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Cheltenham Music Festival 2016 - Meurig Bowen’s ninth as Director - features a vast range of classical music including symphonic, choral, chamber, contemporary and early music, jazz, folk and electronica, as well as spoken word, film and family events.
The programme features performances by Nicola Benedetti, Evelyn Glennie, The John Wilson Orchestra, Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble, Christian Lindberg and the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. The festival is famous for championing new composers and this year's festival has more than 20 world premieres, including one work begun nearly a century ago: the newly-completed Howells Cello Concerto. Also brand new this year is a programme of free …around town events across the first weekend of the Festival (9/10 July). Look out for free pop-up performances, buskers, the best of local talent and an innovative Keyboard Inventions trail.
On Thursday 7 July percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who became a household name after her starring role in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, will perform alongside trombone superstar Christian Lindberg in a brand new concerto that Lindberg is writing for both of them. Further heroics are provided by the Orchestra of St John’s in Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony.
On Sunday 10 July, Norwegian baroque orchestra Barokksolistene join with mandolinist Avi Avital for a popular programme of JS Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. This programme showcases some of the musical gems of eighteenth century Europe and the addition of indoor fireworks in Handel’s ‘Royal Fireworks Music’ guarantee a spectacular evening.
Celebrating Shakespeare's 400th anniversary on Sunday 17 July, the nation's best and brightest young choristers and jazz musicians from the National Youth Chamber Choir and National Youth Jazz Orchestra perform a rich tapestry of musical takes on Shakespeare including music by Vaughan Williams, the Swingle Singers and Duke Ellington.
Visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music for the full programme.