Three Choirs Festival
The Oldest Festival of Classical Music in the World
The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long program of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions, and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester, and Worcester. It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015.
At the heart of the festival are the large-scale evening concerts featuring the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which has been a resident at the festival since 2012. The main festival’s packed schedule of daytime events is augmented by a community program that varies slightly in style in each city.