As a student I listened to a lot of Isobel Baillie's recordings (they had just been transferred to LP) and I have very strong and fond memories of her account of the A Good Wyfe there was beside Bath (You can hear her singing the aria on Youtube). I've never yet managed to get to a performance of the work, and no doubt shall be missing this one as well alas.
Services include a number of striking items. A commission from Richard Rodney Bennett at Eucharist on Sunday 22 July and a Francis Pott premiere at Evensong that day. Choral Evensong on Monday 23 July includes music by Jonathan Dove and Cecilia MacDowell with more Richard Rodney Bennett later in the week.
|Traherne Windows at Hereford Cathedral|
Photo by Innes Jones
The festival concludes with the premiere of Bernard Hughes All Across This Jumbl'd Earth (inspired by the Mappa Mundi) sung by Njabuo Madlala with choirs from the Herefordshire community.
The many of the concerts (and the services) are of course all in the glorious Cathedral, with others visiting the Shire Hall, there are even performances of Richard III in the Bishop's Palace Gardens.