Returning to town from Saturday 1 to Sunday 16 July 2017, Cheltenham Music Festival 2017 promises another year of outstanding performances, with Meurig Bowen returning to mark his 10th anniversary as festival director.
Promising plenty of treats for local music lovers, the anticipated festival offers a variety of events spanning chamber music, choral performances, engaging talks, and family shows, representing more than 50 living composers and with 20 premieres.
The impressive line-up features an exciting blend of music greats, such as Welsh singer Bryn Terfel; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla; and I Fagiolini’s semi-staged L'Orfeo. Meanwhile, star soloists include Tasmin Little, baritone Roderick Williams, and BBC Young Musician 2016 winner, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
Veteran festival-goers can look forward to return performances from the Nash Ensemble, and the Pavel Haas Quartet; while there will also be a number of newcomers, such as the Chineke! Orchestra, John Casken, and Elena Kats-Chernin.
Events will be taking place across Cheltenham and beyond, at venues including Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral, along with Chapel Arts, a renovated 1820s Baptist chapel that’s a new addition for 2017.
Speaking of this year’s programme, festival director Meurig Bowen said: ‘We want to celebrate the sheer range of music a festival like this can offer: a showcase for big names and emerging talent alike, a hothouse for new
music as much as a banquet of beloved, familiar repertoire.
‘Weekenders can submerge themselves with musical excellence from 11 in the morning to evening Prom concerts as well as late-night after-concert chats at the Festival bar. There’s entertainment for all the family with puppetry concerts, toddler concerts and award-winning children’s books brought to life with music.’
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