Talent Development Partner 2017: Cheltenham Festivals
Cheltenham Festival Talent Development Programme
At Cheltenham Festivals of Jazz and Music 2017, audiences will be inspired by a diverse range of musical creators and their music, all underpinned by their ‘Talent Development Ladders’ which is being supported by the PRS Foundation.
Cheltenham Jazz (26th April – 1st May 2017) will have its mix of home-grown talent and up-and-coming new artists. A world premiere of a co-commissioned concerto for jazz trio Phronesis by composer Dave Maric, plus new music by artists such as Seb Rochford & Nicole Mitchell, Hans Koller and Elliot Galvin. The festivals are also expanding their Free Fringe Festival to 5 days, providing high profile performance opportunities for talented up and coming bands across Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Music (5th-16th July 2017) one strand focuses on the inclusion and promotion of BAME composers and performers. This represents a concerted effort to redress the diversity imbalance existing in classical music. They will welcome the Chineke! orchestra, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his pianist sister Isata, 17-year-old Cheltenham pianist Adam Heron and host a discussion about diversity in Classical Music curated by London Music Masters. The Hallé will appear under the direction of their Assistant Conductor, Jonathon Heyward, with baritone Roderick Williams. BAME composers will be celebrated with two significant commissions; a piano duet by Daniel Kidane and an orchestral work by James Wilson (TBC) for Chineke!
Additionally Cheltenham Festivals will host their 5th Composer Academy also supported by PRS Foundation. To date they have welcomed over 50 emerging composers for week-long programmes of intensive workshops, professional development seminars and attendance of concerts.