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Free Cheltenham Sound Walk

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Jazz in Everyday Places: free Cheltenham sound walk

Go on a jazz journey around Cheltenham town centre with this free, self-guided sound walk. The audio tour takes you to locations significant in Cheltenham’s musical history, especially those with links to jazz. Narrated by broadcaster Fiona Talkington, it features music from saxophonist Trish Clowes as well as stories and memories from local musicians, the Festival programming team and volunteers. The walk was created for the 2018 Jazz Festival as part of the Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics research project.

The sound walk just requires a smartphone with 3G or 4G signal and a pair of headphones. You can do it at any time of day:

  • Load this page in your smartphone’s web browser
  • Connect your headphones to your phone
  • Hit play below (or if you prefer, download the Soundcloud app on Apple or Google Play and search in the app for ‘Cheltenham sound walk’, then play from the app)

Starting point: Parabola Arts Centre front steps (Bayshill Road), GL50 3AA
End point: Montpellier Courtyard, Montpellier Street, GL50 1SR

The walking route takes approximately one hour – directions are contained within the audio but a map can also be found below.

Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and is led by academics at Birmingham City University and the University of Warwick.