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Prestigious orchestras head for Cheltenham

There is a real sense of occasion when attending the Cheltenham Concert Series in the grandeur of Cheltenham Town Hall. Ten magnificent concerts with prestigious orchestras including the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, London Mozart Players and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales are featured in the new series.

A flurry of activity is anticipated at the Box Office where concertgoers can buy a Series ticket for all 10 concerts from the 9th June. Booking for Half Series tickets (5 concerts or more) and single concerts opens on 16 June. However, anyone who bought a Full Series ticket last season has the opportunity to book from 2 June before tickets go on general sale.

Distinguished conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Thierry Fischer, Grant Llewellyn, Matthias Bamert and John Lubbock are joined by Olari Elts from Estonia and two outstanding Finnish conductors, Petri Sakari and the celebrated Leif Segerstam, who make their Cheltenham debuts.

The line-up of internationally renowned soloists include eminent flautist Emmanuel Pahud, gifted violinists Nicola Benedetti and Chloë Hanslip, piano virtuosos Freddy Kempf, Boris Berezovsky and Boris Giltburg, many of whom are familiar to local audiences. Trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom, BBC Young Musician finalist Benjamin Grosvenor and the talented Lefèvre brothers from Canada will add a further touch of class to the series.

The works of master composers are explored, from Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Fifth and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique symphonies to an all-Bach programme and stunning ballet music in the form of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Also featured in the series are works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius. Notably there are some rarely performed pieces by Ibert and Shostakovich as well as Schumann’s Violin Concerto, which remained a secret for 80 years after the composer’s death.

Derek Aldridge, Town Hall and Entertainment Manager, said: I am delighted we are once again hosting such an impressive series of orchestral concerts. I am particularly looking forward to a dramatic opening concert in September given by BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave, and of course Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony cannot fail to impress”.

Tickets are available from Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office in person, by telephone 01242 227979 or on-line at

Posted : 10/06/2008 13:47:42

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