Bringing the very best classical musicians from around the world and the most exciting up-and-coming performers to the town, Cheltenham Music Festival returns this July 2023.
With everything from world premieres of newly commissioned pieces to inventive reimaginings of much-loved works, there's something for every classical music fan to enjoy - with accessible events for first-time festivalgoers, too.
Spanning the duration of the festival, Sound Voice takes over the Everyman Theatre's Studio for an immersive exploration of voice loss featuring music from Hannah Conway and words from Hazel Gould.
Pittville Pump Room hosts a series of morning concerts, with clarinettist Mark Simpson and the Doric Quartet performing on Saturday 8; pianist Alasdair Beatson and the Maxwell Quartet on Sunday 9; the Leonkoro Quartet and pianist Elisabeth Brauß on Monday 10; soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha and pianist Kunal Lahiry on Tuesday 11; Mithras Trio on Wednesday 12; baritone James Newby and pianist Jan Philip Schulze on Thursday 13; cellist Laura van der Heijden and pianist Jâms Coleman on Friday 14; internationally-acclaimed pianist Pavel Kolesnikov on Saturday 15 July 2023.
Festival highlight Byrdwatching takes place on Sunday 9 July, with musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire performing intimate concerts at some of Cheltenham's private drawing rooms, featuring a newly commissioned piece from Aileen Sweeney.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece by James B Wilson at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 8; BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Hugh Cutting performs the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Dunedin Consort at Pittville Pump Room on Monday 10; BBC Young Musician of the Year 2022, Jordan Ashman, performs at St Gregory's Church and Chineke! Wind Quartet are at Pittville Pump Room, both on Tuesday 11.
The Manchester Collective takes to the stage at Cheltenham Town Hall on Thursday 13; The 12 Ensemble and GBSR Duo perform unsettling music from films, including a new co-commission from Laurence Osborn and a new arrangement of Brian Eno's Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror at Cheltenham Town Hall on Friday 14; and to close out the festival, Anna Meredith and the Scottish Ensemble present ANNO - an electronic reimagining of Vivaldi's Four Seasons - at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 15 July 2023.
The Carice Singers premiere new music by Composer Academy participants at Francis Close Hall Chapel on Thursday 13 and Friday 14; while The Old Courthouse plays host to two late-night electronic concerts, with the chance to see recordist Laura Cannell perform Antiphony of the Trees on Saturday 8 and Rakhi Singh on Friday 15 July 2023.
For a more unconventional experience, enjoy a no-rules evening of contemporary classical music at one of Cheltenham's coolest venues with Classical Mixtape at DEYA Brewing Company on Wednesday 12 July 2023. The ...Around Town programme is back for 2023, too, with pop-up performances at venues across Cheltenham on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2023.
Tickets for Cheltenham Music Festival go on general sale on Friday 31 March 2023.