Dean of Hereford's sponsored walk a success!

The Dean of Hereford, Michael Tavinor, has walked 90 miles in six days in order to raise over £3,000 for the festival and its nominated charity, SHYPP.

Beginning on Sunday 26 April in Hereford, Dean Tavinor set out to Gloucester via Ledbury, then through Tewkesbury to Worcester, and finally returning to Hereford on Saturday 28 April via Bromyard. The route, known as the Three Choirs Way, has a double significance for the Dean, as it not only links the three host cities of the Three Choirs Festival, but the last leg of the route from Marden to Hereford follows in the steps of the pilgrimage of the patron saint of Hereford, St Ethelbert. Ethelbert died at Marden in 794 AD at the hands of King Offa of Mercia and Hereford Cathedral is dedicated in his honour.

Despite the poor weather, Dean Tavinor had plenty of company as friends and supporters joined him for sections of the route. He took the opportunity to visit the cathedrals in Gloucester and Worcester, as well as churches in villages en route such as Checkley, Eastnor and Redmarley.

Of the festival, the Dean said "it's a great institution and I'm delighted to have been some small support to it - and to have been given the excuse to walk between three wonderful cathedrals!" The festival's share of the money raised will go towards supporting the performance of Mendelssohn's Lobgesang and Bruckner's Te Deum at Hereford Cathedral on Wednesday 1 August.