BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins conductor

Elgar Introduction and Allegro 15’
Richard Blackford Kalon (premiere) 25’
Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli 25’

Consummate ‘musician’s musician’ Martyn Brabbins conducts the strings of BBC NOW in a world premiere by Richard Blackford, commissioned by Cheltenham Music Festival and dedicated to former Festival Director Meurig Bowen. Taking its name from the Greek concept of combined physical and spiritual beauty, Kalon is scored for the unusual combination of string quartet and string orchestra, as is the Introduction and Allegro which announced the young Edward Elgar as a new and vital force in British Edwardian music. Tippett’s breakthrough work of bracing energy completes the programme.

Supported by Cheltenham Music Festival Society


Town Hall Main Hall

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles 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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