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Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates its 75th year, and this landmark anniversary is coupled with Alison Balsom’s arrival as Artistic Director. The Festival strengthens its legacy as a global leader in commissions, with several major world premieres (performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the CBSO and Nash Ensemble to name a few). Rare UK appearances from leading soloists, ensembles, dance, jazz and drama stars abound. The new Free Stage signals the opening weekend to the wider world, and the festival closes with the much anticipated Community Opera. The inaugural Composium is a chance for the whole classical music industry to congregate, and aiming to win over the cautious but curious, Classical Mixtape returns.
The full programme will be announced on 8th March.
Cheltenham Music Festival’s Music for Schools offers inspirational and interactive opportunities for over 3000 local school children to make, enjoy and appreciate classical music. As well as workshops in primary and secondary schools in the month leading up to the Festival, the Concert for Schools sees 800 excited school children crowd into the Town Hall to hear live music and composition, followed by a chance to meet the musicians and try out a range of instruments. The Musicate programme for primary school teachers develops skills and confidence in bringing the music curriculum to life.