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  • Test Event

    12:00am Thursday 13 March 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Please do not book tickets for this event.  It has been set up so that tests can be run on the online booking pages.

  • Coach to Cirencester Park Polo Event

    10:30am Friday 13 June 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

  • Opening Service

    11:30am Saturday 26 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Donizetti Ave Maria
    Respighi Suite for organ and strings
    Stanford Te Deum in Bb
    Franck Psalm 150
    Bach Wie will ich mich freuen (from Cantata no. 146)

    Entrance is by ticket only (free of charge)

  • Festival Reception

    12:45pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    Boathouse, King's School, WR1 2NF

    Celebrate the start of the festival and enjoy the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival with drinks and canapés. Open to all.

  • A Shropshire Lad: The Great War in English Song

    2:30pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    Huntingdon Hall, WR1 3LD

    George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad perfectly captures the essence of Englishness while poignantly recalling those ‘lads in their hundreds’ who, like the composer himself, lost their lives to World War I. One of our festival favourites, baritone Roderick Williams, will be performing this and songs by, amongst others, Gurney, Ireland, Finzi and Anthony Payne.

    Kindly supported by Harry Prince & Michael Guittard

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    3:30pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Join the Globe Theatre in its exciting new production of Shakespeare’s wittiest of comedies. Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being unacknowledged, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare’s most endearing lovers.

    Kindly supported by Postcode Anywhere

  • Choral Evensong

    5:30pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Howells Hymn to St Cecilia
    David Briggs Festival Responses
    Paul Paviour Evening Service
    Stanford For lo, I raise up

  • Hot Supper - Mediterranean Chicken

    6:00pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: Mediterranean chicken in a tomato and mascarpone sauce, or vegetarian enchilada with cheese sauce. Served with herby diced roasted potatoes, broccoli & cherry tomatoes, and honey-glazed carrots. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Pre-Concert Talk: Britten and Pacifism

    6:00pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Former chairman of Aldeburgh Music Lord Stevenson of Coddenham talks about Britten’s life-long commitment to conscientious objection. This event will take place in the King’s School Theatre.

  • Britten War Requiem

    7:45pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    The first of this year’s evening concerts features one of the most iconic choral works in British musical history. Combining text from the Latin Requiem Mass with vivid anti-war poetry by Wilfred Owen, this deeply affecting work serves as a compelling reminder, in this anniversary year, of the ‘pity of war’.

    Kindly supported by the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust

  • The Song of Angels

    10:15pm Saturday 26 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Music to include:

    Orlando Gibbons The Song of Angels
    Howard Skempton And there was war in heaven
    William Byrd Ave Maria

    In this late-night concert Opus Anglicanum, a five-man a cappella group, together with a narrator, present a programme centred on angels and their roles as guardians, warriors, messengers and healers. Prepare to be transported to the heavens with a selection of 15th-century songs and Gregorian chant, interspersed with readings of mediaeval texts.

  • Sing Gregorian Chant with Opus Anglicanum

    10:00am Sunday 27 July 2014
    St Swithun's Church, WR1 2PN

    This workshop with Opus Anglicanum prepares participants to perform Vespers of St Dunstan, as sung in Worcester Cathedral nearly 800 years ago. Finish the day by performing the Vespers in tonight’s Choral Evensong at 5.30pm in the cathedral. This unique opportunity is suitable for both experienced and novice singers.

  • Festival Eucharist

    10:30am Sunday 27 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Music to include:

    Mendelssohn Richte mich nicht

  • The Aquilon Ensemble

    1:00pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Beethoven Music for a mechanical clock (arr. Felix Skowronek)
    Reicha Wind Quintet in E flat Op. 88
    Arnold Three Sea Shanties
    Szervansky Wind Quintet No 1
    Bizet Jeux d’enfants (arr. Gordon Davis)

    Join the Aquilon Ensemble, an exciting and dynamic wind quintet and winner of last year’s Three Choirs Festival Young Musician Competitive Showcase, in an effervescent programme of music from Bizet to Arnold. This event will take place in King’s School Theatre.

     

  • Towards the New World

    2:30pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    Huntingdon Hall, WR1 3LD

    Janáček String Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
    Mozart String Quartet No 16 in E flat k 428
    Dvořák String Quartet in F ‘The American’

    Written during the composer’s trip to the United States, Dvořák’s ‘American’ String Quartet is admired worldwide for its combination of exuberance and melancholic pining for home. This work is at the heart of a programme given by the Sacconi Quartet, a fast-rising British group recognised for their ‘energy, creativity and integrity of interpretation’.

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    3:30pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Join the Globe Theatre in its exciting new production of Shakespeare’s wittiest of comedies. Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being unacknowledged, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare’s most endearing lovers.

  • Choral Evensong: Vespers of St Dunstan

    5:30pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    A mediaeval liturgy featuring the Vespers of St Dunstan sung by the ‘Sing Gregorian Chant’ workshop participants with Opus Anglicanum as cantors.

  • Hot Supper - Roast Beef

    6:00pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, or mushroom lattice. Served with traditional roast potatoes, buttered cabbage & bacon, and roasted parsnips. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Rob Pointon: Private View

    6:30pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    An exclusive opportunity to meet artist-in-residence Rob Pointon. His picture of the sunlit exterior of Worcester Cathedral will be raffled in aid of the Three Choirs Festival. The draw will take place on Saturday August 2nd. Ticket price includes wine and canapés. This event will take place in the Chapter House.

  • Dvořák Stabat Mater

    7:45pm Sunday 27 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Conducted by the composer himself at Three Choirs Festival Worcester in 1884, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater is a testament to his extraordinary musical talent. Completed after the tragic deaths of his three children, the piece embodies the composer’s journey from grief to hope in an intensely emotional setting of the 13th-century poem.

     Kindly supported by Worcester City Council

  • Coach Travel - Malvern Hills

    10:00am Monday 28 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Return coach travel for ‘Malvern Hills Poetry Walk’, departing King Street, Worcester at 10.00am.

    Tickets, price £6, must be purchased in advance.

  • Malvern Hills Poetry Walk

    10:30am Monday 28 July 2014
    British Camp car park, Malvern Hills, WR13 6DW

    Enjoy a light ramble with Linda Hart in the idyllic countryside of the Malvern Hills with poetry from the Three Counties. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills have inspired a wealth of artistic creativity.

    Some steep slopes and rough ground; appropriate footwear advisable. Sorry, no dogs please. The walk departs from British Camp car park. Parking charge £3.

  • Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir

    11:00am Monday 28 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Paul Mealor Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
    Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
    Joseph Phibbs Shadows of Sleep

    Consisting of enthusiastic young singers from all three counties, the TCF Youth Choir has enjoyed success after success since its inception in 2010. This year we welcome them in performances of Vaughan Williams’ great Mass in G minor and Joseph Phibbs’ challenging, yet utterly fascinating cantata Shadows of Sleep.

    Kindly supported by the Perry Family Charitable Trust

  • Coach Travel - St Martin's Church

    12:30pm Monday 28 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Return coach travel for today’s lunchtime concert at St Martin’s Church departing from King Street, Worcester at 12.30pm.

    Tickets, price £4, must be purchased in advance. 

  • Lunchtime Young Artists Series Organ Recital

    1:00pm Monday 28 July 2014
    St Martin's Church, Worcester, WR5 2ED

    The first of our Young Artists’ lunchtime concert series features a recent prizewinner from the Royal College of Organists’ diploma examinations.

     

  • Coach Travel - Pershore Abbey

    1:30pm Monday 28 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for ‘Serenity, Courage and Wisdom: Music and Readings for Remembrance’ with the Proteus Ensemble at Pershore Abbey departing King Street, Worcester at 1.30pm.

    Tickets, price £8, must be purchased in advance.

  • Serenity Courage Wisdom: Music and Readings for Remembrance

    2:30pm Monday 28 July 2014
    Pershore Abbey, WR10 1DT

    Programme to include:

    John Tavener Kohima (when you go home)
    David Briggs O Lord support us
    Pierre Villette Jesu Dulcis Memoria
    excerpts from David Briggs Messe pour Notre Dame
    Charlotte Mew May 1915
    Laurence Binyon They shall not grow old

    The Proteus Ensemble presents a poignant programme of music and readings for remembrance, in what will be their debut concert and also the launch of their very first CD.

    Kindly supported by Anna and Toby Hooper in memory of Lt Col Brian Hooper MBE (1917–45) and for all the fallen

  • Choral Evensong

    5:30pm Monday 28 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Westrup Crossing the Bar
    Rose Responses
    Blair Evening Service in B minor
    Hadley My beloved spake

  • Hot Supper - Breaded Turkey Cutlet

    6:00pm Monday 28 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: breaded turkey cutlet with whole-grain mustard sauce, or pea and sweet potato risotto. Served with creamed potatoes, buttered leeks, and sautéed French beans. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Mahler Symphony No 2 'Resurrection'

    7:45pm Monday 28 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Tackling broad questions of life after death, Mahler’s much-loved second symphony ranks as one of the most expansive symphonies ever written. The performance of this inspiring work is the first visit to the festival for Juraj Valčuha, chief conductor of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra.

    Juraj Valčuha is kindly supported by Richard Arenschieldt

  • Lay Clerks in Concert

    10:15pm Monday 28 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Music to include:

    Arthur Sullivan The long day closes

    By popular demand, the lay clerks of the Three Cathedral Choirs return to sing a selection of music very far removed from their usual liturgical repertoire!

    Kindly supported by Dr J. A. Harvey

  • Elgar's Homes and Haunts

    10:00am Tuesday 29 July 2014
    From the Elgar Statue, High Street, WR1 2ET

    A two-hour walk led by the Blue and Green Badge Guides of Worcester, visiting the numerous sites in the city associated with the great English composer.

  • Pack up your Troubles!

    10:00am Tuesday 29 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    An entertaining singing workshop, led by Piers Maxim, celebrating songs from the years of WW1, culminating in an informal performance, open to all, at 12.30pm.

  • Aisa Ijiri

    11:00am Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Huntingdon Hall, WR1 3LD

    Debussy Images, series 1
    Reflets dans l’eau
    Hommage à Rameau
    Mouvement
    de Falla Fantasia baetica
    Rachmaninov Études-tableaux Op.33
    No 7 in E flat
    No 8 in G minor
    Prokofiev Ten pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op. 75

    Aisa Ijiri’s vibrant and highly virtuosic programme explores the iridescent colours of French Impressionism and spirited rhythms of Spanish dance before a romantic, Shakespearian finale.

    Kindly supported by Dr Peter Mayner, Philip Jones, Anthony Hampson and Charles Lodge

  • Coach Travel - St Martin's Church

    12:30pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for today’s lunchtime concert with violinist Rose Hsien at St Martin’s Church departing from King Street, Worcester at 12.30pm.

    Tickets, price £4, must be purchased in advance. 

  • Lunchtime Young Artists Series Rose Hsien

    1:00pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    St Martin's Church, Worcester, WR5 2ED

    Today’s performer is a recipient of the Philharmonia’s Martin Musical Scholarship 2013 Award. Accompanied by Tom Blach, Rose Hien plays sonatas by Debussy and Elgar and Ravel’s Tzigane.

  • Bach Mass in B minor

    2:30pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    The annual concert performance by the professional cathedral choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester is at the heart of the Three Choirs Festival programme, reflecting the origins of the festival around 300 years ago. This year they unite with the period instruments of the Academy of Ancient Music to perform J S Bach’s Mass in B minor, one of the cornerstones of western classical music.

  • Vesta

    3:15pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Huntingdon Hall, WR1 3LD

    Vesta, by Chris Jaeger, is the story of Worcester-born Vesta Tilley, a male impersonator from the golden age of music hall. It includes 12 of Vesta’s original songs including ‘Burlington Bertie’ and ‘Following in Father’s Footsteps’ all performed by actress Claire Worboys.

  • Evening Prayer

    5:30pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    This said service will be held in the crypt.

  • Three Choirs Festival Society AGM

    5:30pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Open to Society members only. This event will be held in the King’s School Theatre.

  • Hot Supper - Pork Stroganoff

    6:00pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: pork stroganoff with braised garlic rice, or pumpkin ravioli. Served with savoury potatoes, mangetout, and sautéed red cabbage & apple. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Tenebrae: Russian Treasures

    7:45pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Rachmaninoff  Priidite, poklonimsya (All-Night Vigil)
    Rachmaninoff  Great Litany (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)
    Rachmaninoff  The Cherubic Hymn
    Rachmaninoff  Blazhen muzh (All-Night Vigil)
    Stravinsky Ave Maria
    Chesnokov  Izhe Heruvimi
    Sheremetiev  Rejoice now ye heavenly powers
    Kalinnikov  I will love thee
    Stravinsky Pater noster
    Tavener Hymn to the mother of God

    Rachmaninoff  Nunc dimittis
    Tavener Funeral Ikos
    Rachmaninoff  Bogoroditse Devo
    Chesnokov Svete tihi
    Rachmaninoff  Nÿne otpushchayeshi
    Tchaikovsky  Legend (The Crown of Roses)
    Kedrov  Otche nash

    Most Christian liturgies are strongly associated with singing, but none are defined by the human voice quite like those of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Here Nigel Short and Tenebrae perform a programme featuring some little-known gems and a selection of familiar favourites, including music from Rachmaninov’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Tenebrae’s recent CD topped the classical music charts.

  • Chapel and Tavern

    10:15pm Tuesday 29 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Enjoy rousing gallery hymns in College Hall before moving to the marquee on College Green for ballads, catches and dance tunes with fiddle, curtal and tabor. The Carnival Band, renowned for its imaginative and entertaining interpretations of popular music of the past, is joined by leading early music vocalist Vivien Ellis.

  • Clang Bang Toot Hoot

    10:00am Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Angel Centre, Worcester, WR1 3QN

    The Carnival Band invites the youngest festival-goers to join them in a selection of songs, dances, and musical stories from all over the world. Played on an irreverently joyous mix of instruments (guitar, double bass, clarinet, shawm, curtal etc), this is the perfect introduction to the wonders of world, folk and early music.

    Suitable for 5 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum two children per paying adult).

  • Elgar's Homes and Haunts

    10:00am Wednesday 30 July 2014
    From the Elgar Statue, High Street, WR1 2ET

    A two-hour walk led by the Blue and Green Badge Guides of Worcester, visiting the numerous sites in the city associated with the great English composer.

  • Coach Travel - St Georges, Barbourne

    10:30am Wednesday 30 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for ‘The Rodolfus Choir: Time and its Passing’ departing King Street, Worcester at 10.30am.

    Tickets, price £4, must be purchased in advance.

  • The Rodolfus Choir: Time and its Passing

    11:00am Wednesday 30 July 2014
    St Georges Church, Barbourne, WR1 1HX

    Music to include:

    John Tavener O do not move
    JS Bach Et incarnatus est (Mass in B minor)
    Thomas Tallis Thou wast, O God, and thou wast blest
    Arvo Part … which was the son of ….
    Herbert Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing
    Hubert Parry Music when soft voices
    John Tavener Song for Athene
    Zoltan Kodaly Evening Song

    With a sound hailed as ‘unspeakably beautiful’ by Gramophone magazine, the Rodolfus Choir has firmly established itself as one of the leading young choirs in the UK. Take a pilgrimage in choral music from dawn to dusk with this prestigious group.

    Kindly supported by Miss Katharine Wedgbury

  • Strictly Carnival: A concert for people who can't sit still!

    11:15am Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Angel Centre, Worcester, WR1 3QN

    The Carnival Band presents an hour of dance inspired music and song from the farandole to the hand-jive. With bagpipes, shawms, fiddles and drums, get ready to jump for joy, join in the songs and, if you play an instrument, bring it along and play with the band!

    Suitable for 6–12 year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum three children per paying adult).

  • Coach Travel - St Martin's Church

    12:30pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for today’s lunchtime concert with cellist Svetlana Mochalova at St Martin’s Church departing from King Street, Worcester at 12.30pm.

    Tickets, price £4, must be purchased in advance.

  • Lunchtime Young Artists Series Svetlana Mochalova

    1:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    St Martin's Church, Worcester, WR5 2ED

    Today’s performer is a recipient of the Philharmonia’s Martin Musical Scholarship 2013 Award. This exciting young cellist will play works by Schumann and Rachmaninov, accompanied by Slava Sidorenko.

  • Coach Travel - Pershore Abbey

    1:30pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for the Aronowitz Ensemble’s afternoon recital at Pershore Abbey departing from King Street, Worcester at 1.30pm.

    Tickets, price £8, must be purchased in advance. 

  • Young Musicians of Worcestershire Auditions

    2:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Featuring some of the winners from the last five years, this competitive process will culminate in a showcase finale by the winning soloists tomorrow in College Hall. TCF General Manager Dominic Jewel and Donald Hunt, former Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, are the judges in this competition.

    Tickets for this afternoon’s performance are also valid for tomorrow’s showcase.

  • Elgar and Korngold Piano Quintets

    2:30pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Pershore Abbey, WR10 1DT

    Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84
    Korngold Piano Quintet in E Op. 15

    The ever-popular Aronowitz Ensemble explores the extremities of early 20th-century chamber music. Performed in the historic Pershore Abbey, this concert juxtaposes the quintessential Englishness of Elgar with the romantic virtuosity of Korngold, who was also famous for his film music.

  • Choral Evensong

    3:30pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Tomkins O praise the Lord, all ye heathen
    Howells Responses
    Howells Evening Service in G
    Byrd Laudibus in sanctis

    The congregation is asked to be seated by 3.15pm. Late admittance will not be allowed as this is a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

  • Hot Supper - Braised Beef Steak

    6:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: braised beef steak in a red wine sauce, or gnocchi in tomato and basil sauce. Served with croquette potatoes, baton carrots and broccoli au gratin. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Woodbine Willie: A Worcester Vicar at War

    6:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    The Revd Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy was affectionately known as ‘Woodbine Willie’ for his habit of handing out cigarettes to troops. Join Canon Paul Tongue in a talk about the great hero and former vicar of St Paul’s Church, Worcester. This event will take place in King’s School Theatre.

  • Romantic Heroes

    7:45pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Strauss Don Juan
    Korngold Violin Concerto
    Walton Henry V

    With a tone poem based around the womanising antics of the legendary Don Juan and two works by revered Hollywood film composers, the programme for this concert is bound to make you hang off the edge of your seat.

    This exciting performance features international violinist Andrew Haveron and conductor John Wilson. The narrator for Walton’s Henry V will be confirmed shortly.

    Kindly supported by the Wigornia Circle (a syndicate of individuals). John Wilson kindly supported by Joanna Brickell. Andrew Haveron kindly supported by the David Shove Charitable Trust

  • The Organist Entertains

    10:15pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    An evening of light music performed by the present of BBC Radio 2′s The Organist Entertains. From great old warhorses to some newer surprises, expect a dazzling display from this maestro of the manuals.

  • Elgar Birthplace Museum Tour

    9:30am Thursday 31 July 2014
    Elgar Birthplace Museum, WR2 6RH

    Enjoy coffee on arrival at the Elgar Birthplace Museum, a performance by a string trio from Birmingham Conservatoire, and an introduction to and opportunity to see the birthplace cottage and museum.

    Coach travel is included in the ticket price because parking at the museum is restricted. The coach will leave King Street, Worcester at 9.30 am, returning about 12.15 pm.

    This event is promoted by the Friends of Worcester Cathedral

  • Three Choirs Festival Society Outing

    10:15am Thursday 31 July 2014
    Stanbrook Abbey, WR2 4TY

    Enjoy tea, coffee and chef’s home-baked cakes on arrival, then be taken on a tour of the historic Stanbrook Abbey, discovering its past, present and future plans, from convent to exclusive events venue.

    Open to Society members only. Coach travel is included in the ticket price and departs from King Street, Worcester at 12.15 pm.

  • Young Musicians of Worcestershire Showcase finale

    11:00am Thursday 31 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Featuring the best of yesterday’s candidates, this is a further chance to hear some of the county’s finest young musicians.

    Admission to Wednesday’s auditions is included in ticket price.

  • The Dymock poets: a rural idyll ended by war

    11:15am Thursday 31 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    This talk by Linda Hart focuses on the six poets associated with the village of Dymock in north-west Gloucestershire in the years before and during the First World War: Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfrid Gibson, John Drinkwater, Rupert Brooke, Robert Frost and Edward Thomas. This event will take place in King’s School Theatre.

  • Coach Travel - St Martin's Church

    12:30pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for today’s lunchtime concert with the Busch Piano Trio at St Martin’s Church, departing from King Street, Worcester at 12.30pm.

    Tickets, price £4, must be purchased in advance.

  • Vaughan Williams Society Lunch and Talk

    12:30pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Boathouse, King's School, WR1 2NF

    The Vaughan Williams Society presents a talk by Graham Muncy on how Vaughan Williams was influenced by his experience of the Great War. With readings by award-winning poet John Greening, whose book To the War Poets has recently been published.

    Graham Muncy is a trustee of the Vaughan Williams Society and former senior librarian at the Surrey Performing Arts Library/Vaughan Williams Collection.

  • Lunchtime Young Artists Series the Busch Piano Trio

    1:00pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    St Martin's Church, Worcester, WR5 2ED

    Today’s performers are recipients of the Philharmonia’s Martin Musical Scholarship 2013 Award. They will perform trios by Haydn and Dvořák.

  • The King's Singers

    3:00pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Music to include:

    William Byrd Sing joyfully
    Thomas Morley Now is the month of Maying
    John Dowland Come again
    Libby Larson A lover’s journey
    George Shearing Song and Sonnets from Shakespeare
    Franz Schubert, arr. Goff Richards Who is Sylvia
    Gabriel Fauré Mandoline

    Instantly recognisable for their impeccable vocal blend and delightfully British wit, the King’s Singers return to the Three Choirs Festival with an eclectic programme celebrating the works of William Shakespeare in his anniversary year. The performance ends with a selection of pieces from the ensemble’s new CD release The Great American Songbook.

  • The Second Best Bed

    3:15pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Huntingdon Hall, WR1 3LD

    ‘Lifts the lid on a Tudor can of worms… a showcase for the towering acting skills of Liz Grand’ – Worcester News

    The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowlands is a stunning new one-woman play about Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway. On the night of her husband’s funeral, she reflects on her life with the playwright. Full of both humour and pathos, this superb production, performed by actress Liz Grand, gives a unique insight into the complexities surrounding Shakespeare’s life and work.

  • Choral Evensong

    5:30pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Villette Jesus dulcis memoria
    Donald Hunt Responses
    Rubbra Evening Service in Ab
    Cole Let all mortal flesh keep silence
    Weelkes Canticles for 5 voices

    Jonathan Hope, recently-appointed Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, will play for half an hour before this service.

  • Wulstan Atkins Memorial Lecture: 300 Years of the Three Choirs Festival

    5:45pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Back by popular demand, Stephen brings the past alive with more unexpected glimpses of the festival’s history. This event will be held in the King’s School Theatre.

    Kindly supported by Katharine O’Carroll and Robert Atkins

  • Hot Supper - Tandoori Chicken

    6:00pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: Tandoori chicken with turmeric rice, mini naan bread and onion bhaji, served with bombay potatoes, green beans & peppers and curried cauliflower. Vegetarian option: vegetarian-style carbonara with dough balls. Main course will be followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Reflections of 1914

    7:45pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Elgar Spirit of England
    Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
    Torsten Rasch A Foreign Field

    This poignant evening, marking the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, features the world premiere of A Foreign Field, by Torsten Rasch, commissioned jointly by the Three Choirs Festival and Chemnitz Opera. This performance is our choral memorial to the men who died on both sides and the communities affected by the war.

    Commissioned by public subscription for the Three Choirs Festival 2014 and Städtische Theater Chemnitz. Erich-Schellhorn-Stiftung as part of 14-18 Now. WW1 Centenary Art Commissions supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This performance kindly supported by the Elmley Foundation and Anwen Walker. Choristers supported by Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. 

  • Bach by Candlelight

    10:15pm Thursday 31 July 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    Rapidly emerging as one of the most celebrated young cellists in the UK, Philip Higham is renowned for his insightful interpretations of unaccompanied Bach. The beauty of the music combined with the atmospheric setting will draw the festival day to a tranquil close.

  • Elgar's Homes and Haunts

    10:00am Friday 01 August 2014
    From the Elgar Statue, High Street, WR1 2ET

    A two-hour walk led by the Blue and Green Badge Guides of Worcester, visiting the numerous sites in the city associated with the great English composer.

  • Håkan Hardenberger and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

    11:00am Friday 01 August 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Walton Johannesburg Festival Overture
    Sally Beamish Trumpet Concerto
    Strauss Alpine Symphony

    The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland will draw on all its available resources for the major work in this programme, the vast Alpine Symphony, which includes organ and wind machine. Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, who is revered worldwide as a champion of contemporary music, makes his Three Choirs Festival debut in Sally Beamish’s concerto.

  • Coach Travel - St Martin's Church

    12:30pm Friday 01 August 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for today’s young artist’s lunchtime concert at St Martin’s Church, departing from King Street, Worcester at 12.30pm.

    Tickets, price £4, must be booked in advance.

  • Lunchtime Young Artists Series Organ Recital

    1:00pm Friday 01 August 2014
    St Martin's Church, Worcester, WR5 2ED

    The last of our Young Artists’ lunchtime concert series features another recent prizewinner from the Royal College of Organists’ diploma examinations.

  • Three Choirs Festival Society Lunch

    1:00pm Friday 01 August 2014
    Boathouse, King's School, WR1 2NF

    Presided over by Dame Felicity Lott, with a guest speaker to be announced in due course.

    This event is open to Society members only. Due to the size of the venue, the capacity for this event is smaller than in previous years – please buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Coach Travel - Great Witley Church

    2:15pm Friday 01 August 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Return coach travel for the Fitzwilliam Quartet’s performance of Haydn’s Seven Last Words at Great Witley Church, departing from King Street, Worcester at 2.15pm.

    Tickets, price £6, must be booked in advance. 

  • Shakespeare in Song

    2:45pm Friday 01 August 2014
    Huntingdon Hall, WR1 3LD

    Music to include:

    Purcell If music be the food of love
    Blow Chaconne
    Purcell Thrice Happy Lovers (from The Fairy Queen)
    Arne To Fair Fidele
    Arne When Daisies Pied
    Haydn A Pastoral Song
    Purcell Thus the ever grateful spring
    Carissimi Lamento di Maria Stuardo
    Maudit C’est un amant
    Maudit Eau vive, source d’amour
    Weldon Take oh take those lips away

    Julia Doyle and Steven Devine perform a selection of Shakespeare settings by Purcell, Arne and Blow.

  • Haydn Seven Last Words from the Cross

    3:15pm Friday 01 August 2014
    Great Witley Church, WR6 6JT

    Here we welcome the prestigious Fitzwilliam Quartet to perform one of Haydn’s most profound quartets, Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross. Originally an orchestral suite, this highly emotional work explores the tragedy as well as hope and redemption in the story of the Crucifixion.

  • Choral Evensong

    5:30pm Friday 01 August 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Batten O praise the Lord, all ye heathen
    Smith Responses
    Weelkes Canticles for 5 voices
    Palestrina Exsultate Deo
    Stanford Postlude on Song 22

    Christopher Allsop, Assistant Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, will play for half an hour before this service.

  • Hot Supper - Fresh Fish

    6:00pm Friday 01 August 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: fresh fish in batter, or vegetarian style meatballs in BBQ sauce. Served with chunky chipped potatoes, garden peas & sweetcorn. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Elgar The Apostles

    7:45pm Friday 01 August 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    A performance of one of Elgar’s choral masterworks has become a great Three Choirs tradition. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of Elgar’s musical achievements, The Apostles never fails to impress with its dramatic portrayal of Judas, the inclusion of a shofar and an incredibly exalted ending.

    Kindly supported by the Bransford Trust. Brindley Sherratt is kindly supported by Philip Jones.

  • 2014 Festival in One Evening

    10:15pm Friday 01 August 2014
    College Hall, Worcester, WR1 2LH

    The Three Choirs Festival Worcester 2014 condensed into one evening: can you spot the cryptic references to this year’s themes and repertoire in the programme by local chamber choir Chapter 8?

    Includes music ranging from Rachmaninov to Lennon and McCartney.

  • Elgar Society Lecture: When I was at the Asylum

    10:30am Saturday 02 August 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Barry Collett and Andrew Lyle discuss performing, editing and recording Elgar’s dance music written for the Powick Asylum during his ‘curious apprenticeship’. This event is hosted by the Elgar Society and is held in the King’s School Theatre.

  • Royal Marines Association Concert Band

    11:00am Saturday 02 August 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Comprising 50 musicians with a total of 1800 years’ experience, the RMA Concert Band has thrilled sell-out audiences throughout the UK. They are joined by the Innsworth Military Wives Choir to present a programme of popular songs, marches, big band sounds, musical theatre and English classics including Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ and a Beatles tribute.

    Kindly supported by Peplows Jewellers

  • Elgar Society Lunch

    12:30pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Boathouse, King's School, WR1 2NF

    This two-course lunch with wine which is hosted by the Elgar Society is open to all.

  • 2014 Competitive Masterclass

    2:00pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Guildhall, Worcester, WR1 2EY

    Singers from UK conservatoires take part in a three-hour public masterclass with TCF Society President Dame Felicity Lott. After the main session there will be a short break before a competitive showcase at 5.15 pm. The winning soloist will be given the chance to perform in the 2015 Hereford Three Choirs Festival. Tickets allow entrance to any part of the masterclass and/or the showcase.

  • Coach Travel - Malvern College

    2:15pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    King Street, Worcester, WR1 2NX

    Coach travel for ‘Eton Choral Course – Enchant thine ear’ at Big School, Malvern College, departing from King Street, Worcester at 2.15pm.

    Tickets, price £8, must be booked in advance. 

  • Eton Choral Course - Enchant thine ear

    3:00pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Big School, Malvern College, WR14 3DF

    One of this year’s Eton Choral Courses for young singers has been taking place this week at Malvern College. The choir, directed by Tim Johnson, presents the fruits of their activity in a programme of British secular music. Including works by Elgar, Stanford and Richard Rodney Bennett.

  • Choral Evensong

    5:30pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Elgar Angelus
    Statham Responses
    Day Evening Service in Bb
    Ned Rorem Praise the Lord, O my soul
    Vierne Toccata in Bb minor

    Peter Dyke, Assistant Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral, will play for half an hour before this service.

  • Pre-concert light supper with the Finzi Friends

    5:30pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Boathouse, King's School, WR1 2NF

    The Finzi Friends host the launch of a new biography of Sir George Dyson by Paul Spicer. All welcome for delicious canapés and drinks. This event is hosted by the Finzi Society.

  • Hot Supper - Sweet and Sour Chicken

    6:00pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Kings School, Worcester, WR1 2LL

    Treat yourself to a delicious two-course meal under the renowned hospitality of the Friends of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

    Today’s menu: sweet and sour chicken with egg noodles and prawn crackers, or leek & sweet potato gratin. Served with sautéed potatoes, courgettes & mushrooms, and baby corn & sugar snap peas. Main course followed by dessert, cheeseboard or tea/coffee. Wine will also be on sale at this event.

    Tickets, price £19, must be booked in advance. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the King’s School Dining Hall, where this event is taking place.

  • Best of British: Festival Finale

    7:45pm Saturday 02 August 2014
    Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA

    Handel Zadok the Priest
    Vaughan Williams Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus
    Delius The Walk to the Paradise Garden
    Elgar Give unto the Lord
    Parry Jerusalem
    Parry I was glad
    Elgar Sea Pictures
    Finzi A Severn Rhapsody
    Parry Blest pair of Sirens
    Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No 1

    A celebratory concert showcasing one of our best-loved soloists and some of our favourite repertoire. Prepare for an element of audience participation as the Three Choirs Festival Worcester 2014 draws to a close in rousing style. 

    Kindly supported by Severn House Publishers 

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