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‘An annual week long festival of music within the liturgy at Tewkesbury Abbey ... A group of singers from different cathedral, collegiate and recital choirs who gather together for this special week at Tewkesbury Abbey to sing some of the finest music, written over the centuries, in its intended liturgical setting.’ Held Early August.

 

'Formed in 1962 to produce the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. We have presented staged versions of all 13 surviving operas, a reconstruction of Thespis, and other operettas by Sullivan, Lehar, Offenbach and Strauss. Over the past few years we have widened our repertoire ... Approximately half our shows are now Gilbert and Sullivan, and half from other composers ... There are two shows a year ... each running for a full week, plus a number of concerts. Some members participate in everything that's going, and others choose a smaller number of shows and/or concerts to join in.'

 

‘Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School is the choir of men and boys who, under the direction of Simon Bell, sing the weekday services in Tewkesbury Abbey. Whilst this is their primary focus, they also undertake a full programme of tours, broadcasts and recordings.’

 

Also indexedDean Close Preparatory School

‘Around 120 singers, sopranos and altos each number 40 with some 20 basses and 20 tenors. We always welcome new singers. More than twenty new members, several young, have joined our ranks in the last two years ... We perform 2 or 3 concerts each year, usually, but not always, in the splendid setting of Tewkesbury Abbey. We are lucky enough to be able to perform with professional musicians and soloists, which is a truly uplifting experience and sets the Abbey reverberating!‘

 

Founded in the 1830s, ceased in 1937 but revived in 1974: 'Non-profit organisation run by volunteers. We receive no direct payments and rely on public generosity to purchase and maintain instruments and music, to keep us playing. Everyone is welcome to join the Training Band regardless of ability, as lessons and instruments are provided free of charge.'

 

'Tewkesbury Abbey, with its massive Norman tower, is one of the finest medieval churches in England. It is as wonderful an example of Norman architecture as can be found anywhere in the country. The townsfolk of Tewkesbury saved the building from destruction by purchasing it for £453 from King Henry VIII in 1540 at the dissolution of the monasteries ... When the Milton Organ was rebuilt in 1948, it was planned also to restore and enlarge the Grove Organ, making it playable from the Walker five-manual console. This scheme was not carried out, and eventually the organ was restored in 1980-81 by Messrs. Bishop and Son on "conservation" lines ...'

 

‘A busy and popular arts centre in Tewkesbury with an eclectic programme of live events, take part activities, exhibitions and festivals. In addition to the 370 seat auditorium, The Roses boasts a relaxing bar and coffee shop where you can enjoy a pre-show and interval drinks as well as live entertainment including jazz and folk music and stand up comedy ...’

 

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