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Southern Cathedrals Festival,   18th - 21st July 2018, at Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral will be the host for the 2018 Southern Cathedrals Festival.  This is an annual celebration of cathedral music from small to large-scale works sung by the combined choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals.

Southern Cathedrals Festival
Southern Cathedrals Festival

The Festival offers sacred choral music and organ music performed to the very highest standard by the three cathedrals' renowned choirs.  The choirs will be performing separately and together and will be complemented by visiting performers.  The music is presented in concerts and within worship. 

This year's Festival will take place in the beautiful setting of Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral School and the Church of St Thomas in Salisbury city centre.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and some of the music of the Festival reflects this evocative and important theme.  It also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Hubert Parry, a giant figure in the revival of English church music.

A lecture recital exploring Elgar's chamber works dating from 1918 will take place in Salisbury Cathedral School on the Thursday, and on the same day, the boys and men of the three Cathedrals will give an afternoon concert of music and poetry, with the war theme interspersed with three of Bach's virtuosic motets.  The Saturday concert has as its main work Brahms' sublime Requiem.

The Festival is all about sharing liturgy and worship as well as music.  There are five services (one to be recorded by the BBC), three Youth in Music concerts, three major choral concerts, and three Late Night Bach by Candlelight piano recitals plus an organ recital by the former Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, Daniel Cook.

On the Friday evening, the girl choristers from Salisbury and Winchester and men from the three Cathedrals perform beautiful music by Handel and Purcell with a period instruments orchestra.

We cherish the friendship between our three Cathedrals, a family to which our musicians, patrons, worshippers and audience members belong.

For ticket information and to visit the Southern Cathedrals Festival website click here

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