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Cheltenham Music Festival 2014

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 20. Jun, 2014

Jan Garbarek, Trio Medieval and Arve Henriksen set to perform at the UK’s Cheltenham Music Festival next month.

The Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs from 2-13 July, is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music. This year’s festival include two Norwegian acts; saxophonist Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble and vocal ensemble Trio Medieval accompanied by Arve Henriksen’s on trumpet.

From symphonic grandeur to the intimacy of chamber music, and from sublime choral experiences to brand new musical adventures – The Cheltenham Music Festival offers a broad spectrum of expressions. With its excursions, too, into world music, film, dance, the visual arts and the spoken word, it’s a musically-centred cultural banquet that has few equals in the UK.

Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble

20 years ago, Norwegian jazz saxophone legend Jan Garbarek collaborated for the first time with the four solo voices of The Hilliard Ensemble, creating one of the most distinctive and acclaimed ‘crossover’ projects. With the Hilliards retiring later in 2014, this performance in the resonant and lofty spaces of Gloucester Cathedral will be one of the last ever. A very special occasion.

Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble will be performing personal favourites from their stunning collaborative albumsOfficium, Mnemosyne, and Officium Novum.

A cross-cultural combination that produces some of the most beautiful acoustic music ever made
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Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble
Gloucester Cathedral
11 July 7pm

Trio Mediæval and Arve Henriksen

Trio Mediæval made a great impression when they performed in the 2008 Cheltenham Music Festival. Now they are back, this time with trumpeter/singer Arve Henriksen in a unique musical meeting where medieval, contemporary and improvised elements beautifully merge. 800 year old music from Italy and England is performed alongside Norwegian-Swedish folk songs, a couple of newly commissioned pieces and Henriksen’s remarkable, atmospheric improvisation.

Trio Mediæval and Arve Henriksen
Cheltenham College Chapel
13 July 11am