Saturday 3 Aug 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

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Adrian Partington conductor

Ilona Domnich soprano

Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo soprano

Andrew Staples tenor

David Stout baritone

Three Choirs Festival Chorus choir

Matthews Stars

Holst The Mystic Trumpeter


Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Choral

We look heavenward for our final performance, reviving David Matthews' shimmering short cantata Stars for its first performance in almost half a century. Holst’s distinctive musical style begins to emerge in this luxuriant early work, with a list of influences that ranges from Wagner to Walt Whitman, and even encompasses Hindu philosophies. It ends with a serenely celestial expression of “Joy! Joy! All over joy!”, echoing Beethoven’s epic Choral Symphony, the powerful and uplifting climax of which is known the world over.

This concert is part of the Three Choirs Festival series