Cheltenham Music Festival

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Coordinates: 51°53′24″N 2°04′41″W / 51.890°N 2.078°W / 51.890; -2.078 The Cheltenham Music Festival is a British music festival, held annually in Cheltenham in the summer months (June, July) since 1945. The festival is renowned for premieres of contemporary music, hosting over 250 music premieres as of July 2004.[1]

John Manduell was the first Programme Director (de facto artistic director) of the festival, for 25 seasons from 1969 to 1994.[2] Subsequent artistic directors of the festival have included Martyn Brabbins; during his tenure, the Festival Academy ensemble was established.[3]

For 2020, the festival's Guest Curator is conductor Jules Buckley.[4]

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  1. ^ Michael Berkeley (3 July 2004). "Out with the old". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  2. ^ "Sir John Manduell CBE 1928–2017" (Press release). Cheltenham Music Festival. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ Tom Service (14 July 2006). "The maestro in me". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Jules Buckley". Cheltenham Festivals. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ Morrison, Richard (16 March 2018). "Alison Balsom: 'We have a music crisis in schools. Everyone needs to speak out'". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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