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Saturday 2 December 2017

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  • 7:00pm


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  • Gloucester Cathedral


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  • Anna Gillingham – soprano
    William Towers – countertenor
    Daniel Norman – tenor
    Andrew Mahon – bass
  • The Corelli Orchestra
    Jonathan Hope – organ
  • Gloucester Choral Society
    Adrian Partington – conductor


Tickets: £25, £21, £18, £10

1st December: The box office will close for this event later today but tickets will be on sale in Gloucester Cathedral from around 2pm on 2nd December (at a table in the nave) AND on the door from 6:15pm.

To book, click the button below or call the Three Choirs box office: 01452 768928 (lines open 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday).

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Gloucester Choral Society establish a new Christmas tradition

Every three years, we present Bach’s great masterpiece, Christmas Oratorio to highlight the story of Christmas. Sung in German, this is one of the most impressive of Bach’s many superb master works, proclaiming our Saviour’s birth as God’s gift to the world.



William Towers - countertenor

William Towers



Andrew Mahon - bass

Andrew Mahon




This concert is dedicated to the memory of
Sir Nigel Nicholls, KCVO CBE

Sir Nigel Nicholls, KCVO CBE joined GCS in 2004 as a first tenor, having sung for many years in The Bach Choir before moving West upon retirement from a long and distinguished career in the Civil Service initially in the Admiralty (which was merged with the Ministry of Defence) and latterly as Secretary to the Privy Council.

A complete gentleman and a true friend, Nigel was a very fine singer who also sang each year in the Three Choirs Festival Chorus. He joined the committee of GCS and was superb in organising and driving changes to our procedures to increase effectiveness.

He had an impact on our marketing, managed our Patrons & Friends scheme and was a key player in researching and organising our first three overseas tours, where his encyclopaedic knowledge and grasp of languages proved indispensable.

His passing last December was very sad and it is fitting that we dedicate this performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio to his memory. We all miss his wise counsel, his ready wit but, above all, his friendship.

Allen Prior