Open Fund: Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival, Hereford 2018 - Contemporary Music Programme
100 years since the beginnings of universal suffrage, Three Choirs Festival celebrates works by female composers on a large-scale. Across eight-days we explore music by both historic and living composers, including two commissions: Hannah Kendall’s Baptistry will receive its second performance with orchestra-in-residence the Philarmonia under the baton of Elim Chan; we also present a broadcast choral evensong comprising works exclusively by women composers and including a new choral work by Kerensa Briggs.
In a series of late-night concerts, where audience can nurse a drink while listening, we’ll explore some original works and jazz standards with Liam Dunachie and his trio; Kit Downes showcases his Hammond organ and presents an exciting programme including works from his recent project Obsidian and a new Organ Ceileigh composed especially for this event; Joby Burgess packs up his studio to bring Pioneers of Percussion to the festival, a programme including works by Iannis Xennakis, Toru Takemitsu, and his close friends and collaborators, Linda Buckley, Rebecca Dale and Nicole Lizee.
Our exploration of new music doesn’t stop there: Ruby Hughes performs Helen Grimes’ new work Bright Travellers, while the Gould Piano Trio perform a new work by Huw Watkins. For younger audiences, we host a performance of Goldfield Production’s Hansel and Gretel with music by Matthew Kaner, alongside Kate Romano’s Three Stories About Home. This is but a snippet of what this year at Three Choirs Festival has to offer. The full programme can be viewed on our website: www.3choirs.org