Tour Goals and Itinerary as of September 22, 2017
Three primary reasons for our visit to England are:
To educate our choristers and prepare them for even finer service when they return home
To serve as ambassadors representing our city and country, sharing the best of what we are
To encourage awareness of our choir program in our community, ensuring its strong future
Our group will be housed at the Fownes Hotel, Worcester and the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford and one overnight planned in London, with coach transportation to the sightseeing venues within a convenient distance. Visit the links below for websites about these destinations.
The 291st Three Choirs Festival (at Hereford Cathedral, August 2-4): attend daily Evensongs sung by the combined choirs of Hereford, Worcester and Glouscester Cathedrals; attend a major Festival performance with choir and orchestra; optionally attend lectures and smaller concerts
The Malvern Hills: majestic inspiration to local composer Edward Elgar
Gloucester Cathedral tour, including the famous fan-vaulted cloisters used in filming Harry Potter films
Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare
The Cotswolds, one of the most picturesque regions in the UK
Cadbury World Chocolate Factory Tour Willy Wonka does exist!
London Days: August 9-10, Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, evening concert with St. Marylebone Girls School Choir at St. Marylebone Church August 9, groupie freedom to shop, sightsee or attend a concert at the Proms!
Hereford Cathedral: sing Evensong August 11; sing Matins, Eucharist and Evensong on August 12, and Evensong August 14; tour Mappa Mundi (a fascinating medieval map of the world), the Chained Library (just what you think!) and the top of the Cathedral tower. Lunchtime organ recital on August 14, Hereford Variations, on the mighty restored Henry Willis organ. Hereford Cathedral’s College Hall will be the site of a special end of tour banquet.
Ludlow Castle, described as the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of a superb, bustling black and white market town
Tewkesbury Abbey: Visit this sublime former monastery and sing Evensong August 13
Click here for a page of information about joining the tour as a ‘groupie’. Even though the tour group is now closed, anyone in England during the tour is of course welcome to attend services and concerts according to this schedule.