Music: Discovery at Cheltenham

Cheltenham, a cream-colored Georgian town at the foot of England's Cotswolds Hills, used to attract people mainly for its mineral waters and its fine public schools. But the war brought aircraft accessory industries to the town, and with the population change, town councilors began to look around for a new attraction. The idea of a music festival came up, and almost before anyone could sound a dissonant note, the deal was on. In 1945 the first ten-day festival was launched. Two years later Conductor Sir John Barbirolli adopted the event as his own. As he has done each year since. Sir...

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