Performers include:
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Consone Quartet

J.S.Bach works to include Goldberg Variations (30 June 4pm), keyboard concertos and cantatas.

Concert times:
Saturday 30 June, 4pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 1 July, 11am and 3pm

The incomparably brilliant, charismatic Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani opens the 2018 Cheltenham Music Festival with a weekend of intimate concerts in the stunning setting of Syde Manor. This four-concert series pays tribute to Bach’s favoured Leipzig coffee house, where he led regular musical gatherings – the original Coffee Concerts – throughout the 1730s. Including music by Buxtehude, Pergolesi and Lully alongside plenty of Bach, Esfahani opens the series with the Goldberg Variations, and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly brings this special weekend to a close with arias from Bach’s cantatas Widerstehe doch der Sünde and Ich habe genug and a complete performance of Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust.

Ticket Information

This is the Weekend Ticket for performances and meals on Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July 2018. Please click below for individual day ticket options:

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Syde Manor

Directions to this venue will be emailed to bookers of the Music Festival concert weekend prior to the event.

The venue is 10 miles south of Cheltenham.

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