An English Farewell

Sat 29 July


Ruth Holton soprano

Ed Lyon tenor

Robert Evans bass

Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Philharmonia Orchestra

Peter Nardone conductor


Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Finzi Dies Natalis

Howells Hymnus Paradisi


Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music illustrates Shakespeare’s words with shimmering sweetness before we embark on a musical journey from birth to death in two works premiered at past Three Choirs Festivals. Finzi’s setting of Traherne’s mystical poems express the wonder of a newborn coming into the world, while Howells’ almost unbearably moving Hymnus Paradisi is an outpouring of grief over the death of his young son. The final, ecstatic movement brings the 2017 festival to a rapturous close and farewell.

You can listen to Howellls' Hymnus Paradisi HERE (YouTube link)


Supported by Three Choirs Foundation

Ed Lyon supported by Mr and Mrs Sam Driver White



Creative People

No People Found


No Galleries Found


Baritone Roderick Williams will succeed Dame Felicity Lott in the honorary role of President of Three Choirs Festival's membership organisation


No Videos Found