What the Lark Saw

Are you part of a local


The Three Choirs Festival invites YOU to participate in our exciting new “What the Lark Saw” arts project.

We are celebrating the 150th birthday of famous English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and we want you to join us – and show the world what your community is about. Taking inspiration from Vaughan Williams’ most famous work, The Lark Ascending, our aim is to bring together contributions of creative art forms from schools and communities in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire including but not limited to music, visual art, spoken word, dance and photography in our ambitious outreach project “What the Lark Saw”.

Each participating group will be paired with a local creative practitioner to help inspire and educate – they will work with you to bring your ideas to life over four workshop sessions.
All the contributions we collect, in every form, will be brought together organically for a grand showcase during the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester in July 2023. Your artwork, performances, videos, photos and more will be presented to the public in our big Vaughan Williams birthday celebration.

Artist draws in a classroom

Artist James Mayhew leads a Schools Workshop

Credit: Hannah Bowman 2022

A few examples of what a collaboration might produce:

- A ‘modern day’ folksong with pertinent contemporary lyrics.
- A series of photographs capturing important local landmarks, characters or wildlife.
- A collaborative painting or tapestry depicting a scene or design important to the community.
- A short dramatic tableau or collection of poems inspired by the community.


If you would like your school or group to be involved with our project FOR FREE, get in touch with Festival Participation Co-Ordinator Hannah Bowman.


Write to Participation Co-Ordinator Hannah Bowman for more details, with the name of your school or organisation, number of participants (and, if school, year group), and any relevant additional information e.g. specific issues of availability between January and May).

The deadline for registration is Friday 11 November. Participating groups will be paired with a creative leader in November 2022.