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Cheltenham Music Festival

England 5 nights Price from £1,582 per person
Departs: 12 Jul 2022
Departs: 12 Jul 2022

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Cheltenham is the perfect place to host a festival, with its elegant Cheltenham is the perfect place to host a festival, with its elegant streets, parades and squares lined by Regency houses and buildings. The internationally renowned music festival, one of the oldest in the country, is just one of four held throughout the year. Festivals for jazz, science and literature and, of course, music combine to make Cheltenham a true city of festivals. Pittville Pump Room and the imposing Town Hall are the most important venues for the concerts. Our tour is based at the Queen’s Hotel, in the heart of Cheltenham and just across the green from the Town Hall. Our tour spends more time in Cheltenham but we will still include visits to two of Gloucestershire’s finest houses and gardens, Painswick and Stanway.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Tickets for all performances as described and programmes
  • All sightseeing entrance fees and gratuities
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader


  • Day 1 - Cheltenham

    Please make your own way to the Queen’s Hotel in Cheltenham. Cheltenham Spa train station is half a mile away and taxis are available for approximately £7 each way. For those who are driving, the hotel has its own car park which is available at a cost of £12 per day to guests.
  • Day 2 - Painswick Rococo Garden

    This morning we will visit Painswick Rococo Garden, tucked away in a remote and mysterious valley. It is one of the most complete 18th century gardens in Europe. We return to Cheltenham for our first concert.
  • Day 3 - Gustav Holst

    We will visit the house where Gustav Holst was born on 21 September 1871 and spent the first eight years of his life. The museum tells the story of Holst’s family and friends as well as providing an insight into middle class life at the end of the 19th century.
  • Day 4 - Stanway House

    This morning we go to Stanway House, a mellow Jacobean country house and the seat of the Earl of Wemyss. The water garden here is one of the finest masterpieces of the landscape designer, Charles Bridgeman. We will return in time for the afternoon concert.
  • Day 5 - Wilson Art Gallery

    We will visit the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, where we see an important and varied collection of fine and decorative art. The eponymous Edward Wilson directed Captain Scott’s expedition to Antarctica. We will attend our final concert this evening.
  • Day 6 - Tour ends

    The tour ends after breakfast this morning.

Departure Dates and Prices

12 Jul 2022

Status Limited

Price from£1582

Single Supp.£398

Call 020 7593 2284
Andrew Biggs

Andrew Biggs

Tour leader

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Music Programme

Cheltenham Festival Music Programme

13 July, 7.30pm
Town Hall
London Mozart Players
Ben Johnson, tenor
Martin James Bartlett, piano
Ben Goldschmieder, French Horn
Britten: Young Apollo
The work was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1939, soon after the composer’s arrival in the United States.
Arvo Pãrt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamiin Britten
Mozart: Piano Concert No.9 in E flat major K271
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Op.31

14 July, 7.30pm
Pittville Pump Room
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

15 July, 1pm
Pittville Pump Room
Alexander Gadjiev, piano
Claude Debussy: Études Pour les arpèges composés e pour les octaves
Claude Debussy: Two Preludes “Terrasse de audience de clair de lune” and “Voiles”
Alexander Scriabin: Five Preludes Op. 16
Alexander Scriabin: Vers la flamme, Op. 72
Igor Stravinsky: Three movements from Petrushka

15 July, 7.30pm
Town Hall
The English Concert
Tom Foster, director
Anna Dennis, soprano
George Frideric Handel Concerto in A minor Op. 6 no. 4 HWV 322
Giovanni Bononcini Sinfonia in F major Op. 3 no. 1
Giovanni Bononcini Cantata Ecco Dorinda il giorno
George Frideric Handel Sonata à5 HWV 288
George Frideric Handel Cantata Crudel tiranno Amor HWV 97
George Frideric Handel Concerto in B flat major, Op. 6 no. 7 HWV 325
Plus a selection of operatic arias by Bononcini and Handel

16 July, 7.30pm
Gloucester Cathedral
The Festival will move to the glorious setting of Gloucester Cathedral for the closing concert of the 2022 Festival. The Cathedral will provide a suitable grand setting for this huge work, first performed in Munich on 12 September 1910 with the composer conducting
British Sinfonietta
Conductor: Adrian Partington
Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral
Soloists will include Hilary Summers, Benedict Nelson and James Platt and others to be confirmed.
Mahler: Symphony No.8

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