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Three Choirs Festival – Gloucester

Five Cathedral Concerts and Choral Evensong
From the M Gallery Queens Hotel Cheltenham
28 – 31 July 2019 (3 nights)

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No concert lover’s year would be complete without the opportunity to enjoy the Three Choirs Festival this year taking place in Gloucester.  We have chosen five superb concerts with top class tickets performed in the iconic setting of Gloucester Cathedral.  This tour allows more time in Gloucester itself so that you can enjoy the atmosphere surrounding the Festival, perhaps listen to a rehearsal in the Cathedral and with some optional additional extras to fill your days.  Staying in the four-star M Gallery Queen’s Hotel overlooking the Imperial Gardens and in the centre of the elegant spa town of Cheltenham.

Sunday 28 July:  Check into the hotel before meeting for a welcome drink and an early dinner before departure by coach for Gloucester.  The cathedral concert is Verdi's Requiem a choral masterpiece and one of the most enduring requiems ever. The Three Choirs Festival Chorus with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner and soloists Ailyn Perez, Christine Rice, David Butt Philip and James Platt.

Monday 29 July:  A leisurely start to arrive at Gloucester Cathedral for a mid-morning performance from the Rodolfus Choir singing works by Elgar and Tavener.  The choir was founded by Ralph Allwood in 1984 for singers aged 25 and younger, primarily selected from members of the Eton Choral Courses.  Your afternoon is free before choral evening song at 5.30. However in the early afternoon you could include a major organ recital in the Cathedral given by world renowned organist John Scott Whiteley with a programme that includes a major work by Bach and a new composition by James Macmillan. Tickets can be included.   A  two-course supper will be provided by the Friends of the Festival before the evening cathedral  concert Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) performed by this country’s leading choir and Early Music ensemble Ex Cathedra.  Rachmaninov turned to the liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church to compose a quiet, reflective and deeply moving set of vespers, a haunting cornerstone of the choral repertoire.

Tuesday 30 July:   Return to Gloucester for the morning cathedral concert at 11am given by the  Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir singing  Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Giles Swayne’s Our Orphan SoulsBreak for lunch and time in Gloucester  -  you might like to creep in to listen to the afternoon rehearsals in the cathedral for the evening performance (tbc). Choral evensong at 5.30 followed by two-course festival supper.  The evening concert is given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with a centenary performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Berlioz Le Carnaval Romain and a revival of John Joubert’s Festival commission An English Requiem.

Wednesday 31 July: Check out of the hotel and perhaps enjoy a quiet morning in Cheltenham.

EXTRA :  Berlioz - The Damnation of Faust  By special request for some!   We are holding some additional rooms at the Queens Hotel and tickets for the opening concert at the cathedral on the Saturday night 27th July – this would be an independent “DIY” excursion but we will ensure that there is a shared taxi to take you to and from the Gloucester Cathedral in time for the concert starting at 7 pm. Three Choirs Festival Chorus, both Girl and Boy Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral, Philharmonia Orchestra and Adrian Partington as conductor.  Dinner should be organised independently by yourselves.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and welcome drink, one dinner in the hotel
  • Two Dinners in Gloucester.
  • Top price tickets for five concerts.
  • Transfers by coach to and from Gloucester and professional guide.


Tour Cost:

Price per person     £ 715
Single supplement £48 per night (£144)
(superior double rooms sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit  £175 pp

Additional Organ Concert - £20


Extra Saturday night – Hotel, taxis x 2 and top price tickets for concert
(Saturday hotel is regretfully  more expensive)

£170 per person twin/double room BB

£240 per room  sole occupancy BB


Car parking is available at the hotel but there is normally a charge.

Additional “add on” tickets much be confirmed at time of booking. 

M Gallery Queens Hotel Cheltenham

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

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