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HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival 2009

From 3-18 July 2009 the HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival will inspire and delight once more with some of the world's finest classical music. Celebrating 65 years at the forefront of British culture the programme delivers a focus on music by Jewish composers, a celebration of 250 years of the string quartet, and a look at 65 years of Cheltenham premieres.

Look out for:

* The John Wilson Orchestra; with a specially-devised programme bringing an authentic Hollywood sound, from Gone with the Wind through to Star Wars and Schindler's List

* The Festival Academy; our project that brings stars of tomorrow together with professional musicians their first concert featuring more classic film scores, including Barber's Adagio, and Herrmann's 'Psycho' suite

* Star violinist Nicola Benedetti; with Orchestra Europa and the Mendelssohn violin concerto

* The BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists; including Elizabeth Watts and her own collection of springtime Schubert songs

* Incredible vocalists such as Christianne Stotijn; and Catherine Hopper, one of UK's most exciting emerging singing talents; and the return of opera to the festival, with a Mozart and Gluck double-bill from Bampton Classical Opera

* Music beyond performance, with films, talks, and more: including Ben Zander on leadership; Robert Winston on genius / madness; Hoffnung's widow on her husband's legacy; world music with Mantra; and also lighter side with Kit and the Widow, bringing their brand of witty musical cabaret

* A huge range of family events; including Michael Morpurgo with a unique performance of words and music; and Fiesta in the Park, a large community event in Pittville Park featuring Gamelan, klezmer, samba, bhangra, brass bands, local choirs; plus food stalls, face-painting, circus performers and more

* A range of exhibitions, bringing colour and excitement to Cheltenham! Painted Quartets: an exhibition a range of condemned violins, violas and cellos reinvented as stunning works of art. Designed and painted by local and national artists the instruments will be on display throughout the festival; and also a unique exhibition of Hoffnung

HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival runs from 3-18 July 2009. With symphony concerts in the majestic grandeur of the Town Hall, delicate chamber music in Cotswold churches and opera in the Pittville Pump Room there is no better way to spend the summer in style.

HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival 3-18 July 2009

Festival Box Office: 0844 576 7979

For more information and to book tickets visit the festival website at

Posted : 18/06/2009 00:06:40

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