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Howells and Gibbs

Worcester Cathedral
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Samuel Hudson – conductor (Ireland and Howells)
Adrian Partington – conductor (Gibbs)
Guy Johnston – cello
Božidar Smiljanić – baritone
Three Choirs Festival Chorus


Ireland The Forgotten Rite Listen

Howells Cello Concerto Listen

— Interval —

Gibbs Symphony No. 2

Three stunning English works bring this year’s Three Choirs Festival to a close in exhilarating fashion.

A contemporary of Vaughan Williams and Parry, Armstrong Gibbs’s music is filled with the lush harmonies of their music. In his Second Symphony, he brings to life the thrilling Greek legend of Odysseus.

In the first half, enjoy a rarely-heard piece by John Ireland alongside the recently completed version of Howells’s cello masterpiece. Left unfinished at the time of his death, the Cello Concerto displays all the richness and ear for melody of Howell’s style. Now completed for tonight’s soloist Guy Johnston, the piece has been enthusiastically received as a new classic of British music and an essential addition to cello repertoire.

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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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