The Three Choirs Festival is the world's oldest classical music festival.
Gloucester Three Choirs Festival
27 July – 3 August 2019
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 2019 Three Choirs Festival takes place in Gloucester and the first evening concert featuring the Philharmonia on Saturday 27 July in Gloucester Cathedral features Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. The major works for chorus and orchestra to be performed later in the week includes Verdi’s Requiem (28 July), Handel’s Israel in Egypt (31 July), Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (2 August) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (3 August).
Full details are now available and priority booking for the Three Choirs Festival performances opens on Monday 8 April 2019.