The #cheltmusicfest Festival Guide

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The Cheltenham Music Festival 2016 is in full swing and we have seen and heard many fantastic musical highlights already, from an exhilarating Schubertiade on the opening weekend to the ‘absolute purity’ (Seen And Heard) of Nicola Benedetti’s performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and an emotional double bill with two living legends – Evelyn Glennie and Christian Lindberg.

The #cheltmusicfest Festival Guide gives you the chance to look behind the scenes of these exciting events: Read about the musical and historical backgrounds of composers and their works played at the Festival and get to know the musicians who you will see on stage – what are their unfulfilled ambitions and musical guilty pleasures?

Excerpts: Get to know the #cheltmusicfest artists

Pianist Anna Tillbrook’s unfulfilled ambition is to give a recital in the Long Room at Lords.

Which press quote is the Sitkovetsky Trio most proud of? ‘The Harry, Ron and Hermione of chamber music’ (Cutcommon, Australia)

12-year-old Menuhin Competition Junior Winner Yesong Sophie Lee listens to rap and heavy metal in her spare time – who knew?

Alexei Grynyuk’s unfulfilled ambition: To perform all the Rachmaninov concertos in one evening. Essentially a musical Iron Man!

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie has exciting plans following #cheltmusicfest: “Apart from a holiday, the next stop will be sitting and having my portrait painted at the National Portrait Gallery in front of spectators whereby the experience will be totally interactive for all present.”

2016 is dedicated to Erik Satie’s 150th anniversary – musical pioneer and composer of the fragile and beloved Gymnopédie No1 – which gives life to the Festival’s wonderfully interactive Piano Trail. Dotted around Cheltenham’s shops and streets, 15 reworked, designed, painted and newly invented pianos invite to wonder and play – read all about Satie in the 2016 Festival Guide!

Alongside a massive range of live music at our two free stages in Imperial Gardens and Cambray Place, the Music Festival is taking to the streets with pop-up performances, circus-style musical entertainment as part of the Festival’s new …around town programme. With musical table tennis matches, a roaming piano bicycle, local folk hero Johnny Coppin and the thrill of flamenco… this is the Music Festival like you’ve never seen or heard it before.

Hold on to your Festival memories

For only £5, buy your Cheltenham Music Festival Guide at our concrt venues or contact our Box Office by calling 01242 850270 or visiting the team at 15 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 2AE.

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