For three days, families can enjoy free concerts and pop-up performances in July at Imperial Square in Cheltenham, England, in celebration of the 75th Cheltenham Music Festival opening.
The first weekend, which takes place July 5-7, will feature soul, jazz, indie, folk and gospel music performed by up-and-coming artists as well as award-winning bands. The 27 free shows include music influenced by Brazil, Uganda, the Middle East among other countries and cultures.
The opening night concert, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, will be live broadcasted across the U.K. from Cheltenham Town Hall.
In addition, a few lucky ticket holders will get the chance to attend a series of chamber music concerts that will take place inside private residence townhouses in Schumann Square celebrating the 200th anniversary of composer Clara Schumann.
Besides music, families can take part in activities such as instrument making, circus performances and face painting. Food and drink will also be available and provided by Cotswolds Distillery, Dunkertons Cider and Nyetimber.
Since its inception, the festival has been known for championing new music. This year’s festival, which takes place July 5-14, will feature more than 20 world premieres.
The Cheltenham Music Festival is a part of the charity Cheltenham Festivals, which aims to bring arts and sciences to audiences and support emerging talent. The opening weekend was organized in partnership with UK classical music brand Classic FM and Cheltenham BID (Business Improvement District).
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— Kristine Liao