Music Festival Premieres

Premieres at Cheltenham Music Festival 2021

Since Cheltenham Music Festival was founded in 1945, the festival has established itself as a leading light in commissioning new music, offering opportunities to composers to push boundaries and keep the classical genre alive. Premieres of these works have formed an integral part of our Festival programme. This year we are delighted to present 21 premiere’s at the Music Festival.

Joey Roukens
Visions at Sea
Friday 2 July, 11.15am
Cheltenham Town Hall Classic FM Stage
Maxwell Quartet

Alex Freeman
Calle sin Nombre (Street with no name)
Saturday 3 July, 3.30pm
St Gregory’s Church
The Carice Singers

Matthew Whittall
Songs of Travel
Saturday 3 July, 3.30pm
St Gregory’s Church
The Carice Singers

Luke Styles
Awakening Shadow
Sunday 4 July, 7pm
Parabola Arts Centre
Nova Music Ensemble

Matthew Barley
Improvisations
Monday 5 July, 11.15am
Gloucester Cathedral
Matthew Barley

Lillie Harris
The Dusk of Thee (for a cappella voices) and Point of Pride Fanfare (for trumpet & voices)
Monday 5 July, 8.30pm
Gloucester Cathedral
Classical Mixtape

Jack McNeil
Loom
Tuesday 6 July, 7.30pm
Cheltenham Town Hall, Classic FM Stage
Propellor Ensemble

Sarah Nicolls & Maja Bugge
Ballad of a Changing World
Wednesday 7 July, 6pm
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Sarah Nicolls & Maja Bugge

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Lumina
Thursday 8 July, 7.30pm
Cheltenham Town Hall, Classic FM Stage
Jess Gillam Ensemble

Jonathan Woolgar
Canzoni et Ricercari
Friday 9 July, 7.30pm
Gloucester Cathedral
12 Ensemble

Participants of Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composer Academy will be premiering 13 works throughout the day at Composium on Friday 9 July.