Cheltenham Music Society

Promotes a winter season of:

- varied chamber music with an emphasis on string quartets.

- a few contempory concerts for those who want something a little different. Click below to see the programme.

This years AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 th June 2016 at Park House, Thirlestaine Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7AS.

Contemporary Concerts

The Venue

- Chamber Music concerts are are held in the Pittville Pump Room, visually and acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the country, with plenty of free parking, and a licensed bar. New - Cakes and biscuits will now be available on a trial basis.

- Contemporary Concerts will be given in the Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close School.

Ticket booking

Chamber Music Concerts at the Pump Room.

To purchase seats for the whole series, please apply to the Membership Secretary using the Series Ticket Application Form. This will give over 30% discount on ticket prices. Purchasers become members of the Society and from the 2016-17 series, in place of tickets, we are issuing a membership card for each seat purchased, showing seat number for the series. Please remember to bring membership cards for admission to the concerts.


For priority booking, please add a donation of at least £10 per person. The Society relies on members’ donations to maintain the quality of its programmes.

The priority booking period runs until 3 August and the non-priority booking period continues to 30 August after which series seats can no longer be purchased via the Membership Secretary.

Seat allocation starts on 4 July but membership cards for non-priority bookings will not be sent out until the end of the priority booking period.

Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased from 31 August 2016 at the Town Hall Box Office (tel: 01242 227979) or at the Pump Room ticket office on the day of the concert. Those buying tickets for four or more concerts at the same time get a 10% discount. Members can purchase up to two additional single tickets per concert at a discount of 50%


Contemporary Concerts at Prince Michael Hall

Members subscribing for the Chamber Music series at the Pump Room can buy tickets for both concerts for a total of £15 using the application form.

Individual tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at the door. Tickets for those under 26 are free.

Aged 8-25?

You can obtain FREE tickets, thanks to support from the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Just mention CAVATINA when booking. These must be purchased in person at the Town Hall box office or at the door.




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Other Concerts

The Holst Harp Comes Home - Saturday 12 November 2016 at 7:30pm. Featuring the harp which belonged to Gustav Holst’s grandfather.

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Tuesday 18 October at 7.30pm

1.Henschel Quartet

Mozart - Quartet in B flat major K589

Schulhoff - String Quartet No.1

Beethoven - Quartet in C sharp minor op.131


The Henschel Quartet has been contributing to the world of chamber music for over 20 years. As young players they won a series of international competitions, and they now have an international reputation. In recent years their renown has brought them many prestigious invitations, including The Royal Palace of Madrid and the Vatican.


“If you ever get the opportunity to hear the Henschel Quartet in recital take it. String quartet playing rarely gets any better than this” Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International.


Single ticket price: £23 and £18


BBC Radio 3 In Tune - You may also want to listen to the Henschel Quartett live on the radio

Monday, October 17, 2016

16:30  17:30

Thursday 17 November at 7.30pm

2. Van Kuijk quartet

Kurtág - 6 Moments Musicaux op.44

Ravel - Quartet in F major op.35

Beethoven - Quartet in E flat major op.127


Once again we welcome the quartet that won the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. ‘Style, energy, and a sense of risk ……. These four young Frenchmen made the music smile, and would have made Beethoven do the same’, noted the Observer after the Quatuor Van Kuijk emerged as winners in March 2015. This was the latest in a string of successes that mark the rapid rise of this group which formed only in 2012.


Single ticket price: £23 and £18

Wednesday 7 December at 7.30pm

3. Clare Hammond (piano)

Bach - Toccata in D minor, BWV 913

Beethoven - Sonata no. 8 in C minor op.13

Dutilleux - Au gré des ondes

Medtner - Sonata Romantica, op. 53

Boulanger - D'un Vieux Jardin and D'un Jardin Clair

Stravinsky - Petrushka Suite


Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances The Guardian described her as a “dazzling athlete” following her Barbican debut in 2015, while in 2014 she gave debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the ‘Chopin and his Europe Festival’ in Warsaw, world premieres of works by 10 composers, and three broadcasts for BBC Radio. Hammond’s latest disc release, ‘Etude’, has received unanimous critical praise for its “unfaltering bravura and conviction” (Gramophone). It was selected as Critic’s Choice by Classical Music Magazine and the BBC Music Magazine stated that “this array of wizardry is not for the faint hearted”. ‘Etude’, and Hammond’s previous disc of music by Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik, ‘Reflections’, have been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and ‘CD Review’, and on radio in Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the US and Canada


Single ticket price: £20 and £15

Wednesday 11 January at 7.30pm

4. Juliette Bausor (Flute) and

Alasdair Beatson (piano)

Fauré - Fantasie op.79

Reinecke - Sonata op.167 'Undine'

Widor - Suite op.34

J.S Bach - Sonata in E major BWV1035

Debussy - Syrinx

Franck - Sonata in A major


Juliette Bausor is principal flute with both Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, and frequently appears as guest principal flute with orchestras all over Britain.In 2014 Juliette was selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation as an ECHO ‘Rising Star’.


Pianist Alasdair Beatson is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician. Recent and forthcoming highlights include a sixth solo Wigmore Recital, performances of the complete Beethoven cello sonatas with Pieter Wispelwey, and collaborations with such artists as Adrian Brendel, Philippe Graffin, Erich Höbarth, the Nash Ensemble and the Doric String Quartet.


Single ticket price: £20 and £15


Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm

5. Trio Dali

Beethoven - Piano Trio in E flat major op.1 no.1

Smalley - Piano Trio

Mendelssohn - Piano Trio no.2 in C minor op.66


Born by strong ties of friendship and passion for chamber music repertoire, Trio Dali was formed in 2006 and has attracted international attention by winning major prizes in international competitions in Osaka (First Prize and Gold Medal), Frankfurt (First Prize), New York and Vienna. They currently hold a residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris, and were previously Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. Critics have compared them to the great Beaux Arts Trio.


“I hereby pronounce the Trio Dali’s performances of Schubert’s two great piano trios the most detailed, the most revealing, and the best I’ve ever heard—in a word, perfect. “ Fanfare magazine


Single ticket price: £23 and £18


Thursday 23 March at 7.30pm

6. Brodsky Quartet

Schubert - Quartettsatz in C minor D703

Webern - Six Bagatelles

Zemlinsky - String Quartet no.4 op.25

Beethoven - String Quartet in C major op.59 no.3


Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence.


“The Brodsky’s ability to communicate on so many levels - humanity and virtuosity are all part of the essential integrity of their approach” Rian Evans, The Guardian


Single ticket price: £25 and £20

Thursday 20 April at 7.30pm

7. Michael Petrov (cello) and

Alexander Ullman (piano)

Prokofiev - Cello Sonata in C op.119

Janáček - Pohádka (Fairy Tale)

Carter - Figment for Solo Cello (1994)

Chopin - Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65


Michael Petrov studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Louise Hopkins, winning the Gold Medal in 2014. He was selected by YCAT in 2013.


Alexander Ullman studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Leon Fleisher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Robert McDonald, and is currently at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev and Ian Jones. In 2011 he won 1st Prize at the Liszt Competition in Budapest and in 2014 was selected by YCAT.


Single ticket price: £20 and £15