BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Savitri Singers
Martyn Brabbins conductor

The Great Animal Orchestra
Symphony For Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes Music by Richard Blackford Wild soundscapes by Bernie Krause
Holst The Planets 55’

This final evening concert in the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival is a vivid orchestral voyage around our own planet and beyond.

Richard Blackford’s The Great Animal Orchestra is inspired by the work of American environmentalist and soundscape recordist Bernie Krause. This five movement symphony combines live orchestra with Krause’s recordings from around the world – including the Sumatran rainforest, American Pacific tree frogs, African elephants and gorillas, and a range of exotic, South American birds.

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Gustav Holst composed three movements of his Planets suite – Mars, Venus and Jupiter – in 1914, so this performance marks the centenary of this masterpiece’s inception. From the menacing start of Mars, the Bringer of War to the bewitching fade-out of Neptune, the Mystic, it will be wonderful to hear one of the greatest pieces of orchestral music ever written in the Town Hall of Holst’s home town.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3

The Great Animal Orchestra supported by


Town Hall Main Hall

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian-styled columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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