One of the world's oldest celebrations of classical music will be taking place in Gloucester later this summer.
Dating back to the early 18th century, the Three Choirs Festival offers a week-long programme of choral performances and traditionally rotates between the cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford each year.
Running from August 6th to 15th, the 2010 event features a diverse range of musical entertainment, although performances by the Three Cathedral Choirs taking place each evening in the cathedral will be the most popular events.
Adrian Partington, a former Worcester chorister who is now the artistic director of the festival, has promised to deliver a "spectacular programme" this year.
"It will include some exciting, but traditional programmes ... and some surprises. I think I can promise that 2010 will be a vintage year," he commented recently.
As well as the evening concerts, the festival will offer a daytime schedule of chamber music, opera, theatre, organ recitals, exhibitions and other special events.
There will also be late night jazz concerts in the Gloucester Guildhall, such as the August 14th event featuring the talents of the Stroman-Jonsson International Project.
With thousands of people expected to head to Gloucester for the festival, people seeking a Cotswold hotel are advised to book early.
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Three Choirs Festival
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