Friday 20 May - Sunday 29 May 2016

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  1. 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

  2. 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