At its heart, the new Residency signals a firm commitment from both the Festival and the Philharmonia to continue bringing world-class concert performances to each Festival. Prestigious artists with whom the Philharmonia has long-standing relationships, both in London and internationally, will appear as part of Festival programmes. We’ll also be working together to develop the artistic programme, ensuring that Three Choirs continues to be one of the UK’s most distinctive and imaginative music Festivals.
Central to the partnership is the Philharmonia’s support for the Three Choirs Festival’s ambitious strategy to develop community and education. The Orchestra has extensive, award winning, experience in the use of digital technology and educational initiatives to reach and excite new audiences that might otherwise find it hard to engage with the world of classical music. For 2013, the Festival plays host to the conducting pods from the Philharmonia's award-winning digital installation, Universe of Sound, which will be resident in Gloucester Quay's shopping centre from 26 June to 4 August.