10 March 2014

70th Cheltenham Music Festival announces Nicola Benedetti and more

70th Cheltenham Music Festival announces Nicola Benedetti and more

70th Cheltenham Music Festival announces Nicola Benedetti and more

For twelve days this summer, The Cheltenham Music Festival, one of the longest running festivals in the UK, will transform the Cotswold region into a musically-centred cultural banquet that has few equals.

The Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music,” says Festival Director Meurig Bowen. “It’s really important that people have a number of ways in to a programme like this, and the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival’s diversity and broad appeal is something we’ve prioritised.”

This year’s Artist in Residence is the multi-award winning violinist Nicola Benedetti who headlines an outstanding programme that includes a string of internationals acts, world premieres and events unique to Cheltenham.

I am hugely looking forward to my residency in Cheltenham in July 2014. It will be a real pleasure to bring together different aspects of my musical life - playing concertos, enjoying chamber music with friends, and working with young musicians - in one lovely place over a few days.” Nicola Benedetti

Musical highlights include Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ in words and music with acclaimed folk trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson, award-winning guitarist Milos Karadaglic, The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek, renowned tenor Mark Padmore, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and his Moog Ensemble, the world premiere of a new piece by Genesis’ Tony Banks, an evening of Sinatra with the John Wilson Orchestra, the World Premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra and the UK premiere of one of Sir John Tavener’s last completed works.

New for 2014, the Festival is launching the Town Hall Festival Proms - five days of music in the grandeur of Cheltenham Town Hall with something for everyone, including a ‘Pick Your Own Prom’ - where audiences are invited to choose the music they’d like to hear - a prom to mark the centenary of the start of WW1 (featuring one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy), and an evening with Artist in Residence Nicola Benedetti. The Proms will also bring the outdoor festival experience inside for one concert, transforming the Town Hall with artificial grass to create an especially relaxed, summertime feel without the unpredictable British weather.

Furthermore, Cheltenham Music Festival’s wide-ranging programme also includes talks and workshops, film screenings, and excursions into dance, world music, jazz, and theatre, even offering an insight in to the rich history of Cheltenham with regular guided walks through the town.

Once again, both established stars and new talent from across the classical music spectrum and beyond will descend on the Cotswolds for a programme of show-stopping concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, intimate musical adventures in the Pittville Pump Room, and a feast for the senses in cathedrals, abbeys and churches across the region.

Tickets on sale: Members 24th March, Public 31st March

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