Three Choirs Festival


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Three Choirs Festival

Third full week in August
One of Europe's oldest continuing music festivals, the Three Choirs Festival alternates among the three English cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester, and Hereford. The festival traditionally opens at the host cathedral with a performance by a choir and orchestra. Concerts during the rest of the week-long event take place either in the cathedral or in local theaters and historic homes.
Records show that the festival was founded before 1719, and that it was held, as it is now, in succession at the three cathedrals. In the early days of the festival, it was customary for two or more wealthy patrons—called stewards—to underwrite the cost of the event. Today, subscribers to the festivals are still referred to as stewards, and money collected at the doors of the cathedral following a performance still benefits the Charity for the Relief of Widows and Orphans of Clergy, which has been affiliated with the festival since 1724.
CONTACTS:
Three Choirs Festival Association
Community House
7C College Green
Gloucester, GL1 2LX United Kingdom
44-14-5252-9819
www.3choirs.org
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 91
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 61
MusFestWrld-1963, p. 27
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