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Worcester 1899: Enigma meets America

Worcester Cathedral

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Geraint Bowen – conductor
Anita Watson – soprano
Catherine Carby – mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon – tenor
David Stout – bass
Three Choirs Festival Chorus


Elgar Enigma Variations Listen

— Interval —

Parker Hora Novissima Listen

Tonight, a chance to hear two works memorable works that received their UK premiere at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival in 1899.

Horatio Parker’s contemplative Hora Novissima was an instant success at its first performance, and soon became a classic among American choral societies. Through delicate solos, flowing melodies and grand moments for full chorus, it reaches towards the ecstatic possibilities of heavenly life.

Elgar’s Enigma Variations are dedicated to ‘my friends pictured within’, as each variation forms an affectionate musical sketch of one of his loved ones. Hidden at the centre lies ‘Nimrod’ – the simple, yearning melody that has since become an icon of Britain itself.

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – £55

10+ event subscription available; limited allocation of £5 under-30s tickets available on the door

Running time

2 hours, including 20-minute interval

Box office

Three Choirs Festival box office: 01452 768928


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Worcester Cathedral

8 College Yard

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