Outstanding young organists play RCO recitals at Three Choirs Festival

Outstanding young organists play RCO recitals at Three Choirs Festival

Five young organists have been selected by the Royal College of Organists to feature in recitals at this year’s Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

Each of the five has been selected for their outstanding performance in achieving the College’s ARCO diploma over the last 18 months.

The Young Organist Recitals all take place at St Martin’s Church in London Road, Worcester, as follows:

Saturday 2nd August at 1.15pm - Michael Heighway, a pupil at Eton College and organ scholar elect of Christ Church, Oxford

Monday 4th August at 1pm - Stephen Moore, a student at Trinity College of Music and organ scholar of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea

Tuesday 5th August at 1pm - Geoffrey Tuson, a student at the Royal College of Music

Wednesday 6th August at 1pm - Simon Hogan, organ scholar of Salisbury Cathedral

Thursday 7th August at 1pm - San Lau, studying at Eton College

The Three Choirs Festival, held each year since the early eighteenth century, and rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford is one of the world’s oldest classical choral music festivals. The 2008 Festival takes place in Worcester from August 2nd to 9th.

The programme combines established favourites of the classical and choral tradition with works drawn from a broader musical spectrum. Worcester Three Choirs Festival presents a world première with Andrew Gant’s A British Symphony. Continuing the Three Choirs’ ethos of celebrating new music and fostering diverse musical collaborations, A British Symphony is a very modern celebration of the diversity of the United Kingdom, celebrating their unity and uniqueness.

Worcester Three Choirs Festival brings together an exciting blend of the very best ensembles and artists of our time, with a rich blending of vibrant young artists and groups. At the forefront of the next generation of inspirational classical music artists are Armonico Consort, Gothic Voices, Yossif Ivanov, Bobby Chen and Red Priest. Worcester Three Choirs Festival is delighted to be showcasing these brilliantly talented young performers within the 2008 Festival. There are also a range of educational events, created to develop skill and interest in classical and choral music, and to encourage young people to experience genres of music of which they are less aware, in a fun environment that breaks down the boundaries to classical and choral music.

For more information on the Three Choirs Festival, and the Young Organist Recitals, visit www.3choirs.org/home.

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