WEDNESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 9 JULY 2016Cheltenham

The distinguished Cheltenham Music Festival plays host this year to two of the most extraordinary musicians in Britain today, the violinist Nicola Benedetti and percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Nicola Benedetti MBE born in 1987 Ayrshire to an Italian Father and Scottish mother began playing the violin at four and just four years later was chosen as the Leader of the National Childrens’ Orchestra. By the age of 16 she had achieved international standing as the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Also Scottish, Dame Evelyn Glennie, was born in 1967, the daughter of an accordionist in a Scottish country dance band. Deaf by the age of 12, she found an untrod path to becoming the most remarkable percussionist of her generation. Feeling the vibration through the floor and air rather than hearing, she plays with an impeccable sense of timing and evident joy.

We have reserved tickets for all three concerts by these amazing musicians playing a programme with the summery Elgar piece, ‘In The South’, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, one of the most lyrical in the repertoire, Rachmaninov’s 3rd Symphony, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, and Schubert and Brahms Piano Trios. We stay in the Regency Queens Hotel, a perfect base for wanderings and for private visits to the superb architectural heritage of this most-untouched of Regency towns. As ever our meals have been set in some of the best restaurants in Cheltenham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

COST £1155 members, £1295 non-member, single room supplement £190; deposit £250, final payment due Monday 23 May. This cost includes three nights accommodation with breakfasts, three lunches with wine, all concerts, all tuition and lectures, entry fees, private tours, all travel during the tour, all gratuities, VAT. This cost excludes travel to and from Moreton-in-Marsh.