The American Friends of the Three Choirs Festival
About the Three Choirs Festival
The 2019 Festival takes place in Gloucester from July 26th – August 3rd
The Three Choirs Festival is the world’s oldest classical music festival, presenting the world’s finest choral music. The cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester, the 150-voice Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra are showcased in a week-long musical celebration that rotates annually among the three cathedrals, nestled in the heart of the English countryside.
Festival concerts are performed in the cathedrals themselves, offering American audiences an opportunity to experience the finest classical music in some of England’s most magnificent medieval buildings, where the world’s leading singers and musicians perform annually.
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The American Friends
Created in 2014, The American Friends of the Three Choirs Festival was established to expand festival audiences, support the work of the festival, publicize its activities, and provide sponsorship for its work. The American Friends is a registered Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax-deductible.
Who we are…
The American Friends encompass individuals from across America: singers, retirees, church musicians, educators, Choral Evensong enthusiasts and those who desire musical or spiritual renewal. Each of us shares a love of music, an appreciation of England, and a desire to meet like-minded individuals.
Why make the trip?
American attendees tell us they love three things about the Three Choirs Festival: the music, the space in which it’s performed and the communities where the festival resides.
Musically, the festival offers audiences a sonically unique experience. Imagine hearing masterworks performed by the 250+ combined forces of the cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford, the 150-voice Festival Chorus, soloists and the Philharmonia Orchestra (in residence for the week).
American symphonic subscribers may hear music of this magnitude every few years – each summer the Three Choirs Festival presents several of these concerts during one week.
In addition to large-scale choral and orchestral works, there are more than 50 other musical and cultural events during the festival. Daily Choral Evensongs, chamber music concerts, and organ recitals provide audiences a variety of musical offerings.
Where the music happens…
This summer, Gloucester Cathedral hosts the festival. American audiences delight in attending concerts in venues that have served as cultural and musical centers for millennia. Additional venues, ranging from candlelit monastic spaces to grand Victorian shire halls are equally as interesting.
Musical Highlights for Gloucester 2019
- Sea Symphony - Vaughan Williams (Supported by the American Friends)
- Damnation of Faust – Berlioz
- Israel in Egypt – Handel
- Requiem – Verdi
- Songs of the Fleet – Stanford
- Vespers – Rachmaninov
- Symphony #1 – Walton
- Ceremony of Carols – Britten
- Mystic Trumpeter – Holst
- Firebird Suite – Stravinski
- Cello Concerto – Elgar
- Symphony No. 9 – Beethoven
Others highlights include recitals, chamber music and Choral Evensong services featuring the music of Finzi, Elgar, Tavener, Gurney and others.
Benefits of Joining the American Friends of the Three Choirs Festival
Tickets to festival concerts (especially larger evening events in the cathedral) sell out quickly. Membership of the American Friends assures you priority premium seating and enables you to purchase tickets in advance of sales to the general public.
Given the size of each cathedral city, finding suitable accommodation can be challenging. To assist overseas visitors, we are in touch with full service hotels, finding medium priced venues that meet “3 star” American standards. Accommodation is often available to American Friends at a reduced group
Access to “Invitation Only” Events
Americans will receive an invitation to our annual “Friends Reception,” the most popular bi-national gathering of the week, always held in a very interesting location. Several other receptions and a special outing are held throughout the week for those Americans who support the festival.
What We Ask
Simply put…“Won’t you join us for this summer’s festival?”
The American Friends are committed to encouraging others in the USA to attend all or part of this amazing musical week.
What Does Membership of the American Friends Cost?
Single Membership $100 (Annually)
Joint Membership $150 (Annually)
How To Become an American Friend of the Three Choirs Festival
Chairman, The American Friends of the Three Choirs Festival
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Phone (USA): 713.628.2958
Head of Development, Three Choirs Festival
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Phone (UK) 011 44 1452 768 933
The American Friends of the Three Choirs Festival is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with United State IRS Code section 170.