Three Choirs Festival

2 nights starting from
£559

  • Opening service at Hereford Cathedral

  • Various choral performances aaround beautiful Hereford

  • Guided walking tour of the ancient market town of Ledbury

  • Talk by Dr Timothy Brain, Chairman of the Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival began in the early 18th century, rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford and is one of the world’s oldest and best classical choral music festivals. In 2022 the festival will be in Hereford and will feature a wonderful range of concerts including performances at Hereford Cathedral, home of Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library. Performances are planned to include the Philharmonia Orchestra (in residence), the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Cathedral Choirs of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

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22 - July - 2022 £ 559.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at The Abbey Hotel 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: Hereford.
Our day begins with the festival’s opening service at Hereford Cathedral, with the theme for 2022 being one of re-imaginings. After free time for lunch (not included) we will have the chance to enjoy another delightful concert at a venue within the Hereford region. Free time will be given to explore Hereford independently and to pick one of the many restaurants in the town for dinner (not included). This evening we will return to Hereford Cathedral to enjoy a varied concert including a rare performance of Dvořák’s Requiem. Late evening return to the hotel.

Day 3: Ledbury and Hereford.
This morning we will have a guided walking tour of the ancient market town of Ledbury taking in its jumble of 17th century and Georgian architecture, secret alleyways and famous cobbled lanes. Free time for lunch (not included) in Ledbury before we make our way to another afternoon concert (venue tbc). Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30hrs.

Optional extra night: For those wishing to stay an extra night there will be an early evening supper at Hereford Cathedral followed by a performance of Rolf Martinsson Ich Denke Dein (UK premiere) and G Mahler Symphony No 4. Late evening return to the hotel. Breakfast will be included the following morning and you will be able to depart at your leisure. (Supplement applies £192pp in twin / double or £256pp in a double for sole use room).

VIP - Please be aware at the time of the tour going on sale the final programme for the Three Choirs Festival is not complete and some concerts and performers may vary. Please keep checking the website for the most up to date information on concerts and concert venues.

NB: Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three-course dinner with wine in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, concerts as shown, tours and admissions 
  • Coach transfers 
  • Tour manager throughout 


NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday Insurance 
  • Double for Sole Use supplement
  • Extra night stay with Cathedral supper and extra concert
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTEL

The Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern

The four-star Abbey Hotel is located in Great Malvern with landscaped gardens and spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and offers comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, wifi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel has free car parking, and the nearest train station is Great Malvern.

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

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.

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The Group were very friendly. I made a friend and we shall continue meeting in the future. Eating was not so easy because of the timings of the concerts but we got better at finding restaurants as the weekend went on. Although the hotel was fine I felt the management hadn't given enough training to the dining room staff who were all young and new, regarding the covid rules and regulations. the staff were pleasant but not quick to pick up where someone needing help. to help.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-July-2021


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The information on the website mentioned Tewkesbury Abbey and Pershore Abbey. The information on my account mentioned Gloucester. I found out the concerts ere all in Worcester from the Thee Choirs website . Apart from that It was a wonderful trip. Great to hear live singing again

Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-July-2021


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Review by Polyviou who travelled 26-July-2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Three Choirs @ Worcester next year!

Review by Mr James Hadley who travelled 22-July-2016


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Review by Mrs Lindsay Sainsbury who travelled 24-July-2015


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Review by Ms Diane Steltner who travelled 25-July-2014


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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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