Three Choirs Festival Worcester Cathedral
Five Cathedral Concerts and Choral Evensong
From The Abbey Hotel Great Malvern
30 July – 2nd August 2020 (3 nights)
The Three Choirs Festival this year takes place in Worcester and there are five superb concerts to enjoy with top class tickets performed in the iconic setting of Worcester Cathedral. This tour allows some time in Worcester 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. The hotel is the four star Abbey Hotel Great Malvern with views over the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills and a short distance from Worcester.
Thursday 30 July: Check into the hotel before meeting for a welcome drink and an early dinner before departure by coach for Worcester. The programme for this evening’s cathedral concert is Beethoven Egmont Overture, Howells Cello Concerto and Elgar Symphony No 3.
Friday 31 July: A leisurely start before setting off for Worcester. Visit the Great Malvern Priory or the Malvern Museums adjacent to the hotel in the morning. Lunch can be purchased in Worcester before the afternoon concert. The Three Cathedral Choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester: will perform Bach’s Magnificat and Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri.
An early three course dinner will be in an Italian restaurant adjacent to the cathedral before the evening cathedral concert. The performance includes the American composer John Adams’ electrifying Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Fly into space with The Pleiades, the work of Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, one of the most sought-after composers today and in the forefront of contemporary choral work. Followed by a major commission by Gabriel Jackson - one of Britain's rising stars and a celebrated composer on the choral music scene, his music is performed by choirs all over the world.
Saturday 1 August: In the morning a cathedral concert given by National Youth Choir of Great Britain performing Tallis’ Spem in Alium and music by Mathias, Roxanna Panufnik, Ēriks Ešenvalds and John Casken.
Your afternoon is free in Worcester – there are three options all adjacent to the Cathedral to discover. The Tudor House Museum - a beautiful 16th century building full of unique features and fascinating stories. Grey Friar’s Home (NT) - a medieval merchant’s house and lovely walled garden. The Museum of Royal Worcester, located in the Royal Worcester porcelain factory's former site – recently transformed and reopened to huge acclaim. A variety of items displayed in wonderful colours and light, presenting the biggest and best collection of Worcester porcelain in the world. There may be a rehearsal in the cathedral which you can attend and late afternoon choral evensong.
Early three course dinner in a nearby French restaurant. The evening cathedral concert is John Ireland’s A London Overture, Beethoven Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast.
Sunday 2 August: Check out of the hotel and perhaps time to enjoy Malvern.
- 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and welcome drink, one dinner in the hotel.
- Two restaurant dinners Worcester.
- Top price tickets for five concerts and one entry to a Worcester Museum.
- Transfers by coach to and from Worcester and professional guide.
- Free Car parking is available at the hotel – nearest station Great Malvern or Worcester short taxi ride.
Price per person: £780
Single supplement: £40 per night
(Double rooms sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £175 pp
We have still to receive the final Festival Programme – if there are additions that we feel could be of interest we will let you have details and organise tickets if required. Equally if there is a concert that you do not want to attend we can alter the price accordingly.
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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