The Cheltenham Music Festival has become one of the most popular UK summer festivals, previously boasting the highest calibre of international musicians, and this year is no exception. Percussionist and after dinner speaker Evelyn Glennie headlines at an event which promises to ignite the musical passions of South West England.
For over two decades, Evelyn Glennie has been the percussion world’s most distinguished ambassador. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion.
The music festival provided a tantalising glimpse into the future of classical music last year as pianist James Rhodes, famed for his prodigious talent and rock star attitude, performed a sell-out recital of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Following rapturous applause he opted for a Chopin prelude as his final encore. James didn’t have his sheet music to hand, so instead turned to his new tablet computer, found an app with the Chopin score, and played from this. To turn the page, all he had to do was tap the screen.
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