Three Choirs Festival 2018 28 July – 4 August 2018 It’s Hereford’s turn to host the historic festival and its orchestra-in-residence, the Philharmonia Orchestra. With over 70 concerts, recitals, talks, exhibitions and workshops over eight days, highlights include the opening concert, celebrating the centenary of universal suffrage with a rare performance of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D. Sir Andrew Davis returns for two concerts: the first, Elgar’s King Olaf, and the second commemorating Sir Hubert Parry. The festival also completes its cycle of Mendelssohn’s major choral works with his Lobgesang, and an orchestral concert pairs Holst’s The Planets with a new commission. Chamber music recitals include harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, pianist Clare Hammond, soprano Ruby Hughes and renowned tenor James Gilchrist. Late-night highlights include percussion pioneer Joby Burgess and an “organ ceilidh” with Kit Downes. For more information and tickets, including free tickets for under 26 year olds for some concerts, please visit 3choirs.org.