August 2010: Three Choirs Residency Announcement

The Three Choirs Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra have cemented their long-established relationship with the announcement of a three year partnership, which will see them working together to realise the Festival’s artistic vision and ambitions as well as to develop a comprehensive new programme of education and audience development activity.

At the heart of the partnership will be the formalisation of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s status as Orchestra in Residence at Three Choirs Festival in 2012 (Hereford), 2013 (Gloucester) and 2014 (Worcester). Each year the Orchestra will perform 7 concerts, both choral events accompanying the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and orchestral concerts featuring leading guest conductors and soloists.

Alongside the core residency, the Philharmonia will also work closely with the Festival to help it expand its community and education strand, identifying bespoke projects with local community groups each year. The Festival’s New Talent Strand, including a new Youth Choir, is also a natural partner for some of the Philharmonia’s existing initiatives including its Martin Musical Scholarship Scheme, with both organisations committed to developing learning and performance opportunities for talented young musicians.

Paul Hedley, General Manager of the Three Choirs Festival, commented:

“The presence in this region of such a prestigious resident London orchestra on an annual basis will have a considerable impact on the long-term musical richness and diversity on offer in all three cities, connecting local audiences with the joy of choral and orchestral music on an even higher cultural plane. Taking this partnership forward onto the official level of a residency is a wonderful opportunity to further the artistic ambitions of the festival, working on an ongoing basis with one of the top orchestras in the world.”

David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, commented:

”The Three Choirs Festival is one of the Crown Jewels of British music-making. It has always been a huge privilege for the Philharmonia Orchestra to be involved with a festival of this quality and heritage. Our closer partnership opens up so many new opportunities for developing the work that we have established over the last years and we look forward enormously to working to bring our many joint ambitions to fruition.”

Further details of the partnership will be announced during 2010 and 2011.