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Belshazzar’s Feast

Worcester Cathedral

Photo of Philharmonia violinist Soong Choo


Samuel Hudson – conductor
Božidar Smiljanić – baritone
Three Choirs Festival Chorus


Ireland A London Overture Listen

Beethoven Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Listen

Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel Listen

— Interval —

Walton Belshazzar's Feast Listen

Walton’s blazing cantata brings this year’s Three Choirs Festival to a close in exhilarating fashion.

In the first half, enjoy a rarely-heard Beethoven choral work setting  Goethe’s poems to music – across two movements, Beethoven portrays the serenity of a calm ocean followed by a swashbuckling finale bringing to life a heroic voyage.

Framing Beethoven’s music, two colourful works from two of the best-loved British composers. John Ireland’s brings to life a raucous London scene, ahead of a chance to hear the version for orchestra and baritone of Vaughan Williams’s cherished Songs of Travel.

Finally, the sound of full orchestra, choir and brass band fill the cavernous space of Worcester Cathedral as King Belshazzar meets his reckoning in Walton’s dramatic work.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£15 – £58

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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