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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Three Choirs Festival

Baldur Bronnimann - credit Yanniv Cohen
Baldur Bronnimann - credit Yanniv Cohen
The Three Choirs Festival opens today (26 July 2014) in Worcester and runs until 2 August. The 287th meeting of the choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester cathedrals, it is also Peter Nardone's first festival as Artistic Director. The festival opens with Britten's War Requiem with Peter Nardone and Adrian Partington conducting the Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra with soloists Susan Gritton, James Oxley and David Wilson-Johnson. As ever the music of Elgar features, including The Apostles with Adrian Partington conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra with soloists Sarah Fox, Flaudia Huckle, Andrew Kennedy, Marcus Farnsworth, Neal Davies and Brindley Sherratt. 

A new commission is Torsten Rasch's A Foreign Field which is premiered by the Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Baldur Bronnimann with soloists Peter Hoare and Kate Valentine. A joint commission with Chemnitz Opera the work is intended as a commemoration of the outbreak of Work War One, and the performers will include singers from Chemnitz.

Other large scale works include Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Mahler's Second Symphony and Bach's Mass in B Minor. The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland performs Sally Beamish's Trumpet Concerto. And there are performances from Opus Anglicanum, Tenebrae, the Sacconi Quartet and the Fitzwilliam Quartet as well as festival services with the three Cathedral Choirs.

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