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Classical music fans are in for a treat as Cheltenham Music Festival returns for its hotly anticipated 75th year, from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 July 2019, featuring a star-studded line-up ranging from music greats to rising stars.
Offering everything from grand nights out and chamber concerts, to choral music and innovative events, Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues, and a huge variety of music.
With performances at some of the town’s most beautiful venues, SoGlos picks out some of unmissable highlights in 2019, while the full list of events can be found at cheltenhamfestivals.com.
Offering exciting entertainment, music lovers can look forward to a host of exciting events at this year’s festival, including operatic soprano Danielle de Niese at Cheltenham Town Hall on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
Fresh from performing at four BBC Proms in two years, saxophonist Jess Gillam will perform alongside the Manchester Camerata in the beautiful setting of Tewkesbury Abbey on Thursday 11 July 2019.
Wynton Marsalis, the internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter, makes a rare UK appearance alongside his quartet and 10 Ugandan musicians invited to Cheltenham from Brass for Africa on Saturday 13 June 2019.
There’s plenty of spectacular performances that are accessible for seasoned classical music lovers and first timers alike, with highlights including Midsummer Dance and Music on Sunday 7 July 2019, starring _Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Prichard, and the Academy of Ancient Music who will be performing Vivaldi and Telemann on Friday 12 July 2019.
What’s more, the pay what you can Classical Mixtape returns to fill every corner of Tewkesbury Abbey with short pieces of live music on Monday 8 July 2019 and will include music making its UK and world premieres alongside music written by Bach, Mozart and Chopin.
Always a highlight of the festival, three BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists concerts on Sunday 7, Monday 8 and Thursday 11 July 2019 will feature mesmerising performances from artists including cellist Anastasia Kobekina, violinist Aleksey Semenenko and tenor Alessandro Fisher.
Offering a platform for young musicians, the ever popular Rush Hour series is opened by 11-year-old violinist Christian Li on Monday 8 July 2019, followed by pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason on Tuesday 9 July 2019 and flutist Mark Taylor on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
The first of the festival’s 20 major world premieres, the Nash Ensemble will return to Cheltenham on Friday 5 July 2019 for the premiere of work by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.
On Friday 5 July 2019, the London Symphony Orchestra will present a programme created for the festival’s 75th anniversary with new work from composer Dani Howard, and debuts from conductor Elim Chan and violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian.
Also making their festival debuts, the Castalian String Quartet will perform on Tuesday 9 July 2019, as well as chamber ensemble the Heath Quartet on Saturday 13 July 2019.
For the full line-up of events and to book tickets in advance, as well as information on festival venues, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music directly.
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