Building on 300 years of glorious choral tradition 1715-2015
The Three Choirs Foundation was established to mark the festival’s 300th anniversary and help to secure the future of this unique event. It has several strands of activity, designed to
Open doors and bring the glory of the Three Choirs Festival to the widest possible audience
Mark the cultural milestone of 300 years of choral performance in Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester
Preserve the continuity of the annual Three Choirs Festival enterprise, by generating annual revenue funding and providing capital support
Champion the Three Choirs Festival brand beyond festival week and encourage celebration of its excellence
Invest in commissioning outstanding new choral works, adding to the canon of repertoire for choirs across the UK, inspiring composers to write for the British choral and church music traditions, supporting the highest standards and working to enable repeat performances
Three Choirs Voices
The best of the Three Choirs Festival Chorus will be brought together in a small chamber choir format, taking the essence of the festival’s tradition beyond festival week and into the wider community
Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir
The Foundation will support the further development of our youth choir, engaging young people in our rich heritage and globally recognised quality
Funding Goal: £1m over five years
As the oldest classical choral festival in the world, the Three Choirs Festival is recognised internationally for the range of choral music performed and for the excellent standards achieved each year. Each festival is expected to break even financially and money has to be found to continue the sponsorship of new works, widen appreciation of choral music locally and internationally and develop the organisation in a difficult financial climate.
Launched in the summer of 2014, the Tercentenary Appeal is an invitation to individuals and companies to contribute to underwriting the £1.1m annual cost of the Three Choirs Festival by joining one of seven funding circles and committing themselves to a fixed annual donation (from £100 to £10,000) for a period of five successive years.
Chorister Bursary Appeal
Funding Goal: £50k per year
Three Choirs Foundation Chorister Bursaries will support the training of cathedral choristers in Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester, enabling access to excellence for those with limited means.
Funding Goal per project: £80k
Donors can assist us by funding one major work for festival chorus, symphony orchestra and soloists every year, helping to keep the world’s choral repertoire flourishing in the centuries to come.
Funding goal: £200k per year
As we safeguard the British choral tradition and provide a spiritual presence at the heart of our national cultural life, we must also keep pace with changing audiences and continue to engage new ones. By bolstering our capital resources, we aim to keep up to speed with technology and personnel needs, ensuring the seamless delivery of the Three Choirs Festival over the next few decades. In our tercentenary year, we have a unique opportunity to build a solid platform for the years ahead.
Dr Timothy Brain OBE
Chairman, Three Choirs Festival Association
Prof Michael Clarke CBE
Chairman, Three Choirs Festival Worcester
Clare Wichbold MBE
Chairman, Three Choirs Festival Hereford
Chairman, Three Choirs Festival Society
Development Office, Three Choirs Festival, 7C College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX
Registered Charity No: 1158645