Cheltenham Music Festival 2024

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I am really excited to be producing this celebration of classical music, especially during the 150th anniversary of the birth of Cheltenham’s famous son, Gustav Holst. This year’s programme celebrates the breadth of his musical creativity, including the mystical expanse of his Hymn of Jesus, intimate organ and piano works, illuminating talks and an orchestral celebration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra .

The Pittville Pump Room continues to play host to the finest chamber music, with recitals by star baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Clare Hammond high on my list of recommendations. Be sure not to miss our BBC New Generation Artists series featuring young musicians making waves on the international stage, while our …around town performances feature the best young talent from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

There are also plenty of new works to tantalise your ears, included specially-commissioned pieces by Cameron Biles-Liddell , Cassandra Miller, Laura Cannell and Sun Keting.

All in all, there is a lot to inspire, educate and enjoy. We look forward to seeing you there.

Contents Our Partners 4 Festival Programme 7 Day Planners 22 Your Visit and Access 29 How to Book 30 Festival Venue Guide 31
Look out for these icons throughout the brochure Programmers’ Picks Spotlight Concerts Pre-concert Talk with the Musicians Spotlight

Thank you to our Partners and Supporters

Principal Partners

We are proud to support Cheltenham Festivals and their engaging outreach with children and young people. Together we can ensure all audiences are able to access high quality arts and culture on their doorstep.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England

Major Partners

Festival Partners

Cheltenham Music Festival Society has been supporting Cheltenham Music Festival since 1952. As long time friends, we support the Festival’s excellent performances and outreach programme.

Cheltenham Music Festival Society

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In memory of Jack and Dora Black

Kamala Chelliah-Boardman and John Eaden

The late John Harvey Hooper

Elizabeth Jacobs

Mary Mackenzie, Richard Walton and Friends

In memory of Lady June Marychurch

Dame Patricia Routledge DBE

Diana Woolley

Thank you to all the individuals who donated through the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2023. We would also like to thank our individual supporters who have chosen to remain anonymous.

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Our year-round and Festival school programmes engage thousands of children and young people from schools across Gloucestershire and beyond.

Concert for Schools

From rousing waltzes to thrilling tangos and toe-tapping polkas, this year’s concert will explore the magic of dance music through the ages. Afterwards all pupils can take part in some creative music-making in Music Explorers.

Relaxed Concert for Schools


Our Relaxed Concert for Schools event is a fully relaxed and joyful concert. The perfect opportunity for pupils and teachers from SEND settings to enjoy live music together.

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We bring teachers and pupils together with early career musicians to develop creative approaches to music in the classroom, while upskilling musicians to deliver high-quality live music experiences.

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Find out how you can help us continue our work with children and young people on page 24.

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Programmers’ Picks Festival Programme We’ve hand-picked some events not to miss at this year’s Festival Uplifting Marmen Quartet 11 Holst: A 150 Celebration 21 Adventurous Bach, the Universe and Everything 10 Mixtape 13 Dunedin Consort and Sean Shibe 15 Reflective The Marian Consort 10 Jaren Ziegler BBC Young Musician 12 Clare Hammond 19 Inspiring Roderick Williams and Roger Vignoles 9 BBC New Generation Artists 12, 13, 14, 17 Look out for this icon and find out how to book on page 29


During Cheltenham Music Festival, we will be carefully composing delicious food to be enjoyed in the bar, restaurant or beautiful garden.

Before the music starts or after it ends, join us for an eclectic mix of food and drink.

The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NN


Roderick Williams and Roger Vignoles

Pittville Pump Room

£18, £26, £32

Roderick Williams Baritone Roger Vignoles Piano

Song recitals are at their most engaging when they simply tell stories – and this is exactly what Roderick Williams achieves in his irresistibly charming style. He promises a journey through ‘the fairytales and legends of old, stories of courtly love, far-away lands, of bold, swaggering heroes and magical villains’, set to music by some of Europe’s finest composers, including Gloucestershire’s own Ralph Vaughan Williams. There’s also the promise of the first performance of a short new piece by Cameron Biles-Liddell, which will complement the theme. All in all, this is the perfect fit for the Pump Room’s glorious acoustic.

Cameron Biles-Liddell’s new work is commissioned by Cheltenham Music Festival.


BOOKING CODE 11am–1pm M01

Kindly supported by Diana Woolley

With thanks to our event supporters Diana Woolley

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire ...around town

Cheltenham Town Centre

Fancy a beer with your Beethoven, or a coffee with a side of Couperin? Join musicians in bars, cafes and restaurants around Cheltenham Town Centre for short bursts of concert where you least expect them. Full details to be announced – please check our website for further details.


Kindly supported by Cheltenham BID

You can check out Spotify playlists for the artists playing at this year’s Music Festival on our website

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Bach, the Universe and Everything

Pittville Pump Room

£18, £26, £32

Meganne Christian Speaker

Steven Devine Director

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Matthias Weckmann

Toccata in D minor

Johann Crüger

Chorale: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Regina Caeli a 4

J S Bach Es ist das Heil uns kommen her (It is our salvation come here to us), BWV 9

Georg Philipp Telemann

Andante & Allegro from Concerto for Viola d’amore, Flute, Oboe d’amore & strings

TWV 53:E1

Bach, the Universe and Everything explores the human desire to understand our place in the cosmos, guided by the work of J S Bach – composer and intergalactic genius – through his 200 cantatas. We invite you to come with us on a cosmic journey into Bach’s Cantata BWV 9. Joining the exploration is special guest Meganne Christian to tell us of her remarkable journey to becoming a member of the European Space Agency Astronaut Group, alongside beautifully crafted choral and instrumental music.

The Marian Consort

Christ Church, Cheltenham


The Marian Consort

Rory McCleery Artistic director

Rodrigo de Ceballos Hortus Conclusus

Laura Cannell For The Plants That Bind Us (Cheltenham Music Festival co-commission)

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Gloria’ from Missa Ego flos campi

Benjamin Britten Five Flower Songs, Op. 47

Sebastián de Vivanco Veni dilecte mi

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

‘Credo’ from Missa Ego flos campi

Sebastián de Vivanco Surge propera, amica mea

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla ‘ Sanctus & Benedictus’ from Missa Ego flos campi

Sebastián de Vivanco Sicut lilium

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

‘Agnus Dei’ from Missa Ego flos campi

Leo Chadburn Flower Dictionary

This beautiful programme explores the sensory delights of flowers and gardens. Alongside the music of Spanish composers of the late Renaissance, there are the playful Five Flower Songs by Benjamin Britten, a giant of the 20th century and two brand new pieces which receive their first performance: Laura Cannell explores plant lore whilst Leo Chadburn has been inspired by floriography. Set in the glorious surroundings of Christ Church, there should be something new here to whet the appetite of any music-lover.

Please note this concert has no interval

Kindly supported by Diana Woolley

With thanks to our event supporters

Please note this concert has no interval

Kindly supported by Dame Patricia Routledge DBE and an anonymous donor

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Woolley An anonymous
donor Dame Patricia

Marmen Quartet

Pittville Pump Room

£18, £24, £30

Claude Debussy

String Quartet in G minor Op.10

Toru Takemitsu

A Way a Lone

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2

A tantalising morning’s music with a prize-winning young quartet fitting a Cheltenham date into their busy touring schedule. Two acknowledged masterpieces start and finish the concert and should feed and soothe the soul with their sensuality and harmony. These are wrapped around a reflective and luscious piece by Japan’s leading composer of the last century. The Marmen Quartet has a growing reputation for their courage, vitality and intensity of performance and is fast establishing itself as one of the most impressive and engaging talents in the chamber music arena.


11am–12.15pm M04

Concert running time 75 minutes with no interval

Kindly supported by The Aquarius Group

Talent Development

Supporting the next generation of artists and thinkers is at the heart of Cheltenham Festivals’ mission.


Our two Spotlight concerts feature Festival debuts from musicians at the very start of their careers. See pages 11 and 12

BBC New Generation Artists

Our BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme nurtures some of the world’s finest young musicians as they launch their international careers. See pages 12, 13, 14, and 17

Find out how you can help us continue to support emerging artists on page 24


Young Musicians

St. Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham £12

Watch the very best local young talent perform in the beautiful surroundings of St Gregory’s Church in this early evening concert. This concert features the winners of the 2024 Gloucestershire Young Musician and Keith Nutland Award.

With thanks to our event supporters

The Aquarius Group

In memory of Lady June Marychurch

Monday 8 July
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BBC New Generation Artist Geneva Lewis

Pittville Pump Room

£16, £22, £28

Geneva Lewis violin

Llŷr Williams piano

Charles Ives Violin Sonata no.4, ‘Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting’

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Suite from ‘Much Ado about Nothing’, Op.11

Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata no.1 in G major, Op.78 ‘Regensonate’

For the first of our series in partnership with the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, we welcome multi prize-winner Geneva Lewis. Lauded for the ‘remarkable mastery of her instrument’, Geneva hails from New Zealand and brings a programme of lesser-heard 20th century repertoire to intrigue and delight, alongside Brahms’ graceful, romantic and elegant sonata. Geneva’s Welsh-born accompanist Llŷr is a star soloist in his own right, making this a very special partnership.



This concert will be recorded for future broadcast. Concert running time 75mins with no interval.

In partnership with BBC Radio 3

BBC Young Musician Jaren Ziegler

St. Gregory’s Church


Jaren Ziegler viola

Lynn Arnold piano

Johann Sebastian Bach ‘Prelude’ and ‘Allemande’ from Cello Suite No. 6, BWV1012

Louis Vierne Le soir, Op. 5, No. 1

Dobrinka Tabakova Whispered Lullaby

Ernest Bloch 1919 Suite

Winner of the 2022 BBC Young Musician of the Year Award at the age of 16, Jaran Ziegler became the first violist in the competition’s history to do so. In this concert, he showcases a full range of musical masters. From the structured perfection of Bach’s ‘Prelude’ and ‘Allemande’ through beautiful contemplations of Tabakova and Vierne, to the Far East inspired work by Bloch showing off his inimitable genius for evocative colour in music. Always a treat to hear such performances from today’s musical trailblazers.





In partnership with BBC Radio 3

In memory of Jack and Dora Black

With thanks to our event supporters

In memory of Jack and Dora Black

Tuesday 9 July 12 Book online at TUESDAY 9 JULY
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BBC New Generation Artist Santiago Cañón-Valencia

Pittville Pump Room

£16, £22, £28

Santiago Cañón-Valencia cello

Naoko Sonoda piano

Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor

Alfred Schnittke Suite in the Old Style

Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel

Cañón-Valencia Ouróboros

The BBC’s flagship scheme for young musicians selects the best talent around and we are delighted to provide a high-profile platform for as many as we can. This concert by a prize-winning Colombian musician opens with one of Bach’s monumental solo dance suites, a sure test of any cellist’s mettle. Set alongside this are three intriguing pieces, including the exquisitely beautiful and mesmerising work by one of Estonia’s finest, culminating in a piece written by the performer himself.


11am–12.15pm M09

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast. Concert running time 75 mins with no interval.

In partnership with BBC Radio 3 Kindly supported by Elizabeth Jacobs


Town Hall, Main Hall £15

Sean Shibe guitar

Clare Hammond piano

Chaos String Quartet

Choir of Merton College, Oxford

Mixtape is back for an evening of relaxed, rule-free classical music and this year is all about relaxing, mindfulness and getting lost in the music. Grab a drink, sit, stand or lie back and sample a taste of short works from across the classical music spectrum. Experience the Town Hall and this classical music listening experience in a whole new way. Always a top tip for the Festival, don’t miss these special moments of music-making. Perfect for all the family.



Kindly supported by Cheltenham Music Festival Society

With thanks to our event supporters

Wednesday 10 July
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Thursday 11 July

Pre-Concert Talk

Cassandra Miller and Sean Shibe

Pittville Pump Room


BBC New Generation Artist

Alim Beisembayev

Pittville Pump Room

£16, £22, £28

Alim Beisembayev piano

Claude Debussy Images, Book 2

Clara Schumann Romance Op. 21 No. 1

Frédéric Chopin 12 Études Op. 25

Our partnership with BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists continues. Pianist Alim Beisembayev hails from Kazakhstan and has already made a name for himself, having won the world-renowned Leeds Piano Competition in 2021 aged just 23. Treat your ears to a feast of tunes, impeccably performed as Alim tackles highlights of the core solo piano repertoire. He plays pieces beloved by pianists and audiences alike, packed full of emotion, uplifting melodies and virtuosic passages.


This concert will be recorded for future broadcast. Concert running time 75mins with no interval. In partnership with BBC Radio 3 Kindly supported by Kamala Chelliah-Boardman and John Eaden

Guitarist Sean Shibe and composer Cassandra Miller discuss her new work. From the initial idea, through to the collaboration of bringing this new Festival co-commission to life.

With thanks to our event supporters

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Kamala Chelliah-Boardman and John Eaden
Insight EVENT TIME BOOKING CODE 6.30–7pm M20

Dunedin Consort and Sean Shibe

Pittville Pump Room

£18, £26, £32

Sean Shibe guitars

Dunedin Consort

John Butt director

Various Straloch and Rowallan Scottish lute manuscripts

John Dowland ‘Lachrimae antiquae’ from Lachrimae

Henry Purcell Fantasia No. 7 in four parts

Henry Purcell In Nomine in seven parts

Francesco Geminiani ‘The Last Time I Came O’er the Moor’ from A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick

James MacMillan From Galloway

David Fennessy Excerpts from Rosewoods

Linda Catlin Smith Sinfonia

Cassandra Miller Chanter (Cheltenham Music Festival co-commission)

With thanks to our event supporters

Guitarist Sean Shibe takes centre stage in this folk-inspired programme, which traces the roots of the Scottish-Canadian diaspora in music from the Renaissance to the present day. From the exquisite delicacy of the Scottish lute manuscripts and Dowland’s heart-rending Lachrimae, we course through Purcell and Geminiani to meet Sir James MacMillan’s timeless From Galloway and Linda Catlin Smith’s Sinfonia – united by their irresistible blend of modernism and folksong. Modern guitar meets gut strings as the concert finishes with a brand-new guitar concerto from the award-winning Canadian composer, Cassandra Miller This event is commissioned by John Ellerman Foundation, and co-commissioned by the Barbican and Saffron Hall.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast. Concert running time 75mins with no interval.

In partnership with BBC Radio 3 Kindly supported by Cheltenham Music Festival Society

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Spatial audio is an immersive, three-dimensional sound experience, that creates the perception of height, depth, and distance.

At University of Gloucestershire, we’ve developed 3 immersive audio labs that enable our researchers and students to experiment using the latest spatial technology to produce a wide range of music and sound experiences – from our 22.2 spatial array, to our Dolby Atmos theatre and our immersive audiovisual rig.

Now in its third year, our Everyday Is Spatial conference and concert series has commissioned new soundworks from international artists, including contemporary classical, hypnotic electronica and ecological field recordings. Along the way, we have worked with composers, performers, music technologists, sound researchers and even architects to explore the possibilities of this developing audio medium.

This year the conference has aligned with Cheltenham Music Festival to offer the opportunity for audiences to experience spatial audio in the centre of Cheltenham at Park Campus.

Come join us for the Spatial Occasion concert, an afternoon of immersive sonic exploration.


BBC New Generation Artist

Chaos String Quartet

Pittville Pump Room

£16, £22, £28

Henry Purcell Chacony in G minor, Z730

Henriëtte Bosmans String Quartet

Edvard Grieg String Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 27

For the final concert in our series with the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, the Chaos String Quartet performs some intriguing and less well-known repertoire. Start your journey in a lush, reflective and melancholic mood, travelling through Holland to hear a distinctive woman’s musical voice from the

With thanks to our event supporters

mid 20th century. This musical expedition ends with a trip to Scandinavia where Grieg’s only complete surviving quartet is a lyrical treat, with a range of moods, rich harmonies and fantastic writing for the four instruments. Rapidly establishing themselves on the international music scene, this is a quartet not to be missed.

11am–12.15pm M14

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast. Concert running time 75mins with no interval.

In Partnership with BBC Radio 3

Kindly supported by Mary Mackenzie, Richard Walton and Friends

Mary Mackenzie, Richard Walton and Friends

Friday 12 July 17 Book online at FRIDAY 12 JULY

Pre-Concert Talk: Gustav Holst

Gloucester Cathedral, Lady Chapel £8

Delve deeper into the world of one of Gustav Holst’s most popular and highly acclaimed compositions, The Hymn of Jesus. Discover more about this great mystical achievement and why this sacred work remains, for some, one of the greatest choral compositions of its time.





Holst: The Hymn of Jesus

Gloucester Cathedral

£15, £22, £32, £42

Gweneth-Ann Rand soprano

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

South Cotswold Big Sing Group

Gloucester Cathedral Choristers conductor Nia Llewelyn Jones

Adrian Partington conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Gustav Holst The Hymn of Jesus, Op. 37

Olivier Messiaen O sacrum convivium

Francis Poulenc Gloria

One of the UK’s finest orchestras, alongside the extraordinary power of this wonderful, massed choir in the glorious surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral provide the perfect setting for these four moving pieces from the last century. Our 150th anniversary celebration of Holst’s birth would not be complete without The Hymn of Jesus, one of his most popular and uplifting pieces, partnered with a lush piece for harp and strings by Holst’s friend and collaborator Vaughan Williams. We then cross the Channel to France, with an intimate piece of choral Messiaen, followed by Poulenc’s liturgical masterpiece, the stunningly uplifting Gloria



7.30pm–9.30pm M15

Produced in Partnership with the South Cotswold Big Sing Group

Kindly supported by an anonymous donor, and Arts Council England and The Patricia Routledge Foundation as part of the Holst 150 celebrations

With thanks to our event supporters

The Patricia Routledge Foundation

An anonymous donor

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Saturday 13 July

Music and Mindfulness

Town Hall, Drawing Room


Led by musician Will Crawford, this hands-on session is designed to help you gain a better understanding of the practices of mindfulness through the power of music. Working with guided musical meditations, live relaxing classical guitar, and open conversation, this event explores how ‘mindfulness through music’ can improve your everyday. The focus will be on practices that can help us relax, manage stress and anxiety, and calm our busy minds and is all centred around helping you gain more control over your personal wellbeing, mental health and happiness through musical experience.


Clare Hammond

Pittville Pump Room

£18, £24, £30

Clare Hammond piano

Clara Schumann Three Romances, Op. 21

Gabriel Fauré Nocturne No. 12 in E minor

Gabriel Fauré Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major Sun Keting New work

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight ’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in D major, K. 311

Claude Debussy ‘Reflets dans l’eau’, ‘Hommage à Rameau’ and ‘Mouvement’ from Images, Book I

Cécile Chaminade ‘Impromptu’ Étude de concert, Op. 35, No. 5

Cécile Chaminade Étude romantique, Op. 132

Claude Debussy L’Isle joyeuse

Acclaimed as a ‘pianist of extraordinary gifts’ (Gramophone), Clare Hammond returns to Pittville Pump Room with a programme blending darkness and light. The first chapter explores the subtle melancholy of Clara Schumann’s Romances, the mystery and wonder of Fauré’s Nocturnes, and the twilight beauty of Beethoven’s much-loved ‘Moonlight’ Sonata. A new work by Sun Keting, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of its 2024 Composers programme, receives world première. In the second phase, light, clarity and joy prevail with Mozart’s exuberant Sonata, the refracted glimmer of Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau, and dazzling virtuosity of Chaminade and Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse Sun Keting’s new work is commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for the Cheltenham Music Festival.


Kindly supported by the late John Harvey Hooper

With thanks to our event supporters The late John Harvey Hooper

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Image: Philip Gatward

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Holst: In the Footsteps Concert

A musical tour of Holst’s Cheltenham

General tickets go on sale Thursday 28 March

With thanks to our event supporters

Holst Victorian House and All

Saints’ Church

£15 Ticket inclues All Saints’ Church concert only

£30 Ticket includes All Saints’ Church concert and Holst Victorian House and a welcome drink This year, we are celebrating Gustav Holst’s 150th anniversary. Join us for an exclusive and intimate two-part experience, immersing yourself in Gustav Holst’s life and home. Born in Cheltenham, we are lucky to have his birthplace open to the public housing the very piano that he played. This one-off event will feature an introduction and visit to the Victorian House and a live performance on Holst’s own grand piano. Also included is a short concert at nearby All Saints’ Church where Holst’s father was organist and where Holst spent his formative years composing much of his early juvenilia. With very limited numbers, early booking is strongly recommended.

Please be aware that this event is not wheelchair accessible and there are many steps at the venue

Kindly supported by Arts Council England and The Patricia Routledge Foundation as part of the Holst 150 celebrations

The Patricia Routledge Foundation

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EVENT TIME BOOKING CODE 2–4.30pm Start at Holst Victorian House M21 3.45-6.15pm Start at All Saints Church M22 3.45-4.30pm All Saints Concert only M23
Image: Richard McCleery of Cheltenham Camera Club

Holst: A 150 Celebration

Town Hall, Main Hall

£12, £18, £28, £38, £48

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Manze conductor

Gustav Holst St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra

Gustav Holst A Fugal Concert

Gustav Holst Two Songs without Words, op.22

Ralph Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite

W A Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551, ‘Jupiter’

This Festival finale showcases a rare Cheltenham visit from one of the UK’s finest orchestras. The concert opens with English music of the early 1900s, including

With thanks to our event supporters

the glorious melodies and rich harmonies of three much-loved pieces by one of Cheltenham’s best-known sons. Mozart’s dazzling final symphony follows, arguably perfection in classical music, directed by one of the UK’s leading early music experts. A perfect way to bring this year’s Festival to a celebratory close.



Kindly supported by Oldham Foundation and an anonymous donor

An anonymous donor

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11am—1pm Roderick Williams and Roger Vignoles

2pm—7.45pm ...around town featuring the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire


3pm—4.30pm Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

6pm—7.15pm The Marian Consort


11am—12.15pm Marmen Quartet

5.30pm—6.30pm Gloucestershire Young Musicians


11am—12.15pm Geneva Lewis

5.30pm—6.30pm BBC Young Musician


11am—12.15pm Santiago Cañón—Valencia

8pm—10pm Mixtape


11am—12.15pm Alim Beisembayev

6.30pm–7pm Insight: Pre-Concert Talk with Cassandra Miller and Sean Shibe

7.30pm—8.45pm Dunedin Consort and Sean Shibe


11am—12.15pm Chaos String Quartet

6.15–7pm Insight: Pre-Concert Talk, Gustav Holst

7.30pm—9.30pm Holst: The Hymn of Jesus


10–10.45am Music and Mindfulness

11am—1pm Clare Hammond

2–6.15pm Holst: In the Footsteps Concert

7pm—9pm Holst: A 150 Celebration

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DAY PLANNERS 23 Pittville Pump Room £18, £26, £32 Cheltenham Town Centre Free Pittville Pump Room £18, £26, £32 Christ Church £20 Pittville Pump Room £18, £24, £30 St. Gregory's Church £12 Pittville Pump Room £16, £22, £28 St. Gregory's Church £12 Pittville Pump Room £16, £22, £28 Town Hall, Main Hall £15 Pittville Pump Room £16, £22, £28 Pittville Pump Room £8 Pittville Pump Room £18, £26, £32 Pittville Pump Room £16, £22, £28 Gloucester Cathedral, Lady Chapel £8 Gloucester Cathedral £15, £22, £32, £42 Town Hall, Drawing Room £10 Pittville Pump Room £18, £24, £30 Holst Victorian House and All Saints’ Church £15, £30 Town Hall, Main Hall £12, £18, £28, £38, £48 Scan the QR code to download it now Developed with thanks to our Partners

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Richard Claridge

Sarah Cook and Gemma Irvine

Michael and Angela Cronk

Arlene Davies

Sally Dimmer

Carol and Adrian Farnell

Ricardo Fearon

Marc and Melanie Gillespie

Jeremy and Alison Halliday

Mark and Moira Hamlin

Stephen Harper and Megan Broadley

Jennifer Hayward and Richard Waite

Stephen Hodge

Andrew and Caroline Hope

Graham and Jenny Hopkins

The Keogh Family

Simon and Emma Keswick

Emma Logan and KB Beaton

Iain F Lovatt

Andrew and Susanne Malim

Hayden and Tracy McKinnes

Spencer McPherson and Emily Poole

The Miskin Family

Chris Morgan

P. J. Moore

Joanna Morrison

Oldham Foundation

In Memory of Edward and Gladys Parker

John Phillips

Andrew Pitt and Pamela Odih

Anthony and Rowenna Poeton

Jan and Gill Rowe

Andy and Ali Stalsberg

Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust

Paul and Amanda Toner

Michael and Rosie Warner

Stephen Wood

Gold Patrons

Sigrid and Ben Atkinson

Nicholas and Alixandra Avery

Geraldine and Jim Beaty

Christopher Bence

Sam Berwick

Stephen Bond

Ian Culverhouse

Wallace and Morag Dobbin

Peter and Sue Elliott

Colin and Susan Enticknap

G Greenhalgh and S Bond

Louise Hewett D.L.

Mike and Judie Hill

Elizabeth Jacobs

Nathan and Jenny McLoughlin

Sir Michael and Lady McWilliam

Kim Moore

Louise Morgan

Giles Mountford

Paul and Kathy Mottershead

John and Judith Murray

Dr Julia Pearson and Dr Keith England

Adrian and Cassandra Phillips

Martin and Susan Pickard

Joanna and Stuart Richards

Joe and Clare Rowan

Khal and Zoe Rudin

Brenda Salters and Harold Longmate

Candy Shaw and William Barff

Mat and Patsy Shilling

Esther and Peter Smedvig

Mr G.M. Ward and Mrs M.R.C. Ward

Silver Patrons

We would also like to thank all our anonymous Patrons and Silver Patrons who are listed on the website: our-patrons

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Cheltenham Music Festival is presented by Cheltenham Festivals Ltd, a Charity and company limited by guarantee, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a member of the British Arts & Science Festival Association (, Jazz Promotion Network (, the Europe Jazz Network ( and Keychange.

Cheltenham Festivals

Board of Trustees

Mark Philip-Sorensen (Chair)

Lucy Carlton-Walker

Deborah Cogan Thacker

Adrian Farnell

Beverley Grimster

Peter Howarth

Jonathan White

Andy Williams

Company Secretary

Matthew Clayton


Ali Mawle

Ian George

2024 Music Festival

Programming Producers

Tamsyn Hamilton

Michael Duffy

Innovations Manager

Andrew Lansley

Festival Image Credits

Still Moving Media

Senior Management Team

Helena Bibby

Suzanne Ross

Marketing and Box Office

Jade Beard

Phil Brook

Hannah Franklin

Dan Hartland

Hannah McNally

Grace Pascoe

Martin Perks

Madelaine Richards

Grace Walsh

Liz Wheatley


Alice Gilder

Katherine Cox

Becky Harte

Holly Haynes

Evan Holt

Fiona Magowan

Tara Patterson

Teddy Mladenova

Lydia Ractliffe

Samantha Sandford

Connor Teague

Eleri Thomas

Learning and Participation

Philippa Claridge

Sarah Cooksley

Khazana McLaughlin

Kelly Turner

Rose Wood

Operations and Production

Oliver Bradstock

Clive Bremner

James Clay

Claire Crawford

Emily Davis

Adrian Hensley

Melissa King

James Kitto

James Mackenzie

Sophia McCrea

Mo Soper


Ben Bates

Russ Poole

Programme Artwork

@ 2024 Cheltenham Festivals, Liz Wheatley

With many thanks to the staff and volunteers who provide invaluable support and help make the Festival a success.


If you have any specific comments about the Festival, please email boxoffice@

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How to Book

To get the best out of the Festival we recommend you book in advance, however there will be availability for some events at the Box Office on site.

Online music

Our Select Your Own Seat booking system allows you to choose your own seat in a venue with reserved seating.

For a step-by-step guide to selecting your own seat, please visit music/select-your-own-seat

By Telephone

Call 01242 850270

For queries email boxoffice@

For full details about Box Office opening hours, in person and telephone tickets sales, booking fees and terms and conditions, please visit booking

Booking Dates (all booking opens at 10am)

During the Festival

You can purchase tickets in person at our Festival Box Office. Opening hours will be listed at cheltenhamfestivals. com/booking

Booking Fees

Booking fees apply to all bookings and are charged per order. Fees are £3 online and over the phone.

Public booking

Access Ticket Bookings

Please book using our online form at cheltenhamfestivals. com/access-requirements or call the Box Office phone line from 19 March.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates may be purchased at our Box Office or online at gift-certificates and may be redeemed against ticket or Membership purchases.


28 March

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, except in the case of a cancelled event. See booking for details.

Life Patrons Monday 11 March Director’s Circle Patrons Thursday 14 March Gold Patrons Sunday 17 March
Patrons Tuesday 19
Thursday 21
Members’ Priority booking
Friday 22
18-30 Spark Members

Your Visit and Access

Getting to the Festival

Cheltenham is easily accessible from all over the UK, by road and rail. For more information on public transport and car parks go to cheltenhamfestivals. com/your-visit.

Family Information

For safety, children 11 years and under must be accompanied by a ticket holder aged 16 or over. Everyone over the age of 12 months requires a ticket, babies in arms (12 months and under) do not require a ticket unless stated.

Access Requirements

Please book using our online form at cheltenhamfestivals. com/access-requirements or call the Box Office phone line from Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March, 10–4pm.

Please Note

Filming, audio recording and photography is not permitted during events.

Visitors to the Festival may be filmed and/or photographed for future promotions.






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