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  1. General Booking is Now Open for the 2015 Bath International Music Festival: Bringing the Best of Classical, Jazz, World and Folk to Bath.

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    General booking for the 2015 Bath International Music Festival is now open.

    The 2015 Bath International Bath Music Festival opens on 15 May with Party in the City and continues until Sir Willard White’s festival finale on Tuesday 26 May. We very much hope you will join us at the Festival in its 67th year, bringing the very best of Classical, Jazz, World and Folk to Bath. Celebrated names playing the Festival in Bath in May include Festival Artist in Residence Steven Osborne, his three concerts during the Festival have been picked by BBC Music Magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 UK Unmissable Events’; we also welcome jazz legend Hugh Masekela and many more. Here’s an overview of the exciting line-up. General Booking opens Tuesday 24 March.

    Classical Programme

    We are delighted to have attracted some of the world’s finest soloists and groups in 2015. Amongst them is Festival Artist in Residence one of the great pianists of his generation Steven Osborne; vocal legend Willard White and world famous organist Thomas Trotter. Prizewinning ensembles such as The Cremona Quartet, the Dunedin Consort, early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico and a very special gig at Cleveland Pools, the UK’s only surviving Georgian lido, from Red Note Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensemble– a do not miss.

    2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura Van Der Heijden performs with the European Union Chamber Orchestra; Schubert by Peter Manning and Renato Belsadonna, leading Harpsichord player and Bach authority John Butt, a series of exceptional lunchtime concerts and world class opera from Iford Arts.

    Jazz, World and Folk

    Creating an instant party, with the soaring horn echoing township jazz, hip-hop and funk, is South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela and his band. Other highlights of this stellar 2015 line-up include probably the best jazz band in New York The Hot Sardines. Orphy Robinson / Black Top; Jason Rebello and Gwilym Simcock, Gwyneth Herbert, Matthew Ship and Michael Bisio.

    Mike Westbrook performing Glad Day. Rising star of traditional English folksong Emily Portman in a new collaboration with Sam Sweeney from Bellowhead. The beautiful sounds of Welsh and Senegalese harps from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita; Alash masters of Tuvan throat singing from Siberia and a screening of the 1924 silent movie He Who Gets Slapped with live music from Will Gregory, co-founder of Goldfrapp and Tony Orrell.

    Also on offer a guaranteed party with the Tropical-Gypsy-Dance sounds of Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) and her band Molotov Jukebox.

    All that and a ‘bring your family’ event with House Gospel Choir at Komedia. House anthems and gospel made for dancing, as seen at Glastonbury.