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, 7.15pmGloucester 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


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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


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Wednesday 31 Jul 2019, 7.45pmGloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Peter Nardone conductor


Soloists include:

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


Handel Israel in Egypt


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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


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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


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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


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