Parry – Songs of Farewell, plus Bach, Rheinberger and Hepplewhite

Parry's Songs of Farewell will be performed by Gloucester Choral Society, who will also perform the Rheinberger Mass and Bach Motets. The image features the silhouette of Parry and exudes a shiny emerald feel.

£25, £18, £10 | Students & U25s £5

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Saturday 10th May 2025


Gloucester Cathedral


Organ / Piano


Gloucester Choral Society



Gloucester Choral Society present an unforgettable musical experience that will transport you to a world of exquisite harmony and profound emotion. Join us for an enchanting evening of classical masterpieces featuring Hubert Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’, Bach motets, and Rheinberger mass, led by acclaimed choral and orchestral director, Adrian Partington.

Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of the first two of Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’, an awe-inspiring collection of choral compositions that capture the essence of human longing and spiritual introspection. Written during the First World War, the lyrics are evocative of the spiritual struggles of the time. These qualities are exemplified in ‘I know my soul hath power’ and ‘My soul there is a country’.

Let the ethereal melodies and poignant lyrics touch your soul, creating a deeply moving and transcendent experience in the unique acoustic of Gloucester Cathedral.

Indulge in the sheer brilliance of Bach’s motets, renowned for their intricate vocal interplay and intricate polyphony. Be captivated by the sheer virtuosity of the voices in ‘Lobet den Herrn’ and ‘Der Geist hilft’as they weave together with precision and grace, creating a tapestry of harmonies that will leave you spellbound.

Experience the grandeur and majesty of Rheinberger’s Mass in E Flat, a masterwork that showcases the composer’s genius for creating lush and resonant choral textures. Let the soaring melodies transport you to the heights of musical ecstasy, as the choral forces blend in perfect harmony.

And if that’s not enough to satisfy your musical appetite, we also have a new commission by Russell Hepplewhite. Russell is touring the country and setting the words of 12 poets to music. These pieces will receive their premieres in concerts given in 12 different locations around the UK. Gloucester Choral Society are delighted to be able to support the work of young British composers and to be involved in such exciting, creative projects. We wish Russell every success and look forward to greeting him in Gloucester Cathedral.

This extraordinary concert brings together the finest talents in the world of choral music, delivering a performance that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the beauty and power of Hubert Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’, Bach motets, and Rheinberger Mass in E Flat. Join us for an evening of musical splendour that will resonate in your heart long after the final note has been sung!

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