is the 60th year of The Cheltenham International Festival of Music.
again, this year, music fans can expect the best in live performances,
ranging from orchestral works and opera, to Hungarian folk music
and even an accordian recital.
to grace the Cheltenham stage willinclude mezzo Alice Coote, tenor
Philip Langridge, pianists András Schiff, Melvyn Tan and
Imogen Cooper, and the Skampa and Takács Quartets.
you may prefer the City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras,
Westminster Cathedral Choir, the Hilliard Ensemble, Trio Mediaeval,
the Henri Oguike Dance Company and Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble.
Belcea Quartet is also in residence for a series of exclusive performances
if you think it all sounds a bit poncy and high-brow, this year
you can sample what's on offer at a cut-rate price.
have programmed twenty-six concerts over the sixteen-day festival
at the low entrance price of five pounds.
for all those who have previously hovered on the edge of classical
music, now could be your opportunity to dip your toe right in.
hand-in-hand with the Music Festival will be The Cheltenham Fringe
Festival with assorted entertainment to suit all.
emphasis is on variety, accessibility and affordability.
include Thea Gilmore, Jim Diamond & Snake Davis, A Night of
Stand-out Stand-up, and The Hot Club Of Cowtown.
part of the Fringe event there will be a Busking Fiesta held on
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July.
be able to spot the talents at the heats in the Regent Arcade and
Beechwood Shopping Centre on Saturday, then
cheer on the finalists in the Imperial Gardens on Sunday.
Music Festival also includes the world premiere of John Taverner's,
much anticipated, new candelit meditational piece 'Schuon Lieder',
a performance by one of Britain's leading string quartets - The
Arditti Quartet, and a concert with the acclaimed soprano and new
Young Welsh Singer of the Year Camilla Roberts.
also celebrates the 130th anniversary of the birth of it own son,
Gustav Holst, this year, and Festival organisers will use the opportunity
to hear some of his less familiar works as well as famous pieces
like The Planets.
is complemented by other English orchestral masterpieces like Elgars
Enigma Variations and Vaughan Williamss Tallis Fantasia.
also be a brand new opera based on the Odysseus myth by the British
composer Edward Rushton, which is among 60 first performances, one
for each year of the Festivals history.
also features on each Festival weekend, with three masterworks by
Englands leading composer in the field, Benjamin Britten.
if you can't make it to Cheltenham 18 concerts will be broadcast
live on BBC Radio 3,
including performances from the London Sinfonietta and the Arditti
International Festivals of Music and Fringe
locations in Cheltenham
2 - July 18 2004
Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office on 01242 227979
or visit the Cheltenham