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Three Choirs Festival

Worcester Festival Choral Society is proud that many of its members are selected to sing as part of the world famous Three Choirs Festival Chorus each year.

The Three Choirs Festival is the oldest, non-competitive classical music festival in the world, and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015.

The Festival comprises a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester. 

At the heart of each Festival are the large-scale evening concerts featuring the Three Choirs Festival Chorus, internationally acclaimed solo artists and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which has been resident at the festival since 2012.

Concert programmes combine established favourites of the British classical choral tradition, with works drawn from a broader, more international musical canvas. 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.

In 2017, the Three Choirs Festival took place here in our home city of Worcester. Encompassing 74 musically-themed events held across Worcestershire, the Festival attracted more than 20,000 ticket holders from across the UK and around the world. A performance of Elgar's choral masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales.

In 2018 the Three Choirs Festival took place in Hereford, with its wide range of concerts, recitals and events drawing acclaim from both Festival-goers and the media. 

In 2019 the Three Choirs Festival moves to Gloucester. Download the introductory Three Choirs Festival Gloucester 2019 preview leaflet HERE 

The full 2019 programme will be live on the Three Choirs website from Spring 2019, with tickets going on sale to members in early April 2019, and to the the general public later that month.

 

 

 

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