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Melissa Bradshaw

Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates 75th anniversary in 2019

1:09, 8th March 2019

Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, from 5 – 14 July, and its first under the direction of new artistic director Alison Balsom.

Celebrated from its inception for championing new music, the 2019 festival will feature more than 20 world premieres, a community opera, focus on women composers and performers, performances from top international artists and the best in new talent.

Balsom comments: ‘Putting together the programme for the 75th anniversary of the Cheltenham Music Festival has been a total privilege. From our Opening Free Weekend of music to our Community Opera Finale, I hope that everyone is inspired to come and enjoy a whole host of unique events which can only be seen and heard in Cheltenham this summer.’

Highlights for 2019 include:

  • World-leading ensembles such as Academy of Ancient Music, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Nash Ensemble
  • Alison Balsom and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform world premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Trumpet Concerto, conducted by Mirga Gražinytè-Tyla
  • London Symphony Orchestra under Elim Chan perform new work by Dani Howard, commissioned by Classic FM, the festival’s new major partner
  • Top international artists including Nicola Benedetti, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Connolly, Angela Hewitt, Wynton Marsalis, Gabriela Montero, Viktoria Mullova and Danielle de Niese
  • Sam Mendes in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill
  • Simon Russell Beale and cast members from the National Theatre’s production of The Lehman Trilogy perform poetry and drama around Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet
  • Composium: A major new day-long event for the classical music industry and audiences

Full festival programme can be found at https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music.

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