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Hereford  28th July – 4th August 

The world’s oldest classical music festival returns to Hereford in 2018. Featuring a week-long programme of concerts, recitals, talks, workshops and receptions.

choirsAt the heart of the modern festival are the large-scale evening concerts featuring the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which has been resident at the festival since 2012. The main festival’s packed schedule of daytime events is augmented by a community programme.

The week starts with an opening service at Hereford Cathedral on 28th at 11.30am. Various events then follow through the day from a drumming workshop, a piano trio, a lecture, festival reception, pre-concert dinner, opening night and finally an organ trio. All at various venues and this is just the first day!

The Artistic Director, Geraint Bowen, wrote

My plans for this year began with a single work: a long-held ambition to revive Ethel Smyth’s fine but now little-performed Mass in D. One hundred years after the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act – the start of universal suffrage in the United Kingdom – seemed the perfect opportunity to do so, given the composer’s prominent links to the suffragette movement. This developed a major programming strand, Celebrating Women.

In 1918, the musical world was robbed of the prodigious talent of Lili Boulanger at the age of only 24 and we present her setting of Psalm 130, composed in 1915 as a response to the horrors of World War I, in a programme which also includes Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms

At the heart of the festival since its origins in the early 18th century, the Three Cathedral Choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester combine for joint Evensongs and a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, sure to be a highlight of the week.


Drumming Workshop – A Family Event

The events on offer for the week are entertaining and diverse to cover everyone’s tastes and include family theatre and workshops, historical walking tour to music and lectures. The organisers have signed up to the Family Arts Standards. All families are welcome and to help you enjoy your experience they are committed to ensuring they meet these standards.

Would you like to find out more about the Festival but don’t know where to start?

If you are a Herefordshire resident who has never been to the Festival before, you can now sample the festival for free. Thanks to the generous donations of existing audiences, now on offer are some top price tickets to every single concert in the festival programme. With almost 40 concerts packed into eight days (28 July – 4 August) there’s plenty to choose from. You’ll also be issued with a rehearsal pass giving you access to rehearsals in the cathedral during festival week, so you can get a glimpse behind the scenes of this exciting event. Go to the Festival Firsts page to find out more.

If you are taking advantage of the Three Choirs Festival and need somewhere to stay please contact us for availability.