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Tetbury Music Festival is fast approaching!

Supported by its Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, the Tetbury Music Festival is just a few weeks away.

The festival, which runs from September 24 to October 2, is a local highlight as well as for those travelling from overseas to hear internationally acclaimed musicians in a beautiful setting.

Concerts range from early to classical to contemporary music, with lectures and interviews to share insight, understanding and new ways of appreciating the context in which these fine works were written.

The 2022 festival includes performances from one of the world's finest clarinettists Julian Bliss, alongside pianist Charles Owen, and the innovative saxophonist Manu Brazo with pianist Prajna Indrawati.

Performing a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Mendelessohn will be the first period instrument quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the talented young Consone String Quartet.

Leading Italian ensemble La Fonte Musica makes a much anticipated return to the UK, offering a programme of music by Guillame Dufay under the direction of Michele Pasotti. This performance marks a rare opportunity to enjoy a live UK performance from this world-class ensemble.

Closing the festival will be The Orchestra of St John's conducted by John Lubbock, with a programme of Elgar, Mozart, Walton and Haydn.

In addition to the concert series, Tetbury Music Festival offers a selection of insightful lectures to guide the listener through each evening performance.

This year, Tetbury welcomes esteemed author Sarah Dunant for a lecture on the rebirth of creativity in Renaissance Italy, which precedes La Fonte Musica's exploration of Dufay in Italy.

Later in the festival, Professor Natasha Loges explores the world of clarinet chamber music before Julian Bliss explores some of this stunning repertoire, and Brian David examines the relationships between Elgar, Mozart, Walton and Haydn, after which The Orchestra of St John's perform some of these composers' works.

Tetbury Music Festival was founded in 2003 by Graham Kean, the director of music at St Mary's Church and Elise Smith OBE, a life-long supporter and patron of the Arts.

Acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis was the first Artistic Director; conductor and cellist Jonathan Cohen has been artistic director since 2013.

The festival is run by a volunteer board of music lovers and festival supporters with a wide range of skills from marketing to finance to design.

The majority of concerts take place in the beautiful parish church of St Mary's although the festival includes other venues from time to time.

An exceptionally fine example of early Georgian Gothic architecture, the Church has an acoustic to match which attracts musicians and audience alike. Several concerts have been recorded over the years for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, who collaborated with the festival with a Spring series for recording and broadcast in 2019.

Over the years, the festival has welcomed some of the finest classical musicians to the heart of the Cotswolds. Previous performers include Felicity Lott, Thomas Allen, Ben Grosvenor, Pavel Kolesnikov, Angela Hewitt, Radu Lupu, Mark Padmore, The Sixteen, Sarah Connolly and Rachel Podger.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.tetburymusicfestival.org 

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