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