Three Choirs Festival Hereford Cathedral
Cathedral Choral Concerts
Visits to Elgar’s Birthplace and Berrington Hall
From the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern
28 – 31 July 2022 (3 nights)
As ever the Three Choirs Festival remains the highpoint of any choral festival year and this year it is the turn of Hereford Cathedral. The tour includes cathedral concerts on two evenings and additional concerts during the day on Saturday. Also there will be a visit to Elgar’s birthplace and Berrington Hall. Staying at the four star Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern which is an easy drive (21 miles/45 minutes) to Hereford. Early dining on both concert evenings will be at the Green Dragon Hotel Hereford adjacent to the cathedral. The restaurant is under new ownership and provided some excellent meals last year and a very comfortable lounge area to perhaps enjoy lunch or tea during the day whilst in Hereford. An outline of the performances, programme and itinerary is as follows:
Thursday 28 July: Check into the Abbey Hotel Great Malvern from 3 pm before meeting guests for dinner in the evening.
Friday 29 July: There will be a morning visit to The Elgar Birthplace Museum and country cottage which gives a fascinating insight in to the life and music, family and friends, development and inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar. This is followed by a visit to Berrington Hall, a neoclassical country house designed by Henry Holland in 1778-81. Then to Hereford – time to relax before an early three course dinner at the Green Dragon Hotel before attending the evening cathedral concert at 7.30 pm - returning to Malvern around 10.45 pm. (Depending on time you might consider also attending choral evensong in the Cathedral which is from 5.30 -6.15).
The programme: Bach/Stravinsky Variations on ‘Von Himmel hoch’, Finzi Dies natalis , Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra , Poulenc Stabat mater
Saturday 30 July: Leisurely departure for Hereford to enjoy a morning concert in Holy Trinity Church Hereford given by Valkia, a Finnish male voice chamber choir. The Valkia programme: Sibelius Venematka, Sortunut ääni; Terve, kuuu Tormis Kaksikpühendus Rautavaara Four Songs from the opera Aleksis Kivi Vaughan Williams Linden Lea; Vagabond; Bushes and Briars.
Then there is time in Hereford to find lunch, before a concert at 3pm in the cathedral performed by The National Youth Orchestra of Wales : Gareth Churchill Legacy, Korngold Violin Concerto, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade. This evening's cathedral concert starting at 7.30 pm and the grand finale of the festival: Return to the hotel in Malvern about 10.45 pm
Evening Cathedral Concert: Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and JS Bach arr. Elgar Fantasia and Fugue in C minor
Sunday 31 July: Please check out of your rooms by 11 am for departure.
Tour price includes:
- 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and welcome drink and a dinner
- Two early dinners at Green Dragon Hotel Hereford
- Top price tickets for five concerts
- Entries and tours for properties on Friday
- Transfers by coach and Heritage Touring representative
Price per person £758
Single supplement: £38 per night
(Classic double rooms for sole occupancy, an upgrade may be necessary if we exceed our allocation)
Non-refundable deposit £180 pp
Car parking is available at the hotel – nearest station Great Malvern or Worcester.
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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