Cheltenham Music Festival
This successful festival, which was launched in 1945, is now under the directorship of Meurig Bowen. The classical canon underpins the festival programming, which is - first and foremost - a purist's delight. World-class musicians and performers will be flocking to this Gloucestershire spa town.
With over 70 concerts to choose from, spanning over 800 years of classical music history, there is something here for even the most demanding connoisseurs of classical music. The broad-based artistic programme encompasses orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, and opera, with a strong emphasis on commissioning new music.
Whilst the 2012 festival fell between the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, capitalising on the patriotic fervour sweeping the nation, celebrating British music, 2013 saw a mix of world premieres and one-off collaborations, all hosted in some of the country's most beautiful venues.
With over 60 events, 650 performers and a feast of different musical adventures, 2014 Cheltenham Music Festival looks set to be one of the most inspiring yet. The festival's lineup is looking very promising, with a mixture of old versus new. Whilst Mozart's Serenade for 13 winds and Schubert's Trout Quintet take us back with a historic feel, it is complimented beautifully with A Lunch and An Evening with artist-in-residence Nicola Benedetti. Additionally The Sanatra Appreciation show, the Percussion Extravaganza and Peaceful Words and Music with War Horse author Michael Morpugo make for an outstanding experience.