The Gesualdo Six at The Roman Baths

Tuesday 18 May 2021
7.30pm and 9.30pm
Roman Baths
£20 - £30 (excl. fees)
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1st Concert: 7.30pm-8.30pm
2nd Concert: 9.30pm-10.30pm

By the Waters of Babylon: The Gesualdo Six at the Roman Baths

An amazing opportunity to experience the hottest choral group around in the astonishing setting of Bath’s Roman Baths.

They perform a programme of ravishing a cappella music around the theme of water. Italy is represented by choral masterpieces by Palestrina, Monteverdi and Gesualdo.

Closer to home they sing English renaissance music by Byrd, Campion and Tomkins as well as contemporary works and arrangements by David Bednall, Cristen Holmes, Vaughan-Williams and the group’s director Owain Park. The evening fades away with Wilbye’s miraculous ‘Draw on Sweet Night’.

‘The Gesualdo Six are outstanding, shifting impeccably from Renaissance polyphony to twenty-first century music.’ Seen and Heard International


The Gesualdo Six directed by Owain Park

By the Waters of Babylon

William Byrd This sweet and merry month of May
David Bednall Put out into the deep
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Super flumina Babylonis
John Taverner Quemadmodum
Hildegard Deus enim rorem in illas misit
Thomas Campion As by the streames of Babilon
Michael Praetorius An Wasserflüssen Babylon
Christen Holmes Summer Shower
Thomas Tallis If ye love me
Manuel Cardoso Aquam quam ego dabo
John Wilbye Draw on, sweet night
arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams Loch Lomond
arr. Owain Park Botany Bay
arr. Philip Lawson The water is wide

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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

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.

This event has been generously supported by Captain Brian Woodford


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