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Friday 15 May — Tuesday 26 May  Bath Box Office 01225 463362    bathfestivals.org.uk


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The Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust The Roper Family Charitable Trust The Medlock Charitable Trust The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust

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e present glorious music in iconic settings such as Bath Abbey with Stile Antico, and we also take you to lesser known gems such as Cleveland Pools by the River Avon, where Red Note Ensemble perform a compelling mix of Renaissance and contemporary music for brass. The whole city centre will be taken over on our opening night for the massive Party in the City, with almost 2000 musicians performing in over 40 venues, and spilling out on to the streets of Bath. Bath International Music Festival has been known for embracing every kind of music-making from the time when Yehudi Menuhin was Artistic Director onwards. We are proud to continue this tradition with great classical, jazz, world, folk and popular music in this year’s line-up. We promote a balance of today and tomorrow with the leading pianist Steven Osborne as our Artist in Residence, vocal legend Willard White, and star organist Thomas Trotter juxtaposed with young stars of the future. We present prizewinning ensembles such as the Cremona Quartet and the Dunedin Consort, legendary performers such as South African horn player and civil rights activist Hugh Masekela and music by The Hot Sardines jazz band from New York and the fabulous Molotov Jukebox that will get you dancing in the aisles.

'The 2015 Bath International Music Festival brings you music from some of the world’s finest musicians, presented against the backdrop of our stunning world heritage city'

Bath is also known for exploring work that shatters boundaries between different disciplines. In 2015 this includes a rare performance of Mike Westbrook’s The Westbrook Blake, combining thrilling jazz with a celebration of William Blake’s mighty poetry, and classical harpist Catrin Finch in a lyrical collaboration with African kora master Seckou Keita. Will Gregory, one half of pop duo Goldfrapp, brings one of his astounding film and live music projects to Komedia, He Who Gets Slapped.

Booking dates Become a member and beat the queues with priority booking (See page 39)  Patrons and Benefactors booking Tuesday 10 March 2015  Friends booking Tuesday 17 March 2015  General booking Tuesday 24 March 2015

The 2015 programme has been created by James Waters of Festival & Events International (classical) and Serious (jazz and world) and also draws on a number of partnerships both local and national. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together! Belinda Kidd C H I E F

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Classical Programme

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e are delighted to have attracted some of the world’s finest soloists and groups in 2015. They include our Festival Artist in Residence, Steven Osborne, one of the great pianists of his generation, vocal legend Willard White and world famous organist Thomas Trotter. We also have prizewinning ensembles such as the Cremona Quartet and early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico plus Red Note, Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensemble, for a very special event at Cleveland Pools  — the UK’s only surviving Georgian lido. 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden performs with the European Union Chamber Orchestra; Peter Manning and Renato Balsadonna celebrate Schubert’s repertoire for violin and piano; leading harpsichord player and Bach authority John Butt plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations and also performs an all Bach programme with the Dunedin Consort; brilliant young performers are featured in a series of exceptional lunchtime concerts, and Iford Arts create a sparkling evening of opera directed by Oliver Gooch.

Jazz, World and Folk

outh African jazz legend Hugh Masekela and his band create an instant party, with his soaring horn echoing township jazz, hip-hop and funk. Other highlights of this stellar 2015 line-up include probably the best jazz band in New York The Hot Sardines; Orphy Robinson’s Black Top; Jason Rebello performing with Gwilym Simcock; Gwyneth Herbert; Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio. The Westbrook Blake is a rare performance of this iconic masterpiece, with Mike Westbrook, Glad Day and Bath Camerata. Emily Portman, a rising star of English folksong, presents a new collaboration with Sam Sweeney from Bellowhead, and we have a host of other folk events in venues across North East Somerset. The beautiful sounds of the Welsh harp and West African kora are brought together by Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita. Alash, masters of Tuvan throat singing from Siberia, give a rare UK performance. Will Gregory, co-founder of Goldfrapp, and his long-term collaborator Tony Orrell, perform live music to a screening of the 1924 silent movie He Who Gets Slapped. Also on offer we have a guaranteed party with the TropicalGypsy-Dance sounds of Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) and her band Molotov Jukebox. All that and a 'bring your family' event with the fabulous House Gospel Choir at Komedia — House anthems and gospel made for dancing, as seen at Glastonbury and Latitude. 4 Book online at bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 463362


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Friday 15 May

'The Biggest Free Show in Bath'

Party in the City Various Venues in Bath City Centre From 5.30pm Free Event The 2015 Festival kicks off with a bang as Party in the City explodes around Bath. Our legendary opening night is back and bigger than ever with over 40 venues and hundreds of performances. Set in and around the city’s world-famous townscape, expect to hear everything from swing, soul and blues to classical, ska, jazz, rock, pop and more.

Go to...  bathfestivals.org.uk/music/partyinthecity to find out more about the biggest free show in Bath.

The free party begins at the Abbey with the annual Bath Festivals schools commission and procession — a spectacular trip 'Down the Rabbit Hole’ with hundreds of local children. Then look out for our secret performances, exciting collaborations and the lively performers of Bath’s Natural Theatre Company, leading guided tours throughout the evening. The night reaches a climax with headline acts including the footstomping Bite The Buffalo, Jamma de Samba and the return of Emergency Exit Arts — this year bringing their spectacular Turbo the Disco Turtle. Expect the unexpected... The wonderful museums and galleries in Bath join us again as part of the national celebrations of Museums at Night. Supported by 

  

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Friday 15 May

'Taking part in the Music Festival was my favourite thing this year!' PU PIL FROM WESTFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Down the Rabbit Hole: Schools Procession and Commission Procession starts in Southgate at 5.30pm leading to the Abbey for a 6pm performance Free Event Opening the Music Festival with a joyous journey into children’s imaginations, this year’s Schools Procession and Commission are going ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ as part of our cross festival celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Local school children have created special costumes with artist Edwina Bridgeman and will process through the streets of Bath leading you into the Abbey. Here you will be greeted by our choir of school children exploring their own Wonderlands in song, created especially for Bath by the children working with musicians Zoe Palmer and Genevieve Wilkins. Linking this together will be rhythms from musicians from Action On Hearing Loss Educational Day Services. Journey with us and discover a new world!

For more info about our Learning & Participation programme please see:  bathfestivals.org.uk/learning

Supported by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust

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Saturday 16 May

'Awe-inspiring' T H E S U N D AY T I M E S

Steven Osborne

Piano Recital

11am — 1pm Guildhall / A1 £25 / £21 / £17 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46) Steven Osborne P I A N O  Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux  Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Master pianist and festival Artist in Residence Steven Osborne launches the classical programme with a performance of Russian virtuoso fireworks. Rachmaninov’s fiendishly virtuosic Etudes-Tableaux paint huge romantic canvases in great sweeps of piano sound. Osborne has paired them with Mussorgsky’s ever-popular musical tour of a picture gallery: gnomes, witches, children at play and balletdancing chicks all spring into vivid, sparkling life. Steven Osborne’s performances up and down the country have confirmed his pre-eminence among British pianists. His brilliance, integrity and very wide repertoire have long marked him out; but what now emerges most strongly is the unique magic of his sound combined with a profound musical intelligence — Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year 2013 citation. Sponsored by 

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Saturday 16 May

Alash Ensemble

Georgian Pleasures 3 — 5.30pm / Newton Park, Bath Spa University / A2 Grounds open from 2.30pm £15/£5 for Bath Spa University students Other concessions available (p. 46) Enjoy music from the Georgian period while you explore one of Bath’s hidden gems: the lovely Capability Brown landscape garden at Newton Park. Bath Spa University presents the Vauxhall Players in an outdoor gala concert of music from composers with Bath connections, as well as celebrated visitors such as Arne and Haydn. There’ll also be a rare performance of Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley — an uproarious tale of scarlet women, country bumpkins and a less-than-terrifying dragon. Hear for yourself why it became the second most popular English opera of the 18th century! Complete with strolling players and dramatic vignettes, all performed in beautiful period costume. This is a promenade event. Audiences are welcome to bring folding chairs and rugs. The event will go ahead in wet weather using alternative venues at Newton Park. Produced by 

7.30 — 9.30pm ICIA University of Bath A3 / £20 Concessions available (p. 46) Masters of Tuvan throat singing, award-winning Alash Ensemble have toured internationally, astonishing audiences with a vocal technique that allows one singer to produce multiple pitches simultaneously. The group accompanies its songs with traditional instruments, from flutes and string instruments to Mongolian harps. The music is rooted in a spiritual tradition focused on the landscape and natural forces of Alash’s home region in the far south of Siberia.

Phil King 7.30 — 9.30pm Midsomer Norton Town Hall / A4 £10 Concessions available (p. 46)

'Phil King… absolutely knocked the audience off their feet… WESTERN TELEGRAPH

Phil King has toured the UK and throughout Europe, with several appearances on BBC Radio 2. He also composes for theatre, dance and film, including work with the Bristol Old Vic and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His thoughtful and evocative songs will create a very special evening in the characterful setting of Midsomer Norton’s Town Hall.

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Saturday 16 May

'Simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship' T H E T I M E S

The Hot Sardines 7.30 — 9pm Guildhall / A5 £25 / £18 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46) Take a blustery brass front line, add salty stride piano and a front woman with the attitude and style of a 30s cabaret diva and you have The Hot Sardines in a seashell. Bandleader and pianist Evan 'Bibs’ Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians to create a sound that’s steeped in hot jazz and gypsy swing: a taste of the Prohibition era through the Great Depression, WWII and beyond. The outfit encompasses brass, a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and Miz Elizabeth’s singing — a voice that harkens back to another era, yet feels refreshingly modern. Fusing musical influences from New York, Paris and New Orleans; The Hot Sardines play hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king. 10 Book online at bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 463362


Saturday 16 May

Emily Portman & Sam Sweeney 9.30 — 11pm Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall / A6 £16 Concessions available (p. 46) BBC Folk Award winning singer/songwriter Emily Portman and one of the UK’s most sought-after folk multi-instrumentalists Sam Sweeney join together to create a specially devised show. Emily Portman’s debut album The Glamoury received two BBC Folk Award nominations and overwhelming critical acclaim. Taking on folk as a contemporary art form, she weaves rich narratives into a brooding realm of twisted folktales: The Daily Telegraph has described her as The rising star of traditional English folksong. To call Sam Sweeney just a 'fiddle player’ is to do him an injustice. He’s been playing violin since he was 6 and is now a highly respected multiinstrumentalist; a member of Bellowhead and the exciting new band Leveret. Two remarkable artists create a true Festival occasion — expect an intimate evening of folk music at its finest, weaving together songs and tunes with sensitivity and deft musicianship.

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Sunday 17 May STEVEN OSBORNE

'The audience as one was agog… Osborne’s attack is ferocious and fearless, his tenderness beyond words. His self appears subsumed in service to the composer. This is the best it gets.' THE OBSERVER

JEAN JOHNSON

Steven Osborne  PIA N O Jean Johnson  C L A R I N E T Philip Higham  C ELLO 11am — 1pm Guildhall / B1 £25 / £21 / £17 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)  Brahms Clarinet Sonata in E flat  Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor  Brahms Intermezzo Op 117 No 1  Brahms Clarinet Trio PHILIP HIGHAM

Brahms’s musical soul can be found in his chamber music — by turns passionate, wistful, lyrical and meditative. This programme contains two late masterpieces written for Brahms’s friend, the brilliant clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, as well as the darkly romantic E minor Cello Sonata and the deep poetry of the late Intermezzo Op.117 No.1. Steven Osborne is joined by two fine chamber music partners in a romantic programme to treasure.

In Conversation

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Sunday 17 May

Festival Evensong 3.30 — 4.30pm Bath Abbey Free event Bath Abbey Choir Peter King D I R E C TO R  William Byrd Non vos relinquam orphanos  Herbert Howells Canticles in G  Sir William Walton The Twelve  Olivier Messiaen Transports de Joie (L’Ascension) Join us for the annual festival service at Bath Abbey with their acclaimed Music Director, Peter King, and the Choir of Bath Abbey.

Violetta’s Party  Iford Arts brings opera to town 7 — 9pm Guildhall / B3 £28 / £23 / £17 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)

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A Sunday evening in Bath’s Banqueting Hall — or a glittering soirée in 19th century Paris’s most fashionable salon? Iford Arts invites you to an operatic evening with Violetta Valéry: the Lady of the Camelias, Verdi’s La Traviata — sung by Alinka Kozari whose sensational debut in the role at Iford was described as 'a Violetta to take your breath away'. Among her guests will be tenor Christopher Turner, mezzo Marianne Vidal, and bassbaritone Szymon Wach. This concert is curated and accompanied on piano by the founding music director of Iford Arts Productions, Oliver Gooch — conductor of the March 2015 Raymond Gubbay production of Madame Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall. The programme will include favourite operatic arias and ensembles, plus a few surprises — all enhanced by a chorus of young singers from Bath Spa University working with Iford Arts in an exciting new collaboration. Supported by Andrew Fletcher

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Monday 18 May

'Ji Liu has a technique to match any virtuoso... sensitive and unpretentious' CL ASSICALSOURCE.COM

Ji Liu  PIA N O 1 — 2pm Guildhall / C1 £15 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)  Beethoven Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 'Moonlight'  Schubert Wanderer Fantasy  Gershwin 3 Virtuoso Etudes: The Man I Love, Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm  Liszt/Gounod Faust Waltz Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is one of the best loved of all piano works. Today it’s the gateway to a recital that spans two centuries of musical romanticism, from Schubert’s mighty Wanderer Fantasy to fabulously virtuosic concert transcriptions by Gounod and hit tunes by George Gershwin. The first in a series of concerts in partnership with the Young Concert Artists’ Trust, featuring artists at the start of promising international careers. Sponsored by 

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Monday 18 May

'It’s difficult to imagine greater empathy between two outstanding musicians from different cultures that proved to have so much in common. Magnificent' THE GUARDIAN

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita 7.30 — 9.30pm Guildhall / C3 £25 / £18 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46) Catrin Finch W E L S H Seckou Keita KO R A

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In Conversation

5.30pm / Francis Hotel / C2 Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita talk about their musical partnership with Andy Morgan, author of Finding the One, a fascinating book exploring the strange and parallel lives of the West African kora and the Welsh harp. Free but ticketed.

A stunning shared musical journey with two world class virtuosos — Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita. The harp occupies a vital place in the cultures of both Senegal and Wales. The West African harp — the kora — is made from a dried gourd and fishing line; the Welsh harp is one of the most potent icons of a nation steeped in music. Both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, verse and song. From Casamance in Senegal, Seckou Keita has built a formidable reputation as a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma (Lucy Duran, BBC Radio 3). Catrin Finch is one of Wales’s leading international musical ambassadors. Both artists demonstrate their radical and adventurous musical spirit with this wedding of Welsh and West African musical culture — a collaboration that won the Songlines Music Award.

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Tuesday 19 May

Bartosz Woroch Violin 1 — 2pm Guildhall / D1 £15 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)  JS Bach Partita No.1 in B minor  Hindemith Sonata for solo violin  Prokofiev Sonata for solo violin Bartosz Woroch is one of Europe’s most exciting young string players. Bach’s Partitas are one of the glories of the solo violin repertoire, and here the B minor Partita is beautifully balanced by the austere yet expressive music of Paul Hindemith and Prokofiev’s brilliantly inventive and gloriously tuneful Sonata for unaccompanied violin. There was fire and vehemence and Woroch’s playing was always full of life and purpose... This was a strong and poetic performance — Tim Homfray, The Strad.

Cremona Quartet 7.30 — 9.30pm The Guildhall / D2 £28 / £23 / £17 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)  Beethoven Quartet in C minor Op 18 No 4  Beethoven Quartet in F minor Op 95 'Serioso’  Beethoven Quartet in A minor Op 132 The Cremona Quartet have received extraordinary critical acclaim for their Beethoven recordings and this evening offers a marvellous opportunity to hear them in three widely different masterpieces from the three stages of Beethoven’s career. The impassioned verve of the youthful quartet Op.18 No.4 leads through the mature classicism of the Serioso quartet to the visionary world of the late quartets, where Beethoven’s composition reaches an entirely new plane — music which astonished his contemporaries and continues to grip audiences today. The extraordinary slow movement of Op.132 is quite simply one of the finest musical utterances of all time. I’ve been raving about this group since the German label Audite released the first volume in their Beethoven string quartet cycle. The Quartetto di Cremona is absolutely the full Mediterranean Monty with their big, open, attacking sound, robust and muscular projection, hyper-confidence of comprehension and delivery —  The Herald. Supported by 

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Wednesday 20 May

Amy Harman  BA S SO O N Jonathan Ware  PIA N O 1 — 2pm Guildhall / E1 £15 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)  JS Bach Viola da Gamba Sonata No.1 in G  Elgar Romance in D minor  Saint Saens Bassoon Sonata  Reynaldo Hahn Le Printemps, A Chloris  Dutilleux Sarabande et Cortege Appointed Principal Bassoon of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 24, Amy Harman is a true virtuoso of her instrument. Her programme ranges from JS Bach to the twentieth century sonorities of Henri Dutilleux, by way of miniatures from Elgar and Reynaldo Hahn and Saint-Saëns’s charmingly romantic sonata. A programme to savour. Supported by The Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation

'The sheer tonal beauty of sound she magically drew from her instrument was memorable indeed' M U S I C W E B I N T E R N AT I O N A L

Jonathan Ware Jonathan Ware has won numerous awards, and is widely sought after as a chamber musician and song accompanist. Ware stood out for his clear sense of dramatic purpose, unrivalled keyboard finesse, and ability to create a vivid drama — Musical America Worldwide.

JASON REBELLO

Jason Rebello  PIA N O / Gwilym Simcock  PIA N O 7.30 — 9.30pm Wiltshire Music Centre / E3 £18

GWILYM SIMCOCK

This first-ever pairing of the gifted jazz pianists Jason Rebello and Gwilym Simcock is something of a masterstroke. Adventurous, sophisticated and technically brilliant, both musicians are stupendous improvisers who blend jazz and classical influences to mesmerising effect. Dovetailing beautifully creative originals, zestful standards and mercurial improvisations, this is a hot-ticket set from two of the most inventive pianists in jazz. A memorable feast of creative jazz piano — Scotsman. Simcock: An extraordinary musician — Jamie Cullum. Rebello: Viscerally exciting — Jazzwise.

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Wednesday 20 May

'The performances are everything one has come to expect from one of the world’s greatest organists' GRAMOPHONE

Thomas Trotter 7 — 9pm Bath Abbey / E4 £20 / £15 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46) Thomas Trotter O R G A N  JS Bach Prelude & Fugue in C BWV 547  Messiaen L’Ascension  Saint-Saens Fantasie in E flat  Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (arr Trotter)  Dupré Symphonie-Passion Thomas Trotter is well-established as one of the world’s leading organists. This evening recital in the beautiful surroundings of Bath Abbey ranges from the timeless majesty of JS Bach’s organ music to Messiaen’s extraordinary L’Ascension. Throw in Thomas’s own arrangement of Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the epic spiritual grandeur of Marcel Dupré and you have an evening to treasure.

In Conversation

5.30pm / Francis Hotel / E2

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BATH ABBEY

Join us for an informal discussion between Thomas Trotter and James Waters, Classical Programmer for the 2015 Music Festival. Free but ticketed.


Thursday 21 May

'The beauty of Laura van der Heijden’s playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it'   BACHTR ACK

Laura van der Heijden plays Haydn 7.30 — 9.30pm The Forum / F2 £30 / £26 / £22 / £16 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46) European Union Chamber Orchestra Eva Stegemann V I O L I N / D I R E C TO R Laura van der Heijden C E L LO  Mozart Divertimento in F K.138  Haydn Cello Concerto in C  Elgar Serenade for Strings  Respighi Suite from Ancient Airs and Dances

In Conversation

5.30pm / Francis Hotel / F1 Join us for an informal discussion between Laura Van Heijden and James Waters, Classical Programmer for the 2015 Music Festival. Free but ticketed.

Laura van der Heijden caused a major stir when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012 at the age of 15. Since then her career has developed at a rate of knots, including performances with several major orchestras and recently on television at the BAFTA awards. Haydn’s wonderful C major cello concerto is full of brilliance and charm, but with a real depth of sentiment at its heart. Van der Heijden is accompanied by the European Union Chamber Orchestra, who also perform much-loved works of music by Mozart and Elgar together with Respighi’s wonderfully evocative Ancient Airs and Dances. These are magnificent performances (by the European Union Chamber Orchestra). This is the best disc of orchestral music by Mozart I have heard for several years — International Record Review 'Outstanding Award'.

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Thursday 21 May

Molotov Jukebox 7.30 — 9.30pm Komedia / F3 £15 Concessions available (p. 46) Special deal for students & u25s £7 Natalia Tena L E A D VO C A L S /AC C O R D I O N Sam Apley VO C A L S / V I O L I N Adam Burke G U I TA R Tom Wilson B A S S Angus Moncrieff T R U M P E T Rami Sherrington D R U M S Molotov Jukebox is an explosive London six-piece with a totally original, wonderfully colourful sound and style. Their unique Tropical-Gypsy-Dance sound has had hundreds of audiences across Europe and South America dancing, sweating, jumping and calling out for more. This sound has been nicknamed 'Gyp-step’ by their army of loyal fans and is guaranteed to make anybody dance! 2014 was a busy year for Molotov Jukebox, touring the UK and Europe following the release of their debut album Carnival Flower! Natalia Tena (of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame) fronts the band with her sultry lead vocals, her accordion backed up by gypsy violin, powerful Latin trumpet, and a pounding rhythm section that gets the crowd moving at every show. Sponsored by  20 Book online at bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 463362

Jennifer Crook 7.30 — 9.30pm Paulton Library / F4 £5 Jennifer Crook  VO I C E , H A R P, G U I TA R , B A N J O

Beth Porter  C E L LO , F I D D L E , V O I C E

Jennifer Crook’s music is beautiful, rootsy acoustic folk that draws on Americana influences but remains resolutely English in its storytelling. She is a talented and acclaimed harp player and multi-instrumentalist. This is contemporary song writing and performance at its best — Maverick 4 star review.


Friday 22 May

Michael Petrov  C ELLO Alexander Ullman  PIA N O 1 — 2pm Guildhall / G1 £15, £10 Concessions available (p.46)  Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D.821  Dutilleux Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher  Schumann Drei Fantasiestucke Op.73 Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata is one of his most memorable chamber works, with its surface elegance and melodic beauty underpinned by deep underlying melancholy and pathos. Schumann’s music also combines romantic lyricism with wistful sadness. Along with his regular recital-partner Alexander Ullmann, the outstanding young cellist Michael Petrov will make this music brim over with energy. Michael Petrov plays with the bravura and calm assurance of a long-established maestro. At his recent performance of Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto at the Barbican Petrov dominated the orchestra effortlessly — The Daily Telegraph. Alexander Ullman did remarkable things in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. He heard the score with immense clarity and vision, and brought it to life as if the composer were watching over his shoulder — Huffington Post, Montréal Symphony Orchestra. Supported by Captain B V Woodford CBE RN

Jess Vincent 7.30 — 10pm Keynsham Community Space / G3 £7 Singer-songwriter Jess Vincent plays guitar, uke and shruti box, and is developing a loyal following. She comes from Bradford on Avon, so we are particularly excited to host the launch of this popular local musician’s new album, Shine. When Jess sings, her belief and passion shines through her voice. I can’t recommend this album highly enough — Terry Ferdinand — Bishop FM.

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Friday 22 May

'An ensemble of breath-taking freshness, vitality and balance' N E W YORK TIM ES

Stile Antico 7.30 — 9.30pm Bath Abbey / G4 £33 / £25 / £19 / £14 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46)  Byrd Mass for Five Voices  Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David  Sheppard Libera nos I and II  White Christe qui lux es et dies IV  Weelkes Gloria in excelsis Deo  Sheppard The Lord’s Prayer  Byrd Vigilate  Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis  Byrd O Lord make thy servant  Byrd Ne irascaris, Domine’  Tallis In pace in idipsum  Gibbons O clap your hands together

A truly irresistible programme of Renaissance choral masterpieces in the glorious setting of Bath Abbey. The programme is built around Byrd’s superb Mass for Five Voices, and every work is an acknowledged masterpiece. Stile Antico have received international acclaim for their recordings and performances of this repertoire which are characterised by the most beautiful vocal sound, allied to perfect ensemble and deep musicality. In short, this was a cappella heaven  —  The Independent. Sponsored by 

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In Conversation

5.30pm / Francis Hotel / G2 Join us for an informal discussion between Stile Antico and James Waters, Classical Programmer for the 2015 Music Festival. Free but ticketed.

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Saturday 23 May

Will Gregory & Tony Orrell

He Who Gets Slapped 2 — 3.45pm Komedia / H1 £18 Concessions available (p. 46) A neglected masterpiece of the silent screen, performed with live musical accompaniment in Bath’s lovely art deco venue Komedia, originally built as a cinema. He Who Gets Slapped was the first feature made by MGM; a Hollywood take on a Russian play made by the legendary director Victor Sjöström and starring Lon Chaney, one of the legendary figures of silent cinema (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Phantom Of The Opera).

'Will Gregory has produced an epic score that matches the visuals perfectly... There is a full range of moods' THE CLASSICAL SOURCE

The music is written and performed by Will Gregory — one half of electro-pop band Goldfrapp  — in partnership with his long-term collaborator Tony Orrell. Will Gregory’s music blurs the boundaries of jazz, electronica and pop, and his live music and film events are intense and moving: his performance of Joan of Arc lifted the roof off Bath Abbey at the 2013 Bath Film Festival. Will Gregory says: I think this ranks as one of the great cinematic performances in the history of film. Chaney exudes such presence and charisma that it is easy to understand why he was the most celebrated screen actor of his day. Presented in collaboration with Bath Film Festival.

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Saturday 23 May

'Mike Westbrook is one of Britain’s most creative, experimental and daring jazz composers' THE TIMES

Mike Westbrook —  The Westbrook Blake 7.30 — 8.45pm St Mary’s Bathwick / H2 £25 / £18 / £12 Concessions available (p. 46) G L A D DAY Phil Minton V O I C E Kate Westbrook V O I C E Karen Street AC C O R D I A N Billy Thompson V I O L I N Mike Westbrook P I A N O Steve Berry D O U B L E B A S S B AT H C A M E R ATA Directed by Paul Ayres Supported by Airshaft Trust

A rare chance to hear what has been described in the Independent on Sunday as perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz. Born in London’s Soho in 1775, William Blake was regarded in his lifetime as politically dangerous; Blake is now acknowledged as one of the great visionaries in British art — and a figure whose work resonates powerfully in the 21st century. With strong links to the West Country, Mike Westbrook is one of the leading figures in British music, working across a multitude of genres from opera to jazz. His settings of William Blake’s poetry, originally commissioned in 1971 for the National Theatre production of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger, have been performed throughout Europe and in New York and Australia by a succession of Westbrook ensembles. Award-winning chamber choir, Bath Camerata, has been entertaining audiences in and around Bath, across the UK and in Europe for over 28 years. Previous winners of the national Choir of the Year competition, they are renowned for their versatility, and will sing everything from mediaeval music, through Mozart to Flamenco, the Beatles and Jazz. Blake's outcries against enslavement, child exploitation, spiritual and economic oppression demand an audience now more than ever. In a world that puts a price on everything, this music, this vision remains priceless — Andy Robson — JazzWise.

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Saturday 23 May

Hoppin’Mad 8.30 — 11.30pm Victoria Hall, Radstock / H4 £10 including dance class £8 event only £5 dance class only

Matthew Shipp Michael Bisio Duo 7.30 — 9.30pm ICIA University of Bath / H3 £17.50 Concessions available (p. 46) Matthew Shipp is one of the most respected and influential musicians of his generation, dubbed one of the most daring and original pianists in jazz by Rolling Stone. Shipp is joined by bassist and rising figure in the American jazz scene Michael Bisio — Shipp has found the perfect foil: someone who can match him blow for blow in a blizzard of notes or spin off stirring tales at the drop of a hat, while continually providing expressive plangent counterpoint. All About Jazz.

 12.15 — 13.15pm Dance Class / Fortescue Road Studio  7.30 — 8 .30pm Dance Class / Victoria Hall  8 .30 — 11.30pm Event / Victoria Hall An evening of fast paced exhilarating jazz dance, led by lindy hop stars Hoppin’ Mad, with live jazz from Just Misbehavin. Dust off your dancing shoes and join in. There will be classes beforehand so you can learn the steps and get ready to jive. Graeme Puckett & Ann Peskett — aka Hoppin Mad — have performed throughout the UK and all over the world. They learnt to Lindy Hop in the 1990’s at the start of the Swing revival. Among their teachers were the Jiving Lindy Hoppers and the late, great Frankie Manning. They are twice U.K. Lindy Hop Champions. An elderly gent on the next table practically chokes on his dry martini as Ann hops forward, back somersaults, then lands perfectly in front of the hotel’s mirrored deco bar — The Guardian.

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Saturday 23 May

Gwyneth Herbert 9.30 — 11pm Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall / H5 £16 Concessions available  (p. 46) Gwyneth Herbert V O C A L S Ned Cartwright P I A N O Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, awardwinning composer, and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. In the past year Herbert has seen her musical open at the Southwark Playhouse, recorded a new run of Radio 4’s Playlist Series and spent a month in Kenya collecting lullabies, sharing songs in slum schools and staging multi-tribe storytelling happenings under the Mombasa stars. Appearing here on ukulele, melodica and cheese-grater alongside boy-wunderkind pianist Ned Cartwright, expect tales of jaded seaside hotels, East End vagrants, loves and losses and drinks and whores and the occasional Swahili nursery rhyme.

'If Hanns Eisler had been a woman and written with Ray Davies, he might have come up with something like this' I N D E P E N D E N T O N S U N D AY

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Sunday 24 May

Family Music Day Parade Gardens / J1 Drop in Workshops 11 — 2, Performances on the band stand 11 — 3 Entrance to Parade Gardens: £1 adults / £0.70 concessions. Free to Discovery Card Holders. Join us in Parade Gardens to explore a wealth of different ways you can make an instrument, and then celebrate and make some music! Drop in workshops happening throughout the day will give you and your family chance to explore different ways to make music: create instruments from junk, make a banana piano with the MaKey MaKey, collect sounds from the natural environment and much more. Then at 2pm come together with your newly created instruments to create a new piece of improvised music to perform at 2.30pm. Stay a while in the gardens to listen to music on the bandstand, bring a picnic and enjoy a musical day by the river. Supported by The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust & The Medlock Charitable Trust

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Sunday 24 May

Red Note Ensemble 11am —12.15 Cleveland Pools / J2 £12 Concessions available (p. 46) The event is outdoors and mainly standing, although some seating will be provided. Audience members are welcome to bring folding seats and rugs. Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensemble returns to Bath to give a special performance of Renaissance and contemporary music for brass at Cleveland Pools, the UK’s only surviving Georgian lido. Sonorous Renaissance music is combined with contemporary music by Harvey and Birtwistle using spatial effects. The outstanding trumpeter Mark O’Keefe brings the programme to a climax with a performance of Jonathan Harvey’s Ricercare, with its overwhelming surroundsound beauty. Red Note were last seen in Bath as the band for Joanna MacGregor’s production of The Magic Flute in 2012. Bath Spa University Brass Ensemble will play before the performance starts to welcome the audience to this atmospheric disused lido, sited between the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal.

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Sunday 24 May

'Such a fine pedigree of scrupulously prepared and immaculately performed recordings' THE GUARDIAN

John Butt plays Bach 3.30 — 5pm St Swithin’s Church / J3 £20 / £18 / £10 John Butt H A R P S I C H O R D  J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations John Butt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Bach, both as performer and scholar. His recordings as soloist and director have garnered critical acclaim world-wide. No artist is better equipped to explore the depths and beauties of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations: the Everest of the harpsichordist’s repertoire and one of the supreme masterpieces of baroque keyboard music. (John Butt’s) account of Bach’s 48 preludes and fugues is illuminating and thought provoking — BBC Music Magazine.

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Sunday 24 May

'Anyone looking for a recording of Messiaen’s most famous piano work can do no better than Osborne’s' TH E GUARDIAN

Steven Osborne plays Messiaen 7 — 9.15pm St Mary’s Bathwick / J4 £25 / £18 / £12 Concessions available  (p. 46) Steven Osborne P I A N O   Messiaen Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus An extraordinary musical journey, Messiaen’s great piano meditation on the baby Jesus is by turns virtuosic, extrovert, grand, intimate and heartbreakingly tender. Any performance of this emotionally overwhelming work is a special occasion, and Steven Osborne is famed world-wide as one of Messiaen’s greatest living interpreters. Few possess the spiritual, emotional and physical stamina required for a successful interpretation of the complete cycle... Steven Osborne’s new account certainly demonstrates these qualities in abundance... (and) holds off the substantial competition — BBC Music Magazine. 30 Book online at bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 463362


Sunday 24 May

Orphy Robinson / Black Top 9.30 — 11 pm Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall / J5 £16 Concessions available (p. 46) Pat Thomas K E Y B OA R D S , P I A N O , E L E C T R O N I C S Orphy Robinson T R U M P E T, M A R I M B A , V I B E S , S T E E L PA N , E L E C T R O N I C S

Philip Achille H A R M O N I C A Beibei Wang P E R C U S S I O N

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, was created in late 2011, dedicated to exploring the combination of live instruments and lo-fi technology. Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub effects, drawing on their AfroCaribbean roots with a spontaneity and daring rooted in the free-jazz experiments of New York loft-scene innovators such as Sam Rivers. Black Top will be joined by harmonica player Philip Achille, who has been garnering wide spread critical acclaim & attention in both the classical and jazz arenas. They are joined by the Chinese multi-instrumentalist Beibei Wang (percussion) who has also been creating waves internationally.

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Monday 25 May

Bach Violin Concertos 4 — 5.45pm St Swithin's / K2 £25 / £18 / £10 Concessions available (p. 46) Dunedin Consort John Butt D I R E C TO R  JS Bach Violin Concerto in A minor  JS Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor  JS Bach Violin Concerto in E Major  JS Bach Concerto for two violins in D minor The Dunedin Consort won its second Gramophone award in 2014 and is now regarded as one of the world’s leading instrumental ensembles. Bach’s concertos have long been regarded as being at the pinnacle of baroque instrumental music. They offer extraordinary variety, ranging from the sunshine of the E major concerto to the brooding anxiety of the concerto for oboe and violin, and from the spirit of dance in the A minor to the musical miracle that is the double violin concerto. Butt delivers with great panache. As an example of what modern baroque practice and top-class musicianship can bring to these hugely familiar works, this set is exceptional — The Guardian.

House Gospel Choir 2 — 3.30pm Komedia / K1 £15 adults, £7 for students / under 25s and free for under 18s House Gospel Choir first hit the stage at last year’s Glastonbury Festival with their thrilling fusion of house anthems and gospel that you can dance to. Bring your kids and get them dancing to this family event at Komedia! Live keyboards and percussion combine with the choir  to create an electric house-meets-gospel sound that will raise the roof. You’ve probably seen them with Labrinth on Later… with Jools Holland — don’t miss the live experience at Komedia. 32 Book online at bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 463362


Monday 25 May

Hugh Masekela + Helele 7.30 — 10pm Forum / K3 £32 / £27 / £25 / £20 / £15 Concessions available (p. 46) The great South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela has come to be known as a living legend in the decades since he first picked up a trumpet, and luckily for us he shows no sign of putting it down yet. Universally considered one of the world’s all-time greatest horn players, he remains, in the words of The Independent: A musician of phenomenal grace and power... still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.

'Hugh Masekela creates an instant party with his band, leading from vocals and flugelhorn like a South African Louis Armstrong — his voice has long spoken out in the struggle for freedom, while his soaring horn has echoes of township jazz, hip-hop and funk' THE GUARDIAN

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Tuesday 26 May

Peter Manning & Renato Balsadonna 1 — 2pm Guildhall / L1 £15, £10 Concessions available (p. 46) Peter Manning V I O L I N Renato Balsadonna P I A N O   Schubert Duo in A major Op.162   Schubert Fantasie Op.Posth.159 Distinguished violinist and conductor Peter Manning has been associated with many of Britain’s great musical institutions including the Royal Opera, the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras and the Britten String Quartet. He’s formed a recital partnership with Renato Balsadonna, Chorus Director of the Royal Opera House, to present Schubert’s gloriously lyrical works for violin and piano. Originally trained as a pianist, Renato Balsadonna is widely known as a conductor and chorus master, and has worked with many leading orchestras, opera companies and festivals.

'Peter Manning was... impeccable. It’s a virtuosic part, but in Manning’s hands it was unshowy, natural, even breezy at times' BACHTR ACK


Tuesday 26 May

'Willard White has become synonymous with the role of Porgy: his commanding presence yet noble vulnerability captures the character perfectly — and what a voice!' M U S I C W E B I N T E R N AT I O N A L

Sir Willard White and Bath Philharmonia 7.30 — 9.30pm The Forum / L2 £32 / £27 / £25 / £20 / £15 Concessions available (p. 46) Bath Philharmonia Bath Camerata Sir Willard White B A S S B A R I TO N E Gweneth Ann Jeffers S O P R A N O Jason Thornton C O N D U C TO R   Gershwin  Porgy & Bess — Concert Suite   Dvorak Symphony No 9 'From the New World' Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess might just be the Great American Opera, with a score that includes such well-loved numbers such as Summertime, I got plenty o’ nuttin, It ain’t necessarily so and Bess, you is my woman now. Sir Willard White’s portrayal of Porgy is justly famed. Joined by the superb Gweneth Ann Jeffers plus full chorus and orchestra, and paired with Dvorak’s evergreen New World symphony, offers a rousing conclusion to this year’s Festival. Sir Willard White is one of the most versatile and most loved opera stars of the past 40 years. He has performed in the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre. He was last seen at the Bath International Music Festival in 2011 in Robeson Re-Explored, which was rapturously received by a full capacity audience. We are delighted to welcome Sir Willard back to Bath, performing with Bath’s own professional orchestra, the Bath Philharmonia, and the acclaimed Bath Camerata. Supported by The Roper Family Charitable Trust.

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here’s so much to enjoy in Bath this May. To find out more about what’s on see the event listings we provide on bathboxoffice.org.uk Here are a few of our favourites from other exciting organisations and museums across the city.

Bath Fringe Festival

Fringe arts Bath

Friday 22 May —  Sunday 7 June bathfringe.co.uk

23 May — 7 June

Bath Fringe crams in 200 events in 17 days and covers all the art-forms we can find. Look out for new events in new venues and be prepared as the city is invaded by some brilliant street performers and artists.

FaB15 is back showcasing exciting new work from creatives locally and beyond. FaB15 is hitting the streets with a series of curated popup exhibitions and events. Join our arty launch Friday the 22 May for more information www.fringeartsbath.co.uk or pick up a festival newspaper from 44AD.   

Bath Recital Trust 17 May / 20 May 2015 At 7.30pm, Pump Rooms 17 May 2015 Classic Gershwin — featuring Viv McLean, piano and Susan Porrett narrator. From Rhapsody in Blue to Gershwin’s lesser known Preludes with fascinating facts about Gershwin’s life and work. 20 May 2015 Ashley Fripp  — winner of the Prince’s Prize of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2014, programme including works by Beethoven, Ades and Chopin. Tickets £15 www.bathboxoffice.org.uk 01225 463362 40 Book online at bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 463362

The Holburne Museum May — June This May don’t miss an amazing new portrait commission by Charlotte Sorapure and ceramics by Nicholas Rena. From June an installation of willow sculpture by Laura Ellen Bacon and one of Italy’s greatest painters reveals the country through Venetian eyes in Canaletto: Celebrating Britain. www.holburne.org


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Brokerswood Country Park and Railway

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Where to Stay

For more information

THE ABBEY HOTEL The Abbey Hotel is located in the heart of the city, meaning this 60-bedroomed hotel is brilliantly located for the Roman Baths, Thermae Spa, Abbey, main shopping areas and our Festival venues. The much-acclaimed Allium Brasserie serves a varied and seasonal menu from 12 until 9pm including light dishes and salads, and the contemporary lounge, with its exhibition of modern art, is perfect for coffee, cocktails and afternoon teas. Terrace dining when the weather is warm. 1 — 3 North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF  01225 461603  abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

about accommodation in Bath, visit visitbath.co.uk or call Bath Tourist Information Centre on 0906 711 2000 (50p/min).

HILTON BATH CIT Y Hilton Bath City is centrally located in the historic city of Bath, close to shops, local attractions and train station. The hotel has been fully refurbished offering 173 air conditioned bedrooms, lobby bar serving Costa Coffee and a brand new French style restaurant, Atelier. Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BJ  01225 463 411  hilton.co.uk/bathcity

BROOKS GUESTHOUSE Brooks Guesthouse is a stylish boutique townhouse, 350 meters below the Royal Crescent and a mere seven minute walk to the city centre. All bedrooms have designer wallpapers, comfy beds and goose down bedding. All bathrooms have Hansgrohe power showers. We offer a delicious breakfast, an honesty bar and free, superfast WiFi.

KENNARD HOTEL A Georgian townhouse with its own special charm and character quietly situated within minutes of the city centre.

1 Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 2NA  01225 425543  brooksguesthouse.com

11 Henrietta Street, Bath, BA2 6LL  01225 310472  kennard.co.uk

THE HALCYON The Halcyon is a contemporary boutique townhouse hotel, centrally located within two minutes’ walk of major attractions, train station and parking. From £99. 2 — 3 South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AA  01225 461189  thehalcyon.com

MACDONALD BATH SPA HOTEL The five star Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is the perfect accommodation venue for Bath’s five star festivals. Sydney Road, Bath, BA2 6NS  08448 799106  macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/ macdonald-bath-spa-hotel/

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ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL This stunning hotel overlooks the city of Bath and offers elegant Georgian grandeur, luxurious accommodation and unrivalled customer care. This five star Relais & Chateaux property also boasts an award winning restaurant, secluded gardens as well as the relaxing & intimate spa. Come to The Royal Crescent Hotel and let us take care of you. 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS  01225 823333  royalcrescent.co.uk

TASBURGH HOUSE Set in seven acres of beautiful gardens Tasburgh House is a three minute taxi ride or 20 minute canal walk from the city centre. Twelve stylish rooms with extraordinarily comfy beds and breathtaking views all set in a relaxing atmosphere. Helpful, knowledgeable staff will happily recommend and reserve restaurants, tours, taxis etc. Licensed, great breakfasts and free parking. Warminster Road, Bath, BA2 6SH  01225 425096  tasburghhouse.co.uk

SACO BATH SACO Bath offers a beautiful Aparthotel, right in the heart of ancient and historic Bath. We’ve restored an entire Georgian terrace to create a range of stunning studio, one and two bedroom apartments, so it’s a truly unique and special away from home experience for stays of any length. 37 St James’s Parade, Bath, BA1 1UH  01225 486540  sacoapartments.com/bath


Acknowledgements

Bath Festivals Board of Trustees John Cullum Chair Carol Baines, David Bates, Councillor Cherry Beath, Margaret Heffernan, Celia Mead, Ian Stockley, Stephen Taylor, Richard Turner CMG OBE, Anna Williams

Classical programme James Waters Jazz and World Serious Bath Festivals would like to thank the following for their invaluable support: The Festival volunteers, event managers, freelance production team and the managers and staff of all the Festival venues.

Chief Executive Belinda Kidd Finance Director Lynne Gregory Development & Marketing Director Owen McNeir Development Rosie Fearon, Simon Tapscott, Clodagh Moynan

 bathfestivals.org.uk

Finance & Administration Rebecca Wheeler, Danny Brothers

Image / Credit / Page Bath Cathedral / © Bath Tourism plus / 3 Cremona Quartet / © Elisa Caldana / 4, 16 House Gospel Choir / © House Gospel Choir / 4, 32 Steven Osborne / © Hyperion Recs / 12 Hot Sardines / © LeAnn Mueller ad Decca Recs / 5, 10, Emily Portman / © Elly Lucas / 5, 11 Laura Van Der Heijden / © Sean Aidan / Front cover, 5, 19 Stile Antico / © Marco Borggreve / 5, 22 Will Gregory / © Still from ‘He who gets slapped’ / 5, 23 Mike Westbrook / © Remi Angeli / 5, 24 John Butt / © Queen Hall / 5, 29 Hugh Masekela / © Brett Rubin / Front cover, 5, 32 Willard White / © Julian Foxon / 5, 35 Fire Bird / © Julian Foxon / 6 Down the Rabbit hole / © Julien Foxon / 7 Steven Osborne / © Hyperion Recs / 8 Alash Esemble / © Nicole Renee / 9 Phil King / © Phil King / 9 Sam Sweeney / © Elly Lucas / 11 Steven Osborne / © B. Ealovega / 12 Jean Johnson / © B. Ealovega / 12 Philip Higham / © Sussie Ahlburg / 12 Oliver Gooch / © Helen May Banks / 13 Iford artist alinka / © Rob Coles / 13 Ji Liu / © Kevin McDaid / 14 Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita / © Josh Pulman / 15 Bartosz Woroch / © Kaupo Kikkas / 16 Amy Harman / © Kaupo Kikkas / 17 Jason Rebello / © Red Fire Music / 17 Gwilym Simcock / © Mary Dunkin / 26 Molotov Jukebox / © Mike Massaro / 20 Jennifer Crook / © Jennifer Crook / 20 Micheal Petrov / © Kaupo Kikkas / 21 Jess Vincent / © Jess Vincent / 21 Thomas Trotter / © Patrick Garvey / 18 Matthew Shipp / © Ziga Korotnik / 25 Hoppin Mad / © Graeme Ann / 25 Gwyneth Herbert / © Rosie Reed / 26 Parade Gardens / © David Iliff / 27 Family Music Day / © Julian Foxon / 27 Cleveland Pool / © Wessex water historical archive / 28 John Butt / © John Wood / 29 Steven Osborne / © B. Ealovega / 30 John Butt / © Queen Hall / 32 Hugh Masekela / © Brett Rubin / 33 Helele / © Manuel Lago / 33

Festival Production Kate Hall, Beth Coyle, Ollie Corbett Learning & Participation Hazel Plowman, Sarah Dowie Marketing & Communications Anna White, Matthew Gilford Press & PR Tamsin Treverton Jones (07980 585664) Box Office Zoe Bailey, Chloe Merritt, June Price, Jean Saint, Pam Twohig, Heather Holcroft-Pinn Brand & Festival Design Smith and Milton, Bristol

The Independent Bath Literature Festival Artistic Director Viv Groskop Literature Producer Judith Robinson

The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival Artistic Directors John and Gill McLay

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How to Book

Booking Bath Box Office Bath Visitor Information Centre Abbey Chambers Abbey Churchyard Bath BA1 1LY 01225 463362 boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk www.bathfestivals.org.uk

Concessions A concessionary discount of £1 per ticket is available to under 18s, full-time students, unemployment benefit claimants, those with a disability, and those whose sole source of income is a DSS pension. Only one concession may apply per ticket. Please note W/C spaces and free carer tickets are not available to book online. Weekday ticket offer Book any four weekday events in one transaction and receive a £1 discount off each ticket. This offer is not available online.

Box Office opening hours Monday to Saturday 10.30am — 5pm Sunday & Bank Holidays Closed (open on Sundays 10am — 4pm during the festival)

Young Persons ticket offer: £5 standby tickets Under 25’s and full-time students may purchase unsold tickets for £5 on the door 30 minutes before the event. Seat allocation is subject to availability and at the Box Office’s discretion.

How to book

Group bookings We offer one free seat for every ten purchased to the same event when booked at the same time.

 In person at Bath Box Office  By telephone on 01225 463362  Online at bathfestivals.org.uk  By post to Bath Box Office at the above address — cheques made payable to 'Bath Box Office' Please note postal bookings are dealt with alongside telephone and counter bookings.

When to Book  Patrons Booking 10 March  Friends Booking 17 March  General booking 24 March

Booking details Your tickets will be posted to you for a charge of £1 or free of charge if you include a stamped addressed envelope with your booking. Otherwise your tickets will be held for collection at the Box Office, or at the venue from one hour before the event. Booking by credit card either in person or by telephone incurs a £2 transaction charge. Booking by debit card either in person or by telephone incurs no charge. All online bookings incur a transaction charge of £1.

Bath Festivals welcomes visitors with disabilities Please advise the Box Office of your requirements when making a booking. Access details can be found on page 43 (map page) or by visiting the Access Statement on our website bathfestivals.org.uk/accessibility. Visitors with a disability who need to bring a personal assistant are offered one free ticket. If you require a BSL interpreter, please enquire at the Box Office as soon as possible and we will do our best to accommodate this. Other booking information Please quote the event code when booking. Event times are approximate and doors open 15 minutes before each event. Tickets are nonrefundable, but if an event sells out we are happy to offer returned tickets for resale. A £2 per ticket handling charge will apply on all resold tickets. Please note that we cannot refund card transactions, postage or online booking fees. Programmes and performers may be subject to change. All information in this programme was correct at the time of going to press. Filming Some events or shows may be filmed or photographed. Buying a ticket affirms your consent to the filming, sound recording or photographing of yourself as a member of the audience.

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Diary C

ARTIST

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From 5.30pm / Various Venues in Bath City Centre From 5.30pm / Southgate

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Friday 15 May Free Free

Party in the City Party in the City: Schools Commission

Saturday 16 May A1

Steven Osborne Piano Recital

11am — 1pm / Guildhall

8

A2

Georgian Pleasures

3 — 5 .30pm / Newton Park, Bath Spa University

9

A3

Alash Ensemble

7.30 — 9.30pm / ICIA University of Bath

9

A4

Phil King

7.30 — 9.30pm / Midsomer Norton Town Hall

9

A5

Hot Sardines

7.30 — 9 pm / Guildhall

10

A6

Emily Portman & Sam Sweeney

9.30 — 11pm / Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall

11

Sunday 17 May B1 Free

Steven Osborne Festival Evensong

11am — 1pm / Guildhall 3.30 — 4 .30pm / Bath Abbey

12 13

B2 B3

Steven Osborne in conversation w/ James Waters Violetta’s Party — Iford Arts

5.30pm / The Francis Hotel 7 — 9 pm / Guildhall

12 13

Monday 18 May C1

Ji Liu

1 — 2pm / Guildhall

14

C2

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita in conversation w/ Andy Morgan

5.30pm / The Francis Hotel

15

C3

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

7.30 — 9.30pm / Guildhall

15

1 — 2pm / Guildhall 7.30 — 9.30pm / Guildhall

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Tuesday 19 May D1 D2

Bartosz Woroch Cremona Quartet

Wednesday 20 May E1

Amy Harman & Jonathan Ware

1 — 2pm / Guildhall

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E2

Thomas Trotter in conversation w/ James Waters

5.30pm / The Francis Hotel

18

E3

Jason Rebello / Gwilym Simcock

7.30 — 9.30pm / Wiltshire Music Centre

17

E4

Thomas Trotter

7 — 9 pm / Bath Abbey

18

Thursday 21 May F1 F2

Laura van der Heijden in conversation w/ James Waters Laura van der Heijden plays Haydn

5.30pm / The Francis Hotel 7.30 — 9.30pm / The Forum

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F3

Molotov Jukebox

7.30 — 9.30pm / Komedia

20

F4

Jennifer Crook

7.30 — 9.30pm / Paulton Library

20

Friday 22 May G1

Michael Petrov

1 — 2pm / Guildhall

21

G2

Stile Antico in conversation w/ James Waters

5.30pm / The Francis Hotel

22

G3

Jess Vincent

7.30 — 1 0pm / Keynsham Community Space

21

G4

Stile Antico

7.30 — 9.30pm / Bath Abbey

22

Saturday 23 May H1 H2

Will Gregory & Tony Orrell Mike Westbrook — The Westbrook Blake

2 — 3 .45pm / Komedia 7.30 — 8 .45pm / St Mary’s Bathwick

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H3

Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio Duo

7.30 — 9.30pm / ICIA University of Bath

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H4

Hoppin’Mad

8.30 — 11.30pm / Victoria Hall, Radstock

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H5

Gwyneth Herbert

9.30 — 11pm / Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall

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Sunday 24 May J1

Family Music Day

Workshops: 11am — 2 pm / Performances: 11am — 3pm / Parade Gardens

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J2

Red Note Ensemble

11am — 12.15pm / Cleveland Pools

28

J3

John Butt plays Bach

3.30 — 5pm / St Swithin’s Church

29

J4

Steven Osborne plays Messiaen

7 — 9.15pm / St Mary’s Bathwick

30

J5

Orphy Robinson / Black Top

9.30 — 11pm / Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall

31

Monday 25 May K1

House Gospel Choir

2 — 3 .30pm / Komedia

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K2

John Butt / Dunedin Consort

4 — 5 .45pm / St Swithin's Church

32

K3

Hugh Masekela

7.30 — 1 0pm / The Forum

33

Tuesday 26 May

L1

Peter Manning & Renato Balsadonna

1 — 2pm / Guildhall

34

L2

Sir Willard White & Bath Philharmonia

7.30 — 9.30pm / The Forum

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