Tales of the Tombs
    Gloucester Cathedral Special Interest Day
    04 Jul - 05 Oct
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    Donald Hunt's 'Private Passions'
    Donald Hunt, former Conductor of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival, discusses his life in music with Peter Nardone
    14 Jul
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    Sister Act
    Comedian and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc and her film director sister Coky Giedroyc in conversation about the Art of Television
    23 Jul
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    Hereford Police Male Choir
    An evening with Hereford Police Choir, semi-finalists in BBC1’s Last Choir Standing
    24 Jul
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    Magna Carta Exhibition
    The Hereford Magna Carta of 1217 is the centrepiece of a special exhibition in the cathedral's New Library Building.
    25 Jul - 01 Aug
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    Opening Service
    The opening service of our anniversary festival celebrates the musical heritage of 300 years ago
    25 Jul
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    Return Coach to Holy Trinity Church
    Coach from Broad Street to Holy Trinity Church and back
    25 Jul - 01 Aug
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    RCO Young Performers Recital 1
    James Bowstead from Jesus College Oxford gives our first young organists' recital
    25 Jul
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    Song of the Hero
    In the first of two festival appearances, baritone Roderick Williams revisits some of the themes from last year's World War One centenary commemoration.
    25 Jul
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    Music and...Film
    Film director Coky Giedroyc discusses Music and Film with BAFTA award-winning film composer Nick Bicat
    25 Jul
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    Festival Reception
    The Friends of Hereford Three Choirs Festival invite you to join them for drinks and canapés before the evening concert.
    25 Jul
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    Hot Suppers
    Three-course meal with waitress service provided by the Friends of Hereford Three Choirs Festival
    25 Jul - 31 Jul
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    Dream of Gerontius
    Peter Auty sings the title role and Sarah Connolly sings the Angel in Elgar's most famous oratorio
    25 Jul
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    Fireworks Reception
    Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust invites you to celebrate the first night of our 300th anniversary festival in spectacular style.
    25 Jul
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    Keep the Home Fires Burning
    Audrey Palmer and Simon McEnery with pianist David Rhind-Tutt offer a bitter-sweet evening of popular songs from the WW1 era
    25 Jul
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    Drawing and Music Workshop
    Work alongside a professional artist and experiment with different media in response to music by contemporary composers
    26 Jul
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    RCO Young Performers Recital 2
    The second young organist to perform at Holy Trinity Church is John Bachelor from Selwyn College Cambridge
    26 Jul
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    Return Coach to The Courtyard Theatre
    Coach from Broad Street to the Courtyard Theatre and back
    26 Jul - 01 Aug
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    The Art of Pantomime
    An irreverent look at what makes panto panto; suitable for all ages and with audience participation
    26 Jul
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    Summer Music
    The professional soloists of Ensemble 360 offer a selection of music for wind quintet
    26 Jul
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    Guided Walking Tour of Historic Hereford
    Discover the history of this cathedral city from the seventh century to the present day
    26 Jul - 02 Aug
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    Music and...Turangalila
    Roger Nichols sets Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie in context ahead of the Philharmonia Orchestra's performance of this epic work
    26 Jul
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    The Tramp
    Charlie Chaplin's film The Tramp is 100 years old; come and see a screening at The Courtyard
    26 Jul
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    The first ever performance in Hereford of one of the most spectacular orchestral works of the 20th century.
    26 Jul
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    Lay Clerks in Concert
    The gentlemen of Hereford Cathedral Choir entertain us with selections from their secular repertoire
    26 Jul
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    Breakfast with Bach
    Soloists from the Three Cathedral Choirs' performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion share their experiences of performing this great work
    27 Jul
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    Musical Walking Tour of Hereford
    Discover Elgar’s links to the City of Hereford and to the Three Choirs Festival as composer and conductor
    27 Jul - 31 Jul
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    Requiem for 500 Years
    Dust and Ashes: The Orlando Consort juxtapose ancient and modern music, sung and spoken texts in their exploration of the Requiem Mass.
    27 Jul
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    The first of our anniversary talks looks at Henry V's victory over the French at Agincourt in October 1415
    27 Jul
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    The Art of Knitting with no Needles!
    A lifetime’s experience inspires this talk by a skilled craftsperson and teacher
    27 Jul
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    Young Performers' Lunchtime Concert
    Pupils of St Paul’s Primary School perform with harpist Bronwen Wilkins
    27 Jul - 30 Jul
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    Three Choirs Festival Society Lunch
    Members of the Three Choirs Festival Society gather for their annual lunch
    27 Jul
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    RCO Young Performers Recital 3
    The final recital in our RCO series is given by Donal McCann from Methodist College, Belfast
    27 Jul
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    From Hell to the Stars
    Canon Chris Pullin presents the life and works of Dante in an hour
    27 Jul
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    Sealegs Puppet Theatre - The Ugly Duckling
    Enjoy a show by this Hereford-based puppet theatre company, which also tours nationwide
    27 Jul
  • Youth Choir
    Chichester and Chilcott
    TCF Youth Choir performs the Chichester Psalms and Bob Chilcott's Requiem.
    27 Jul
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    Arthur Bliss Society Tea and Talk
    The Chairman of The Bliss Trust introduces this evening's performance of Morning Heroes
    27 Jul
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    Music and...Faith
    Composer Paul Mealor talks about his faith and its impact on his work
    27 Jul
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    Morning Heroes
    Sir Andrew Davis conducts the choral symphony written by Sir Arthur Bliss written in memory of his brother, killed in WW1
    27 Jul
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    Golden Apples of the Sun
    Vocal ensemble Juice bring their virtuosic performance skills to an eclectic repertoire in their late-night session at All Saints
    27 Jul
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    Steven Osborne
    Following his contribution to Sunday's performance of Turangalila with a vast orchestra, Steven Osborne brings us the intimacy and individuality of a solo recital
    28 Jul
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    Henry IV (Parts I and II)
    An adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV is presented in the first of two Festival Players productions performed for us this year
    28 Jul
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    The Art of Pottery Workshop
    Jon Williams shares his passion and enthusiasm for clay in this practical session
    28 Jul
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    Three Choirs @ 300
    Dominic Jewel discusses the colourful history of the Three Choirs Festival itself
    28 Jul
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    The Art of Flower Arranging
    Learn from an expert how to build up an arrangement and win one of her creations in an end-of-session raffle
    28 Jul
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    Three Choirs Festival Young Musicians of 2014
    The winners of last year's Worcester Three Choirs Festival vocal masterclass return to perform for us
    28 Jul
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    Elgar Birthplace Visit and Talk
    Michael Trott of the Elgar Society asks 'What do we mean by "Elgarian"?' in his talk taking place at the composer's birthplace outside Worcester
    28 Jul
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    Three Centuries in One Afternoon
    Classical chart-topping vocal ensemble Voces8 make their Three Choirs debut
    28 Jul
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    The Art of the Harmonica
    No previous musical experience necessary for this user-friendly workshop where you can learn to play real tunes on a real instrument.
    28 Jul
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    Music and...Gurney
    Canon Jeremy Davies reflects on the words and music of Ivor Gurney, one of the finest poets and composers of the First World War
    28 Jul
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    The Wulstan Atkins Lecture
    Timothy Day speaks on 'Bach, Authenticities, and the Three Choirs Festival'
    28 Jul
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    St Matthew Passion
    The OAE makes its Three Choirs Festival debut with the Three Cathedral Choirs in Bach's masterpiece.
    28 Jul
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    Poetry Evening
    Local poets read their own and other people’s poems inspired by music
    28 Jul
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    Gwilym Simcock
    Jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and guitarist Mike Walker explore themes inspired by this evening's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion in their late-night session in All Saints
    28 Jul
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    Return Coach to Leominster Priory
    Coach from Broad Street, Hereford, to Leominster Priory and back
    29 Jul
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    Drawing Walk
    Join a local artist on a short walk around the city of Hereford, sketching as you go
    29 Jul
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    Shakespeare Alive
    A workshop on aspects of performances such as speech, movement, character and combat
    29 Jul
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    Elgar Society Talk & Lunch
    Julian Lloyd Webber, President of the Elgar Society, discusses 'Elgar in the 21st Century'
    29 Jul
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    The Cuckow: Europe in 1715
    The centrepiece of this concert of Italian baroque music is Vivaldi's concerto 'The Cuckow' which was a particular favourite in England
    29 Jul
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    Our third anniversary talk sets the Battle of Waterloo in its musical and historical context
    29 Jul
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    Young Artists Recital 1
    Today's young artist is violinist Mathilde Milwidsky, who will play Beethoven, Ysaye and Ravel
    29 Jul
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    As You Like It
    Shakespeare's witty comedy of manners As You Like It is the Festival Players' second production for us this year.
    29 Jul
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    The Art of Jewellery
    An exhibition of jewellery, pottery, textiles, woodwork and other products made by local artists and craft workers
    29 Jul
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    From My Life
    The Wihan Quartet from the Czech Republic perform Haydn, Smetana and Beethoven
    29 Jul
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    Music and...the Science of the singing Voice
    Alan Watson of Cardiff University presents a scientific exploration of the nature and properties of the human voice
    29 Jul
  • Missa Solemnis
    Missa Solemnis
    The Three Choirs Festival Chorus tackles the immense technical challenges of Beethoven's Mass in D.
    29 Jul
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    Celtic Song
    The Bardic Trio bring us music from north and west of the borders in the unusual combination of voice, harp and guitar
    29 Jul
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    The Art of Making a Recording
    Take part in a live recording and learn how everything works with Dan Baker
    30 Jul
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    Poets and Princes: An Entertainment
    Sir Roy Strong takes us on a journey of words and music through the lives and times of the kings and queens of England
    30 Jul
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    The Jacobite Uprising
    Today's anniversary talk looks at the '15' - the first of two 18th-century Scottish rebellions against the Hanoverian succession
    30 Jul
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    Young Artists Recital 2
    Today's young artist is Italian pianist Costanza Principe, who will play Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Ravel
    30 Jul
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    Finzi Friends Lunch & Lecture
    Rolf Jordan talks about the life and music of Francis Purcell Warren, friend of Howells and Gurney, who died on the Somme but whose music was championed by Finzi
    30 Jul
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    The Art of Architecture
    Learn to look at buildings in a new way with Tim Bridges, conservation adviser to the Victorian Society
    30 Jul
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    Guided Tour of Dore Abbey
    Following Sir Roy Strong's 'Poets and Princes' performance, enjoy a post-lunch guided tour of Dore Abbey
    30 Jul
  • The Rite of Spring
    The Rite of Spring
    Paul Daniel conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Wales in works by Stravinsky and Dukas.
    30 Jul
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    Friends' Garden Party
    All are welcome to join the Friends of Hereford Three Choirs Festival for their annual Garden Party
    30 Jul
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    Music and...the Theremin
    Musical instrument designers MortonUnderwood host an exploration of the haunting sound-world of the theremin
    30 Jul
  • Lux Aeterna
    Lux Aeterna
    Peter Nardone conducts Nielsen's romantic Hymnus Amoris and William Mathias's setting of the hymn to eternal light, Lux Aeterna.
    30 Jul
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    Amy Roberts
    Join Amy Roberts and the Richard Exall Quintet for jazz at All Saints
    30 Jul
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    British Music Society Symposium & AGM
    A day of talks on Bliss and Sibelius and a cello recital by the British Music Society's president Raphael Wallfisch
    31 Jul
  • Celebrity Organ Recital
    Celebrity Organ Recital
    John Scott, now resident in New York, returns to play one of his favourite English organs
    31 Jul
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    Magna Carta
    Our final anniversary talk explores the significance of Magna Carta, the 1215 agreement between King John and his barons on which British democracy is founded
    31 Jul
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    Father Willis's Masterpiece
    Organ builder Mark Venning joins Dr Roy Massey to give you a guided tour of Hereford Cathedral's celebrated organ
    31 Jul
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    Young Artists Recital 3
    Harpist Rosanna Rolton brings our Martin Musical Scholarship Young Artists' recital series to a close
    31 Jul
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    Return Coach to Hereford Museum Resource and Learning Centre
    Coach from Broad Street to Hereford Museum Resource and Learning Centre and back
    31 Jul
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    The Art of Tibetan Calligraphy
    A practical introduction to the highly-disciplined forms of this ancient style of writing
    31 Jul
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    TCF Society Outing
    Explore the collections of Hereford Museum not normally open to the public; open to Three Choirs Festival Society members only.
    31 Jul
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    Natalie Clein
    Cellist Natalie Clein plays a programme of Debussy, Kurtag, Britten and Rachmaninov that contrasts romantic and contemporary styles
    31 Jul
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    Deans' Croquet Match
    Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea in one of Hereford Cathedral's beautiful gardens as you watch the Deans of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester square up to one another on the croquet lawn.
    31 Jul
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    Young Performers' Music Course Final Concert
    Participants in this week’s holiday music course show off their skills in a diverse and energetic concert
    31 Jul
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    Threshold of Light
    Esther de Waal discusses the importance of poetry and the religious imagination in Celtic spirituality
    31 Jul
  • Verdi Requiem
    Verdi Requiem
    Verdi's dramatic setting of the Requiem Mass will transport you out of the cathedral and into the opera house.
    31 Jul
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    Tord Gustavsen Quartet
    Jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen combines the cool, contemporary elegance of his Scandinavian roots with an infusion of Caribbean energy and Gospel passion.
    31 Jul
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    Summer Saxophones
    Join the Ferio Saxophone Quartet for a chilled Saturday morning session of music from the lighter end of their repertoire
    01 Aug
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    Music and Goskontsert
    Recollections of a year spent as an exchange student under the iron fist of the communist state
    01 Aug
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    300th Anniversary Bach Organ Masterclass
    Henry Fairs, head of organ studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, gives a public masterclass on Bach's 'Great 18' chorale settings
    01 Aug
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    Song of the Widow
    In recital with Joseph Middleton, Sarah Connolly takes up the thread of World War I commemoration which has run through this year's festival programme
    01 Aug
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    Poetry Reading
    Poet-in-residence Allen Fisher reads his poems inspired by a range of concerts and events during the Three Choirs Festival
    01 Aug
  • The Gathering Wave
    The Gathering Wave
    Community choral concert with premiere of Echoes: A Song of Poland by Pete Churchill
    01 Aug
    Heavenly Light
    Gloucester Cathedral Special Interest Day
    13 Aug

The world's finest choral music
25 July - 1 August 2015

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Latest News


The Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen can be found in St Peter's Church, opposite the Shirehall, during this year's Three Choirs Festival


Adrian Partington will conduct a performance of William Walton's Facade at Hellens Manor on 5 July and the Mobius Ensemble will premiere a work by George Tsontakis


Elgar Voices, a new choir of professional singers directed by Donald Hunt, will be giving this year’s garden picnic concert at 7.30 pm on 27 June at Hanbury Hall


The Three Choirs Festival Association has appointed Genie Dyke as its new Head of Development in succession to Debbie Liggins


British Red Cross will be the recipient of the collection at the Opening Service of this year's festival; other collections throughout festival week will be shared between British Red Cross and the Three Choirs Festival

Tercentenary Appeal

The Three Choirs Festival is a national treasure. Champions of the British choral tradition, we present the greatest - and largest - works in classical music night after night during a festival which has been a spiritual presence at the heart of the nation's cultural life for 300 years.

But did you know that in order to maintain the festival’s artistic quality we must now generate £450,000 annually over and above ticket sales to ensure that each Three Choirs Festival will break even? This tercentenary year is the perfect time for you, our supporters and advocates, to play your part in underpinning this important asset for the next decade.

Click here to find out how you can get involved in this first initiative of the new Three Choirs Foundation, established to ensure the festival thrives in today's extremely difficult financial climate, and continues to do so for future generations.

Three Choirs Foundation

On Thursday 22nd January 2015, at the beginning of our 300th birthday year, the Three Choirs Festival launched a new charitable foundation to underpin the festival for future generations. During the event at the House of Lords, guests of Lord Faulkner heard from Edward Gardner OBE (in a speech delivered on his behalf by Adrian Partington), Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Connolly CBE and Sir Michael Perry as they talked about the importance of the festival's work and our plans for the future.

Click here to find out more.