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Three Choirs: Transformations

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Soprano Elizabeth Watts in black dress with flower stitches.


Adrian Partington – conductor
Elizabeth Watts – soprano
Three Choirs Festival Chorus


Bach arr. Stravinsky Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch’

Finzi Dies Natalis

Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

— Interval —

Poulenc Stabat Mater

Following the death of a close friend, Poulenc channelled his emotions into his Stabat Mater, a text depicting Mary’s suffering as Christ’s mother during his crucifixion. The anguish of Mary gave Poulenc an image of human contact with both death and the divine. Finzi’s Dies Natalis (Day of Birth), an exploration of the wonder of a soul coming into being, was written for the 1939 Hereford festival but cancelled because of the outbreak of war, with the first Three Choirs performance in Hereford in 1946. The piece is sung here as it was originally intended for soprano, which is rarely heard. It sits in the first half of the programme with Stravinsky’s reimagining of Bach’s Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ for chorus and orchestra and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, a reimagining of a theme by Purcell.

Supported by the Chairman’s Circle
Dies Natalis supported by Mr & Mrs David Ball
Elizabeth Watts supported by Joanna Brickell

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Prices & Discounts

£10 – £55

Discounts and concessions available.

Running time:

Approximately 2hrs

Box office

Three Choirs Festival: online or over the phone on 01452 768928 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)

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