We regret that the CBSO’s Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has had to withdraw from this event due to illness. We are pleased to announce that she will be replaced by Edward Gardner OBE

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner OBE conductor
Alison Balsom trumpet

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (17’)
Thea Musgrave Trumpet Concerto (World Premiere) (20’)
William Walton Symphony No. 1 (44’)

We are delighted that Edward Gardner OBE, one of the UK’s most sought-after conductors, and former Principal Guest Conductor of the much-loved City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, joins us for the second symphonic concert of the weekend. This bespoke all-British programme is based around a World Premiere from the first female composer to be commissioned by the Festival in 1956, Thea Musgrave. Her Trumpet Concerto has been co-commissioned for our Festival by the CBSO in celebration of their centenary, and the LA Philharmonic for Festival Artistic Director Alison Balsom.

Kindly supported by Diana Woolley


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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