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The Three Choirs Festival is seeking creative workshop leaders for our ambitious community arts project, “What the Lark Saw”. We are calling on local creatives to lead and work with community groups and schools based in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire, to create their own original contributions to the project over a series of four workshops to take place in the Spring-Summer of 2023.

English composer Ralph Vaughan-Williams was born and bred in Gloucestershire, and some of his most famous music (e.g., the ever-popular “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”) was commissioned by or premiered at the Three Choirs Festival. “What the Lark Saw” will celebrate Vaughan Williams’ 150th birthday through creative art forms including but not limited to music, visual art, spoken word, dance and photography, drawing inspiration from the composer’s most famous work, “The Lark Ascending”.

Collaborations will directly inspire and integrate with the festival commission: a collection of new songs by composer Liz Lane. Ultimately, all contributions will be brought together for a final showcase during the festival week in July 2023, in a grand exhibition of creative talent, with Liz’s new songs at its core. If you have an idea for a creative project and would like to be paired with a local community group to inspire and lead, you can apply to join the project! We are looking for proposals with a framework of four 1.5-2hr sessions per community group held over a period of around four weeks. Each successful applicant will be partnered with a community group or school in November.

The Final Artwork!

Credit: Hannah Bowman 2022

Photo: James Mayhew Art Workshop

Hannah Bowman