Directions to Concert Venue - Romsey Abbey
For sat-nav users, the Abbey’s postcode is SO51 8EN. Romsey is well connected with the rest of England by road, rail and air. Southampton is seven miles away.
Arriving by road - From London, 80 miles away, follow the M3 to Southampton. From the Midlands, take the M40 and A34 to Winchester, which joins the M3 north of Winchester. At Junction 13, follow signs onto the M27 west-bound, joining traffic from Portsmouth and Brighton. A mile after Rownhams Services, turn off the M27 at Junction 3 and then take the third exit at the roundabout onto the M271 spur north-bound.
You should now find yourself, heading towards Romsey. At the roundabout at the end of the motorway, take the A3057 and, two miles further on at the next roundabout, turn left onto the A27 and cross the railway bridge for the final approach to Romsey.
About a mile later, shortly after a pedestrian crossing, you will come to another roundabout. Take the first exit left and at the next roundabout – quite a small one – take the third exit.
If you are travelling from the west, follow the A36 through Salisbury and take the second exit at the large roundabout beyond West Wellow onto the A3090. (take the first exit towards Bristol at junction 2 of the M27 east-bound). At the first roundabout after you cross a hump-backed bridge, take the first exit left.
Parking - There are three public pay-and-display car parks in Romsey suitable for leisure visitors. Sunday visitors may park in roads near the Abbey with fewer restrictions.
For the first two, follow the road to the town centre left around a sharp corner. For the first one, take the second exit at the mini-roundabout signposted towards the bus station; the car park is on the right. For the second, take the first exit at this mini-roundabout and follow signposts very shortly afterwards to the car park in Newton Lane. To reach the Abbey on foot, follow signs to the town square and then north towards Stockbridge, turning left into Church Lane opposite the Post Office.
The third car park is closer to the Abbey, although slightly more tucked away. Follow directions towards Winchester as far as the roundabout in front of the Plaza theatre, where you need to turn left and then right into Alma Road at the traffic lights. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and, although the road markings bear right, carry on, then turn right into the Lortemore Place car park. To reach the Abbey, head west into Abbey Walk and turn left, then cross into Church Lane, where the Abbey will be facing you.
Romsey Choral Society is delighted to welcome Richard Pearce, who takes up the baton as Musical Director of RCS for the new season, beginning with the Remembrance Day Concert on Saturday November 9th in Romsey Abbey.
Richard Pearce was organ scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, and is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He coaches and supervises singers and instrumentalists for careers in opera and on the concert platform.
He is a talented conductor, pianist and organist and is associated with many well known professional choirs, including the Royal Choral Society, and regularly records and broadcasts with the BBC Singers. He is the organist of choice for the Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras, and performs regularly in the Promenade Concerts, including the Last Night of the Proms. He also conducts and plays for services at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, and at the Houses of Parliament.
Since 2009, he has been Musical Director of the Waverley Singers, an amateur choir based in Farnham, with whom RCS has previously performed a joint concert.
The Remembrance Day Concert programme has an interesting twentieth century character. It comprises works by two American composers: Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux, and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the latter commissioned by the Dean of Chichester Cathedral for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival. Alongside these will be works by two English composers: John Rutter’s Requiem, and Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles.
7.30pm - Saturday 9 November 2019
Tickets - £20, £16 or £12 unreserved - concessions for students and children 16 and under. Tickets can be obtained from Romsey Heritage and Visitors Centre - Tel: 01794 512987, or online via the 'Music in Romsey' ticketing system hosted by ticketsource. Click here to go to the site and then click on the ticket symbol against the 9th November concert. They will also be available by emailing email@example.com, via choir members, and on the door.