The Chairman of the Newbury Spring Festival, David Livermore, hosted a reception at Donnington Priory to launch the forthcoming Spring Festival.
Speaking at the launch, Sir George said he strongly believed in high quality, accessible live music, which was why he had become a member of the Friends of NSF.
"Many of my constituents in North West Hampshire come to Newbury to quench their cultural thirst. Last year I enjoyed the performance at Highclere Castle by the Vienna Piano Trio, and the year before I was much moved by the recital of poems from the First World War at Sandham Chapel in Burghclere. I am sure this year's programme will be every bit as popular as last year's 25th Anniversary Programme."
Sir George praised the work which NSF did with schoolchildren, and thanked the many sponsors for their generosity.
The Festival begins with a performance of Haydn's Creation on May 8th at St Nicholas' Newbury
After Sir George, Mark Eynon, the Festival Director, gave more details of the programme