Three Choirs Festival
The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, solo and chamber music recitals, talks, cathedral services, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. It is thought to be the longest-standing classical music festival in the world and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015.
At the heart of the modern festival are large-scale evening concerts featuring the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra (resident at the festival since 2012), and services of Choral Evensong sung by the professional choirs of the three cathedrals. Concert programmes feature internationally recognised soloists and combine the established favourites of the classical choral tradition with the best new choral music of our time. Some are conducted by the directors of music of the three cathedrals, who also undertake the role of artistic director of their city’s festival, and some by guest conductors from the UK and abroad. The main festival’s packed schedule of daytime events is augmented by a community and outreach projects bespoke to each city.
The Three Choirs Festival is run by a small professional management team based at the Three Choirs Festival Association’s office in Gloucester, who work alongside voluntary committees in Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester.
Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford