Gloucester
Three Choirs Festival
Gloucester, Hereford & Worcester
 
 

 

The Three Choirs Festival is one of the oldest classical choral music festivals in the world. It started in the 18th century and was alternately held in the three cathedrals of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester.

The Festival is held in August with each cathedral taking it in turns to be the host. Originally, the festival was inaugurated to feature the choirs of the three cathedrals, and lasted two days. Naturally this meant that most of the music was choral and ecclesiastical in style.

The Festival programme now runs for a week and although the three cathedral choirs are still a central component, the large-scale choral repertoire is now performed by the Festival Chorus, but the festival also features other major ensembles and international soloists.

The Three Choirs Festival is closely identified with the musical careers of British composers Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The organists of the three cathedrals take turns as artistic director and festival conductor when it is their cathedral’s turn to host the Festival.

New works by British composers are often on the programme as well as the much loved favourites.

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