About Thomas Bisse Mystery Bus Tour

Portrait of Thomas Bisse

In 1724, at a Three Choirs Stewards’ meeting, Anglican divine Thomas Bisse successfully argued the festival should take on a charitable aim. We travel Herefordshire’s country lanes to learn of his life and motives and visit two of his churches, one of which composer Arthur Bliss knew well. We stop to partake of Styre Cider punch and, later, a full Herefordshire cream tea. We cross the bridge where Edward Elgar wrote the violin concerto, visit the village where Elgar’s mother Ann was born, and find the parish where The Dream of Gerontius was written. Some walking is involved at both churches.