We are sorry to announce that Dame Sarah Connolly is no longer able to appear at the performance owing to unforeseen scheduling complications. She will be replaced by Thalie Knights.

Suzie Purkis Natasza
Timothy Coleman Aleks
Gina Baker Zosjia
Graeme Danby Yusef
Thalie Knights Rose

Gloucestershire Youth Chamber Ensemble #Inspire
Local Vocals
Pupils from Hesters Way and St Thomas More Primary
Schools and students from All Saints’ Academy
Glyn Oxley conductor
Michael Betteridge composer
Miranda Walker librettist
Bryn Holding director

Across The Sky is the much-anticipated finale to our 75th anniversary Festival, brought to you by the residents of West Cheltenham. Sung in English and set in the present day, it tells the touching story of a family in turmoil relocating to the area. Can 8-year old Zosia’s positive nature help the rest of the family settle and start afresh? Can mum Natasza and teenager Aleks find a way to forgive each other? And will Grandad Yusef finally accept the help he needs?

This community opera is the culmination of a project Cheltenham Festivals has run in West Cheltenham over the past four years. Local people of all ages have created this piece with librettist Miranda Walker and composer Michael Betteridge. They take centre stage alongside professional musicians GYCO Inspire Ensemble from Gloucestershire Academy of Music.

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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.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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