The Three Choirs Festival is the world's oldest classical music festival.

Worcester Three Choirs Festival

22 – 29 July 2017

The Philharmonia has had a formal residency since 2012 at the Three Choirs Festival. This 300-year-old event, the oldest continuously-running non-competitive classical music festival in the world, rotates annually between Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford and combines large-scale cathedral concerts with liturgical services, solo recitals, chamber music, walks, talks and exhibitions. The Philharmonia accompanies the Three Choirs Festival Chorus or the Three Cathedral Choirs in most of the evening cathedral concerts and also gives one purely orchestral concert during the week.

The 2017 Three Choirs Festival takes place in Worcester and the first evening concert featuring the Philharmonia on Saturday 22 July in Worcester Cathedral will include Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and Tippett’s great oratorio A Child of Our Time. The major works for chorus and orchestra to be performed later in the week include Mendelssohn’s St Paul (23 July), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (25 July), Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass (26 July), Mozart’s Mass in C (28 July), and Hymnus Paradisi by Herbert Howells. 

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and the Philharmonia will give the premiere of the orchestral version of Torsten Rasch’s song cycle A Welsh Night, first performed in a version with piano at the Hereford Three Choirs Festival 2015. The Philharmonia’s orchestral concert will feature organist Wayne Marshall playing both the Poulenc concerto and Shostakovich’s ‘Organ’ Symphony No 3, together with William Lloyd Webber’s ravishing tone poem Aurora.

Full details are now available below and booking for Three Choirs Festival performances opens on Monday 24 April 2017.