Bath International Music Festival: Experience Glorious Music in Bath’s Extraordinary Settings. From Iconic Venues to Hidden GemsLeave a Comment
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
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