Ethelflaeda Festival


2018 marks the 10th Ethelflaeda Festival which combines art, music, words, and prayer into a reflective and inspiring few days. The Festival takes place from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st October 2018 in Romsey Abbey.  The programme outline is as follows. Watch out for more details and be sure to put the dates in your diary and join us in October!

Sunday 7th October to Friday 2nd November 2018

An exhibition by Peter Eugene Ball  

With a career spanning more than 50 years and over 70 major works in churches and cathedrals throughout the UK, including 2 pieces installed at Romsey Abbey*, we are delighted to host an exhibition of religious and secular works by the sculptor, Peter Eugene Ball. This exhibition will include previously unseen works, many of which will be available to purchase.

* i) Christus Rex in St George’s Chapel and ii) St Nicholas in St Nicholas’ Chapel.

Wednesday 17th October

Romsey Abbey Primary School will take part in activities during the day and evening in the Abbey including a tour of the Bell Tower

5.45pm VESPERS

Thursday 18th October

5.45pm VESPERS

Friday 19th October


Dr. Janina Ramirez is a ‘cultural historian, broadcaster, and author based at the University of Oxford with a passion for communicating ideas about the past’.

The title of this lecture is ‘Women in the Anglo-Saxon Church: Power, Passion and Politics’.

Saturday 20th October – 7.30pm 


Sansara is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. This concert programme will feature pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, John Taverner, William Harris and others.

Sansara were winners of the 2015 London International A Cappella Choir Competition, the choir’s performance highlights include the London A Cappella Festival, Temple Winter Festival, Winchester Festival, and a performance of Arvo Pärt’s music at St John’s Smith Square, with the composer present. In February 2017, they released their debut recording ‘Cloths of Heaven’ and received high praise for the group’s “perfect intonation and clean, pure sound” (The Observer) and “breathtaking interpretations” (Choir & Organ). The disc has since been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir, Breakfast and Essential Classics.

Tickets are available online via

Sunday 21st October


6.30pm CHORAL EVENSONG & PROCESSION: Guest Preacher – Revd Christine Smith

The service will include the “Legends of Ethelflaeda” culminating in a procession and prayers in the chapel dedicated to her.