• Enjoy a selection of highlight concerts at the 2020 festival, centred upon the theme of ‘journeys’
• Absorb the area’s musical history and links with Elgar
• Soak up the evocative atmosphere of Worcester Cathedral, famous for its fine central tower
teaches at the University of Surrey and is active as a composer, arranger, lecturer, broadcaster and performer.
Tour assembles 1400 at Worcester Whitehouse Hotel for four nights. Welcome and introduction followed by short orientation walking tour. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano) and Samuel Hudson (conductor): Copland Fanfare for the Common Man; Nico Muhly Senex puerum portabat; Stephen Paulus Sea Portraits; Elgar The Music Makers.
Morning lecture followed by optional Festival Eucharist at Worcester Cathedral. Afternoon excursion to Little Malvern for St Wulstan’s Church (Elgar family graves) and Great Malvern Priory. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring Anita Watson (soprano), Catherine Carby (mezzo-soprano), Ed Lyon (tenor), David Stout (baritone) and Geraint Bowen (conductor): Elgar Enigma Variations; Parker Hora Novissima.
Morning lecture followed by free time in Worcester. Afternoon festival performance featuring Robert Plane and the Elias Quartet: Howells Rhapsodic Quintet; Beethoven String Quartet No 11 ‘Serioso’; Bliss Clarinet Quintet. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring the Gabrieli Consort and Players with Paul McCreesh (conductor): Purcell King Arthur.
Morning lecture followed by free time in Worcester. Afternoon festival performance featuring David Owen Norris (pianist), Zeb Soanes and the Jupiter Ensemble: ‘Beethoven, Wordsworth and the French Revolution’ (musical works to be confirmed). Evening festival performance featuring the Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir, Worcester and Gloucester Girl Choristers, Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Geraint Bowen (conductor): Dobrinka Tabakova Centuries of Meditations; John Rutter Visions; Britten Saint Nicolas.
Late morning festival performance featuring the English Symphony Orchestra: Philip Sawyers Mayflower on the Seas of Time; Beethoven Symphony No 7; James Frances Brown Symphony (premiere), followed by tour dispersal.
25 Jul — 29 Jul 2020
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and participants must be prepared for traversing potentially uneven ground, cobbles, steps and dimly lit interiors.
Cost of £1295 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £120.
TOUR CODE: WTH120