Bringing live classical music back to the town, Cheltenham Music Festival returns from Friday 8 to Saturday 16 July 2022 for its first full-scale event since 2019.
With performances spanning Mahler’s spectacular Symphony of a Thousand; premieres from acclaimed composers and the brightest new talent in classical music; to intimate and laid-back events like the Classical Mixtape.
Here are some of SoGlos’s handpicked highlights…
Large concerts at Cheltenham Music Festival 2022
Opening the festival on Friday 8 July 2022, the Kanneh-Mason Duo perform at Pittville Pump Room, while the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra take to the stage at Cheltenham Town Hall.
On Saturday 9 July 2022, the Gould Piano Trio perform at Pittville Pump Room; sitar player Anoushka Shankar and Manu Delago perform at Cheltenham Town Hall; and Music and Mindfulness explores meditation and mindfulness through music.
Pianist Ingrid Fliter performs at Pittville Pump Room; multimedia chamber work Distance at the Parabola Arts Centre sees soprano Juliet Fraser perform live with the Talea Ensemble being live streamed from New York; while New English Ballet Theatre showcases the works of female choreographers at the Everyman Theatre on Sunday 10 July 2022.
On Monday 11 July 2022, The Brodsky Quartet, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, performs at Pittville Pump Room; on Tuesday 12 July 2022, Tenenbrae at 20 blends beautiful music and spoken voice at Tewkesbury Abbey; while London Mozart Players take to the Cheltenham Town Hall stage on Wednesday 13 July 2022.
Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani performs The Art of Fugue on Thursday 14 July 2022 at Pittville Pump Room; The English Concert take a musical journey through the rivalry of Handel and Bononcini at Cheltenham Town Hall on Friday 15 July 2022. Acclaimed soprano Lucy Crowe and talented pianist Anna Tilbrook perform In Nature’s Realm at Pittville Pump Room on Saturday 16 July 2022.
Then closing the festival at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 16 July 2022, a host of talented musicians alongside the British Sinfonietta and the choristers of Gloucester Cathedral Choir perform Mahler’s monumental Symphony of a Thousand.
Intimate performances at Cheltenham Music Festival 2022
Cheltenham College Chapel hosts a free Festival Evensong on Friday 8 July 2022. Grammy Award-winning contralto Hilary Summers treats audiences to an entertaining afternoon of opera at The Daffodil with What’s So Great About Opera on Saturday 9 July 2022, including afternoon tea.
The atmospheric Classical Mixtape returns to Gloucester Cathedral on Monday 11 July 2022, with one of the most laid-back ways to experience classical music and ‘pay what you can’ pricing – with performers including The Manchester Collective, the Choir of Merton College Oxford and organist Jonathan Hope.
Commuters are treated to an intimate concert from accordionist Samuele Telari for the first Rush Hour Recital at St Gregory’s Church on Tuesday 12 July 2022, with cellist Leo Popplewell performing on Friday 15 July 2022 for Rush Hour Recital II.
New music at Cheltenham Music Festival 2022
Proud to champion new music and develop talent, Cheltenham Music Festival 2022 hosts five lunchtime recitals from BBC New Generation Artists from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July 2022, all broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, with a finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2022, the winners of the Gloucestershire Young Musician Competition and the Keith Nutland Award also set to perform at Rush Hour Recital III and IV.
The Composer Academy returns for 2022, supporting early-career composers over the age of 18. This year, six new works are being premiered as part of Composium on Friday 15 July 2022.
And Conor Mitchell, Claire Victoria Roberts and Bobbie-Jane Gardner premiere three new genre-defying works exploring love and identity at Pittville Pump room on Saturday 16 July 2022.
Tickets for Cheltenham Music Festival go on general sale at cheltenhamfestivals.com/music on Friday 1 April 2022.