Three Choirs Festival appoints new Association Vice Chair

The Three Choirs Festival has appointed a new Association Vice Chair to their Board of Trustees, amidst planning for their 2021 summer festival from 24th July – 1st August in Worcester. Naomi Belshaw takes over as Association Vice Chair from Clare Wichbold who is stepping down from the board, after being involved with the festival for over thirty years. The festival and its board are extremely grateful to Clare for all her work, having been involved as a chorus member, volunteer, and more recently, the first woman to chair a city committee and act as board member for the Association.

For over a decade, Naomi Belshaw has worked in various roles across the music industry from Classical Account Manager for PRS for Music, Grants and Programmes Manager for PRS Foundation and PR Executive and PR Manager at WildKat PR, and often lends her insights to other independent projects. She has a wealth of experience across a broad range of areas within the arts, including funding, publishing, licensing, royalties, PR and marketing. She also owns her own consultancy business, Naomi Belshaw Consultancy, offering advice on career strategy and direction for composers and artists.

Naomi joins Three Choirs ahead of the festival’s return to Worcester in the summer of 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival did not take place in 2020, the first time it had been forced to cancel since World War II. After a challenging year, the festival is now looking ahead to a hopeful future; planning is underway for this summer’s festival and programme details are due to be released in the coming weeks.

Dr Alexis Paterson, Three Choirs Festival Chief Executive, said: ‘I’m delighted that Naomi is joining our board and know that her expertise will expand on and complement the skills of our existing directors. While this is a difficult time for all arts organisations, Naomi joins Three Choirs at a crucial point in our development and I look forward to working with her as we plan for an exciting future.’

Dr Timothy Brain, Three Choirs Festival Association Chair, said: ‘We are delighted to be joined by Naomi who will bring new ideas to the Three Choirs Festival. Her expertise will be very valuable as we enter what inevitably will be a challenging time for the arts.’

Naomi Belshaw, Three Choirs Festival Association Vice Chair, said: ‘I am excited to be joining the board of the Three Choirs Festival, a festival with an amazing musical heritage, with fantastic dedicated staff and volunteers bringing world-class music to the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford for more than 300 years. It speaks to my passion for the future of classical music, as well as my interest in archaeology and history, having previously studied Christian archaeology in the Middle East. I look forward to where this organisation is going and how I can be part of that journey.’