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The Finest of Them All

The 2012 Hereford Three Choirs Festival,
experienced by RODERIC DUNNETT

 

The Three Choirs Festival is not only one of the most exciting and best choral events in England, but undoubtedly the finest of them all.

When one looks at the other major festivals, the Proms apart -- Buxton, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Norwich, Kings Lynn -- one is impressed by their inventive programming, rich array of soloists and individual atmospheres and character. But the Three Choirs has something extra: the unique setting of the three cathedrals of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester; generous catering; a mixture of formality and informality that is quite distinctive; and added to the array of solo recitals and ensembles, the special uniqueness of a series of evening choral concerts that are magnificent in content and thrilling in delivery.

A word first on those recitals...

Copyright © 4 August 2012 Roderic Dunnett,
Coventry UK

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THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL

HEREFORD

UNITED KINGDOM

GERAINT BOWEN

ADRIAN PARTINGTON

RODERICK WILLIAMS

JOHN IRELAND

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

HENRY PURCELL

IVOR GURNEY

EDWARD ELGAR

FRANK BRIDGE

ROGER QUILTER

PHILIP HESELTINE

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

EMMA JOHNSON

ARTHUR BLISS

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

ROBERT SCHUMANN

FRANCIS POULENC

IGOR STRAVINSKY

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI

ORLANDO GIBBONS

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

CESAR FRANCK

JEHAN ALAIN

HERBERT HOWELLS

JAMES OXLEY

MATTHEW BROOK

IESTYN DAVIES

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

HEALEY WILLAN

WILLIAM WALTON

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT

JOHN TAVERNER

FREDERICK DELIUS

MAURICE RAVEL

GEORGE DYSON

GEORGE GERSHWIN

GABRIEL FAURE

JULES MASSENET

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

HECTOR BERLIOZ

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