Kevin Crossley-Holland et al. in Worcester Cathedral and other Three Choirs Festival venues - 8 September, 1954

from The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood, pages 36–37:

When I was thirteen and [sister] Sally was ten, we went to the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral for a performance of one of my father’s most beautiful pieces, his cantata The Sacred Dance, coupled with the first performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s great oratorio, Hodie.  There the great composer sat Sally on his knee and told her that, if ever our parents tired of her, he would adopt her.

cite as

Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood (London, 2009), p. 36–37. accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Worcester Cathedral and other Three Choirs Festival venues


Kevin Crossley-Holland
children's author, Novelist, Poet, translator

Listening to

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written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Sacred Dance
written by Crossley-Holland, Peter, 1916-2001

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 September, 1954
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Vaughan Williams' cantata 'Hodie' was premiered in Worcester Cathedral on 8 September 1954.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:07:19 +0000
Approved on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:18:59 +0100