Bath Festival Orchestra in Bath Abbey

Monday 17 May 2021
7:30 PM - 8:50 PM
Bath Abbey
£10 - £40 (excl. fees)
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The Bath Festival Orchestra is the newly launched resident chamber orchestra of The Bath Festival. Originally formed in 1959 by Yehudi Menuhin, the orchestra was the musical heart of The Bath Festival. Their performance will highlight the talent and energy of young musicians in their innovative new ways they approach classical music. It seems fitting that this rejuvenated orchestra is to perform in the newly restored Bath Abbey. The abbey’s new, flexible and more comfortable seating will allow audiences to enjoy live music in this sacred space in a totally new way. Join us to hear the energetic interpreters for the audiences of today and tomorrow.

About the Programme

Weber: Overture Der Freischütz
Strauss: 5 orchestral songs – Op.68 2.Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden; 3. Säusle, liebe Myrthe !; 5. Amor; Op.27 4. Morgen; Op.36 1 Das Rosenband
Brahms: Serenade No 1 in D

Bath Festival Orchestra
Peter Manning
, conductor
Rowan Pierce, soprano

Weber’s Freischütz was a smash hit opera performed all over Europe. The overture includes many if its unforgettable themes. Brahms’s D major serenade is really a symphony in disguise with its six movements ranging from classical simplicity through beautiful to an irresistible driving conclusion. Alongside these works you’ll be able to hear a sensational group of Strauss’ orchestral songs, sung by the supremely talented rising star, Rowan Pierce.

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Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

For more information about accessibility and how to book a personal assistant complimentary ticket, please click here

The Bath Festival At Home: This event will also be filmed and broadcast after the Festival from Friday 28 May as part of The Bath Festival at Home.

About the Orchestra

The Bath Festival Orchestra was relaunched to invigorate musical engagement and open conversations about the way current and future generations connect through it. It is a new, dynamic community of young artists in the musical and social sphere, committed to innovation in the area of enhanced live performance, harnessing the creative possibilities of augmented reality, virtual reality and hologram technology. The orchestra will experiment with and explore new scientific capabilities to advance musical dialogue in the streaming and broadcast arenas. Find out more here


Bath Festivals’ safety procedures have been certified by Visit Britain as ‘Good to Go’. For more information, visit their website here.