Opening Night

Sat 28 July

Saturday 28 July 2018 7.45pm

Eleanor Dennis soprano
Madeleine Shaw alto
Paul Nilon tenor
Neal Davies bass

Three Choirs Festival Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra

Geraint Bowen conductor

Ireland These things shall be
Smyth Mass in D

We open the festival with Ethel Smyth's magnificent Mass in D, which according to George Bernard Shaw was a sign of the rise of women composers. Smyth's music carefully reflects the mood and content of the mass setting: the radiant, joyful Gloria triumphantly crowns this richly coloured setting. Alongside this, a rare chance to hear John Ireland's only substantial choral work, which offers a utopian vision of future peace and equality.

Booking opens in April

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