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Established in 1945, Cheltenham Music Festival boasts an outstanding reputation for high calibre performances, inventive programming and a growing schools and family strand. It takes place in a range of first-class venues in the beautiful Regency town of Cheltenham and across the Cotswolds in cathedrals, abbeys, country houses and churches.
Performers include Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé, Maxim Vengerov, Martyn Brabbins with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sir Andras Schiff with the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the King’s Singers, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Steven Isserlis, Benjamin Grosvenor, Kolobov Novaya Opera Moscow, the Carducci Quartet and the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio.
The Festival will celebrate significant anniversaries of Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy and Hubert Parry and new works to be premiered include: a retelling of Hansel & Gretel by composer Matthew Kaner and Simon Armitage; Colin Riley’s In Place - a collaboration with contemporary writers including Robert McFarlane exploring a sense of place; and a new chamber opera Juliana by Joseph Phibbs.
Mahan Esfahani, Dame Sarah Connolly and friends open the Festival with a weekend dedicated to Bach in the converted medieval Tithe Barn at Syde Manor.
The full programme will be announced on 14th March.
Cheltenham Music Festival’s Music for Schools offers inspirational and interactive opportunities for over 3000 local school children to make, enjoy and appreciate classical music. As well as workshops in primary and secondary schools in the month leading up to the Festival, the Concert for Schools sees 800 excited school children crowd into the Town Hall to hear live music and composition, followed by a chance to meet the musicians and try out a range of instruments. The Musicate programme for primary school teachers develops skills and confidence in bringing the music curriculum to life.