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  1. Announcement #BathMusicFest 2016 Booking Now

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    BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY 20 MAY – SUNDAY 29 MAY 2016

    WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS PERFORM IN THE STUNNING AND UNUSUAL VENUES OF THE HISTORIC CITY OF BATH 
    Bath International Music Festival 2016 is delighted to announce a richly varied and exciting line-up of music combining a fine classical programme with the best in contemporary jazz, world and folk. Now in its 68th year, the festival is a mix of concerts and a wide range of free events, starting with Party in the City on the opening night. Recently appointed joint artistic directors James Waters and David Jones have delivered a programme which brings world class artists to the city of Bath.

    BOOKING NOW: Eleven Early Release Shows

    Saturday 21st May

    Sunday 22nd May

    • Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble, CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO, creates a wild spectacle full of energy, passion and dance at the Assembly Rooms.

    Monday 23rd May

    • World-renowned pianist RICHARD GOODE plays Schubert’s last three piano sonatas.

    Tuesday 24th May

    • Singer/songwriter TEDDY THOMPSON unveils his new country-influenced album Little Windows with KELLY JONES.

    Wednesday 25th May

    Thursday 26th May

    • TENEBRAE perform Bruckner and Brahms in Bath Abbey, conducted by Nigel Short.
    • Rising star, alternative country singer, LERA LYNN, from HBO’s True Detective, sings at Komedia.

    Friday 27th May:

    • The PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA performs at the Bath Festival for the first time in twenty years to perform Elgar and Sibelius, conducted by Edward Gardner.

    Saturday 28th May 

    • PIAF! THE SHOWAnne Carrere sings Edith Piaf at the Forum in Piaf’s centenary year.

    THE 2016 BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: FULL PROGRAMME BOOKING DATES

    Wednesday 16 March              Patrons
    Saturday 19 March                   Friends
    Thursday 24 March                 General Booking
    Bath Box Office                         01225 463362

    CLASSICAL PROGRAMME

    NAVARRA STRING QUARTET
    Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 11am
    The Navarra String Quartet open and close the classical programme of the festival. This concert features string quartets by Haydn, Peteris Vasks and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Sharp Minor Op 131, the backdrop to the film ‘A Late Quartet’.

    NICHOLAS MULROY + ALISDAIR HOGARTH Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise
    Saturday 21st May, St Swithins Church, 5pm & Sunday 22nd May, St Swithins Church, 4pm
    Two song recitals, performed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy and pianist Alisdair Hogarth, the first presenting Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and the second, perhaps one of the most intense of all song cycles, Winterreise.

    KENNETH HAMILTON: On Tour with Liszt: A Concert with Conversation
    Sunday 22nd May, Assembly Rooms, 11am
    Concert pianist and broadcaster Kenneth Hamilton takes us on tour with Franz Liszt in 1840s Britain, playing a selection of the pieces he would have played and describing the triumphs and tribulations of the tour across the country from London to Limerick, via Bath.

    ISABEL VILLANUEVA & CHARLES WIFFEN: viola and piano
    Monday 23rd May, Assembly Rooms, 1pm
    Spanish viola player, Isabel Villanueva, accompanied by pianist Charles Wiffen, performs the beautiful melodies and rich harmonies of Schubert, Prokofiev and Martinu. 

    RICHARD GOODE: piano recital *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Monday 23rd May, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm
    Listening to pianist Richard Goode play Schubert is an intensely spiritual experience, marking him as one of the greatest musicians of our time.  Here he performs Schubert’s last three piano sonatas. “….Goode’s keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity, made this an unforgettable performance” WASHINGTON POST

    PHILIP HIGHAM: Bach Cello Suites
    Tuesday 24th May, St Swithins Church, 1pm; Wednesday 25th May, Central United Reform Church, 1pm; Thursday 26th May, Old Theatre Royal, Masonic Hall, 1pm
    Young Scottish cellist, Philip Higham, plays three lunchtime performances covering all six of Bach’s cello suites. “the unpretentious depths and organic, naturalist flow to his playing are spellbinding” THE HERALD

    BATH CAMERATA: Rachmaninov’s Vespers
    Tuesday 24th May  St Mary’s Bathwick, 10pm
    Bath Camerata perform this most haunting and beautiful choral music: Rachmaninov’s Vespers ‘All Night Vigil’ in a late night concert in St Mary’s Bathwick, conducted by Benjamin Goodson.

    THE PRINCE CONSORT with JASON REBELLO
    Wednesday 25th May, Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30pm
    Specially created for Bath International Music festival, this concert is an exploration of voice and piano – Alisdair Hogarth and jazz pianist Jason Rebello join forces with Nicholas Mulroy and mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley to perform Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Brahms and Gershwin with improvised links between the songs created and performed by Jason Rebello.

    HECTOR SANDOVAL + BATH PHILHARMONIA: Opera Favourites – from Carmen to Nessun Dorma *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Wednesday 25th May, Forum, 7.30om
    Mexican tenor Hector Sandoval sings with Bath Philharmonia, conducted by Jason Thornton, in a programme that includes arias from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Bizet’s Carmen, Giordano’s Andrea Chenier and Puccini’s Turandot.

    TENEBRAE sings Bruckner and Brahms *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Thursday 26th May, Bath Abbey, 7.30pm
    Tenebrae perform Bruckner and Brahms in Bath Abbey, conducted by Nigel Short.  voluptuously beautiful” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE.

    SEAN SHIBE guitar recital
    Friday 27th May, St Swithins Church, 1pm
    Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, Sean Shibe is a remarkable talent for only 24.  He performs pieces by Dowland, Walton and Britten.   “the finest acoustic guitarist I have ever heard, Sean Shibe” THE HERALD

    PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Friday 27th May, Forum, 7.30pm
    The Philharmonia Orchestra returns to Bath International Music Festival to perform Elgar’s second symphony and Sibelius’s violin concerto, performed by Valeriy Sokolov. Conducted by Edward Gardner, the concert opens with Sibelius’s Finlandia.

    NAVARRA STRING QUARTET, PHILIP HIGHAM
    Saturday 28th May, Guildhall, 11am
    The closing concert of the classical programme, the Navarra String Quartet perform Ravel’s String Quartet and Schubert’s masterpiece of chamber music, his C major string quintet.   Cellist, Philip Higham, joins the quartet to conclude his residency.

    JAZZ, WORLD AND FOLK PROGRAMME  

    JAY RAYNER *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 3pm
    Jazz pianist, Masterchef judge, The Observer critic and One Show foodie Jay Rayner brings singer Pat Gordon Smith and a top flight band to play tunes by Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg. In the first half he relates stories about “My Restaurant Hell”. 

    BRANFORD MARSALIS: In My Solitude  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 21st May, Bath Abbey, 7.30pm
    One of the world’s great saxophonists, Branford Marsalis performs the UK premiere of In My Solitude, the title of his latest album, ranging from standards such as Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust to soaring improvisations. This is a solo performance for sacred spaces and is created differently for every place – in this case the beautiful Bath Abbey.

    KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 10pm
    Kansas Smitty’s House Band have become a major force in the London jazz scene, pursuing a genre-defying sound of their own that is an incendiary combination of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans marching band music and their own, wilder twist on gospel music. “London’s new Swing Princes” EVENING STANDARD

    CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Sunday 22nd May, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm
    Led by Ludovico Einaudi’s violinist, Mauro Durante, Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino create a wild spectacle, full of energy, passion and stunning dance. “an exhilarating reworking of the tarantella, the hypnotic percussive dance said to cure the bite of the tarantula” THE GUARDIAN.

    TEDDY THOMPSON with KELLY JONES + Sunny Ozell  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Tuesday 24th May, Komedia, 7.30pm
    Son of Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson has emerged as an outstanding singer/songwriter and here he plays from his excellent new country-infused album, Little Windows, with Texan singer Kelly Jones. one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation” NEW YORK TIMES.   Supported by Sunny Ozell.

    LERA LYNN  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Thursday 26th May, Komedia, 7.30pm
    If you’ve watched the HBO series True Detective you’ll have seen Lera Lynn singing in the Black Rose Bar.  Described as ‘noir alternative country’, she has a voice that is utterly compelling.  Isobel Holly, Bath’s 16 year old vocal sensation opens the show.

    RANJANA GHATAK and LIRAN DONIN – New Meetings
    Thursday 26th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
    Ranjana Ghatak grew up within classical Indian vocal music but has created a style of her own that relates to contemporary Britain. Here she has invited lyrical bass player Liran Donin from Led Bib to create new work commissioned in the New Meetings series for the festival.

    ALASDAIR ROBERTS and ANDY CUTTING – New Meetings
    Friday 27th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
    Another New Meetings collaboration, Scottish singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts has chosen to work for the first time with legendary melodeon player Andy Cutting, who is currently playing with Chris Wood, June Tabor and Martin Simpson.

    TWELFTH DAY and MAYA YOUSSEF – New Meetings
    Saturday 28th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
    Scottish duo Twelfth Day, featuring Esther Swift on harp and Catriona Price on fiddle and vocals collaborate with Syrian kanun player Maya Yousseff. The kanun is a beautiful, lyrical instrument that is part of the zither family.  A sublime climax to the New Meetings series.

    PIAF! THE SHOW – performed by ANNE CARRERE  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 28th May, Forum, 7.30pm
    This will be the first performance in England of Piaf! The Show, which has received ecstatic reviews across the world.  Anne Carrere is accompanied by piano, accordion, double bass and percussion in a show packed full of great songs, with a backdrop of film from post-war Paris and unseen photographs from the life of Piaf. “The best show ever made about the life of Edith Piaf” (Charles Dumont, composer of ‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’).

    The festival kicks off with PARTY IN THE CITY, a special opening night event on Friday 20th May with thousands of performers across the city’s venues, museums, churches and parks, bringing music to tens of thousands of people and placing the festival at the heart of the city. This event is free.

  2. Announcement #BathMusicFest 2016 Early Release Events on Sale & Programme Revealed

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    Eleven Events on Early Release & Full Programme Announcement

    BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY 20 MAY – SUNDAY 29 MAY 2016

    WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS PERFORM IN THE STUNNING AND UNUSUAL VENUES OF THE HISTORIC CITY OF BATH  

    Bath International Music Festival 2016 is delighted to announce a richly varied and exciting line-up of music combining a fine classical programme with the best in contemporary jazz, world and folk.

    Now in its 68th year, the festival is a mix of concerts and a wide range of free events, starting with Party in the City on the opening night.

    Recently appointed joint artistic directors James Waters and David Jones have delivered a programme which brings world class artists to the city of Bath.

    Booking Now: Eleven Early Release Shows (priority booking) on General sale from Friday 26th February

    • Sunday 22nd May: Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble, CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO, creates a wild spectacle full of energy, passion and dance at the Assembly Rooms.
    • Monday 23rd May: World-renowned pianist RICHARD GOODE plays Schubert’s last three piano sonatas.
    • Tuesday 24th May: singer/songwriter TEDDY THOMPSON unveils his new country-influenced album Little Windows with KELLY JONES.
    • Thursday 26th May: TENEBRAE perform Bruckner and Brahms in Bath Abbey, conducted by Nigel Short.
    • Thursday 26th May: Rising star, alternative country singer, LERA LYNN, from HBO’s True Detective, sings at Komedia.
    • Friday 27th May: the PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA performs at the Bath Festival for the first time in twenty years to perform Elgar and Sibelius, conducted by Edward Gardner.
    • Saturday 28th May: PIAF! THE SHOWAnne Carrere sings Edith Piaf at the Forum in Piaf’s centenary year.

    Early Release Events Booking Dates

    Monday 22 February              Patrons
    Wednesday 24 February        Friends
    Friday 26 February                 General Booking
    Bath Box Office                        01225 463362

    THE 2016 BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: FULL PROGRAMME (ON SALE FROM MID MARCH – DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED)

    CLASSICAL PROGRAMME

    NAVARRA STRING QUARTET
    Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 11am
    The Navarra String Quartet open and close the classical programme of the festival. This concert features string quartets by Haydn, Peteris Vasks and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Sharp Minor Op 131, the backdrop to the film ‘A Late Quartet’.

    NICHOLAS MULROY + ALISDAIR HOGARTH Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise
    Saturday 21st May, St Swithins Church, 5pm & Sunday 22nd May, St Swithins Church, 4pm
    Two song recitals, performed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy and pianist Alisdair Hogarth, the first presenting Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and the second, perhaps one of the most intense of all song cycles, Winterreise.

    KENNETH HAMILTON: On Tour with Liszt: A Concert with Conversation
    Sunday 22nd May, Assembly Rooms, 11am
    Concert pianist and broadcaster Kenneth Hamilton takes us on tour with Franz Liszt in 1840s Britain, playing a selection of the pieces he would have played and describing the triumphs and tribulations of the tour across the country from London to Limerick, via Bath.

    ISABEL VILLANUEVA & CHARLES WIFFEN: viola and piano
    Monday 23rd May, Assembly Rooms, 1pm
    Spanish viola player, Isabel Villanueva, accompanied by pianist Charles Wiffen, performs the beautiful melodies and rich harmonies of Schubert, Prokofiev and Martinu. 

    RICHARD GOODE: piano recital *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Monday 23rd May, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm
    Listening to pianist Richard Goode play Schubert is an intensely spiritual experience, marking him as one of the greatest musicians of our time.  Here he performs Schubert’s last three piano sonatas. “….Goode’s keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity, made this an unforgettable performance” WASHINGTON POST

    PHILIP HIGHAM: Bach Cello Suites
    Tuesday 24th May, St Swithins Church, 1pm; Wednesday 25th May, Central United Reform Church, 1pm; Thursday 26th May, Old Theatre Royal, Masonic Hall, 1pm
    Young Scottish cellist, Philip Higham, plays three lunchtime performances covering all six of Bach’s cello suites. “the unpretentious depths and organic, naturalist flow to his playing are spellbinding” THE HERALD

    BATH CAMERATA: Rachmaninov’s Vespers
    Tuesday 24th May  St Mary’s Bathwick, 10pm
    Bath Camerata perform this most haunting and beautiful choral music: Rachmaninov’s Vespers ‘All Night Vigil’ in a late night concert in St Mary’s Bathwick, conducted by Benjamin Goodson.

    THE PRINCE CONSORT with JASON REBELLO
    Wednesday 25th May, Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30pm
    Specially created for Bath International Music festival, this concert is an exploration of voice and piano – Alisdair Hogarth and jazz pianist Jason Rebello join forces with Nicholas Mulroy and mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley to perform Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Brahms and Gershwin with improvised links between the songs created and performed by Jason Rebello.

    HECTOR SANDOVAL + BATH PHILHARMONIA: Opera Favourites – from Carmen to Nessun Dorma *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Wednesday 25th May, Forum, 7.30om
    Mexican tenor Hector Sandoval sings with Bath Philharmonia, conducted by Jason Thornton, in a programme that includes arias from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Bizet’s Carmen, Giordano’s Andrea Chenier and Puccini’s Turandot.

    TENEBRAE sings Bruckner and Brahms *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Thursday 26th May, Bath Abbey, 7.30pm
    Tenebrae perform Bruckner and Brahms in Bath Abbey, conducted by Nigel Short.  voluptuously beautiful” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE.

    SEAN SHIBE guitar recital
    Friday 27th May, St Swithins Church, 1pm
    Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, Sean Shibe is a remarkable talent for only 24.  He performs pieces by Dowland, Walton and Britten.   “the finest acoustic guitarist I have ever heard, Sean Shibe” THE HERALD

    PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Friday 27th May, Forum, 7.30pm
    The Philharmonia Orchestra returns to Bath International Music Festival to perform Elgar’s second symphony and Sibelius’s violin concerto, performed by Valeriy Sokolov. Conducted by Edward Gardner, the concert opens with Sibelius’s Finlandia.

    NAVARRA STRING QUARTET, PHILIP HIGHAM
    Saturday 28th May, Guildhall, 11am
    The closing concert of the classical programme, the Navarra String Quartet perform Ravel’s String Quartet and Schubert’s masterpiece of chamber music, his C major string quintet.   Cellist, Philip Higham, joins the quartet to conclude his residency.

    JAZZ, WORLD AND FOLK PROGRAMME  

    JAY RAYNER *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 3pm
    Jazz pianist, Masterchef judge, The Observer critic and One Show foodie Jay Rayner brings singer Pat Gordon Smith and a top flight band to play tunes by Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg. In the first half he relates stories about “My Restaurant Hell”. 

    BRANFORD MARSALIS: In My Solitude  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 21st May, Bath Abbey, 7.30pm
    One of the world’s great saxophonists, Branford Marsalis performs the UK premiere of In My Solitude, the title of his latest album, ranging from standards such as Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust to soaring improvisations. This is a solo performance for sacred spaces and is created differently for every place – in this case the beautiful Bath Abbey.

    KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 10pm
    Kansas Smitty’s House Band have become a major force in the London jazz scene, pursuing a genre-defying sound of their own that is an incendiary combination of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans marching band music and their own, wilder twist on gospel music. “London’s new Swing Princes” EVENING STANDARD

    CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Sunday 22nd May, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm
    Led by Ludovico Einaudi’s violinist, Mauro Durante, Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino create a wild spectacle, full of energy, passion and stunning dance. “an exhilarating reworking of the tarantella, the hypnotic percussive dance said to cure the bite of the tarantula” THE GUARDIAN.

    TEDDY THOMPSON with KELLY JONES + Sunny Ozell  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Tuesday 24th May, Komedia, 7.30pm
    Son of Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson has emerged as an outstanding singer/songwriter and here he plays from his excellent new country-infused album, Little Windows, with Texan singer Kelly Jones. one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation” NEW YORK TIMES.   Supported by Sunny Ozell.

    LERA LYNN  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Thursday 26th May, Komedia, 7.30pm
    If you’ve watched the HBO series True Detective you’ll have seen Lera Lynn singing in the Black Rose Bar.  Described as ‘noir alternative country’, she has a voice that is utterly compelling.  Isobel Holly, Bath’s 16 year old vocal sensation opens the show.

    RANJANA GHATAK and LIRAN DONIN – New Meetings
    Thursday 26th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
    Ranjana Ghatak grew up within classical Indian vocal music but has created a style of her own that relates to contemporary Britain. Here she has invited lyrical bass player Liran Donin from Led Bib to create new work commissioned in the New Meetings series for the festival.

    ALASDAIR ROBERTS and ANDY CUTTING – New Meetings
    Friday 27th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
    Another New Meetings collaboration, Scottish singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts has chosen to work for the first time with legendary melodeon player Andy Cutting, who is currently playing with Chris Wood, June Tabor and Martin Simpson.

    TWELFTH DAY and MAYA YOUSSEF – New Meetings
    Saturday 28th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
    Scottish duo Twelfth Day, featuring Esther Swift on harp and Catriona Price on fiddle and vocals collaborate with Syrian kanun player Maya Yousseff. The kanun is a beautiful, lyrical instrument that is part of the zither family.  A sublime climax to the New Meetings series.

    PIAF! THE SHOW – performed by ANNE CARRERE  *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
    Saturday 28th May, Forum, 7.30pm
    This will be the first performance in England of Piaf! The Show, which has received ecstatic reviews across the world.  Anne Carrere is accompanied by piano, accordion, double bass and percussion in a show packed full of great songs, with a backdrop of film from post-war Paris and unseen photographs from the life of Piaf. “The best show ever made about the life of Edith Piaf” (Charles Dumont, composer of ‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’).

    The festival kicks off with PARTY IN THE CITY, a special opening night event on Friday 20th May with thousands of performers across the city’s venues, museums, churches and parks, bringing music to tens of thousands of people and placing the festival at the heart of the city. This event is free.

  3. Bath International Music Festival: Experience Glorious Music in Bath’s Extraordinary Settings. From Iconic Venues to Hidden Gems

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    Set in some of Bath’s most iconic buildings (the Abbey, the Forum, the Guildhall) and its hidden gems (Cleveland Pools, the Masonic Hall) the 2015 Festival celebrates the incredible talents of the musicians and the atmosphere of the extraordinary venues for which Bath is famed. Bath International Music Festival Friday 15 – Tuesday 26 May

    The Abbey: 20 May expect spiritual grandeur and an evening to treasure with Thomas Trotter, one of the world’s leading organists. A rare treat. 22 May Stile Antico present a truly irresistible programme of Renassiance choral masterpieces.

    Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall: The Late Night Series
    12 Orchard Street is an anonymous building on a quiet cobbled backstreet in this city of architectural gems but behind the door is a unique 265 year history during which it became the first Theatre Royal outside London. A glorious, intimate “must see” space. 16 May BBC Folk Musician of the Year Sam Sweeney premieres a new collaboration with Emily Portman 23 May jazz singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert 24 May daring free-jazz experiments with Orphy Robinson’s Black Top

    The Forum: This former art deco cinema plays host to Laura van der Heijden & the E.U.C.O on 21 May, South African activist & jazz legend Hugh Maskela on 25 May and opera star Willard White & Bath Philharmonia on 26 May (FREE to Under 18s)* see conditions below

    St Mary’s Bathwick: 23 May. A rare chance to see what has been described as perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz. Mike Westbrook – The Westbrook Blake combining thrilling jazz & William Blake’s mighty poetry with Glad Day & Bath Camerata. * Festival Artist in Residence Steven Osborne’s 2015 highlight. 24 May An extraordinary musical journey, as one of Messiaen‘s greatest living interpreters, Steven Osborne performs Messiaen Vingt Regards, virtuosic, extrovert, grand, intimate and heartbreakingly tender in this church with an exceptional heritage in music, lit for this special evening by candlelight.

    Cleveland Pools: The UK’s only surviving Georgian Lido
    24 May Red Note Ensemble, Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensemble return to Bath for this special concert at Bath’s much loved atmospheric disused lido, situated between the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal; the perfect chance to see the pools before its transformation begins.

    St Swithin’s Church
    Two fabulous opportunities to hear John Butt, one of the world’s leading authorities play Bach in Bath’s only surviving Georgian Church. Goldberg Variations on the 24 & Violin Concertos with the Dunedin Consort on 25 May

    Komedia:
    Film lovers 21 May Game of Thrones and Harry Potter actress Natalia Tena’s band Molotov Jukebox storm Komedia with a set guaranteed to make you dance. On 23 May as befits this Grade II listed art-deco cinema Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory will perform live musical accompaniment to a screening of a neglected MGM Lon Chaney masterpiece of the silent screen (if you liked Joan of Arc at Bath Abbey you’ll love this) and House anthems are given a gospel twist by House Gospel Choir on 25 May (House Gospel Choir FREE to under 18s) * see conditions below

    These are just some of our Festival highlights also appearing are The Hot Sardines, Cremona Quartet, Alash Ensemble, Iford Arts, Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Jason Rebello & Gwilym Simcock, Matthew Ship & Michael Bisio, Peter Manning & Renato Balsadonna, Georgian Pleasures at Newton Park and the Y.C.A.T exceptional young musicians in the lunchtime concert series at the Guildhall. Please see our full programme for full details of all the 2015 performances.

    *FREE to under 18 events. 1 paying adult is eligible for up to 2 free tickets for under 18s. These tickets are not available online. Please call the Bath Box Office on 01225 463 362 or in person and quote FAMILY FORUM

    We look forward to seeing you there

  4. The Hot Sardines “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today” Add Extra Performance at #bathmusicfest 2015

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    We are delighted to announce The Hot Sardines will play a second gig at Bath Guildhall on Saturday 16 May, due to popular demand. The first performance has now sold out but tickets to the second gig starting at 10pm have just been released on line. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    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 is now open.

    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 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.

    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.