The Three Choirs Festival Association Ltd

The Three Choirs Festival Association Ltd

Charity information

The Three Choirs Festival Association Ltd

A 300 year old classical choral festival that rotates annually between the cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

Founded 1725

  • Mission statement

    The Three Choirs Festival is the world’s oldest choral music festival, rotating annually between the cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. From inception at the beginning of the 18th century, it has survived because of the efforts of the local communities, who nourish it with their time, voluntary effort and financial support. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the festival every year to hear a choral and orchestral programme of excellence with our Festival Chorus, the Philharmonia Orchestra and soloists and artists of national and international renown, supported by a daytime schedule of recitals, chamber music, lectures, theatre, jazz, masterclasses and educational workshops. All this takes place in some of Europe’s finest buildings set in the beautiful countryside of the Wye and Severn valleys and the Cotswolds.

    Its purpose and activities:

    • Produce concerts of exceptional quality every festival
    • Attract international orchestras and artists to perform with the best regional singers and instrumentalists
    • Promote new music and young musicians, and leave a lasting legacy of music and music-making for the future
    • Steward, promote and encourage the British choral tradition and British music
    • Widen and strengthen our audience base to take the beauty and excitement of live performance to as many as possible at an affordable price, including some free events

  • Aims

    The Three Choirs Festival Association Ltd aims to:

    • • Produce concerts of exceptional quality every festival Excellence is the mark of any cultural institution and this is our primary aim
    • • Attract international orchestras and artists to perform with the best regional singers and instrumentalists Inclusivity is crucial and we wish to showcase the excellence of our regional performers
    • • Promote new music and young musicians, and leave a lasting legacy of music and music-making for the future Our future is with our young people without whom the British Choral tradition will wane
    • • Steward, promote and encourage the British choral tradition and British music Our heritage is humbling, but our future is exciting!
    • • Widen and strengthen our audience base to take the beauty and excitement of live performance to as many as possible at an affordable price, including some free events
  • Overview

    Established: July 1725

    Registered Charity Number: 204609

    Board members: 35

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 600

    Phone number: 01452 529819

    Address: 7c College Green Gloucester GL1 2LX

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