About the Festival
The Bath International Music Festival has an illustrious artistic history and has long been a well-established event of national significance and international reputation, presenting a dynamic mix of world-class performers. The Festival takes place annually in late May/early June, and showcases a rich range of high quality events featuring orchestral and classical virtuosos, jazz giants, folk, roots and world musicians, innovative collaborations and unique commissions.
Bath International Music Festival was established in 1948, and at different times has been led by Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Tippett, William Glock and Joanna MacGregor.
The Bath International Music Festival stands out nationally for the diversity of the programming, the thoughtfulness with which collaborations are created, and the intelligent exploration of contemporary social issues though music.
Audiences are stretched and stimulated, given the opportunity to make new discoveries, and to learn. Artists stretch their creative practice by working in new ways, collaborating with musicians from other genres and other parts of the world, playing in unusual and historic settings, and working with other sectors, including health, housing and social care.
The musicians featured range from international stars such as Willard White and Ute Lemper, to emerging younger talent, to students from a wide range of conservatoires, universities and colleges, to local musicians, both professional and amateur. Almost 2000 local performers take part in the Party in the City on the opening Friday evening. The whole city hosts events and many thousands attend.Go back