Music 2013: First Names Announced

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This year’s programme will feature our world-renowned mix of world premieres and one-off collaborations, all hosted in some of the country’s most beautiful venues. With over 60 events, 650 performers and a feast of different musical adventures, the 2013 Cheltenham Music Festival looks set to be one of the most inspiring yet.

Cheltenham Music Festival 2013 Confirmed Programme Highlights [Full Line Up Announced w/c 11 March]:

A celebration to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth including a special production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in Tewkesbury Abbey, featuring 200 schoolchildren and sets and costumes designed by children’s author/illustrator, and Festival Guest Director, James Mayhew

Film critic Mark Kermode joins the City of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a celebratory night of music written for the cinema

A performance of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from Classical Brit Award winner Nicola Benedetti and her trio

A cappella legends The Swingle Singers return to the Town Hall for a special 50th anniversary concert

A 40th anniversary concert by The Tallis Scholars in Tewkesbury Abbey

French treasures in Gloucester Cathedral – including Poulenc’s Organ Concerto to mark 50 years since his death and Faure’s Requiem

Some of the world’s finest musicians – including Imogen Cooper, Lawrence Power, Felicity Lott, Belcea Quartet – perform core classics by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Tchaikovsky in the Pittville Pump Room.

Probably the world’s finest school orchestra – from specialist music school Chetham’s in Manchester – perform Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Shostakovich’s 5th symphony.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and conductor Martyn Brabbins in a major world premiere by David Sawer

15 premieres including works by Kenneth Hesketh, Simon Holt, Marton Illes, Gabriel Jackson, David Onac, Roxanna Panufnik, David Sawer and Michael Zev Gordon

An interlocking weekend residency by conductor Stephen Layton, The City of London Sinfonia and the choirs of Trinity College, Cambridge and Royal Holloway College.