I only had two mayoral engagements this week, but what a pair!
On Wednesday I attended the Arches Summer Festival celebration at the Mode Bar on Angel Row. The ‘Same But Different Festival’ was staged this week and was responsible for these incredible inflatable structures around the city centre. You can’t not have missed the giant beanstalk sprouting up outside the Guildhall and the tentacles sprouting above the old Russell and Dorell building!
The event, which ended yesterday, also included Kaleider’s Robot Selfie on Cathedral Square and the Showglobes on the High Street. ‘The City Speaks’, which showcased poetry about recovery written by local people, was co located at St. Martin’s Gate and the South Quay Riverside. I would like to pay tribute to Laura Worsfold, CEO of Severn Arts and her colleagues, for putting on this fantastic festival.
From the newest Festival to Worcester’s oldest, The Three Choirs Festival began today with the opening service in the Cathedral. I was accompanied by His Honour Judge Burbidge in our respective robes to process from the Guildhall the Cathedral. Under normal circumstances we would be joined by the mayors with their sword and macebearers from the other Three Choir cities of Gloucester and Hereford, but today was a much simpler affair.
The opening service, conducted by Samuel Hudson, included performances from Worcester Cathedral Choir, Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Ensemble, and the organist Nicholas Freestone.
At the time of writing tickets are still available for several concerts. The Three Choirs Festival runs until 1 August. You can buy tickets online at https://3choirs.org/ or call the Festival Box Office on 01452 768928.