Friday 23 March 2018

20 plus world premieres: Cheltenham Music Festival 2018

Cheltenham Music Festival 2018
This year's Cheltenham Music Festival runs from 30 June to 15 July 2018, the first under the guidance of the new artistic director, trumpeter Alison Balsom. The Festival has over twenty world premières this year include a new chamber opera Juliana by Joseph Phibbs based on Strindberg’s Miss Julie with Nova Music Opera conducted by George Vass.

Other premieres include a retelling of Hansel and Gretel by poet Simon Armitage with music by Matthew Kaner performed by the Goldfield Ensemble, shadowplay and puppetry by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, and produced by Kate Romano. The Ligeti Quartet performs four world premières with works from Michael Zev Gordon, Sarah Rimkus, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Bethan Morgan Williams, plus a new work from young composer Christian Mason. Flautist and composer Eddie Parker will bring together a new ensemble of twelve jazz and classical performers including singers Brigitte Beraha and James Gilchrist for Debussy Mirrored. Other new works include Gursky Landscapes by Gavin Higgins performed by the Carducci Quartet and David Cohen, Kenneth Hesketh’s The Singing Bone from the Berkeley Ensemble and the world première of Kalon by Richard Blackford from the strings of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

The festival's Composer Academy, now in its sixth year, will invite twelve of the most outstanding early-career composers to have their compositions work-shopped, performed and recorded and to receive advice from industry experts, resulting in around a dozen world premières.

The festival will be marking the anniversaries of Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy and Hubert Parry and performers include Maxim Vengerov, András Schiff with the OAE, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Sarah Connolly, James Gilchrist, Mahan Esfahani, Steven Isserlis, Benjamin Grosvenor and The King’s Singers plus Sir Mark Elder and Louise Alder with The Hallé and Martyn Brabbins with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Full details from the Cheltenham Music Festival website.

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