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.
The 2012 festival fell between the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, capitalising on the patriotic fervour sweeping the nation, celebrating British music.
This year's programme will feature 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, the 2013 Cheltenham Music Festival looks set to be one of the most inspiring yet.