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Saturday 2 May 2020

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  • 7:00pm


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  • Gloucester Cathedral


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  • Gloucester Choral Society
  • British Sinfonietta
  • Emma Johnson – clarinet
  • Adrian Partington – conductor
  • Rebecca Hardwick – soprano
  • Ruairi Bowen – tenor


Tickets: £25, £21, £18, £10

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Gurney – The Trumpet

Finzi – Clarinet Concerto

Howells – Hymnus Paradisi

Join us as we celebrate 175 years of Gloucester Choral Society. Our May concert promises to be every bit as special as the occasion deserves. We are also doing something a little bit different and featuring music by English composers who had close links to Gloucester Cathedral.

We open with a short piece by Ivor Gurney for choir and orchestra called The Trumpet, a setting by Gurney of a poem by his friend and fellow war-poet, Edward Thomas.

Herbert Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi was first performed at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival of 1950. Hymnus Paradisi is set in six movements that combine the texts of psalms, the Latin mass and other sacred texts for chorus, orchestra and soli. We are delighted to have the British Sinfonietta performing with us for the concert.

The orchestra will also perform Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto, a rightly popular and magnificent orchestral work. It’s our great pleasure to have the brilliant Emma Johnson as the clarinet soloist in what promises to be a memorable concert for chorus and audience alike.

To learn more about Howells and Gurney, why not join us for our pre-concert talk, The Chosen Trio?