Papagena: Foot Loose

A journey through vocal landscapes sacred and profane, tender, witty and urbane


No props, microphones or gimmicks, just five stunning voices from Papagena, the UK's flagship female voice ensemble, whose singers perform with many of the leading vocal consorts including Voices8 and The Sixteen. Launched in 2015 Papagena has appeared at major festivals including Edinburgh and the Three Choirs, has 3 CD albums to its name and has appeared regularly on BBC3 and 4, Classic FM and Scala Radio. With programmes which defy pigeonholding, Papagena juxtaposes classical repertoire with traditional folk, medieval and contemporary music, new commissions and its own compositions.


In Foot Loose Papagena will present a diverse programme ranging from scared medieval and Armenian motets to lilting ballads and lullabies. Throw into the mix Purcell Scarlatti, MacMillan. Sandy Denny, Canadian mouth music and a comedic commission and you have something for everyone!


“extraordinary voices” (BBC Radio 3)      “a breath of fresh air” (Norman Lebrecht)


Students and under-18s are eligible for half price tickets. Select the student option when booking.


Venue: St. John the Baptist Church, St. John's Street, Winchester SO23 0HF


Refreshments: There will be a donations bar available - for church funds - so please do give generously (cash only).


8.00pm Saturday 25 February 2023



Papagena is an a cappella vocal group set up to explore the wealth of music from medieval times to the present day written specifically for female voices. No props, microphones or gimmicks, just five stunning voices. The singers are all classically trained and include amongst their number a conductor, saxophonist, composer, opera and oratorio soloists. 

The group’s programming defies pigeonholing; Papagena juxtaposes classical repertoire with traditional folk, medieval and contemporary music to create programmes that can span nine centuries, from 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen to Joni Mitchell, from Byzantine hymns and lilting Celtic ballads to Norwegian lullabies, from Purcell to Katy Perry.


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