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CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP – CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET

May 22

The members of the Carducci String Quartet are passionate about music education and we are delighted that they are returning to provide a high-quality workshop for local primary school children. Event supported by the The Carducci Music Trust.

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CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET

May 22 @ 7:30 pm

Recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets, the internationally renowned Carducci String Quartet returns to the Festival to perform a concert of Haydn, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.  A concert not to be missed! ‘…high octane playing balancing control with devil-may-care spontaneity…’ The Guardian.

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WES FINCH AND THE RUDE MECHANICALS

May 22 @ 8:00 pm

Come and hear some Shakespeare sonnets and verse by Yeats, Larkin, Masefield and others, all set to music! Previous performances include the RSC’s The Other Place, and live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Tickets:  £7 

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COFFEE CONCERT – ISBOURNE SINGERS

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

*Free Event – No ticket needed* The Isbourne Singers, a ladies’ choir based in Winchcombe, is very pleased to be part of this year’s Festival. The choir, conducted by John Blenkinsopp and accompanied by Margaret Jarvis, is looking forward to seeing you at this joyful early Summer concert. The lyrical programme includes Bittersweet Bouquet, a collection of songs by Peter Teague.

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BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS

May 23 @ 6:15 pm

For this aperitif concert (to include a glass of Kir), Susy Firth invites us to take a walk on the dark side, through a shadowy world of lost souls, shattered dreams, guilty secrets and broken hearts. Her repertoire, however (Randy Newman, David Bowie, Noël Coward, Divine Comedy, Serge Gainsbourg…), sparkles with wit, glows with compassion and pierces the darkness with the lucidity of its portraits. Event supported by Wentwood House Dental Practice. Tickets:  £10 

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TEWKESBURY TOWN BAND

May 23 @ 7:30 pm

Apologies but this event has been cancelled.  Why not try either Fiddlers Two or Susy Firth’s Boulevard Of Broken Dreams which are also on tonight.

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FIDDLERS TWO

May 23 @ 8:00 pm

This Herefordshire-based folk fiddle band makes its first visit to the Festival to perform a wide range of fiddle tunes from around the world, from gentle airs and waltzes to riproaring foot-stompers! A great evening guaranteed! Tickets: £7  

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REALLY BEAUTIFUL COMPANY

May 24 @ 10:00 am

Carol Davies and friends sing and play the traditional music of Gloucestershire, and read from her new book Really Beautiful Company. Using research done for the ground-breaking National Lottery funded project ‘The Single Gloucester’ and associated website www.glostrad.com, this book examines the character of our Gloucestershire musical ancestors, touching on what we can learn about their social context. Opportunity to secure signed copies of Carolʼs just-published book. Tickets:  £5 

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SLÂINTE – sold out!

May 24 @ 8:00 pm

This local, five-piece band has performed its Celtic music across Europe and America. Enjoy an extraordinary variety of instruments – harp, penny whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, bodhran, bouzouki – accompanied by a range of harmonic voices. Experience fabulous musicianship and a sense of enjoyment that is totally infectious. Visit celtmusic.co.uk to watch some of their performances. Tickets:  £7 

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COFFEE CONCERT – MUSIC FOR PIANO

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

*Free Event – No ticket needed* Our 2017 coffee concert of piano music was received extremely well and it’s good to report that one of the performers, Jack Turner, can be with us again this year. He’s joined by Martin Mason, a diploma-level student of Cheltenham-based tutor Ailsa Howarth. Their combined programme includes music from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. Join us for this sparkling concert!

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MARCEL AND HANNAH

May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Marcel Zidani, internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, makes a welcome return to the Festival to give a recital of music old and new. He is joined by Hannah Brooks-Hughes, an exceptional young violinist who won the prestigious title of Gloucestershire Young Musician Of The Year in 2017. Event supported by British Bespoke Auctions Tickets:  £12; £6 for under 18s 

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#BLAME BEV – sold out!!

May 25 @ 8:00 pm

An evening of music to celebrate the launch of Falling into Feathers, the latest album from local group #Blame Bev. Guest local musicians will join Bev Harrell and Johnny ‘Fingers’ Holmes to perform songs from the album including ballads, rock and folk. Profits from the evening will go to Leukaemia Research. Tickets:  £10 

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COFFEE CONCERT – MUSIC IN THE AIR

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

*Free Event – No ticket needed* Eleana and Elodie Turner Hurd, accompanied by Simon Kemp, present a fine selection of music for flute and alto saxophone. Eleana’s repertoire includes music from Vivaldi to Poulenc, while Elodie will play some jazz/blues numbers. They’re joined by weekday performers Andrew Horton (who plays on Monday) and close-harmony group Patchwork (who sing on Tuesday).

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FESTIVAL BRUNCH – sold out!!

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Campus City Jazz Band returns by popular demand to play its infectious mix of trad jazz for your enjoyment in the pub garden while you enjoy a delicious brunch, courtesy of the Plaisterers’ Arms.

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THE STORY OF THE BLUES – sold out!!

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Steve Page (Americana band Open Secrets) and Ben Hewlett (National Harmonica League chair) take us from the origins of the Blues in Africa and Asia all the way through to 1950s Chicago via work songs, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and some Vaudeville, performing on guitar, banjo, harmonica and Jew’s harp.

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CHELTENHAM OPERATIC & DRAMATIC SOCIETY CHOIR (CODS)

May 26 @ 7:45 pm

The CODS Choir makes a welcome return to the Festival under the musical direction of Beverley Whitaker to perform musical numbers in two sets, ranging from popular classics and West End shows to well-known contemporary songs and more, accompanied by a professional, four-piece band.

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JAZZ IN THE GARDEN

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bring your picnics, rugs and garden chairs for this popular event and unwind to the sound of the Spa Notes. Order your picnic hamper from event sponsor Food Fanatics and have it delivered to the venue for you to pick up on arrival (email info@food-fanatics.co.uk. Tel 01242 604466). Event supported by Food Fanatics. Tickets £7: £2 under 18s

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THE SONGMEN

May 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Songmen have built a reputation as one of the finest and most versatile a cappella groups. Tonight they present a journey through the genres taking you from some of the finest renaissance polyphony, through contemporary sacred music to their trademark jazz and pop arrangements.

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THE ZEN HUSSIES

May 27 @ 8:00 pm

Six-piece energetic musical behemoth drawing on various influences including VintageRock andRoll,Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Pre-War Jazz, Mariachi Brass and Soulful Latino – all infused with a feisty Post-Punk attitude and a terribly English sensibility. ‘Born showmen with one eye on the absurd … creating a sea of beaming revellers on a dance-floor bursting at the seams’ – Venue Magazine See them here on YouTube. Tickets:  £14    

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