BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY 20 MAY – SUNDAY 29 MAY 2016
WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS PERFORM IN THE STUNNING AND UNUSUAL VENUES OF THE HISTORIC CITY OF BATH
Bath International Music Festival 2016 is delighted to announce a richly varied and exciting line-up of music combining a fine classical programme with the best in contemporary jazz, world and folk. Now in its 68th year, the festival is a mix of concerts and a wide range of free events, starting with Party in the City on the opening night. Recently appointed joint artistic directors James Waters and David Jones have delivered a programme which brings world class artists to the city of Bath.
BOOKING NOW: Eleven Early Release Shows
Saturday 21st May
- BRANFORD MARSALIS gives the UK premiere of In My Solitude in Bath Abbey.
- jazz pianist and One Show foodie JAY RAYNER plays with his band and talks food.
- KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND bring a mix of swing, R+B and gospel to the Guildhall.
Sunday 22nd May
- Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble, CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO, creates a wild spectacle full of energy, passion and dance at the Assembly Rooms.
Monday 23rd May
- World-renowned pianist RICHARD GOODE plays Schubert’s last three piano sonatas.
Tuesday 24th May
- Singer/songwriter TEDDY THOMPSON unveils his new country-influenced album Little Windows with KELLY JONES.
Wednesday 25th May
Thursday 26th May
- TENEBRAE perform Bruckner and Brahms in Bath Abbey, conducted by Nigel Short.
- Rising star, alternative country singer, LERA LYNN, from HBO’s True Detective, sings at Komedia.
Friday 27th May:
- The PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA performs at the Bath Festival for the first time in twenty years to perform Elgar and Sibelius, conducted by Edward Gardner.
Saturday 28th May
- PIAF! THE SHOW – Anne Carrere sings Edith Piaf at the Forum in Piaf’s centenary year.
THE 2016 BATH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: FULL PROGRAMME BOOKING DATES
Wednesday 16 March Patrons
Saturday 19 March Friends
Thursday 24 March General Booking
Bath Box Office 01225 463362
NAVARRA STRING QUARTET
Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 11am
The Navarra String Quartet open and close the classical programme of the festival. This concert features string quartets by Haydn, Peteris Vasks and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Sharp Minor Op 131, the backdrop to the film ‘A Late Quartet’.
NICHOLAS MULROY + ALISDAIR HOGARTH Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise
Saturday 21st May, St Swithins Church, 5pm & Sunday 22nd May, St Swithins Church, 4pm
Two song recitals, performed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy and pianist Alisdair Hogarth, the first presenting Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and the second, perhaps one of the most intense of all song cycles, Winterreise.
KENNETH HAMILTON: On Tour with Liszt: A Concert with Conversation
Sunday 22nd May, Assembly Rooms, 11am
Concert pianist and broadcaster Kenneth Hamilton takes us on tour with Franz Liszt in 1840s Britain, playing a selection of the pieces he would have played and describing the triumphs and tribulations of the tour across the country from London to Limerick, via Bath.
ISABEL VILLANUEVA & CHARLES WIFFEN: viola and piano
Monday 23rd May, Assembly Rooms, 1pm
Spanish viola player, Isabel Villanueva, accompanied by pianist Charles Wiffen, performs the beautiful melodies and rich harmonies of Schubert, Prokofiev and Martinu.
RICHARD GOODE: piano recital *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Monday 23rd May, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm
Listening to pianist Richard Goode play Schubert is an intensely spiritual experience, marking him as one of the greatest musicians of our time. Here he performs Schubert’s last three piano sonatas. “….Goode’s keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity, made this an unforgettable performance” WASHINGTON POST
PHILIP HIGHAM: Bach Cello Suites
Tuesday 24th May, St Swithins Church, 1pm; Wednesday 25th May, Central United Reform Church, 1pm; Thursday 26th May, Old Theatre Royal, Masonic Hall, 1pm
Young Scottish cellist, Philip Higham, plays three lunchtime performances covering all six of Bach’s cello suites. “the unpretentious depths and organic, naturalist flow to his playing are spellbinding” THE HERALD
BATH CAMERATA: Rachmaninov’s Vespers
Tuesday 24th May St Mary’s Bathwick, 10pm
Bath Camerata perform this most haunting and beautiful choral music: Rachmaninov’s Vespers ‘All Night Vigil’ in a late night concert in St Mary’s Bathwick, conducted by Benjamin Goodson.
THE PRINCE CONSORT with JASON REBELLO
Wednesday 25th May, Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30pm
Specially created for Bath International Music festival, this concert is an exploration of voice and piano – Alisdair Hogarth and jazz pianist Jason Rebello join forces with Nicholas Mulroy and mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley to perform Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Brahms and Gershwin with improvised links between the songs created and performed by Jason Rebello.
HECTOR SANDOVAL + BATH PHILHARMONIA: Opera Favourites – from Carmen to Nessun Dorma *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Wednesday 25th May, Forum, 7.30om
Mexican tenor Hector Sandoval sings with Bath Philharmonia, conducted by Jason Thornton, in a programme that includes arias from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Bizet’s Carmen, Giordano’s Andrea Chenier and Puccini’s Turandot.
TENEBRAE sings Bruckner and Brahms *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Thursday 26th May, Bath Abbey, 7.30pm
Tenebrae perform Bruckner and Brahms in Bath Abbey, conducted by Nigel Short. “voluptuously beautiful” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE.
SEAN SHIBE guitar recital
Friday 27th May, St Swithins Church, 1pm
Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, Sean Shibe is a remarkable talent for only 24. He performs pieces by Dowland, Walton and Britten. “the finest acoustic guitarist I have ever heard, Sean Shibe” THE HERALD
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Friday 27th May, Forum, 7.30pm
The Philharmonia Orchestra returns to Bath International Music Festival to perform Elgar’s second symphony and Sibelius’s violin concerto, performed by Valeriy Sokolov. Conducted by Edward Gardner, the concert opens with Sibelius’s Finlandia.
NAVARRA STRING QUARTET, PHILIP HIGHAM
Saturday 28th May, Guildhall, 11am
The closing concert of the classical programme, the Navarra String Quartet perform Ravel’s String Quartet and Schubert’s masterpiece of chamber music, his C major string quintet. Cellist, Philip Higham, joins the quartet to conclude his residency.
JAZZ, WORLD AND FOLK PROGRAMME
JAY RAYNER *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 3pm
Jazz pianist, Masterchef judge, The Observer critic and One Show foodie Jay Rayner brings singer Pat Gordon Smith and a top flight band to play tunes by Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg. In the first half he relates stories about “My Restaurant Hell”.
BRANFORD MARSALIS: In My Solitude *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Saturday 21st May, Bath Abbey, 7.30pm
One of the world’s great saxophonists, Branford Marsalis performs the UK premiere of In My Solitude, the title of his latest album, ranging from standards such as Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust to soaring improvisations. This is a solo performance for sacred spaces and is created differently for every place – in this case the beautiful Bath Abbey.
KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Saturday 21st May, Guildhall, 10pm
Kansas Smitty’s House Band have become a major force in the London jazz scene, pursuing a genre-defying sound of their own that is an incendiary combination of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans marching band music and their own, wilder twist on gospel music. “London’s new Swing Princes” EVENING STANDARD
CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Sunday 22nd May, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm
Led by Ludovico Einaudi’s violinist, Mauro Durante, Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino create a wild spectacle, full of energy, passion and stunning dance. “an exhilarating reworking of the tarantella, the hypnotic percussive dance said to cure the bite of the tarantula” THE GUARDIAN.
TEDDY THOMPSON with KELLY JONES + Sunny Ozell *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Tuesday 24th May, Komedia, 7.30pm
Son of Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson has emerged as an outstanding singer/songwriter and here he plays from his excellent new country-infused album, Little Windows, with Texan singer Kelly Jones. “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation” NEW YORK TIMES. Supported by Sunny Ozell.
LERA LYNN *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Thursday 26th May, Komedia, 7.30pm
If you’ve watched the HBO series True Detective you’ll have seen Lera Lynn singing in the Black Rose Bar. Described as ‘noir alternative country’, she has a voice that is utterly compelling. Isobel Holly, Bath’s 16 year old vocal sensation opens the show.
RANJANA GHATAK and LIRAN DONIN – New Meetings
Thursday 26th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
Ranjana Ghatak grew up within classical Indian vocal music but has created a style of her own that relates to contemporary Britain. Here she has invited lyrical bass player Liran Donin from Led Bib to create new work commissioned in the New Meetings series for the festival.
ALASDAIR ROBERTS and ANDY CUTTING – New Meetings
Friday 27th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
Another New Meetings collaboration, Scottish singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts has chosen to work for the first time with legendary melodeon player Andy Cutting, who is currently playing with Chris Wood, June Tabor and Martin Simpson.
TWELFTH DAY and MAYA YOUSSEF – New Meetings
Saturday 28th May, Masonic Hall, 9.30pm
Scottish duo Twelfth Day, featuring Esther Swift on harp and Catriona Price on fiddle and vocals collaborate with Syrian kanun player Maya Yousseff. The kanun is a beautiful, lyrical instrument that is part of the zither family. A sublime climax to the New Meetings series.
PIAF! THE SHOW – performed by ANNE CARRERE *EARLY RELEASE EVENT GENERAL BOOKING FROM 26 FEBRUARY
Saturday 28th May, Forum, 7.30pm
This will be the first performance in England of Piaf! The Show, which has received ecstatic reviews across the world. Anne Carrere is accompanied by piano, accordion, double bass and percussion in a show packed full of great songs, with a backdrop of film from post-war Paris and unseen photographs from the life of Piaf. “The best show ever made about the life of Edith Piaf” (Charles Dumont, composer of ‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’).
The festival kicks off with PARTY IN THE CITY, a special opening night event on Friday 20th May with thousands of performers across the city’s venues, museums, churches and parks, bringing music to tens of thousands of people and placing the festival at the heart of the city. This event is free.