Friday 20 May - Sunday 29 May 2016

Tag Archive: live music

  1. Highlights from the 2015 Bath International Music Festival Classical Programme in May as the musicians prepare

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    Glorious Classical Music in Iconic Bath Surroundings

    Bath is lucky enough to welcome a host of newly emerging and well established musicians in May as part of the Bath International Music Festival. Come and be inspired for 12 glorious, music-soaked days by the very best musicians as they perform in venues across Bath.

    Steven Osborne Festival Artist in Residence: 16, 17 & 24 May

    Steven Osborne’s standing as one of the great pianists of his generation was publically affirmed in 2013 with two major awards: The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and his second Gramophone Award, this time in the Instrumental category for his recording of Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition and solo works by Prokofiev.

    Sat 16 May 11am-1pm, Guildhall sees Steven launch the classical programme with a performance of Russian virtuoso fireworks including Mussorgsky. Book Now

    Sunday 17 May 11am-1pm Guildhall. Steven is joined by two fabulous chamber music partners, Jean Johnson on clarinet and Philip Higham on cello for a wonderful Brahms programme Book Now

    Sunday 24 May 7-9.15pm St Mary’s Bathwick An extraordinary musical journey, Messiaen’s great piano meditation on the baby Jesus is by turns virtuosic, extrovert, grand, intimate and heartbreakingly tender. Any performance of this emotionally overwhelming work is a special occasion, and Steven Osborne is famed world-wide as one of Messiaen’s greatest living interpreters. Book Now

    Wednesday 20 May, 7-9pm, Bath Abbey

    Thomas Trotter: What better place to enjoy world famous organist Thomas Trotter’s programme of Bach, Dupre, Messiaen and Saint-Saens than the beautiful Bath Abbey.

    As a soloist, he has performed with, amongst many others, conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Charles Mackerras. He is regularly asked to perform on major historical instruments such as those at St Ouen in Rouen, St Bavo’s in Haarlem (Netherlands), Weingarten Abbey in Germany and Woolsey Hall of Yale University. He regularly appears in the festivals at Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh and in London’s BBC Proms and performs with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic, and in the USA with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious award for Best Instrumentalist, the first organist to receive this accolade.

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    Thursday 21 May 7.30 – 9.30pm The Forum

    Laura van der Heijden and the European Union Chamber Orchestra

    Cellist Laura van der Heijden made headlines when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012, aged just 15.

    Highlights of the 2014/15 season include her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and with Sinfonia Cymru in Shostakvich’s Cello Concerto, performances of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of World War I anniversary concerts, as well as concerts with the London Mozart Players and the European Union Chamber Orchestra and a recent TV appearance at the BAFTAS.

    Still only 17 and studying for her A levels, for her Bath International Music Festival performance she will perform Hayden’s wonderful C major cello concerto as well as much loved works by Mozart and Elgar together with Respighi’s wonderfully evocative Ancient Airs and Dancesbe accompanied by the wonderful European Union Chamber Orchestra. Formed in 1981, the EUCO draws its members from Europe’s best young professionals. The Orchestra regularly plays alongside professional symphony orchestras in music festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw’s Robeco Summer Concert Series. In addition to performing in major cities, concert halls and festivals in Europe, the EUYO’s concert schedule has taken them to China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, North and South America, Russia, Kazakhstan and Korea as Ambassadors of Goodwill.

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    Sir Willard White and Bath Philharmonia: Tuesday 26th May, 7.30-9.30pm The Forum

    Providing a truly rousing and memorable close to the Festival this year sees Sir Willard White return to Bath with Bath Philharmonia showcasing Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess and Dvorak’s New World Symphony alongside Gweneth Ann Jeffers and Bath Camerata. One of the best-loved and most versatile opera stars of the last 40 years, Sir Willard White’s illustrious career has taken him to the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre.

    Bath Philharmonia is one of the leading professional orchestras in the South West. Its players are some of the finest and most experienced orchestral musicians in Britain and led by Music Director Jason Thornton. The orchestra is renowned for its musical virtuosity as well as versatile and creative approach to programming.

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    To see the full 2015 classical Festival programme including John Butt, the lunchtime classical concerts, Peter Manning and Renato Balsadonna, Cremona Quartet, Stile Antico and a wide reaching jazz, world, folk and popular programme click here

  2. Hot off the Press: Party in the City full events listings for the biggest free show in Bath now available on-line

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    PARTY IN THE CITY FULL EVENTS LISTINGS AVAILABLE TO VIEW: ON-LINE BROCHURE

    Bath International Music Festival kicks off this year’s festival on Friday 15 May with the city wide celebration, Party in the City, spreading over 43 venues, with more than 150 exciting bands, singers and performers. We’ve also joined up again with the national initiative Museums at Night, with museums here in Bath and across the country flinging open their doors for late night explorations.

    This year Party in the City continues throughout the Festival, with free music on the bandstand in Parade Gardens on the first weekend, 16/17 May, and again on Sunday 24 May, with a free Family Music Day including more free music from local bands, plus more delights during the week.   The fun does not stop, with the 12 day Bath International Music Festival running from 15 – 26 May.

    PARTY IN THE CITY HIGHLIGHTS (OR VIEW THE FULL EVENTS LISTINGS HERE)

    Street Performance: as well as everything going on at Party in the City venues don’t miss all the spectacular street performances. Samba bands, DJ Disco Turtles and more.

    Highlight Tours: (Free)  The ‘delightfully absurd’ Natural Theatre Company guide you through the musical streets of Bath.

    *Headline Act* Bite The Buffalo:  B.T.B have played the UK’s best venues, supported Robert Plant and bring you their version of Stomp, Rock Blues. 9.15-10pm Parade Gardens

    Bath Community Gospel Choir: Young Carers South West and Bath Philharmonia 9.15-10pm Bath Abbey

    Sing & Samba: A world premiere collaboration of choirs – come along and join the biggest sing-a-long of the night. 6.45-7.15pm The Circus

    Bristol A Cappella: Vocal harmonies re-creating well-known pop songs. 9.30-10.15pm Colonna & Hunter

    Kilter’s Unsung Choir: Young people’s lyrics about unsung aspects of their lives. Performed by professional choirs. 7-7.30pm Holburne Museum

    The Gas Giants: A rare appearance by Will Gregory & Tony Orrell to launch ART & WORK 8-9pm Museum of Bath at Work

    Bohemian Embassy: They’ve played some of the UK and Europe’s best venues – with a great live set! 10-11pm The Pig and Fiddle

    Maria Muller: International Mezzo-Soprano accompanied by Russian pianist Sergey Rybin 8.50-9.30pm Ralph Allen Cornerstone

    Turbo Disco Turtle: An 8 metre long, 3 metre wide, glow-in-the-dark disco Turtle! Bring bubbles to blow 9pm Stall Street Finale

    Noctis: Award winning chamber choir performing traditional choral music, contemporary, film scores and jazz standards. 9.30-10pm St Michael’s Church

    The Bath Welcome Choir: Popular harmonies and chart songs. 7.30-7.50pm St. Swithins Church

    The Full 2015 Party in the City line-up will be available soon in the P.I.T.C brochure look out for announcements!