The Life of Music with Nicholas Kenyon

Friday 21 May 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Music is nothing until it sounds and is heard. Music lives because it is performed and listened to.

Immersed in music as writer, editor, broadcaster and former director of the BBC Proms, Nicholas Kenyon has long championed composers and performers who widen the repertory and expand our listening.

This inclusive and engaging event will highlight the achievements of those who bring music to life. Taking us from pianist Myra Hess’ performance in London during the Blitz, to John Adams’ composition of a piece for mourners after New York’s 9/11 attacks, to Italian opera singers singing from their balconies amidst the 2020 pandemic, The Life of Music shows that no matter how great the crisis, music has the power to bring us together.

“A typically wise and thoughtful book, which manages to combine a wealth of unexpected information with an immensely readable style – it should grab anybody, whatever their level of musical knowledge.” —Sir Simon Rattle, music director, London Symphony Orchestra


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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.

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The Life of Music by Nicholas Kenyon


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