Cheltenham Festival champions rising stars

BBC Young Musician winner and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists will appear at the festival alongside internationally renowned artists

Cheltenham Festival
Published: March 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Cheltenham Music Festival's programme for the coming season will champion young artists alongside established international names.


Director of the festival Meurig Bowan, who is celebrating 10 years at the helm of the organisation, says: ‘This year celebrates above all else the range of music a festival like this can offer: a showcase for big names and emerging talent alike.’

Highlights from the roster of more established performers include appearances by newly knighted Sir Bryn Terfel, The Hallé orchestra, and the CBSO with their recently appointed conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, will appear at the festival along with runner up Jess Gillam and previous winner Martin James Bartlett as part of the festival’s new Rush Hour series.

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Also appearing at the festival are the current cohort of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, including clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, soprano Fatma Said and pianist Beatrice Rana.

As well as performances, Cheltenham Music Festival will also run outreach and engagement projects, including hosting the Philharmonia’s virtual reality experience, Virtual Orchestra, which allows anyone to experience what it is like to sit in an orchestra.

Cheltenham Music Festival runs from 1-16 July. Click here to find out more.



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