Three Choirs Festival Chorus

At the heart of the Three Choirs Festival, and one of the elements which makes it so special, is the Three Choirs Festival Chorus. Made up of mainly amateur but auditioned singers from the local area, trained by professional directors, and working with world-class conductors, soloists and orchestral performers, the Chorus not only sings to a high standard but is also a real part of the community. It forms the centrepiece of many of our large-scale concerts in the cathedral and many members return to sing year after year.

"Everyone gets swept up in being part of something special and hugely significant"

The Chorus unites singers from across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire. The three contingents rehearse separately twice a week from early May and come together for massed rehearsals in the weeks running up to the festival at the end of July. Auditions for the Chorus take place in the autumn preceding the next festival, and all singers are expected to re-audition every three years.

The 2022 Chorus programme includes repertoire by Dvorak, Elgar, and Poulenc, as well as Dyson’s Quo Vadis and Richard Blackford’s Pietà.

Auditions for the Chorus have now closed for Hereford 2022, but if you would like to register your interest for the auditions for Gloucester 2023 which will take place in the autumn, please contact Lucy Potter.