Lesser known repertoire by mostly British composers including Stanford and Holst feature in the newly released evening programmes for the 2024 Three Choirs Festival which will take place from 27 July to 3 August.

Worcester Artistic Director Samuel Hudson marks the Stanford anniversary with performances of the Stabat Mater, Three Motets, Sonata for String Orchestra and the more familiar The Blue Bird, while Holst’s Hymn of Jesus and The Cloud Messenger celebrate the 150th year of the composer’s birth.

Audiences will be further enticed to Worcester to hear Elgar’s rarely performed large-scale oratorio The Kingdom. Music by living composers is well represented with a commissioned work from Nathan James Dearden, and there is special emphasis on women composers alongside their male contemporaries.

More concerts will be released in March 2024 and general bookings open from Monday 29 April. Find out more at the Three Choirs Festival website.