Martin James Bartlett and Isata Kanneh-Mason among those announced for the Cheltenham Music Festival 2022

09 March 2022
By Ellie Palmer
2022 will see audiences back to full capacity for the first time since 2019, with nine days of performances and events from 8-16 July.

Cheltenham Music Festival has announced its programme for this year's edition.

A number of pianists are set to perform, including Isata Kanneh-Mason who will be opening the festival with her brother, Sheku (cello). They will perform pieces by Benjamin Britten and composers he knew: Frank Bridge and Dmitri Shostakovich [8 July].

The following day the Gould Piano Trio, praised for their “musical fire”, will premiere a piece by Andrew Chen amongst a programme of Fauré, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns [9 July].

Martin James Bartlett will perform with the Mozart London Players on [13 July]. Their programme includes Mozart's Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major, two works from Benjamin Britten, and Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten.

Other pianists set to perform include Andrew West [9 July], Ingrid Filter [10 July], Kunal Lahiry [12 July], Tom Borrow [13 July], Charles Owen [14 July], Alexander Gadjiev [15 July] and Anna Tilbrook [16 July].

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Michael Duffy, Head of Programming at Cheltenham Music Festival, comments, “It’s fantastic to be able to fully welcome back audiences to Cheltenham following two years of disruption. As a newcomer to the Festival, I’m hugely indebted to Camilla King, my predecessor, for putting this year’s programme together. I hope that audiences will find a rich variety of the familiar and the new, from orchestral spectaculars in Cheltenham Town Hall to more unusual and intimate offerings, international artists and new talent, two new commissions examining the nature of relationships, dance, walks and talks.”

Full festival details can be found here.

Main image: © Cheltenham Music Festival.