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Sat, 21 Jun

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Sherborne Saint John

95th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Come and join Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra for a wonderful summer's evening of classical music at The Vyne to celebrate 95 years of the orchestra and to commemorate the 250th birthday of famed local novelist, Jane Austen.

95th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
95th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Time & Location

21 Jun 2025, 19:00 – 22:00

Sherborne Saint John, Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL, UK

About the Event

Come and join the orchestra for a wonderful summer evening of classical music at The Vyne to celebrate our 95th Season and to commemorate the 250th birthday of famed local novelist, Jane Austen. The orchestra will be performing Carl Davis’ Theme from Pride and Prejudice in celebration of Jane’s 250th anniversary this year.

Set in 1500 acres of gardens and woodland in the parish of Sherborne St John, The Vyne is a beautiful Tudor house. It was built by William Sandys, Knight of the Garter and Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. In 1653 it was sold by the Sandy family to Chaloner Chute, a Parliamentarian and House of Commons Speaker.

Jane Austen was born in nearby Steventon, close to Basingstoke in 1775 and she would have been very familiar with this magnificent house. The Chute children were of similar ages to the Austens, and it was a family that Jane knew well. Although the eight mile distance from Jane’s home at Steventon to the Vyne took more than an hour by carriage, they visited often. Jane’s friendship with the Chute family was through her eldest brother James. The boys often went hunting with the Chute brothers, and William and James became life long friends.

Dancing at The Vyne usually followed dinner parties, and the carpet would have been rolled up and the furniture pushed back. In the letters Jane wrote from Steventon, she says of one dance at The Vyne “I danced nine dances out of ten, five with Stephen Terry, T. Chute & James Digweed & four with Catherine. There was commonly a couple of ladies standing up together, but not often any so amiable as ourselves.”

Do bring a picnic and pray that the British weather is kind! Perhaps gazebos or large umbrellas may be a useful insurance policy!

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