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The AHRC at the Cheltenham Music Festival 2015

Date: 17/03/2015

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is supporting three events at this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs from 30th June to 11th July. The events have been co-curated by Cheltenham Festivals and arts and humanities researchers that were selected through an open call last year. The call sought innovative, interactive public engagement event proposals that showcased the latest arts and humanities research.

Varieties of Viols 2nd July, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Pillar Room, Town Hall, £8

As with all things, in music-making it is important to have the right tools for the job. The University of Huddersfield’s John Bryan and the Rose Consort of Viols play three different sets of viols – the family of fretted, bowed instruments hugely popular in the renaissance and baroque periods – and explain how each set’s contrasting sonorities are particularly appropriate for different kinds of music.

The Rose Consort of Viols will play three different sets, he first based on a Bolognese painting by Lorenzo Costa of 1497, some Venetian viols after mid-16th century originals, and copies of Jacobean viols.

The 20th Century Harpsichord Revival, Monday 6th July, 2pm – 3.20pm

Pittville Pump Room, £5

Christopher D. Lewis / Laurie Stras HARPSICHORD

Kate Hawnt READER

In this lecture-recital, Christopher D. Lewis, Kate Hawnt and colleagues from the University of Southampton explore the surprising history of the harpsichord – including its 1930s European revival – and trace the different incarnations of this intriguing instrument. 

Craft Secrets of the 18th Century Musician, Saturday 11th July, 3.30pm – 5pm

Pillar Room, Town Hall, £5

Nicholas Baragwanath and Annika Forkert from the University of Nottingham explore the 18th-century musical techniques that would have been taught to the likes of Haydn, Bellini and Farinelli. In this interactive workshop, learn some tricks of the trade, some secrets of the schoolroom, and some surprising hidden meanings of famous melodies.

This event is also being run in an alternative format for children on the same day – Maestro's Music School from 2pm until 3pm, £5.

Further information and tickets for these events are available on the Cheltenham Music Festival website

Tickets are on sale to members of the Festival on Wednesday 25th March at 1pm, and to the public at 1pm on Wednesday 1st April. 

Notes to editors 

  • For further information from the AHRC, please contact Alex Pryce on 01793 41 6025 or a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
  • Cheltenham Festivals is the charitable organisation behind the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals. Through cutting edge and creative programming, Cheltenham’s four inspirational festivals have been at the forefront of the UK’s cultural scene since the inaugural Music Festival in 1945.


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