The music planned for that session was held over for the following session with fingers crossed that the curse of St Swithun wasn’t going to stick around. It didn’t! So we were able to appreciate a stunning recording of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto (Mischa Maisky with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra). Part of Debussy’s Bergamasque Suite and Shostakovich’s 3rd String Quartet made up the rest of the programme.
The session notes and recordings can be accessed via the links below.
In 971 the Bishop at the time moved Swithun's remains to a new shrine, commissioned by the King, inside Winchester Cathedral. The legend says after his remains were moved inside there was a great storm and it rained for many weeks after. St. Swithin’s day falls on the 15th July, and it is reputed to be on this day that the great flood started (Noah etc), hence this day being associated with the weather forecast for the English summer.