5 Things to do at Cheltenham Music Festival this year


Take a tour of Cheltenham’s private drawing rooms in Byrdwatching (9th July, 6-8pm): A unique musical tour of Cheltenham’s Regency-era Drawing Rooms, beautifully preserved and usually off-limits, but open to the public for one night only. The programme moves through the works of William Byrd and his contemporaries before journeying to more extraordinary musical surprises, including a world premiere work from Aileen Sweeney


Enjoy a night of rule-free music at Classical Mixtape (12th July, 8-10pm): A classical music takeover of local craft brewery, DEYA Taproom, for an evening of relaxed, rule-free classical music, featuring top-level artists the Manchester Collective, the Carice Singers, BBC Young Musician winner Jordan Ashman, and DJ NikNak.


Experience a pastoral-themed programme with the CBSO (8th July, 7pm): A performance of Vaughan Williams’ favourite The Lark Ascending from Tamsin Waley-Cohen and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of a pastoral programme, including a world premiere by James B Wilson


Explore the immersive AV installation, Sound Voice (throughout the Festival): an immersive Ivors Award-winning experience made to explore the stories of people who have experienced significant voice change or loss, representing collaborations between professional musicians and personal portraits of individuals who have had to find a new voice


Hear unique electronic sets in a stunning setting: For the first time, the Festival hosts two unique electronic sets hosted in the Old Courthouse, a beautifully refurbished historic venue in the heart of the town, complete with judge’s chair, press gallery and jury box – Laura Cannell on recorder (8th July), and Rakhi Singh on violin (14th July)

Here’s the Festival What’s On page: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on