The 2018 festival’s opening concert at Hereford Cathedral on Saturday July 28th features Madeleine Shaw in a revival of Dame Ethel Smyth’s “fine but now little performed” Mass in D, conducted by Artistic Director Geraint Bowen. On the following Monday, July 30th, Judith Howarth performs under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis in Elgar’s Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, alongside tenor Andrew Staples and bass David Shipley. Earlier in the day James Gilchrist may be heard in recital at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford, accompanied by Anna Tilbrook. On Thursday August 2nd, Mark Le Brocq joins soprano Katherine Broderick and bass David Stout in a centenary tribute concert commemorating the death of Hubert Parry, conducted again by Sir Andrew Davis.

The Three Choirs Festival features more than 70 events over eight days, complementing the evening concerts of choral music at the heart of the festival with a wide range of chamber recitals, talks, exhibitions and family events. See the full programme here.