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Three Choirs Festival: The Cloud Messenger

Worcester Cathedral
£15 – £63
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Beth Taylor credit Olivia Da Costa


Geraint Bowen – conductor
Beth Taylor – mezzo-soprano
Three Choirs Festival Voices


Dearden Messages (World premiere)

Weir Still, Glowing

Respighi The Birds

— Interval —

Holst The Cloud Messenger

Exotic romantic fantasy infuses The Cloud Messenger, a rich sung epic inspired by Indian stories and beliefs, performed by the Three Choirs Festival Voices.

Holst sets a Sanskrit poem describing how a nature spirit persuades a passing cloud to send a love message to his wife in the distant Himalayas; a remote and colourful paradise is brought to life by the music.

In response, Nathan James Dearden’s exciting Festival commission creates a series of choral landscapes that respond to, and set, messages from throughout history to future generations.

Alongside these works, fluttering wings and scratching feet are heard in Respighi’s The Birds as the composer paints a picture of bird movements and birdsong in lively and extraordinary music.

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – 63

Running time

1 hr 45 mins, including an interval

Box office

Three Choirs Festival Box Office: 01452 768928

Book tickets
£15 – £63