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Music Festival Staff Picks – Owen
April 23, 2014

Bath International Music Festival Top Pick from Owen McNeir, Development and Marketing Director: Shapes of Sleep When someone asks me ‘If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?’ my mind wanders off to secluded African beaches I have yet to visit, across the terraces of Sri Lankan tea plantations, down sun drenched […]

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Music Festival Staff Picks – Ali
April 16, 2014

Bath International Music Festival Top Pick from Ali Sully, Sales and Administration Manager: Stacey Kent It’s been 10 years since Stacey Kent last wowed  Bath International Music Festival audiences with a stunning set in Bath Pavilion, and she’s grown even stronger as a performer in the ensuing years.  I’ve not yet heard her new Brazilian […]

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Music Festival Staff Picks – Lou
April 9, 2014

Bath International Music Festival Top Pick from Lou Betts, Learning and Participation Manager: Harlem Quartet After the energetic start to the Festival that is our annual schools commission, with 150 school children taking to the stage on Friday 16 May in the Forum, I shall be looking forward to the Harlem Quartet, performing in the […]

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Music Festival Staff Picks – Rosie
April 3, 2014

Bath International Music Festival Top Pick from Rosie Fearon, Senior Development Officer: In Flanders Fields I’m really looking forward to In Flanders Fields. The balance of the evening between literature and music is an intriguing one (particularly from the perspective of an English Literature graduate) and I think it will prove a highlight of my […]

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Music Festival Staff Picks – Clare
March 26, 2014

Bath International Music Festival Top Pick from Clare Diacono, Development Manager: Gabriella Dall’Olio Having been captivated by Gabriella Dall’Olio’s Ravel at the Music Festival last year, I am thrilled she is coming back again this year – this time for a solo recital. It isn’t often you get to hear the harp on its own […]

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Guest Blog: Festival Round-Up
March 20, 2014

The Independent article by Alice Jones gives an excellent account of the abundant and diverse intellectual feast that was organized and presented by the Festival staff and Viv Groskop, this year’s new Artistic Director. To supplement I thought I’d give you a few of my own “take-aways” that I am still mulling and savouring this […]

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Music Festival Staff Picks – Bethany
March 18, 2014

Bath International Music Festival Top Pick from Bethany Alexander, Music Festival Producer: Martynas Levickis I’ve been working with Martynas for a few years and his artistry and musicality never cease to amaze me. His solo performances completely absorb the audience and his festival appearance will be truly spectacular, set late at night in Bath’s atmospheric […]

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Joanna Trollope: Bliss is… Jane Austen

  This year, The Independent Bath Literature Festival premiered the Bliss Lectures, a new headline strand that featured writers and thinkers talking about the one thing in life they are most passionate about. The lectures each lasted exactly 18 minutes and were followed by conversation and a Q&A session. On the second weekend of the […]

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Guest Blog: The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
March 11, 2014

  In the Salon at the Guildhall on Saturday afternoon as the sun shines for the first time this year, the long list for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014, under the auspices of Booktrust, is under discussion. Facts first: the prize was launched in 1990.  It had a five-year hiatus from 1995 to 2000, […]

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Picture of the Day: Sunday 8 March
March 9, 2014

  It was a full-house in the Guildhall yesterday for the fabulous Austentatious. Here they are collecting potential titles for the ‘lost’ Jane Austen work they were about to improvise. The result, Badminton Sparks, offered love, intrigue, suspense, feral children and some unorthodox rules for badminton.

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