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Various performances at Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey including the opening service
Visit to historic Berkeley Castle, the oldest castle in Britain
Talk by Dr Timothy Brain, Chairman of the Three Choirs Festival
Optional extra night with dinner, evening performance and breakfast (supplement applies)
The Three Choirs Festival began in the early 18th century, rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. One of the world’s oldest and best classical choral music festivals it has long been established as a firm fixture in the British music calendar. In 2019 the festival will be in Gloucester and will feature a wonderful range of concerts including Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust and the opening service.
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Doubletree by Hilton, Cheltenham from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk by Dr Timothy Brain, Chairman of the Three Choirs Festival.
Day 2: Opening service. “The Burning Boy” and Berlioz. Morning transfer to Gloucester for the opening service at Gloucester Cathedral to include Elgar’s Te Deum. After lunch (not included) enjoy Nova Music Opera’s production of Stephen McNeff’s The Burning Boy in Tewkesbury Abbey. After free time for an early dinner (at own expense) we make our way back the short distance to Gloucester Cathedral for an evening concert to hear Berlioz’s La Damnation of Faust, featuring Susan Bickley, Peter Hoare, Christopher Purves, and David Ireland. Return back to the hotel for approximately 22.30.
Day 3: A guided tour of the oldest castle in Britain, Berkeley Castle, once a Norman Fortress, is now a comfortable family home and has been inhabited by the same family for nearly 900 years. A guided visit of the castle will visit the Norman Keep which contains the dungeon and King Edward II’s Cell, where he was murdered; through medieval kitchens, the Great Hall and into the more elegant State Apartments with their magnificent collections of furniture and rare paintings. After lunch at the castle (not included) enjoy Madeleine Mitchell violin and Clare Hammond piano reviving a trio of unpublished works by famed Gloucestershire composer Ivor Gurney and gives us a rare chance to hear Grace Williams’ lyrical Sonata, alongside a varied selection of works written specially for Madeleine, including the world premiere of a lively new suite by Robert Saxton. (venue tbc). Return to the hotel for approximately 16.30.
Optional extra night (extra supplement): For those wishing to stay an extra night there will be an early evening supper in the festival marquee followed by a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Edward Gardner with Ailyn Perez, Christine Rice, David Butt Philip and James Platt (including return coach transfers). Breakfast will be included the following morning and you will be able to depart at your leisure.
NB: Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 47 passengers.
Doubletree by Hilton, Cheltenham
Four-star hotel set in extensive grounds 2 miles from Cheltenham’s town centre. Partly housed in a Georgian mansion with modern annexes, the hotels offers a high standard of comfort and service. Hotel facilities: restaurant, bar, swimming pool Room facilities: private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities. Parking: complimentary.
Please click here to download the full programme for the Three Choirs Festival Gloucester 2019.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
Review by Polyviou who travelled 26-July-2019
We reported that our washbasin plug was not working when we got there. It was still not working when we left!!!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-July-2019
A very enjoyable weekend apart from the noise of a wedding party through much of Saturday night. Not your fault but it did deprive one of sleep!!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-July-2019
The concerts at Hereford were excellent. The Tour Manager was nice and helpful. I would recommend the tour hotel being in Hereford or the city in question (even if this compromises quality a bit), thus avoiding longish bus journeys and enabling travellers to go back to the hotel between events as there was a fair bit of waiting around in Hereford for events. A day of 9.00 am to 10.30pm is quite long to be out and about.
Review by Adam who travelled 27-July-2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would be interested in next year's trip to the Gloucester Three Choirs. The food at the hotel was excellent and the staff were very friendly. However, we were a little disappointed with our room which was on the second floor and only had a small circular window with limited opening (in very hot weather!). Also, the shower in the bathroom was very weak.
Review by who travelled 27-July-2018
Enjoyable, despite the cool and wet weather. Staff in hotel and on tour were professional and helpful. Warm welcome. Not so impressed by the events on the Sat and Sun afternoons. Might have been better to leave those times free for people to sightsee or book a festival event more to their taste.
Review by Carroll who travelled 27-July-2018
Details of the daily programme, times and venues, were not supplied which led to some uncertainty and confusion, but very enjoyable three days, thank you.
Review by Mrs Diana Holbrook who travelled 22-July-2016
The first evening wine was offered at the dinner, and no one said that we had to pay for it, so we were very surprised to be charged £20 extra on our bill even if we had not had any.
Review by Mr David Trollope who travelled 22-July-2016
Three Choirs @ Worcester next year!
Review by Mr James Hadley who travelled 22-July-2016
Review by Mrs Lindsay Sainsbury who travelled 24-July-2015
In view of the distances between your hotels and the Festival venues, may I suggest that in future, you cut out the return to the hotel for an early dinner before an evening concert. There are usually adequate dining facilities nearer to the Festival site. The hotel catering was excellent, but too rushed for comfort.
Review by Mrs Josie Wade who travelled 24-July-2015
Review by Mr Douglas Oberheim who travelled 24-July-2015
Hotel much too far from Hereford.(approx. 50 mins!!). It involved repeated long journeys to & from venues. This left no time at all to change & have dinner.
Review by Mrs Veronica Skates who travelled 24-July-2015
Trip spoiled by unecessary travel from Hereford back to hotel for dinner ths meant that we missed one of the concerts, my wife is a very poor traveller on coaches, and missed dinner on one night so that we could stay in Hereford. Surely meals could have been arranged in the Town!
Review by Mr Ernist Booth who travelled 24-July-2015
too much time spent to and from hotel to the cathedral.3-4 hours each day.
Review by Miss Josphine Butler who travelled 24-July-2015
Journey to Puckrup Hall was not easy for me. I travelled by train to Ashchurch Station where there were no taxis or buses at the station. I was able to find my way without too much trouble but an older person may not be so confident. The journey to and from Tewkesbury became quite tedious and left very little time on Saturday, and presumably for those staying Sunday night, for an enjoyable evening meal.
Review by Mrs Rosalind Rowlands who travelled 24-July-2015
The hotel was lovely but too far from Hereford. The journey time, without hold ups as the traffic was generally light was too long, and made all of Saturday a rush. I went home on Sunday because of the weather and a potential slide show in a hall in Ledbury had little appeal. The tickets, concerts, food and company were as always excellent
Review by Ms Diane Steltner who travelled 24-July-2015
Puckrup Hilton not as good as the one used for R 3rd trip; Staff were not particularly friendly and I observed the senior bar staff bordering on the surly. The arrangements for the coach were inadequate as the driver was unable to park near main entrance and a long walk was required from the part many of whom had mobility problems. Tewkesbury is quite a drive from Hereford and the travel between events became tedious, Instead of rushing back for hasty early meals, would it not be possible for participants to cater for themselves in whatever location they arrived in and perhaps coffee and sandwiches be made available upon return to the hotel at the end of the day? Out side of these considerations we had a very good trip with some musical experiences that will remain in the memory.
Review by Mr Brian Cook who travelled 24-July-2015
Review by Ms Diane Steltner who travelled 25-July-2014
This tour was marred by the very late arrival of the bus for the opening service in the cathedral. Neither Travel Editions nor the bus company seem to have taken account of the extra heavy traffic conditions on the M5 and following the break up of the schools. We arrived two thirds of the way through the service so we lost our very good seats in the nave and missed a good deal of the wonderful music. Bussing to and from from the hotel was always tense because timing was a difficulty. The hotel was too far from the festival for comfort.
Review by Miss Miranda Davies who travelled 25-July-2014
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