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    Barbican Car Park Ticket
    Tickets for the Barbican Car Park in Ladybellegate Street must be booked in advance
    23 Jul - 30 Jul
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    Opening Service
    Tickets must be ordered in advance for the festival's Opening Service, but they are free of charge
    23 Jul
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    A New War Passion
    Composer Philip Lancaster introduces his new work to be premiered in Cirencester the following day
    23 Jul
    £5.00
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    Return Coach to St Barnabas Church Tuffley
    Coaches to St Barnabas leave Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester 35 minutes before the concert start time
    23 Jul - 29 Jul
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    Mindsong
    Tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook in a programme inspired by the work of our festival charity
    23 Jul
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    Festival Reception
    Join the Friends of Gloucester TCF to launch the 2016 festival in style.
    23 Jul
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    Pre-Concert Talk - Parry's Jerusalem
    Jeremy Dibble introduces our performance of the original version of Parry's famous anthem
    23 Jul
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    Hot Suppers
    StarBistro hot suppers will be served at 6 pm in the Festival Marquee and must be ordered in advance
    23 Jul - 30 Jul
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    Picnic Box - Menu 1
    Picnic boxes for two will be available in the Cloister Garth and MUST be ordered in advance
    23 Jul - 30 Jul
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    Picnic Box - Menu 2
    Picnic boxes serving two people will be available in the Cloister Garth and MUST be ordered in advance
    23 Jul - 30 Jul
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    The Holy City and the Heavenly Kingdom
    Parry's original version of 'Jerusalem' precedes Elgar's masterpiece 'The Kingdom'
    23 Jul
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    Family Come and Sing
    Come and Sing events are hugely popular these days – now you can enjoy one with your children!
    24 Jul
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    Return Coach to Cirencester Parish Church
    Coaches to Cirencester leave Gloucester 1 hr 15 minutes before the concert start time
    24 Jul - 30 Jul
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    Howells and Lancaster
    A new War Passion by Philip Lancaster is combined with the searing Requiem by Herbert Howells
    24 Jul
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    Coronation 1216: Saving the English Monarchy
    Henry III's Coronation in Gloucester Abbey in 1216 is set in context in this 800th anniversary talk
    24 Jul
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    Orchestral Classics
    The familiar melodies of popular and enduring works feature in this concert by the Philharmonia
    24 Jul
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    Cello Classics
    Great works for the cello played by 2015 Bromsgrove International Competition winner Jamal Aliyev
    25 Jul
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    Three Choirs Festival Society Lunch
    Join the Three Choirs Festival Society to enjoy one of the highlights of our social calendar
    25 Jul
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    Young Artists Recital 1
    A lunchtime recital by a young flautist and harpist
    25 Jul
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    The Hereford and Gloucester Canal: Past, Present and Future
    Explore the history of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal with a talk and optional walk to Wharf House
    25 Jul
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    Stile Antico: Sacred or Profane?
    The award-winning a cappella group presents a programme of medieval and renaissance music
    25 Jul
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    Festival Friends Garden Party
    Join the Friends of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in the garden of the Bishop of Gloucester. All welcome.
    25 Jul
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    Return Coach to The Wharf House
    The coach to The Wharf House leaves Lower Westgate Street at 4.15 pm
    25 Jul
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    Elijah
    Sir Willard White makes his Three Choirs Festival debut in Mendelssohn's hugely popular oratorio
    25 Jul
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    Lay Clerks in Concert
    The Lay Clerks of Gloucester Cathedral entertain us with music both sacred and secular
    25 Jul
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    Three Choirs Festival Society Outing
    The restored water garden at Stanway will be a highlight of this year's TCF Society outing
    26 Jul
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    Street of Bugles
    Poignant echoes of the First World War run through this concert by young musicians of Gloucestershire
    26 Jul
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    Hamlet
    In Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year the Festival Players perform one of his greatest masterpieces
    26 Jul - 27 Jul
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    Young Artists Recital 2
    A lunchtime recital by cellist Leander Kippenberg
    26 Jul
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    Death and the Maiden
    The Carducci Quartet play works by Howells and Ravel together with Schubert's great masterpiece
    26 Jul
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    Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Tea
    All are invited to join the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society for tea in the hospitality marquee
    26 Jul
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    England’s Glory
    The rhapsodic music of Vaughan Williams and Butterworth is riven with the pathos of WWI
    26 Jul
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    Conductus: The Forgotten Songs of the Middle Ages
    The single ethereal lines of medieval plainsong sung by three tenor voices take us back to the 13th century
    26 Jul
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    Gloster Gossip
    Quentin Letts tells the story of 300 years of Gloucester Three Choirs Meetings in Image, Word, & Music
    27 Jul
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    RCO Young Organist 1
    A recital by Anna Lapwood, Organ Scholar of Magdalen College, Oxford
    27 Jul
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    Gloucester Lads
    Baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist James Baillieu perform songs by Gurney, Finzi and Matthew Martin
    27 Jul
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    An Unlikely Trio: Howells, Gurney and Novello
    Paul Spicer reflects on the lives and work of three of Gloucester most famous former choristers
    27 Jul
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    Cathedral Friends Reception
    Enjoy a glass of wine and canapes; special guest former Gloucester chorister Edward Gardner
    27 Jul
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    Berlioz: Grande Messe
    Former Gloucester chorister Edward Gardner conducts this apocalyptic Requiem
    27 Jul
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Organist Jonathan Hope provides an improvised soundtrack to the famous film
    27 Jul
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    Rodolfus Choir: By Special Arrangement
    One of the UK's best youth choirs performs a wide selection of repertoire in some unfamiliar guises
    28 Jul
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    Sanders Society Lunch
    The speaker at this year's lunch honouring a former Gloucester organist is composer Bob Chilcott
    28 Jul
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    Young Artists Recital 3
    A lunchtime recital by pianist Jams Coleman
    28 Jul
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    Songs and Songs without words
    Songs for voice and songs for piano feature in this recital by the Polish-Ukrainian Pasichnyk sisters
    28 Jul
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    Mozart in Excelsis
    The Philharmonia is joined by Emma Johnson in the Clarinet Concerto and the Three Cathedral Choirs in the Requiem
    28 Jul
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    Clarinet goes to Town
    Join clarinettist Emma Johnson and friends for a jazz-style gig in Gloucester Guildhall
    28 Jul
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    Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle
    Geraint Bowen conducts the TCF Youth Choir in Rossini's witty, sparkling Mass setting
    29 Jul
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    Elgar Society Lecture
    Dr Martin Firth speaks on: 'Inside the Mind of Elgar: A Natural Orchestrator'
    29 Jul
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    RCO Young Organist 2
    A recital by Daniel Mathieson, ARCO, Junior Organ Scholar of Worcester College, Oxford
    29 Jul
    £10.00
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    Elgar Society Lunch
    All are welcome to join members of the Elgar Society for lunch in the Hospitality Marquee
    29 Jul
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    An English Rachmaninov
    Pianist Mark Bebbington performs works by Rachmaninov and by English composers of similar musical temperament
    29 Jul
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    Music and Memory
    Pre-concert talk with singer James Gilchrist and composer Joseph Phibbs
    29 Jul
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    Enigma and Carmina
    Tonight's programme includes Orff's hugely popular Carmina burana and Elgar's timeless Enigma Variations
    29 Jul
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    Further Beyond Tango
    Adrian Varela's 'prog-rock post-tango' ensemble returns for another scintillating performance
    29 Jul
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    Celebrity Organ Recital
    Thomas Trotter's programme ranges from majestic works by Bach and Parry to delicate miniatures
    30 Jul
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    Carducci Quartet Family Concert
    An introduction to chamber music for children aged 5-12, with fun and games and lots of memorable tunes
    30 Jul
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    National Youth String Orchestra
    Some of the country's most gifted young players perform works by Mozart, Elgar, Suk and Howells
    30 Jul
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    Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand
    The vast forces of chorus, youth choir, orchestra and seven soloists close the festival with Mahler's epic work
    30 Jul
  • ICON PAINTING COURSE
    ICON Painting course
    A five day painting course in the glorious setting of Gloucester Cathedral Nave.
    08 Aug
  • HEAVENLY LIGHT
    Heavenly Light
    Gloucester Cathedral Special Interest Day
    16 Aug
  • HENRY III LECTURES
    William Marshal: Henry III's servant and saviour?
    Henry II lecture series in Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House
    20 Sep
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    Gloucester 1216: How the Italians rescued Magna Carta
    Henry III lecture series in Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House
    20 Sep
  • HENRY III LECTURES
    Magna Carta 1216: Its political and social context
    Henry III lecture Series in Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House
    22 Sep
  • HENRY III LECTURES
    A Loving husband, father and brother: King Henry III and his women
    Henry III lectures series in Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House
    22 Sep
  • MEDIEVAL BANQUET
    Medieval Banquet
    Come and join the feast!
    30 Sep
  • VONDA SHEPARD
    Vonda Shepard - A Malaika Concert
    Vonda Shepard performs in Gloucester Cathedral.
    12 Oct
  • British Police Symphony Orchestra
    BPSO & Innsworth Military Wives Choir
    Innsworth Military Wives Choir join the British Police Symphony Orchestra for a concert of music ranging from Elgar and Walton to Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber
    15 Oct
  • HENRY III CORONATION MUSIC
    Henry III Coronation Talk by Professor Richard Rastall
    A historical talk in the the beautiful setting of Gloucester Cathedral.
    28 Oct
  • ST CECILIA SINGERS
    Coronation Music by the St Cecilia Singers
    St Cecilia Singers perform in Gloucester Cathedral.
    29 Oct
  • TALK: MISSA SOLEMNIS
    Let's Talk: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
    A talk on Beethoven's masterpiece, hosted by Gloucester Choral Society
    04 Nov
  • MISSA SOLEMNIS
    Beethoven: Missa solemnis
    Gloucester Choral Society present Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
    19 Nov
  • BCS BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST
    Belshazzar's Feast
    Bristol Choral Society perform Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the Philharmonia Orchestra in co-promotion with the Bristol Music Trust.
    26 Nov
  • GCS MESSIAH
    Handel: Messiah
    Gloucester Choral Society present Handel's Messiah
    03 Dec
  • CORY BAND & CATHEDRAL CHOIR
    Cory Band & Cathedral Choir Concert
    Cory band perform with the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral.
    10 Dec
  • BCS MINI MESSIAH
    Mini Messiah Family Concert
    Join Bristol Choral Society for this bite-sized family performance of Handel's famous oratorio.
    17 Dec
  • BCS MESSIAH
    Handel - Messiah
    Bristol Choral Society present their usual Christmas offering, Handel's Messiah.
    17 Dec
  • BCS COME & SING
    Come & Sing Rutter's 'Feel the Spirit' with BCS
    Bristol Choral Society's first Come and Sing under our new Musical Director, Hilary Campbell.
    04 Feb
  • TALK: RACHMANINOV VESPERS
    Let's Talk: Rachmaninov Vespers
    A talk on Rachmaninov's masterpiece, hosted by Gloucester Choral Society.
    10 Mar
  • GCS RACHMANINOV VESPERS
    Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil
    Gloucester Choral Society presents Rachmaninov's 'All Night Vigil'.
    18 Mar
  • BCS MENDELSSOHN AND MOZART
    Mendelssohn and Mozart
    Bristol Choral Society Perform musical Treasures by Mozart and Mendelssohn.
    25 Mar
  • GCS ROSSINI
    Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
    Gloucester Choral Society presents Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.
    06 May
  • BCS BERNSTEIN & DURUFLE
    Bernstein and Durufle
    Bristol Choral Society perform Bernstein and Durufle in Bristol Cathedral
    10 Jun

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We're looking for Young Volunteers to help with practical tasks such as setting up venues, selling programmes and welcoming visitors in Gloucester 23-30 July

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Enjoy an evening garden tour and music at Spetchley Park on Wednesday 15 or lunch or afternoon tea  and a stroll round Shucknall Court on Sunday 19 June

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BBC Radio 3's lunchtime concerts at 1 pm Tuesday-Friday this week are repeats from last year's Hereford Three Choirs Festival

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The Three Choirs Festival has launched a competition to create a new tune for the restored chimes of Gloucester Cathedral, to be played during festival week 

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'Mary's Lullaby' anthem will be premiered by the St Cecilia Singers at Choral Evensong on 28 July in Gloucester Cathedral during this year's festival

Three Choirs Festival at Buckingham Palace

Three Choirs Festival at Buckingham Palace

We can't imagine a better way of concluding our tercentenary year than with a performance in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, President of the Three Choirs Festival Association. Pictured by official photographer Paul Burns are the massed choirs from Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester, our three artistic directors Geraint Bowen, Peter Nardone and Adrian Partington who shared the conducting; organists Christopher Allsop (Worcester) Peter Dyke (Hereford, who seems to be invisible in the photo) and Jonathan Hope (Gloucester); six brass players from the Royal Welsh College of Music; and Drama, and baritone Roderick Williams who joined us to sing the end of Part 1 of The Dream of Gerontius.

The performance was generously supported by the Three Choirs Foundation.

HRH prince Charles meets Girl Choristers of Worcester Cathedral

HRH meets TCF performers

Repertoire for the hour-long Buckingham Palace concert included works by Purcell, Handel, Parry, Vaughan Williams and John Rutter, together with the unaccompanied Psalm from A Foreign Field by the German composer Torsten Rasch, premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester in 2014 as part of the 14-18 NOW World War One Centenary Commissioning programme. Mr Rasch was present at the concert and was presented to His Royal Highness before the performance, as were the chairmen of the Three Choirs Festival committees. Afterwards Prince Charles spent time talking to performers, including some of the Girl Choristers of Worcester Cathedral (pictured).