Cheltenham Music Society

Promotes a winter season of:

- varied chamber music with an emphasis on string quartets.

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

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. 

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


Members’ seats for the whole concert series are available via the membership secretary. Send Booking Form to Mr M. O’Connell, 49 Painswick Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 2EP

(Tel 01242 234791).


Tickets for individual Pump Room concerts are available through the Cheltenham Town Hall box office, Imperial Square, Tel 01242 227979,

or at the door.


Tickets for individual Contemporary Concerts are available only at the door. 

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Celebrating our 70th Anniversary

New Programme for 2018-19 Season - download colour brochure

(Marian Concert detailed program)

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Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 7.30 pm

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Parnassius Duo

Brahms - Selection from Hungarian Dances WoO 1

Schubert - Allegro in A minor D947 ‘Lebensstürme’

Nikolai Kapustin - Sinfonietta op.49 for four hands

Poulenc - Sonata for Piano Four Hands

Rachmaninov - Six morceaux op.11


Since meeting in 2003 at the Royal College of Music, Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi have had a thriving duo partnership.  Their concerts throughout the UK and in Europe and Japan have earned them a growing reputation.  Their engagements have included gala performances with principals from the English National Opera. 


“Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi…play with such love, panache,

and exact synchronisation.”

BBC Music Magazine


Tickets £20 & £15

Under 26  £5

Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 7.30 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Takács Quartet

Mozart - String Quartet no.21 in D major K575

Beethoven - String Quartet op.18 no.6 in B flat major

Brahms - String Quartet no.3 in B flat major op.677


We are delighted to welcome once again the Takács Quartet, our regular visitors since 1984.  One of the world’s great quartets, their concerts are a never-failing source of pleasure.


 “Anyone can play with wild abandon; few manage to make it sound pretty. The Takács Quartet is an exception. Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom.”

Financial Times


Tickets £30 & £25

Under 26 £5

Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 7.30 pm 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Nash Ensemble

Music for Flute, Harp and Viola

Ravel - Sonatine arranged by Skaila Kanga for flute, viola and harp

Mozart - String Duo in B flat K424 transcribed for flute and viola

Bax - Elegiac Trio for flute, viola and harp

Piazzolla - Selection from Histoire du Tango for flute and harp

Debussy - Sonata for flute, viola, and harp


We welcome another appearance by The Nash Ensemble, acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances.  The Ensemble has won many accolades including two Royal Philharmonic Society awards “for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music.”


“Is there a better-equipped, more polished, stylish, or characterful chamber music group than the Nash Ensemble anywhere on the planet?”

Herald Scotland

“The Nash players are British chamber music royalty.” 

The Sunday Times

Tickets £25 & £20

Under 26  £5


Thursday 18 January 2018 at 7.30 pm 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Carducci Quartet

Haydn - String Quartet op.76 no.4 in B flat major ‘Sunrise’

Bartók - String Quartet no.1 in A minor

Simon Rowland-Jones - World Premiere of Commission for the Music Society

Mendelssohn - String Quartet no.6 in F minor op.80


Regular performers in Cheltenham, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. Performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year, the quartet also run an annual festival in Highnam, Gloucester; and in 2014 they curated their first Carducci Festival in Castagneto-Carducci, the town from which they took their name.

“...the Carducci players displayed a deep and almost familial sense of unity in everything they played…

full of life and vitality... extravagantly beautiful...” 

The Washington Post


Tickets £25 & £20

Under 26  £5

Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7.30 pm


At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham


Busch Trio

Smetana - Piano Trio in G minor op.15

Bridge - Phantasie Trio in C minor

Schubert - Piano Trio no.1 in B flat major D898


This young piano trio has emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win a string of international prizes.  They delighted our audience in 2015, and we expect another stunning performance this year.

“…what impressed most was the group’s effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack. The threesome even seemed to be breathing in synch.”

The Times

Tickets £20 & £15

Under 26 £5


Thursday 22 March 2018 at 7.30 pm 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Joo Yeon Sir and

Irina Andrievsky

SchnittkeSuite in Old Style for violin and piano

SchumannSonata no.2 in D minor op.121

Bartók - Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano Sz. 87


Vladigerov - Bulgarian Rhapsody for Violin and Piano


A welcome return by this exciting duo, Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir and her regular partner Irina Andrievsky, who made such an impression when they played for us in 2016.  Joo Yeon Sir was winner of the prestigious The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2014 and the Royal College of Music's President's Award. 

“Exuberant... feline and seductive, rattling off the fiendish cadenza with bravura and oodles of personality.”

The Strad

Tickets £20 & £15

Under 26 £5





Wednesday 18 April 2018 

At Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Doric String Quartet

Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters op.28

Haydn - String Quartet in G major op.33 no.5

Beethoven - String Quartet no.13 in B flat major op.130


The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of the  leading British string quartets of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe.  They have won prizes at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany..

“Subtle yet responsive readings of Haydn, Bartók and Schubert show why this ensemble has been so durable.” 

Financial Times

Tickets £25 & £20

Under 26  £5