• 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
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tour assembles 1415 at Gloucester railway station or 1445 at Hatherley Manor Hotel. Welcome and introduction. Evening festival performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (soprano), Raphaela Papadakis (soprano), Jessica Dandy (alto), Stuart Jackson (tenor) and James Newby (bass) with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra under Peter Nardone (conductor): Handel (arr. Mendelssohn) Israel in Egypt (UK premiere).
Morning lecture followed by festival performance at St Catharine’s Church, Gloucester, featuring Roderick Williams (baritone): English songs centered on Somervell’s Maud. Afternoon: short walking tour of Gloucester. Evening performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra with Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano) under Martyn Brabbins (conductor): Stravinsky Second Suite from The Firebird; Berlioz Les Nuits d'été; Walton Symphony No 1.
Morning lecture followed by performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring the Philharmonia Chamber Players: works by Mendelssohn including Octet in E flat major. Free afternoon. Evening festival performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Roderick Williams (baritone) and Katherine Broderick (soprano): Vaughan Williams Symphony No 1 ‘A Sea Symphony’; Stanford Songs of the Fleet.
Morning festival performance in Painswick Church featuring St Cecilia Singers under Jonathan Hope (conductor): works by Gloucestershire composers including Thomas Hewitt Jones My County and Howells The Summer is Coming. Afternoon visit to Sudeley Castle and Gardens. Evening: festival closing performance at Gloucester Cathedral featuring Alwyn Mellor (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (alto), Andrew Staples (tenor) and Matthew Rose (bass) with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra under Adrian Partington (conductor): Holst The Mystic Trumpeter; Beethoven Symphony No 9.
Tour disperses after breakfast, including drop-off at Gloucester railway station.