Song Play at the festival

The Bath Festival has been developing a strand looking at words and song in the widest context.  This year we offer two programmes led by two stars in their fields.  Neil Brand is celebrated for his work as composer and silent movie pianist and, in particular, for his BBC4 series on Musicals and Movie scores.  As well as working with some of the worlds greatest classical singers Iain Burnside has frequently presented on TV and has also written a number of plays and musical entertainments.  They look at two themes.  In the Lure of Hollywood they examine a group of composers such as Korngold and Eisler who were driven out of Europe in the 1930s and fetched up in Hollywood where they made their living composing film scores and a large number of very fine songs.  In the portrait of Richard Rodney Bennett they look at the career of one of Britain’s most eclectic musicians.   Equally at home in film score, classical music and song he has a unique place in British musical history.  Both concerts include detailed introductions, songs delivered by terrific three singers and film illustrations.  Specially commissioned by The Bath Festival these concerts are not to be missed.

Offer: Book both Song Play events for £40

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