Worcester Three Choirs Festival
24 Jul — 28 Jul 2021 | Tour Director: Russell Keable
• Enjoy a superb selection of concerts at the 2021 festival, from Elgar’s The Music Makers and Enigma Variations to Purcell’s King Arthur
• Visit Great Malvern Priory, home to some of the most extensive and beautiful stained glass in the country
• Take in a brand new edition of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Solemn Prelude, specially created for the festival after the original manuscript was lost
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 Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra with Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano), Tom Mole (baritone) and Samuel Hudson (conductor): Copland Fanfare for the Common Man; Beethoven Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel; Elgar The Music Makers.
Morning lecture followed by free time or option to attend festival service featuring Worcester Cathedral Choir with Nicholas Freestone (organ) and Samuel Hudson (conductor): Jonathan Dove Missa brevis; Bairstow Let all mortal flesh keep silence. Afternoon festival performance at College Hall featuring Elgar Chorale with Christopher Allsop (organ/piano) and Piers Maxim (conductor): Holst Two Psalms; Elgar Two Part Songs; Howard Blake Songs of Truth and Glory; Hunt ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’; Roderick Williams Shout, O ye winds! (premiere); Sumsion In Exile; Piers Maxim Four Lullabies for the Girls; Elgar From the Bavarian Highlands. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring The Goldfield Ensemble with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) and Adrian Partington (conductor): Ethel Smyth Chrysilla, La Danse; Gabriel Jackson In the Mendips; Colin Matthews The Great Journey.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Great Malvern Priory (large display of stained glass and other treasures) for guided tour. Afternoon festival performance at College Hall featuring The Marian Consort with Rory McCleery (director): Scarlatti Stabat Mater; Tomkins Then David mourned; Dani Howard new work (premiere); Gabriel Jackson Stabat Mater. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring Gabrieli Consort and Players with Paul McCreesh (conductor) and soloists: Purcell King Arthur.
Morning lecture followed by free time. Afternoon festival performance at College Hall featuring The Orlando Consort: sacred poetry and music of the Renaissance, including works by Desprez, Tomkins and Gascongne. Evening festival performance featuring Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra with Nick Pritchard (tenor) and David Hill (conductor): Coleridge-Taylor Solemn Prelude; Elgar Enigma Variations; Gabriel Jackson The World Imagined.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
24 Jul — 28 Jul 2021
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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.