Cheltenham Music Festival


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Cheltenham Music Festival – 3rd to 14th July

Cheltenham Music Festival promises a feast of unique and outstanding concerts from some of the world’s finest musicians this July. The twelve day programme features Cheltenham’s world-renowned mix of world premieres and one-off collaborations, all hosted in some of the country’s most beautiful venues.

Highlights of Cheltenham Music Festival’s eclectic programme range from a performance of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky by Classical Brit Award winner Nicola Benedetti and her trio, to a series of illustrated family concerts led by Festival Guest Director and talented children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew.

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti, photo courtesy of Universal & Rhys Frampton

For 2013, Cheltenham Music Festival also has an impressive fifteen premieres by composers such as Michael Zev Gordon, Roxanna Panufnik and Gabriel Jackson. It will also celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth with a number of Britten concerts, including a spectacular production of Noye’s Fludde in Tewkesbury Abbey.

Other Britten highlights include Christianne Stotijn’s premiere performance of a mezzo-soprano version of Winter Words; chamber works performed by The Elias, Carducci and Signum Quartets; and a Festival Finale featuring Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings performed by City of London Sinfonia and tenor Toby Spence.

Among many other fantastic concerts, Cheltenham is also hosting a very special evening for film buffs when the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performs a selection of Mark Kermode’s favourite music from the films. Mark will introduce the concert and the concert will reflect his unique and eclectic tastes. Mark Kermode said: “As every film fan knows, music is the real third dimension of movies, the magical element which draws you into the drama, immerses you in the action and changes the experience from watching a movie to living it”.

Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode, photo by Adam Prosser

Also joining Kermode will be a surprise guest who will talk about their own career in the movies, and discuss the film music which has inspired them – a selection of which will be played live by the orchestra. For programme updates visit

To book tickets for this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival visit or call 0844 880 8094.


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