Ben Cooper appointed Worcester Chair

The board of the Three Choirs Festival has appointed a new director who will chair the Worcester city committee, in the same week that its Worcester Friends Chair Cecilia Denlegh-Maxwell has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community.

The new director is Ben Cooper, a local antiques dealer who regularly appears on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt. He is a keen singer who sings regularly with Worcester Festival Choral Society and has also sung in the Three Choirs Festival’s chorus nine times. Ben will act as an ambassador for the festival in Worcestershire and beyond, as preparations begin for the festival’s return to Worcester in 2020. Of his appointment, Ben said “It is wonderful to join the Three Choirs team in ensuring the continued success of this unique Festival, and in particular in bringing the 2020 Worcester Festival to life!”

Three Choirs Festival Association Chairman Dr Timothy Brain said: “We are delighted to welcome Ben as a director of Three Choirs and as chair of the Worcester festival. His national and local profiles will be tremendous assets to the festival.”

The festival and its board are grateful to Ben’s predecessor in this role, Michael Clarke. Michael was a director of the festival for 4 years and chaired the Worcester city committee for the 2017 festival.

Dr Brain added; “I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Michael Clarke for his leadership of the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester and his sustained contribution and development of this great cultural institution.”

The festival will also shortly be advertising two other vacancies on its board. The Worcester Friends are always looking for new members. For more information and to register your interest, please email info@3choirs.org.