Residencies three choirs festival

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.

Saturday 27 Jul 2019, 7pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Adrian Partington conductor

Soloists include:

Susan Bickley, Peter Hoare, Christopher Purves, David Ireland, Three Choirs Festival Chorus, Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust


Sunday 28 Jul 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Edward Gardner conductor

Soloists include:

Hye-Youn Lee, Christine Rice, David Butt Philip, James Platt, Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Verdi Requiem


Monday 29 Jul 2019, 4.15pmGloucester, St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester

Soloists include:

Camilla Marchant, Emily Mitchell, Owen Nicolaou, Winnie Wu

Programme to include:

Bottesini Elegy for double bass and piano, Wilhelm von Grunelius Scenette for flute and muted trumpet, Mendelssohn Song Without Words


Tuesday 30 Jul 2019, 11amGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Samuel Hudson conductor

Gregory Bannan baritone

Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir choir

Giles Swayne Our Orphan Souls

Jenkins The Armed Man [Reduced version]


Wednesday 31 Jul 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Geraint Bowen conductor

Soloists include:

Susanna Fairbairn, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Jess Dandy, Stuart Jackson, James Newby, Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Handel Israel in Egypt


Thursday 1 Aug 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Martyn Brabbins conductor

Kathryn Rudge mezzo soprano

Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite (1919)

Berlioz Les nuits d'été

Walton Symphony No. 1


Friday 2 Aug 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Geraint Bowen conductor

Katherine Broderick soprano

Roderick Williams baritone

Three Choirs Festival Chorus choir

Stanford Songs of the Fleet

Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony


Saturday 3 Aug 2019, 1.15pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Glyn Oxley conductor

Nia Llewelyn Jones conductor

Holst St Paul's Suite

Davis The Last Train to Tomorrow


Saturday 3 Aug 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Adrian Partington conductor

Soloists include:

Ilona Domnich, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Staples, David Stout, Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Matthews Stars

Holst The Mystic Trumpeter

Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Choral