The festival is scheduled to run from 16 July to 4 September 2021

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The 65th Gstaad Menuhin Festival is slated to go ahead from 16 July to 4 September 2021 in Gstaad, Switzerland, with many string performances on the programme.

Amongst the offerings is music by Elgar, including the Cello Concerto, performed by cellist Sol Gabetta, with Jaap van Zweden conducting the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. 

Elsewhere, violinist Daniel Hope gives a concert of Elgar’s Violin Sonata and Piano Quintet amongst friends for the opening night in the Saanen Church. Hope will return with two more offerings of English music, joining a-cappella ensemble VOCES8 to share instrumental and vocal music spanning 500 years; and elsewhere performing alongside baritone Thomas Hampson in a night of English folk songs.


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The violinist Isabelle Faust will perform in an evening of Mendelssohn and Schubert, and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja perform a programme encompassing the works of Brahms, Schubert and Janáček alongside pianist Fazil Say.

The festival has put a protection plan in place to protect the health of its audiences. There will be contact tracing at all the concerts; guaranteed reduced seating capacities; and flexibility of ticket return. More information on the precautionary measures can be found here here.