3 July – 14 July 2013
Now in its 69th year, Cheltenham Music Festival brings world-class performances and classical music events to this Regency town for a twelve day musical celebration.
Each summer, Cheltenham welcomes internationally celebrated performers and composers to the region, showcasing an enviable collection of high-calibre performances, world premieres and one-off collaborations. The 2013 Festival will host appearances by such names as violinist Nicola Benedetti, The Tallis Scholars, the Belcea, Elias and Carducci string quartets, singers Christianne Stotijn and Toby Spence, a cappella phenomenon The Swingle Singers and film critic Mark Kermode, who will be joined by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a celebratory evening of cinematic music.
The 2013 Festival will mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, including a special production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in the spectacular setting of Tewkesbury Abbey, featuring 200 schoolchildren and sets and costumes designed by children’s author and illustrator, James Mayhew.
Cheltenham Music Festival encourages and broadens engagement in classical music across all age groups through tailored events and education programmes. This year, James Mayhew joins the Festival as Guest Director of the family programme, helping to bring classical music to younger generations through events such as a colourful, painted celebration of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
Cheltenham makes use of various breath-taking venues across the town and beyond to host its annual Music Festival, each lending its own inimitable style and ambience. From magnificent concert venues such as the Pittville Pump Room, Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey to more intimate settings, visitors can experience the Festival and all that Cheltenham has to offer in their own way. Ideally situated in the heart of The Cotswolds, Cheltenham is easily accessible by road and rail and is less than an hour from Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford.
Cheltenham Music Festival 2012 reviews
“One of the best Cheltenhams in years” The Sunday Times
“Wonderfully eclectic” The Times
“Cheltenham Music Festival has recovered much of its sense of identity and purpose over the last few years... remarkably imaginative.” The Guardian