Concerts and Recitals are held here regularly at Worcester Cathedral.

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Worcester Cathedral welcomes concert applications from choirs, ensembles, soloists, orchestras, music groups and organisations who wish to arrange a concert. 

If you are interested in holding a ticketed concert at Worcester Cathedral click here to find out more and fill in an enquiry form. 

If you would like to enquire about holding a Lunchtime concert or recital, please contact Christopher Allsop in our Music Department.

See our up and coming concerts and recitals below or click Whats on? 

2016

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Wed 24 February, 7.30pm
Concert by The Sixteen, Handel 'Dixit Dominus'

Tickets: £15 - £30
Box Office: National Box Office - www.ncem.co.uk / 01904 651485 or
Worcester Live - 01905 611427

The Sixteen choir and orchestra devote an entire evening to the glorious music of Handel, including his virtuosic Dixit Dominus. Conductor Harry Christophers introduces the programme:
‘Handel is one of only a handful of composers who was truly multi-faceted - a master of orchestral and vocal textures, both triumphant and profound. Simply compare the bustling, joyous activity of the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba with the dark, anxious apprehension of the Overture to Jephtha, and you will know exactly what I mean. However, it is majestic grandeur, alongside moments of exquisite tenderness, which overridingly characterise all the works in this programme.’

Programme
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
Handel Chandos Anthem No.11 ‘Let God Arise’
Handel Coronation Anthem ‘Let thy Hand be Strengthened’
Handel Overture to Jephtha
Handel Dixit Dominus

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Sat 12 March, 7.30pm
Dvorak TeDeum, Borodin Polovtsian Dances, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Worcester Festival Choral Society, Meridian Sinfonia and directed by Peter Nardone
Tickets £8 - £25 from 1 August from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427
www.worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk

PRESS RELEASE - Spectacular spring concert comes to Cathedral

An evening of musical emotion and excitement is in store at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 12th March, when Worcester Festival Choral Society – one of the world-renowned ‘Three Choirs Festival’ choirs – performs four major choral works, supported by leading operatic and concert soloists.

The varied concert begins with great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’s stunning, 1936 cantata Dona Nobis Pacem – Latin for ‘Grant Us Peace’ – in which he makes a moving plea for peace amidst fears of the Second World War. The choir also performs one of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák’s finest choral works, Te Deum; and the beautiful Alto Rhapsody by Johannes Brahms. Rounding off the evening is the thrilling Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by Russian composer Alexander Borodin – a huge audience favourite.

Performing with WFCS will be three, internationally acclaimed soloists: award-winning soprano Katherine Crompton (pictured); Royal Opera House and recording mezzo-soprano Deborah Miles; and National Opera Studio bass Timothy Dickinson. The concert is supported by the Meridian Sinfonia orchestra and conducted by Worcester Cathedral director of music Peter Nardone.

Ben Cooper, chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, commented: “This is going to be a bumper ‘Spring Spectacular’ concert. Each of the works has their own very definite character, from moments of stirring reflection to huge excitement, ensuring something for every music lover.”

Established in 1861, Worcester Festival Choral Society comprises around 140 auditioned singers drawn from across the County and beyond. The society stages three major concerts in Worcester Cathedral each year, performing some of the world’s ‘great choral works’. Many of its members perform in the annual Three Choirs Festival, which last year celebrated its 300th anniversary. 

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7:30pm, are between £8 and £25 and available at www.worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk; from Worcester Live! Box Office at Huntingdon Hall, tel: 01905 611427; from Worcester Cathedral gift shop, or on the door on the night (subject to availability).

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Fri 18 March, 7.30pm
Purely Bach 2
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 and
Jesu, der du meine Seele BWV 78 with the 
Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor BWV 1060R minor
Concert by the boy choristers and gentlement of Worcester Cathedral Choir & Musical and Amicable Society (period instrument ensemble)
Conducted by Peter Nardone
Tickets £15 (under 18's £5) from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427
Kindly support by the Friends of Worcester Cathedral

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A Celebration of British Music

British Police Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Richard Jenkinson (local conductor and cellist). Featuring the Worcester Cathedral Girls Choristers
Programme includes:
World premiere of ‘Remember This’ by local composer of national acclaim, Ian Venables.  Soloists include Claire Prewer (local professional soprano) & Richard Coxon (tenor).  Tintagel (Arnold Bax).  Songs by Edward Elgar (including The Snow), arranged for orchestra.  Spitfire Prelude & Fugue,   (William Walton).  Proms night celebrations to finish off.
Tickets: £25 (including VIP drinks reception), £15, £8  available from Worcester Live Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester WR1 3LD, 01905 611427
All profits to go to supporting the work of Longlands Care Farm
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Thurs 21 April, 12,15 - 1pm
Lunchtime Organ Recital by Richard Cook
(Organ Scholar, Worcester Cathedral)
Bach, Elgar, Stanley and Jongen

Free admission, retiring collection

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Thurs 28 April, 12.15 - 1pm
Lunchtime Organ Recital by Christopher Allsop
(Assistant Director of Music, Worcester Cathedral)
Weckham, Henemith and Mushele

Free admission, retiring collection

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12.15 - 1pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital by Paul Derett (Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Barber and Mathias)
Bach, Mozart, Saint-Sens, Barber and Mathias. 

Free admission, retiring collection

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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Alexander Potts)
(Organ Scholar, Westminster Cathedral)
Delius and Sibelous
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime recital by Idaho University Chamber Choir
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Ben Bloors (organist, Brompton Oratory)
Buxtehude, Alain and Bairstow
Free admission, retiring collection
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Purely Bach 3
Concert by the Choir of Worcester Cathedral
Details of tickets will be available shortly
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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Justin Miller &  Richard Cook (organ duet)(Sub-Assistant Organist and Organ Scholar, Worcester Cathedral)
Calvin Hampton
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime Recital by Victoria Welsh Male Voice Choir, Australia
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Philip Rushforth (Director of Music, Chester Cathedral)
Karg-Elert, Callahan and Widor
Free admission, retiring collection
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Concert by the English Association of Male Voice Choirs
Details to follow.  See website for more information
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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Richard Dunster-Sigtermans (Ruby)
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Richard Pinel (Assistant Director of Music, St Georg'e Chapel, Windsor)
Brahms and Reger
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime Organ Recital by Daniel Phillips (King's College School, Wimbledon)
Bach, Alain, Cocker, Humperdinck and Gullmant
Free admission, retiring collection
Sat 9 July, 1.10 - 1.50pm
Lunchtime Recital by Bath Abbey Youth Choir
Free admission, retiring collection
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Lunchtime Recital by Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto
Free admission, retiring collection
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8th Anniversary Organ Recital by Thomas Ospital
Organiste Titulaire, St. Eustache, Paris

Tickets £14 (Under 18s free) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/215503

Sat 19 November, 7.30pm
Concert by Worcester Festival Choral Society
Sat 10 December, 7.30pm
Handel:  The Messiah
Concert by Worcester Festival Choral Society
Sat 17 December, 7.30pm
Concert by the Choirs of Worcester Cathedral
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