• Hereford’s beautiful cathedral resounds with an array of music from celebrated composers, including Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius
• Enjoy a performance of Finzi’s timeless cantata Dies Natalis
• Visit Elgar’s birthplace at Lower Broadheath in the Malvern Hills
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Tour assembles 1230 at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, for four nights. Afternoon: orientation walking tour of Hereford and visit to Mappa Mundi exhibition at Hereford Cathedral. Evening lecture followed by festival performance at Hereford Cathedral: Bach / Webern Ricercar; Richard Strauss Metamorphosen; Richard Blackford Pietà.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Ludlow (free time to explore). Afternoon festival performance. Evening festival performance at Hereford Cathedral: Judith Weir All the ends of the earth, Sarah Kirkland Snider If you bring forth what is within, M X Peruchona Cessate tympana, cessate praelia, new commission from Luke Styles (premiere).
Morning lecture followed by some free time. Afternoon festival performance. Evening festival performance at Hereford Cathedral: Bach / Stravinsky Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch’; Finzi Dies Natalis; Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; Poulenc Stabat Mater.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to The Firs, Lower Broadheath (Elgar’s birthplace). Afternoon festival performance. Evening festival performance at Hereford Cathedral: Elgar The Dream of Gerontius.
Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.
27 Jul — 31 Jul 2022
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"Richard's daily talks were the highlight of the day. They added huge value to the programme and gave the festival an indepth perspective which we couldn't have achieved on our own"
ACE customer on the 2021 Hereford Three Choirs Festival tour with Richard Wigmore
FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS
In addition to the four evening festival performances advertised, we hope to include a further three afternoon festival performances, subject to scheduling and availability. Details and an updated itinerary will be released on the ACE website once the full festival programme has been confirmed in spring 2022.
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
Participants should meet ACE’s usual fitness criteria, as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions, and be prepared for a moderate amount of walking, including over steep ground in Ludlow, as well as over cobbles, up steps and within dimly lit interiors. Please note that there is no lift at the hotel, so participants must feel comfortable navigating stairs.
Cost of £1465 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £60.