Say hello to our media partner Scala Radio

The Bath Festival is working with national Scala Radio in an exciting partnership to reach a wider audience.

Tune in to Scala this week and listen out for a competition to win tickets to The Bath Festival or get your hands on a bespoke book bundle. To enter, please click here. Competition closes midday on Saturday 10 April 2021.

Scala Radio is a fresh new radio station which breaks the mould of classical music in the UK. In addition to familiar masters from Mozart and Holst, Scala listeners also enjoy contemporary works including film, TV and video game scores, musicals and classical arrangements of pop and rock songs. So, you might catch instrumental re-workings of pop and rock songs by acts including Justin Timberlake, Led Zeppelin.

It’s simple to listen to Scala Radio: you can listen to Scala Radio on your digital radio, on your smart speaker or by downloading the free Scala Radio app. Here’s a useful link which tells you how to listen.

The Bath Festival is delighted to announce that Scala Radio is supporting three of this year’s events in May. These are:

House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons
Seven brothers and sisters, all bursting with musical talent, how do you cope?

Kadiatu Kannah-Mason, head of the most musical family in Britain, talks to Caroline Sanderson about the emotional and financial costs of raising her family in a Britain divided by class and race. The memoir looks at how these seven siblings, educated at a state comprehensive school in Nottingham, have won their places on the world’s classical music stage. A mother’s portrait of a remarkable family, this is a story of determination, camaraderie and incredible sacrifice.

Joining her on stage, for some beautiful musical interludes, will be two of her children, violinist Braimah and pianist Konya Kanneh-Mason. FIND OUT MORE

The Comfort and Joy of Books
Join Kate Mosse (The City of Tears), award-winning author and founder director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Neema Shah (Kololo Hill), shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the winner of First Novel Award as they explore the remarkable power books have to inspire, comfort and delight, with journalist and bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink (Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books).

These three writers will discuss their own work as well as explore how reading can change the course of our lives. This event will be packed full of recommendations to add to your reading list. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help. FIND OUT MORE

Stuart Turton: The Devil and the Dark Water
The Sunday Times bestselling author Stuart Turton talks to Natasha Pulley about his new novel, The Devil and the Dark Water.

A mind-blowing murder mystery set in 1634, where Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be tried for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. This book is inventive and beguiling, with heroes, villains, twists and turns. Following on from the success of his debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle which won the Costa First Novel Award.

There’s a show for all moods, whether it’s easing us gently into the day with In the Park from 5am, bringing us a soothing mix of peaceful music and birdsong, to composer Alex Ffrench encouraging us to extend our musical repertoire as he offers up a hand-picked eclectic mix of the interesting and the unexpected. Scala’s big name presenters include Charles Nove, Angellica Bell and Simon Mayo. Respected film critic Mark Kermode presents a weekly movie round-up and former GMTV presenter Penny Smith’s afternoon show is a lively drive-time session filled with music, guest interviews and lifestyle chat. Tune in at 3 on a Saturday to hear Jack Pepper’s Culture Bunker, so you don’t miss out on what’s going on in the arts.

Tune in to Scala and treat your ears to a new way of enjoying classical music. Scala’s growing audience sees more than 310,000 people tuning each week. Find out more about Scala and tune in here

General sale for The Bath Festival 2021 opens on Tuesday 13 April. Patrons and members priority booking begins from Wednesday 7 April. Find out more about becoming a member here

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