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The Three Choirs Festival returns between 26 July and 3 August featuring several Hazard Chase singers, hosted this year by the city of Gloucester. One of the world’s oldest classical choral festivals, the Three Choirs dates back to 1709 and celebrates the cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester respectively.

The festival officially opens on Saturday 27th July with a performance of Berlioz’s ‘La damnation de Faust’ in Gloucester Cathedral. Tenor Peter Hoare will sing the title role, alongside conductor Adrian Partington and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

On Wednesday 31st July, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook perform a selection of fresh and seductively impressionistic songs by Debussy in Cirencester Parish Church, before joining the renowned Carducci Quartet for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ 1909 song cycle ‘On Wenlock Edge’.

Also on 31st July, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and Jess Dandy join the Philharmonia Orchestra as soloists for a performance of Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ in Gloucester Cathedral. This performance will be the UK concert premiere of Mendelssohn’s arrangement of Handel’s masterpiece.