Worcester Three Choirs Festival
28 Jul — 1 Aug 2021 | Tour Director: Richard Wigmore
• Enjoy a superb selection of highlight concerts at the 2021 festival, from Bach’s Magnificat to Britten’s Saint Nicolas
• Absorb the area’s musical history and links with Elgar with a visit to The Firs, the composer’s birthplace
• Soak up the evocative atmosphere of Worcester Cathedral, famous for its fine central tower
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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 Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra with Geraint Bowen (conductor): Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine; Grace Williams Sea Sketches; Duruflé Requiem.
Morning lecture followed by free time in Worcester. Afternoon festival performance at St Martin’s Church featuring Erika Mädi Jones (soprano) and Panaretos Kyriatzidis (piano): works by Vierne, Fauré, Grieg, Strauss, Debussy, Elgar and others. Evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring Three Cathedral Choirs and the Musical and Amicable Society with Geraint Bowen (conductor) and soloists: J S Bach Magnificat; Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri.
Morning lecture followed by free time in Worcester. Afternoon festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring National Youth String Orchestra with Damian Iorio (conductor): J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048; Kalinnikov Serenade for Strings; Rossini (arr. Damian Iorio) William Tell Overture; Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn; Howells Concerto for String Orchestra. Afternoon lecture followed by evening festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring the Worcester Cathedral Choir and Philharmonia Orchestra with Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Samuel Hudson (conductor): Dobrinka Tabakova Centuries of Meditations; Rutter Visions; Britten Saint Nicolas, Op 42.
Morning lecture followed by festival performance at Worcester Cathedral featuring National Youth Choir of Great Britain with Ben Parry (conductor): works by Joanna Marsh, Desprez, Fayrfax, Sweelinck, Kaija Saariaho, Monte, Praetorius, Poulenc and Shiva Feshareki. Afternoon visit to The Firs (Elgar’s birthplace and museum) for guided tour. Evening festival performance featuring Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra with Ruby Hughes (soprano), Guy Johnston (cello), Samuel Hudson and Adrian Partington (conductors): Ireland The Forgotten Rite; Howells Cello Concerto; Cecil Armstrong Gibbs Symphony No 2 ‘Odysseus’.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
28 Jul — 1 Aug 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.