Saturday 20 July 2019

8 unmissable highlights at Cheltenham Music Festival

Celebrating its 75th year, Cheltenham Music Festival combines magnificent venues with incredible performances across a number of genres.

Promising 10 days of high-calibre artists, grand symphonies and rousing choral performances, Cheltenham Music Festival is an audible smorgasbord of delights, with something sure to entertain the whole family.

SoGlos has rounded up eight of the unmissable highlights from the diamond anniversary of Cheltenham Music Festival, with plenty of free events, too.


About the sponsor – Cheltenham Festivals

Cheltenham Festivals is the organisation behind some of Cheltenham’s leading events and some of Gloucestershire’s biggest calendar highlights each year.

In 2019, the Cheltenham Music Festival will take place from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 July 2019. Celebrating its 75th anniversary and featuring a number of exciting guests, the festival also offers a stellar free line-up too.

For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music. directly.


1. The Opening Fanfare and Free Stage


As part of the 75th anniversary of Cheltenham Music Festival, members of the public were invited to compose and notate a fanfare suitable for three trumpets, which will open the festival in its diamond year.

Taking place on the free stage from Friday 5 July 2019, the fanfare will be followed by folk, world, indie, jazz, gospel and family events, alongside a range of interactive entertainment events in Imperial Gardens, every day of the festival.

Don’t miss up-and-coming singer songwriters from BBC Introducing in the West, as well as circus performers, balloon modelling, face painting and bubble blowing throughout the festival.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music.


2. London Symphony Orchestra


Presenting a phenomenal programme created solely for Cheltenham Music Festival’s 75th anniversary, London Symphony Orchestra will perform two pieces on Friday 5 July 2019, opening with a work composed by Dani Howard.

Led by superstar conductor Elim Chan as she makes her festival debut, guests can also catch Emmanuel Tjeknavorian on violin – one of the most remarkable young violinists of his generation.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/london-symphony-orchestra.


3. CBSO & Alison Balsom


Join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, and featuring the festival’s artistic director Alison Balsom on trumpet, as they perform an unforgettable symphonic trumpet concerto on Saturday 6 July 2019.

The trumpet concerto has been co-commissioned for Cheltenham Music Festival by the CBSO in celebration of its centenary, and the LA Philharmonic.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/cbso-and-alison-balsom.


4. Midsummer Dance and Music


When music and dance combine, wonderful things can happen. Celebrating that timeless partnership is _Strictly Come Dancing_’s AJ Pritchard and his dance partner, alongside the extraordinary young jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, and award-winning cellist Cammille Thomas.

Taking place on Sunday 7 July 2019, the troupe will perform an eclectic programme of original music. This event sponsored by SoGlos is an unmissable combination of dancing and music, at its very best.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/midsummer-dance-and-music.


5. Danielle de Niese in Recital


Flawless soprano Danielle de Niese comes to Cheltenham to take her audience on an inspiring musical journey throughout the genres. Exploring light arias of the baroque period, through to show-stopping musical numbers in her own style, the beloved singer is joined by pianist Matthew Fletcher for this wide-ranging operatic performance happening on Wednesday 10 July 2019.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/danielle-de-niese-in-recital.


6. Music We Love


Performing at The Daffodil Restaurant in Cheltenham on Thursday 11 July 2019, join violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova, and her son, the extraordinary young jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, for a programme of songs they love to play and sing.

This delightful evening of music includes a three-course set menu with a champagne cocktail upon arrival.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music-we-love-with-viktoria-mullova-and-misha-mullov-abbado.


7. Wynton Marsalis in Concert


Making a rare UK appearance with his jazz quartet, join Wynton Marsalis as he appears alongside young brass players from Gloucestershire, and 10 Ugandan musicians known as Brass for Africa.

This memorable performance is certain to be a festival highlight, and takes place on Saturday 13 July 2019 at Cheltenham Town Hall.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/wynton-marsalis-in-concert.


8. Sam Mendes: Music and The Moving Image


Oscar-winning film and stage director, Sam Mendes, joins broadcaster and author Clemency Burton-Hill to discuss the role that music plays within his films, and its complex relationship with the moving image. This special conversation takes place at Cheltenham Town Hall on Sunday 14 July 2019.

Best known for American Beauty, and the latest Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, Mendes has also directed productions from the RSC, the National Theatre and in the musical theatre world, both on Broadway and in the West End.

For more information visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music-and-the-moving-image.


For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/music. directly.

© SoGlos
Tuesday 02 July 2019

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