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A massive welcome to the virtual River Carnival


We’re so sad we can’t be with you in the streets and on the Wye this year. We’ll see you in 2021.


But we hope we have created the next best thing.


A virtual Carnival featuring online performances from some Carnival favourites and some new friends.


Click on a stage and scroll on through and take a look at what you fancy. Just like you’d do on River Carnival Day.



Josh Lamdin First Set

Here’s a set made during lockdown from Hereford based Josh Lamdin:

Stella by Starlight

I’m so Lonesome I could Cry’

Tenor Madness

Etude 6

Round Midnight


Alula Down play traditional and self-written songs using sound collage, and semi-improvisation of voice and instruments made of wood & reeds. Listen and enjoy

Academia Musica Choir

Based at Hereford Sixth Form College and featuring many of its young students in its ranks, The Academia Musica Choir is a semi-professional ensemble that has an international recording contract with Priory Records, broadcasts on the BBC and has performed with professional ensembles such as the ESO and Oxford and Cambridge University Choirs.
Here are some uplifting examples of their recent work.

Blessed City

Call of Wisdom

For The Fallen

How Joyful

Justorum Animae

King of Love

Lift Thine Eyes

The Carnival Babar Sessions

To round off this unusual Carnival Friday night we have four short sets from some great Carnival friends freshly recorded on Tuesday 1st September this year. The Whiskey River Boys and Simon Clarke are followed by El Squid whose music you can hear in the Head to the River Film and local legends The Hey Yahs. We hope you enjoy it whenever you choose to listen.

Whisky River Boys

Three Choirs Festival: Peter Dyke

Like the River Carnival, the Three Choirs Festival was unable to go ahead in Worcester Cathedral this year. We’ve an inspirational piece produced by the choirs during lockdown if you scroll down the page but here is one of Hereford Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Peter Dyke’s contributions to this year’s virtual festival.

Sproatly Smith – River Wye Suite

Sproatly Smith wrote the River Wye suite for the return of the Hereford River Carnival after decades away in 2014. He has remixed the work especially for the 2020 virtual Carnival. Sit back and listen – it’s well worth it.

Josh Lamdin & Meg Wassell

A duo set made during lockdown

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Georgia On My Mind

Simon Clarke

Encore Youth Music & Community Groups

These Groups came together during lockdown and worked with Encore to create this inspiring version of The Beatles classic

Three Choirs Festival

A look back to the Festival in Gloucester in 2019 with an inspiring project ‘Last Train to Tomorrow’

El Squid

Alive & Brel

Local trio Alison Allan, Steve Allan and Tim Brown perform some of the finest songs by 20th Century Belgian singer / songwriter, Jacques Brel.


Au Printemps

Je ne sais pas

The Desperate Ones

Three Choirs Festival

For the 2020 Virtual Festival, the Choir performs Vaughan Williams Antiphon from his Five Mystical songs which was first performed at the Festival.

To celebrate our entire festival family, we decided to create our very own Virtual Choir project! Conducted by Samuel Hudson (Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral) and played by Jonathan Hope (Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral), we received around 100 video and audio recordings from across the Three Choirs Festival community. The piece chosen was the jubilant Antiphon, from Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, originally commissioned by the festival and premiered here in 1911. The words couldn’t be more apt for the times we currently find ourselves in: “Let all the world in every corner sing…”

It’s a challenging time for everyone in the arts at the moment. The Three Choirs Festival is a charity, and any support is gratefully received. If you are able to, please consider supporting us with a donation, and help to ensure the future of the festival. Any donations, large or small, will help us to continue bringing you world-class music events in beautiful venues. Head to our website to donate: Thank you!

Hey Yahs

Thank you for visiting the virtual River Carnival


We hope you have found something to enjoy. Spread the word as being online, your friends can visit us whenever they like.  It’s a Carnival all year round.


We’d like to thank:


Arts Council England, the Community Fund and Hereford City Council for their support, encouragement, and funding.


ABC Print for the support and help with promotional materials. Our media partners the Hereford Times, Sunshine Radio and Your Herefordshire.


The DM Lab for creating and designing this platform, helping us through the technical complexities and pulling it all together.

Principal sponsors Harrison Clark Rickerbys whose support over the years – and this year in particular – has been invaluable.


And all our volunteers and the groups, bands, artists, performers, makers, and friends who continue to support us. We’ll be back, bigger, better, and stronger (and on the Wye) in 2021.


Thank you!