Festival Voices

Designed both for singers who can’t commit to a full festival week and those who don’t yet feel ready for our auditioned chorus, the Three Choirs Festival Voices performs in one concert within the festival week.

Festival Voices Rehearsal with Geraint Bowen

Credit: Joseph Wong 2023

In 2024, the Festival Voices will sing one evening concert on Sunday 28 July featuring a new commission from Nathan James Dearden and Holst’s The Cloud Messenger.

To take part in 2024, singers must be available for the following:

Sat 11th May        10am-4pm
Sat 15th June          2-5pm
Sat 6th July            10am-4pm
Sun 21st July          1-4pm
Thurs 25th July       7-10pm Worcester Cathedral
Sun 28th July          Concert, Worcester Cathedral (afternoon rehearsal, evening concert)

If you are interested in taking part in the Three Choirs Festival Voices, please email info@3choirs.org to be contacted in early 2024 with registration details.

What to expect

Festival Voices Rehearsal with Samuel Hudson

Credit: Joseph Wong


Massed rehearsals are held in venues local to the host city (see schedule). There are tea breaks, with the opportunity to chat to your fellow singers. It’s a good idea to bring a pencil and a bottle of water along!

Sheet Music

The festival provides all of the music to you, but you’re welcome to use your own copy if you have one (just let us know!) You will be able to pick up your ‘real’ copies at the first rehearsal, but for some scores digital copies will be available to view in advance.

Learning Aids

The festival will supply you with digital learning aids, e.g. MP3 tracks of the music.

Concert Day

The concert day itself is a busy day with a rehearsal with the orchestra in Worcester Cathedral. Don’t worry - you’ll get familiar with the platform and the stage layout at your last rehearsal prior to the festival. You’ll also receive an information pack with platform etiquette, and all of the information you need to take part on the day, prior to the festival week.

A View from the Stage…

“Participating in the inaugural Three Choirs Festival Voices was an amazing experience.  It was well organised from the start with regular email communications including a digital copy of the music. The sheet music was given out at the first rehearsal and then we went straight into practising our allocated parts. 

Rehearsals (led by Sam, our conductor, and his accompanist, Nick) were focused but fun and everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. The final rehearsal with the Philharmonia Orchestra and soloists in the Gloucester Cathedral helped to bring it all together before the performance – the highlight of my summer.”

- 2023 Singer

Nicholas Freestone

Nicholas Freestone

Credit: Joseph Wong 2023

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