We're invoking the wild and the pastoral to open the 2023 Cheltenham Music Festival.

Celebrating the work of Ralph Vaughan Williams through the much-loved The Lark Ascending, the concert features a new work from James B Wilson (Last Night of the Proms composer 2022) responding to Vaughan Williams’s ideas and philosophies. Plus, enjoy Richard Rodney Bennett’s joyful Partita and a vivid performance of Beethoven’s lyrical sixth symphony.

About The CBSO at Cheltenham Music Festival

Full programme

  • James B Wilson, New Work (World Premiere, Cheltenham Music Festival Commission) 
  • Bennett, Partita 
  • Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending 
  • Beethoven, Symphony No.6 (Pastoral) 


  • Andrew Gourlay

  • Tamsin Waley-Cohen