Sarah Connolly organises the Ivor Gurney Memorial Festival

Ivor Gurney is to be honoured with a memorial stained-glass window in the fan-vaulted North Chantry of Gloucester Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, to be designed by artist Thomas Denny. There could not be a more fitting place for this memorial, where Gurney sang as a chorister as a boy, in his fondest home town which greatly influenced and inspired his composition and poetry.    

In order to raise funds for this wonderful memorial window, on Saturday 31st August, Gloucester Cathedral will host the Ivor Gurney Memorial Festival celebrating the life and work of Gloucestershire’s famous poet composer. At 11am on Saturday 31st August, Sarah Connolly CBE and Dame Felicity Lott DBE will join in a Gurney song recital, accompanied by Joseph Middleton, with poetry readings by Simon Callow CBE. And at 7pm, Sarah Connolly, Neal Davies, Adrian Partington, Nigel Short, Simon Callow will be joined in concert by the English Chamber Orchestra and the Tenebrae Choir for an evening celebration of Gurney’s orchestral and choral works. At 2pm, Master Glazier, Thomas Denny will give a talk on his plans for the memorial window. Huge thanks must go to Sarah Connolly who has organised this special day of celebrations!

Please click here to view the flyer for these concerts.
Further information can be found on the Gloucester Cathedral website.
Click here to read Rupert Christiansen’s article in The Telegraph on what promises to be a fantastic day of celebration.

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