• Enjoy a terrific blend of festival concerts from intimate song recitals to thrilling orchestral works
• Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams and James Gilchrist bring their technical skills and musical artistry to a series of captivating vocal performances
• Soak up the evocative atmosphere of Gloucester Cathedral, a treasure-trove of architectural innovation
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Tour assembles 1415 at Gloucester railway station or 1445 at Hatherley Manor Hotel for four nights. Welcome and introduction. Evening festival performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Peter Hoare (tenor), Christopher Purves (baritone) and David Ireland (bass) with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra under Adrian Partington (conductor): Berlioz Le Damnation de Faust.
Morning lecture and some free time. Afternoon: short walking tour of Gloucester followed by afternoon festival recital in St Catharine’s Church featuring Joshua Ellicott (tenor): songs by Finzi and Gurney. Evening festival performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Ailyn Peréz (soprano), Christine Rice (alto), David Butt Philip (tenor) and James Platt (bass) with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra under Edward Gardner (conductor): Verdi Requiem.
Morning lecture followed by festival performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring the Rodolfus Choir under Ralph Allwood (conductor): works by Elgar, Mahler, Debussy and Tavener. Free afternoon. Evening festival performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor): Rachmaninoff Vespers.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Sudeley Castle and Gardens. Evening performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Natalie Clein (cello), April Frederick (soprano) and Neal Davies (baritone) with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Adrian Partington (conductor): Joubert An English Requiem; Elgar Cello Concerto; Berlioz Le Carnaval Romain.
Morning festival performance (venue TBC) featuring James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano) and the Carducci Quartet: ‘On Wenlock Edge’ – works by Vaughan Williams, Ian Venables, Debussy and Ravel. Tour disperses early afternoon, including drop-off at Gloucester railway station.
27 Jul — 31 Jul 2019
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accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £120.