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Worcester Three Choirs Festival

24 Jul — 28 Jul 2021 | Tour Director: Russell Keable

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Tour Director

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Russell Keable,

BA, MMus

teaches at the University of Surrey and is active as a composer, arranger, lecturer, broadcaster and performer.

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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: Vierne Messe solennelle; Byrd Ave verum corpus. Afternoon festival performance at College Hall featuring Elgar Chorale with Roderick Williams (baritone), Christopher Allsop (organ/piano) and Piers Maxim (conductor): works including Holst Two Psalms; Howard Blake Songs of Truth and Glory; Hunt 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal'; Roderick Williams Shout, O ye winds! (premiere); Vaughan Williams Lord, thou hast been our refuge and Finzi Requiem da Camera. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring Three Choirs Festival Chorus and BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Nick Pritchard (tenor) and David Hill (conductor): Jack White Digital Dust; Elgar Enigma Variations; Gabriel Jackson The World Imagined.



Morning lecture followed by visit to The Firs (Elgar’s birthplace and museum) for guided tour. Afternoon festival performance at Worcester Baptist Church featuring Marian Consort with Rory McCleery (director): Scarlatti Stabat Mater; 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 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 Ruby Hughes (soprano), Njabulo Madlala (baritone) and Adrian Partington (conductor): Coleridge-Taylor Solemn Prelude, Op 40; Copland Appalachian Spring; Gibbs Symphony No 2 ‘Odysseus’.



Tour disperses after breakfast.

Tour Dates

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.