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

Initiatives include

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

Tercentenary Appeal

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.        

Commissioning Appeal

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.

Building Reserves

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.


Edwin Buckhalter


Douglas Dale


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

Jeremy Wilding

Chairman, Three Choirs Festival Society


Contact details

Development Office, Three Choirs Festival, 7C College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX

01452 768933

Registered Charity No: 1158645