart Road, Windsor In the tranquillity of one of Windsor’s beautiful, but lesser-known churches, vocal ensemble Voci present this concert of choral pieces, recitations and organ music, played on the recently renovated J W Walker 1875 organ. Monday 25th September Routes to London, Ancient and Modern 2:00 PM Monday, 25 September 2017 The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor The coming of Crossrail, the largest building project in Europe in recent times, is just the latest version of a very old east-west route to and from London. Hallelujah! 7:30 PM Monday, 25 September 2017 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Celebrating the great composers of the early English Choral tradition, this programme of music by Handel and Purcell sees The Choir of St George’s Chapel joined by a period instrument ensemble. Tuesday 26th September The Blue Plaques of Windsor Walk 10:30 AM Tuesday, 26 September 2017 Royal Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping There are many people who were born or came to live in Windsor and who have gone on to make a significant contribution to life in the town or elsewhere. A Gesture of Friendship: The Musical Manuscripts of Malcolm Arnold 6:30 PM Tuesday, 26 September 2017 Election Hall and Tower Gallery, Eton College Malcolm Arnold was one of the most distinguished British composers of his generation, writing for the ballet, theatre, and film screen as well as the concert hall. Private Dining Experience at The Hind's Head 7:00 PM Tuesday, 26 September 2017 The Hind's Head. Bray Drawing on its history as a 15th century hunting lodge and coaching inn, Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred restaurant has recently undergone a fantastical interior transformation. Wednesday 27th September Remembering P D James 2:00 PM Wednesday, 27 September 2017 The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor The death of P D James in 2014 brought to an end the career of Britain’s most popular crime writer since Agatha Christie. Darkness over Germany 7:00 PM Wednesday, 27 September 2017 Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park A pioneering young woman who defied her critics, Amy Buller led groups of British intellectuals to Germany during the 1930s to confront the threat and appeal of the Nazis. Thursday 28th September Pevsner's Windsor Walk 10:30 AM Thursday, 28 September 2017 Royal Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping On this walk you will see and hear about the buildings in Windsor which the renowned architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, chose to include in his Guide to the County of Berkshire published in 1966. Music: What is it and what is it for? 3:00 PM Thursday, 28 September 2017 Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park Everybody loves music. But have you ever stopped to wonder exactly what music is? Eton Silver and English Revolutions 6:30 PM Thursday, 28 September 2017 College Chapel, Eton College Delivered in the breath-taking surroundings of College Chapel, this talk by the Keeper of Silver at Eton College will look in detail at a series of plate bought or commissioned for use on the altars of Eton College Chapel. Eton Boys' Concert 8:15 PM Thursday, 28 September 2017 School Hall, Eton College The Eton Boys’ Concert, set in the handsome surroundings of Eton College School Hall, continues the Festival’s close relationship with the school’s thriving music department. Friday 29th September Cranbourne Forest Walk 2:00 PM Friday, 29 September 2017 Rangers Gate Car Park on the A332 Join John Deakin, Chief Forester at The Crown Estate, for an informative walk through one of the least known, yet most historic woodlands in Windsor Great Park. High Spirits! Ghost Walk 7:00 PM Friday, 29 September 2017 Windsor and Eton Riverside Station, Datchet Road, Windsor Windsor has a long and illustrious history but it has not always been so. Behind the finery there have been dark times of war, plague, persecution, disease ... and ghosts both in the town and within the Castle. Piano Recital with Daniel Kharitonov 7:30 PM Friday, 29 September 2017 School Hall, Eton College Daniel Kharitonov has attracted attention as an ambitious and undeniably talented young pianist. Born in the Russian Far East, he emerged at the very top of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2015 aged just 16 years old. Saturday 30th September A Walk on the Quiet Side: A guide to the West of Windsor Great Park 10:30 AM Saturday, 30 September 2017 Rangers Gate Car Park on the A332 Take a pleasant stroll around the area Great Park residents call 'home'. Look closer – there's far more to see and hear about here than meets the eye! Schools' Coffee Concert 11:00 AM Saturday, 30 September 2017 Windsor Parish Church, High Street, Windsor A regular feature of Windsor Festival programmes in recent years, this year's Schools’ Coffee Concert will consist of a mix of choral, instrumental, ensemble and solo items. The Creation 7:30 PM Saturday, 30 September 2017 School Hall, Eton College Established in 1837, when William IV was on the throne, Windsor and Eton Choral Society are one of the 10 oldest choral societies in the country. Supported by fine soloists and the internationally in demand Brandenburg Sinfonia, here they present Haydn’s supreme setting of the story of the Creation. Sunday 1st October Art Treasures of Eton College 1:30 PM Sunday, 1 October 2017 Brewhouse Yard, Eton College Pick up a free entry map in Brewhouse Yard, at the end of Baldwin’s Shore off Eton High Street, and follow the trail for a unique opportunity to see the art treasures held by Eton College. All The Queen's Horses 3:00 PM Sunday, 1 October 2017 Coworth Park, Ascot The Royal Mews at Windsor Castle is responsible for the care and welfare of all the horses ridden by members of The Royal Family. As many as 92 animals can be stabled there during Easter Court, The Royal Windsor Horse Show, Royal Ascot, and State Visits.