Another royal visit for Three Choirs Festival

[Photos: SARAH McKEE]

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the penutimate evening concert of this Year's Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester Cathedral on Friday 29 July. After the performance Their Royal Highnesses met some of the artists who had taken part in the concert, including two members of Gloucester Cathedral Junior Choir, pictured above with Nia Llewelyn Jones (left) who directs the choir; Mrs Elisabeth Brain, HRH the Duchess of Gloucester, Dr Timothy Brain, Chairman of the Three Choirs Festival Association, and HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The concert began with the premiere of Memento Musica by Joseph Philbbs, an orchestral fantasia inspired by the work of this year's festival charity Mindsong, which works with people suffering from dementia, followed by Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, both performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Adrian Partington. Walton's 'Spitfire' Prelude and Fugue was performed after the interval in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Gloucester's long association with the aviation industry; and the concert concluded with a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, for which the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra were joined by Gloucester Cathedral Junior Chooir, singing from the organ loft, and soloists Ilona Domnich (replacing the indisposed Anna Patalong), Russell Painter and David Stout. 

The concert was supported by Safran Landing Systems (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty); Carmina burana was supported by Richard Arenschieldt and Memento musica was supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.