The Cheltenham Music Festival 2018 kicked off with a bang with hundreds flocking to the initial events last weekend. It may feel like you've left it too late to grab tickets, but worry not - there are still some tickets left across the programme, just waiting to be snapped up...

Dame Sarah Connolly: Wednesday 4 July

As if Dame Sarah Connolly wasn't a big enough draw, this recital promises an almost identical playlist to the sold-out show at The Proms later this year. Grab tickets for this outstanding mezzo soprano...

Maxim Vengerov: Thursday 5 July

Celebrated as one of the most acclaimed violinists of all time, Maxim Vengerov’s richly burnished tone and gilt-edged virtuosity will be on ample display in this very special performance in Cheltenham Town Hall. He is joined by The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s ever-popular String Octet. Buy tickets...

The Strings of BBC NOW: Saturday 7 July

A world premiere by Richard Blackford, Martyn Brabbins condusts the strings of BBC NOW. Snap up tickets...

Thrones, swords & fantasy: Saturday 7 July

Featuring music from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Halo, Skyrimand Pokémon.

Conjuring up Middle Earth or the Seven Kingdoms, interstellar war or ancient Rome, film and game music has the power to whisk us away to other worlds. In this special celebration, composer, arranger and conductor Robin A. Smith (Musical Director 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony; RPO Elvis Symphonic Albums) brings together the most beloved and recognisable soundtracks from blockbusters, TV favourites and best-selling games for a thrilling live concert experience with symphonic orchestra, choir and solo musicians. Buy tickets...

Sir Andras Schiff: Sunday 8 July

‘Comic, naughty, astounding, daring’ – this is how Grammy Award-winning pianist András Schiff has described Haydn’s music. One of the world’s most revered keyboard players is joined in this all-Haydn programme by perhaps the most celebrated of ‘period instrument’ ensembles, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Get tickets...

Family Concert with BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Sunday 8 July

Our first ever family concert with a professional symphony orchestra offers an introduction to the instruments and orchestral sections through popular classics including music from BBC Ten Pieces and our very own Musicate** Playlist. Performed by the wonderful BBC National Orchestra of Wales and presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson from Marrying Mum and Dad, this event will offer plenty of audience participation as well as the chance to take part in a live vote – choose between music from Pirates of the Caribbean and The Simpsons! An unmissable treat for all the family. Get tickets...

The Choir of King's College Cambridge: Wednesday 11 July

Our celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth continues with renowned custodians of the great English choral tradition, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury in one of his final performances following a thirty-five year tenure at their helm. A sumptuous programme of psalm settings by composers close to the heart of the Festival alternates between reflection and celebration, with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms described by the composer as ‘my youngest child, old-fashioned and sweet’, climaxing in the chapel-filling thunder of Parry’s I was glad. Get tickets...

Candide: Thursday 12 July

This summer, we bring English country-house opera to the Town Hall’s Pillar Room for one night only! The internationally renowned companies of Iford Arts and Opera della Luna use intimate and unique performance spaces to create magical and captivating opera, staged in-the-round, with the best of young British musical talent. Get tickets...

Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre: Friday 13 July

Catch the full company of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow with their nearly 100-strong orchestra and massed chorus and soloists, in their only UK concert performance of 2018. Buy tickets...

Berkeley Ensemble: Saturday 14 July

A welcome return for the Berkeley Ensemble, named for father and son Lennox and Michael Berkeley, the latter a previous Festival Artistic Director whose music closes the programme. They are joined by radiant mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley (featured as a ‘Rising Star’ in BBC Music Magazine and prize winner of the London Handel Singing Competition) for a stunning programme of chamber works by Debussy and Ravel, which paint canvases of intimate seduction. Kenneth Hesketh invites us into the woods of a darker sound-world with his setting of a Brothers Grimm tale, shortly followed by world premieres of Hesketh’s Debussy arrangements (a Cheltenham Music Festival commission). Get tickets...

Berlioz: Grande messe des morts: Saturday 14 July

The enormous forces of Berlioz’s Grande messe des morts – including extended orchestra, four off-stage brass ensembles, ten pairs of timpani and a massed choir – make hearing it a rare and unforgettable experience. Add the exceptional acoustic of Gloucester Cathedral and one of the country’s finest choral directors, Adrian Partington, and it becomes unmissable. Berlioz’s thrilling masterpiece alternates from thundering drama to hushed intimacy. Buy tickets...

Chineke! Chamber Orchestra: Sunday 15 July

2017 saw their thrilling debuts at Cheltenham Music Festival and the BBC Proms, and this summer Chineke! returns in chamber ensemble formation with a focus on later classical repertoire. An organisation dedicated to providing career opportunities to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical performers, Chineke! also gives space to composers whose time in the spotlight is long overdue. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet stands shoulder to shoulder with Schubert’s ever popular Octet, either side of an arrangement of Richard Strauss’ rousing tone poem Till Eulenspiegel. Get tickets...

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