Saturday 29 Jul 2017, 7.45pmWorcester Cathedral, Worcester

Peter Nardone conductor

Ruth Holton soprano

Ed Lyon tenor

Robert Evans baritone

Three Choirs Festival Chorus choir

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Finzi Dies Natalis


Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music illustrates Shakespeare’s words with shimmering sweetness before we embark on a musical journey from birth to death in two works premiered at past Three Choirs Festivals. Finzi’s setting of Traherne’s mystical poems express the wonder of a newborn coming into the world, while Howells’ almost unbearably moving Hymnus Paradisi is an outpouring of grief over the death of his young son. The final, ecstatic movement brings the 2017 festival to a rapturous close and farewell. 

This concert is part of the Three Choirs Festival series