Friday 15 May Bath Box Office 01225 463362 bathfestivals.org.uk @bathfestivals #bathmusicfest
Bath International Music Festival kicks off this year with the city wide celebration, Party in the City, spreading through the streets and over 43 venues with more than 150 exciting bands, singers and performers.
his year’s highlights include Sing and Samba bringing a tropical flavour, Turbo the Disco Turtle — a moving sculpture that doubles as a sound system, and rock’n’roll from Bite the Buffalo, who were the main support act for Robert Plant and The Sensational Shapeshifters, in Parade Gardens. We’ve also joined up again with the national initiative Museums at Night, with museums here in Bath and across the country flinging open their doors for late night explorations. This year Party in the City continues throughout the Festival, with free music on the bandstand in Parade Gardens on the first weekend, 16/17 May, and again on Sunday 24 May. There is also a free Family Music Day including more music from local bands, plus more delights during the week — see The Party Goes On page for more information. The fun does not stop, with the 10 day Bath International Music Festival running from 16 — 26 May. We are bringing you a soul-stirring mix of music, including major international stars such as the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the legendary singer Sir Willard White with the Bath Philharmonia, the very hot Molotov Jukebox and an amazing live performance of music composed by Will Gregory, of Goldfrapp, played live to the silent film classic He Who Gets Slapped. The classical programme features a host of well-known and emerging stars, plus a three concert residency with one of the greatest pianists of his generation, Steven Osborne, including a candlelit performance of Messiaen’s massive Vingt Regards Sur L’Enfant Jesus. There’s also lots of jazz, world and folk music, including Orphy Robinson’s Black Top, the delightful Gwyneth Herbert, the amazing Hot Sardines from New York, and a very special premiere of the new collaboration between emerging folk star Emily Portman and Sam Sweeney of Bellowhead.
Look out for our brochure which lists the incredible events for this year or visit bathfestivals.org.uk/music
This excellent music will be placed in our World Heritage setting, taking you not only to iconic places such as Bath Abbey, but also to lesser known glories such as the Cleveland Pools, the UK’s only surviving Georgian lido, with Red Note Ensemble. We also go to the beautiful Capability Brown landscape at Newton Park, with an afternoon of Georgian Pleasures, and to St Swithin’s, Bath’s only surviving Georgian church, for two concerts of music by Bach from leading harpsichordist and conductor, John Butt, and the Dunedin Consort.
Bath International Music Festival dates Friday 15 May — Tuesday 26 May
Music Festival Highlights Emily Portman & Sam Sweeney Saturday 16 May / 9.30 — 11pm Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall / A6 / £ 16*
Molotov Jukebox Thursday 21 May / 7.30 — 9.30pm Komedia / £15* / students and under 25’s are £7
House Gospel Choir Monday 25 May / 2 — 3 .30pm Komedia / £7 under 25’s, under 18’s Free * Concession Available
The Hot Sardines Saturday 16 May / 7.30pm + 10pm Guildhall / £10 — £ 25*
Catrin Finch & Sekou Keita
Laura van der Heijden
Monday 18 May / 7.30 — 9.30pm Guildhall / £10 — £ 25*
Thursday 21 May / 7.30 — 9.30pm The Forum / £10 — £ 30*
Family Music Day
Red Note Ensemble
Sunday 24 May / 11am — 3pm Parade Gardens / Free Event
Sunday 24 May / 11am — 12.15pm Cleveland Pools / £12*
Willard White & Bath Philharmonia
Monday 25 May / 7.30 — 10pm The Forum / £15 — £ 32*
Tuesday 26 May / 7.30 — 9.30pm The Forum / £15 — £ 32*
Party in the City — The Party Goes On This year, there are even more free music events throughout Bath International Music Festival. From young, up and coming performers in Parade Gardens to live jazz at the Thermae Bath Spa, there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered around the city!
Saturday 16 May 11 — 2 .45pm Parade Gardens Bandstand / Free* 11 — 11:30am Steve Loudoun 11:40 — 12:10am Tom Vigar 12:20 — 12:50am The Dole Age 1 — 1.30pm Tom Corneill 1.40 — 2 .10pm Harry and The Gondolas 2.20 — 2 .50pm Isobel Holly
Sunday 17 May 11 — 2 .45pm / Parade Gardens Bandstand / Free* 11 — 11.30am Simon Allen 11.40am — 12.10pm False Company 12.20 — 12.50pm Emma Shoosmith 1 — 1.30pm Jess Richardson 1.40 — 2 .10pm Sam Evans 2.20 — 2 .50pm Lauren Castle
Wednesday 20 May 9 — 11pm / The Nest / Free 9.15 — 10pm Centrefolds 10.10 — 11pm Montrose
Thursday 21 May 4 — 6pm / Thermae Bath Spa / Free (Limited tickets available now from Thermae Bath Spa. Terms apply) 4, 5 & 6pm Live Jazz in the Cross Bath
Museums at Night Bath International Music Festival is proud to once again join forces with Museums at Night to host this year’s Party in the City. Museums at Night, which will explode into life from 13— 16 May, is a biannual UK-wide festival which attracts visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events. Look out for our Museums at Night logo!
Sunday 24 May Family Music Day 11am — 3pm / Parade Gardens Bandstand / Free* Join us to explore a wealth of different ways you can make an instrument, and then celebrate and make some music! Drop in workshops are happening throughout the day. 11am — 2pm Bradford on Avon Young Musicians showcase: featuring Danny Purnell and Jess Crudge, Zoe Newton, Tom Vigar, Lauren Castle and Joel and Isaac Francis 2 — 3pm Family Music Day Live Performance
*Entrance to Parade Gardens is free to Discovery Card Holders; otherwise there is a charge of £1 adults and 70p concessions
Street Performance As well as everything going on at the Party in the City venues don’t miss all the spectacular street performances. From Carnival Samba bands to Wandering Shakespearian Bards, expect spectacular encounters with everything from the spectacular roaming DJ Disco Turtle to Morris Dancers with smoke machines!
Highlight Tours By the ‘delightfully absurd’ Natural Theatre Company: Surreal comic interactive theatre. With over 150 performances on offer during Party in The City the choices can be a little daunting. Where to start? What not to miss? Worry not, we’ve teamed up with the world famous Natural Theatre Company who will guide you through the musical streets of Bath, safely deliver you to concerts and gigs and entertain you every step of the way. Meet at the bottom of Milsom Street to join the free tours which leave every 15 minutes between 6pm and 7pm. Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours.
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Mac Seka 6.30 — 7.10pm Mac Seka is a Senegalese singer songwriter. His fingerstyle guitar blends West African rhythms with folk and country melodies to create beautiful unique harmonies.
Broose 7.20 — 8pm Broose established himself in Texas as an influential singer songwriter, collaborating with bands such as Pop Poppins and TOOMuchTV. Tonight he will be performing some well-loved originals from his accomplished solo catalogue.
BATH ABBEY FESTIVAL COMMISSION
Down the Rabbit Hole 6 — 6.45pm 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 accompanied by musicians from Action On Hearing Loss Day Services. The procession will lead you to the Abbey where you will be greeted by our choir of school children exploring their own Wonderlands in song, created by the children working with musicians Zoe Palmer and Genevieve Wilkins.
Bath Choral Society 7 — 7.20pm Bath Choral Society is a lively mixed choir comprising over 100 voices, engaging with professional orchestras and soloists to present you with a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire.
Bath Spa University Choir 8 — 8 .20pm The BSU Choir, directed by Francis Faux, is the main choral ensemble at Bath Spa University. This unmissable performance will showcase a world premiere of Nobuo Uematsu’s Hymn of the Fayth as well as music by Gorecki and Ola Gjeilo.
The Bath Chorus 8.30 — 8 .50pm Regarded as one of Baths leading choirs, The Bath Chorus has performed at concert venues across the UK and are led by Grenville Jones. The auditioned mixed-voice choir always give uplifting performances at Party in the City!
Bath Community Gospel Choir, Young Carers South West & Bath Philharmonia 9.15 — 10pm Young carers from Gloucestershire, BANES and Wiltshire come together with Bath Community Gospel Choir to perform original music about their lives. 60 Young carers from across the South West have worked with the Bath Philarmonia Music in Action team and Bath Community Gospel Choir to perform their own music at the headline slot in Bath Abbey for Party in the City 2015.
BATH BREW HOUSE
Jukebox Live 6 — 6.45pm Jukebox Live functions on a request basis. Song Menus are made available and you choose what you want to hear. Bohemian Rhapsody anyone?
Al O’Kane 7 — 7.45pm Acoustic folk king Al has played alongside Eddie Martin, Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman. Debut album “Oort Cloud Visitor” available now.
City of Bath Bach Choir
The Domino Collective
7.30 — 7.50pm City of Bath Bach Choir will sing extracts from Faure Requiem, in anticipation of the visit of Choeur Darius Milhaud from Aix-en-Provence in June.
8 — 8 .45pm A female-fronted groove-based fivepiece with prominent funk influences, delivering high energy live performances across the UK.
BATH BREW HOUSE
Tell The Hoi 9 — 9.45pm Indie/alt rock drawing on influences ranging from PEACE, Alt-J and Kodaline to Led Zeppelin — Great music performed by great musicians.
Carousels and Limousines 10 — 11pm Compared to Tom Petty, The War on Drugs and The Gaslight Anthem, Carousels and Limousines perform catchy, vintage rock n’ roll with irresistible riffs.
BATH CENTRAL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Soundwell Music Therapy Trust 4 — 5pm Soundwell is a unique, local, music therapy project working in the field of adult mental health. Join experienced Music Therapists for a one-off taster workshop. A wide range of instruments are available and no experience is necessary!
Widcombe Choir 6 — 6.20pm Widcombe Choir is a no-audition, community choir, focusing on singing for pleasure and raising the spirit of the local community. Come and sing along!
Brass Tacks 6.25 — 6.50pm Brass Tacks is an award winning ensemble organised by the B&NES Music Education Hub Music Centres representing some of the most talented young musicians from across the Local Area.
Jenny Peplow Singers 7 — 7.20pm An award-winning, all female community choir singing modern pop and show songs in 3 and 4 part harmonies with the love of music bringing us together.
Bath Chamber Opera 7.25 — 7.50pm Vikings! Is a new comedy-opera by Malcolm Hill, set in northern Europe over 1000 years ago. A troubled Viking has an embarrassing tendency to grow horns at inappropriate moments…
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Sassparella 8 — 8 .20pm Sassparella is a Bath-based all-female community choir, building a great reputation for their entertaining “sassy” performances of popular songs.
8.25 — 8 .55pm Enceladus Chamber Choir is made up of young professional musicians from around Bath. With music ranging from classical to spirituals to folk, they are sure to entertain everyone.
Bath All Comers’ Orchestra
8.40 — 9.20pm Since forming in 2012, Thompson’s Lovechild have built a set list with diverse influence and flavours that reflect the innumerable bands, genres, albums and styles that inspire them.
Luke De-Sciscio 6 — 6.30pm Mesmerising vocal and lyrics of unabashed personal discovery penned from the removed perspective of a life on the water.
9.05 — 9.30pm Closing the night at CURC, Bath All Comers’ Orchestra, is open to all providing an invaluable opportunity to gain or expand experience in orchestral playing and will give you a great finish to the night.
Mighty Dynamite 9.30 — 10.10pm Mighty Dynamite were born in the crucible of South West England’s music scene where genres collide and new sounds are created. Probably.
6.45 — 7.15pm Described as “a wee folkie with a punk spirit” and “like Joni Mitchell meets Pam Ayres, via Johnny Cash.”
BATH POSTAL MUSEUM
Letters By Candlelight
Stone Cold Fiction
7.30 — 8 .30pm Coaxes the singer songwriter genre towards a place of hope: somewhere honest and sincere. Debut EP ‘City Lights’ out now.
open until 8pm Visit Bath Postal Museum by the flicker of candlelight - the same precious flickers that illuminated the post offices of Victorian Britain. Immerse yourself in the deep history that Bath has played within the realms of communications. Admission: £4.50 / £6 with light postmans lunch.
A Band Named Brian 7 — 7.40pm Brian Madigan has been writing and performing for many years, with appearances on three continents and at various festivals. Brian possesses an impressive catalogue of memorable, witty and forthright songs.
Rivers of England 7.50 — 8 .30pm Rivers Of England are a folk band whose timeless songs are reminiscent of the Nick Drake/ John Martyn era but with positive and provoking sentiment.
6.40 — 7.40pm Having only formed in December 2013, Stone Cold Fiction has quickly taken to the Bristol music scene, performing relentlessly around Bristol’s big name venues.
The Funtans 8 — 9pm The fourth biggest band to come out of Widcombe in the last decade, playing mind-rending music for the beautifully hearted. Check out their EP “&” at www.funtans.co.uk.
Ellie Makes Music
Sam Evans Band 8.45 — 9.45pm Born to perform — Sam Evans plays upbeat and uplifting acoustic music with a blend of jazz, soul, blues and reggae.
Sinnober 10 — 11pm Danish/English trio playing beautifully crafted songs with sunshine harmonies and tasteful guitar work. Eponymous debut album out now.
Harlem Rhythm Cats 9.20 — 10.20pm Somerset’s finest boogie-woogie blues band, come along and shake your tail feather to quirky numbers from the 40s and 50s. Jump, jive and wail!
The Deltics 10.45 — 00.00am The Deltics put on an energetic show steeped in the sounds of the sweaty R&B clubs of 1965. Come and groove with the band and their body twisting rock ‘n’ roll.
BLOWOUT SAX 7 — 11pm An incredible evening of saxophonebased party music with Mark Archer, Craig Crofton and Stan Scott backed by a top class trio of Anders Olinder (keys), Andy Tween (drums) and Jerry Cozier Cole (Guitar). Blowout Sax stellar students will join them and DJ Tony Clark will provide interval sounds with Simon Archer exhibiting his stunning black and white photos.
Don’t forget Bath International Music Festival runs until 26 May see all the great events at bathfestivals.org.uk/music COLONNA & HUNTER
BRLSI 10am-8pm Brought to Light — The 18th century book explosion. The world of the Enlightenment explored in books, with original & diverting observations by Mr Edmund Rack, a Gentleman of Bath.
Big Band 6 — 6.20pm Bath Spa Big Band is an exciting ensemble featuring students from the Jazz course alongside classical and commercial music students. The repertoire ranges from music by modern composers through to Big Band classics.
The Accidentals 6.30 — 6.50pm The Accidentals are a contemporary choral choir from Bath. Comprising of members from Bath Spa University, the choir features music by composers such as Paul Mealor and Eric Whitacre.
Chamber Winds 7 — 7.20pm A Bath Spa University mixed-instrument ensemble which plays chamber music repertoire, with players selected from all years of the BA Music programme.
George and the Dragon 7.30 — 8pm George & the Dragons are an infusion of traditional jazz and grooving funk, with a dubstep drop thrown in here and there. Filling dancefloors since 2012, they want to get you dancing in 2015!
BA1 Records Acoustic Showcase 6 — 9pm An evening of relaxed and melodic acoustic music, exhibiting the talents of the students of BA1 Records & City of Bath College, taking place in one of Bath’s most intimate venues.
Sing & Samba 6.45 — 7.15pm Bath International Music Festival brings you the world premiere of Sing & Samba; a collaboration of choirs directed by Bath’s music-man Grenville Jones and the local legends Jamma de Samba, led by Robbie Verrecchia. Come along and join in the biggest sing-along of the night, including the Dixie Cups’ ‘Iko Iko’ and Dario G’s ‘Sunchyme’. Everyone welcome!
CITY OF BATH COLLEGE
Isotropic Showcase 2 — 5pm Music Technology students from the City of Bath College will host a series of introductory workshops in which prospective music producers, kids and families will have an opportunity to gain hands on experience working with state of the art equipment. 6 — 9.30pm In a culmination of the day-time workshops, students will be performing a diverse range of live electronic music with accompanying visual imagery.
7.15 — 8pm A perfect example of shimmering dexterous picking, that goes beyond the usual ‘guy with a guitar’ expectation. Expect instrumentals, uniquely arranged covers and sublime original songs with lyrics that were complimented by the Poets Society.
Mitchell & Vincent 8.30 — 9.15pm Playing lively traditional music on Fiddle and Guitar, they have been described as musicians who ‘tell stories with their melodies’.
Bristol A Cappella 9.30 — 10.15pm A vibrant, colourful A Cappella singing group, these guys and girls use vocal harmonies to re-create well-known pop songs that’ll have you tapping your feet and maybe even singing along!
THE EGG 5 — 7pm Join us at The Egg for a line-up of young upcoming artists from the local area. A great child-friendly venue!
FOREST OF IMAGINATION Forest of Imagination is taking over Queen Square from 15 — 18 May to present a playful programme of installations, artworks and workshops. Opening on 15 May at 6pm with a performance by Walcot State Choir at 7.45pm.
THE FORUM CAFÉ 7 — 10pm Witness some of the best up and coming young musicians of Bath. Each with his or her own style, these young musicians are ones to watch for the future with great repertoires of original and cover songs.
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
On The Edge 6.30 — 6.50pm On the Edge is the 16-piece swing band of the U3A in Bath. Playing American song-book, Beatles, Queen, jazz and Latin — Anything to get you dancing!
Ramshackle Orchestra 7.05 — 7.25pm A multi-generational community string orchestra (8 — 73!) recently created by Radio Banska fiddler Nina Trott to perform an atmospheric, rootsy and eclectic repertoire of Celtic folk, gypsy tunes, Klezmer laments and mysterious airs from the wilder reaches of Hungary and Transylvania.
Sounding it Out 7.40 — 8 .05pm Sounding It Out, a vibrant local a cappella choir, will get your feet tapping, your soul soaring and your heart singing.
This Side of Paris 8:20 — 9pm Cool mellow jazz. You will be entranced by the understatement of the music and the smooth tones of Lindsey’s voice weaving between guitar and double bass.
GREEN PARK STATION
Kingswood Jazz Orchestra 6.30 — 8 .30pm Kingswood Jazz Orchestra returns for its 7th annual gig at Green Park Station, presenting the very best jazz, swing, blues and soul classics.
South West Music School 6.15 — 8 .15pm SWMS returns to Party in the City to put on their yearly showcase of immense young talent. With an eclectic mix of classical, pop and folk performers, this concert is a great opportunity to witness and support a selection of the very highest calibre of young musicians in our region.
8.20 — 8 .50pm Rock Choir, the UK’s largest and most popular contemporary choir is delighted to be returning to The Bath International Music Festival, Party in the City. We are thrilled to be supporting this fantastic event.
9.30 — 11pm A unique and atmospheric, electro swing party band. Swing, characters, comedy and dance all in abundance. If electro swing is your thing then this is the one for you!
Owl in the Sun GREEN PARK BRASSERIE
Gavin Lazarus Quartet 8-10pm Gavin Lazarus is a dynamic singer, songwriter and all-round entertainer. Hailed as a master of phrasing and nuance, he has the rare gift of being able to deliver songs with the smooth, effortless feel usually associated with the greatest singers of the jazz age.
Guy Harrups’ All Stars Two Hours of jazz-funk with outside seating, food and a bar.
8.55 — 9.20pm Blending folky Americana with a twist of gypsy jazz, Owl in the Sun’s original songs feature a range of acoustic instruments with rich vocal harmonies. “Absolutely lovely!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
The Bellefleurs 9.30 — 10pm The Bellefleurs take songs from rock, pop, disco, metal and punk and ‘Fleurt’ with them to make original arrangements. Super tight harmonies, fairly tight corsets and lots of fun!
Carlos Alonso 10.10 — 10.30pm Catch a mixture of both classical and contemporary songs performed by tenor opera singer, Carlos Alonso. Songs include Nessun Dorma, O Sole Mio and Mattinata.
Evelyn Strasburger 10.30 — 10.50pm To finish the evening Evelyn Strasburger and Charles Wiffen perform some of the most beautiful songs to be written by the great composers concerning sleep — all in English. Enjoy!
HALL & WOODHOUSE
The Bourbons 7 — 7.40pm Great swing and dance music selected from Big Band, Latin, rock, trad jazz, American song-book, with top vocals. Real foot-tapping stuff.
The Curious Incident 7.50-8.30pm The Curious Incident is Pop/Rock with a Caribbean twist that tastes like jerk chicken and lemonade and makes your troubles melt away.
The Doubtful Guest 9 — 9.40pm The Doubtful Guest is a great Country and Folk band that tours the West Country relentlessly. Great lyrical and tuneful songs that go great with a pint!
HOLBURNE MUSEUM 5 — 9pm We love the Holburne and want you to love it too! ‘Speed-date’ the Museum at our bite-sized introduction to our collection and activities. From object handling to hands-on art, we’ll have 15 minute sessions of fun to help you get to know us better. All washed down with a drink in the Garden Cafe accompanied by Party in the City performers.
Bath Bellas 6.20 — 6.50pm Bath Bellas is a small student-run women’s chamber choir from Bath Spa University. Under musical director and founder of the choir, Holly Adams, the small group of music students sing a range of styles from classical music to jazz, musical theatre and a cappella pop tunes.
Kilter’s Unsung Choir 7 — 7.30pm Kilter is running the Unsung project 2014/15. Young people are writing song lyrics about the unsung aspects of their lives and Kilter is setting them to music and teaching them to professional adult choirs.
Isobel Holly 7.40 — 8 .10pm Isobel Holly is a young singer from Bath who is a regular performer at the Party in the City with her own unique style of folk/pop songs as well as favourite covers.
Tim Vosper Tim Vosper will be our MC for the evening. An extraordinary wordsmith performing snappy poems, energetically delivered, covering diverse topics such as smooth dance moves and a hedgehog called Dave…
Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics 7.50 — 8 .30pm A band of seasoned, pro-musicians performing Barry’s lyrical, up-beat and sometimes mellow folk-rock songs included on two recently released CDs. If you like Paul Simon, the Unthanks or Ralph McTell, you will enjoy this band.
Pete Webber 9 — 9.20pm Pete Webber, Bristol-based guitarist, songwriter, banjo & mandolin player has shared stages with Nick Harper, Howe Gelb, Robyn Hitchcock, and many other respected acoustic artists. New album ‘Until The Water Runs Clean’ released in June.
Mr Shaun 9.20 — 10pm Original trio comprising of: singer-guitarist Shaun McCrindle (Bristol’s very own Jonathan Richman), Jeff France (drums and percussion) and John Slattery (bass and bouzouki). They write New Wave melodic pop, with a host of other influences.
THE KINGS ARMS
Daniel Seath 8 — 8 .30pm Inspired by acts including Kate Rusby and Joni Mitchell, Daniel Seath will present a range of acoustic English and Irish folk covers of a range of artists from The Beatles to Johnny Cash.
Jimmy Moore 8.45 — 9.15pm A perfect example of shimmering dexterous picking, that goes beyond the usual ‘guy with a guitar’ expectation. Expect instrumentals, unique arranged covers and sublime original songs with lyrics that were complimented by the Poets Society.
Andy Cook 21.30 — 10.15pm Well known on the Bath music scene, Andy Cook is an acoustic musician with a difference. With powerful vocals and intricate guitar playing, Andy beautifully reconstructs songs you will already know — but in very different styles.
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MUSEUM OF BATH ARCHITECTURE
Jerrome Recorders 7.15 — 8pm Come and hear many different sizes of recorders played — from the large contrabass standing at 6ft tall down to the tiny soprano. For all recorder enthusiasts!
NO. 1 ROYAL CRESCENT
Vivavoices 8.15 — 8 .40pm A small but perfectly formed acappella group, Vivavoices sing for the joy of singing. A cappella voices in close harmony, singing gorgeous upbeat songs from gospel to pop via jazz, world music and blues.
Z’Bella 9.00 — 9.30pm A Cappella magic from a Bath-based quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire of music from around the globe.
MUSEUM OF BATH AT WORK 8 — 9pm Rare guest appearance by The Gas Giants (Will Gregory & Tony Orrell) at The Museum of Bath at Work, to launch A R T + W O R K. The exhibition, featuring artists Lucinda Burgess, Fiona Haines and Carole Pearson, runs from 16th May — 4th June 2015.
The Monday Players (Piano Lounge) 6 — 6.30pm The Monday Players are a group of local, amateurs and semi-professional musicians. Hear classical and romantic repertoire along with various combinations of chamber music.
This City Limits 6.30 — 7.15pm This City Limits, a modern rock band from Leeds, are supported by both BBC Introducing and 6 Music. Join them as they treat us to a night of high-energy, contemporary rock ‘n’ roll.
The Amazing Street Cred Band 7.30 — 8 .15pm The Amazing Street Cred Band plays old time blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Great for dancing!
Ye Olde Avalon MUSEUM OF EAST ASIAN ART
Emily Harmer 7.30 — 8 .30pm In celebration of the Music in China exhibition, musician Emily Harmer will demonstrate her collection of Asian flutes and take you on a journey through the traditional folk melodies from China and Japan. Meet the artist and see the flutes themselves close up.
8.30 — 9.15pm Young original rocking folk ‘n’ blues, Somerset 4 piece with songs of joy and honesty to get you on your feet and loving life.
The Blues Others 9.30 — 11pm Packing out venues year after year, Party in the City welcomes back The Blues Others for a night of singing, dancing and jiving with their full, 13 piece swing band.
6 — 8pm Join us in the atmospheric surroundings of this prestigious Georgian townhouse. Discover the beautiful Withdrawing room, enjoy music, and marvel at the variety of equipment in our 18th century kitchen. Visit Small Worlds, our newly opened historic dolls’ houses exhibition to see a collection of beautifully restored houses. Free entry for visitors with a valid Discovery Card.
Harpsichordist 6 — 8pm The Harpsichord at No.1 Royal Crescent was made in 1770 by Jacob Kirckman; one of the most important makers of harpsichords in England. This is a rare opportunity to hear it being played in the atmospheric setting of this beautiful historic house.
ORA ET LABORA 6.45pm & 8.30pm Celebrating all things medieval, Ora Et Labora hosts the debut performance of foot tapping folk music from Fiddlesticks. Beer and cheese platters a plenty, Book your spot in the medieval candle-lit vault now!
PARADE GARDENS FESTIVAL BAR WITH THE NEST 5 — 1 1PM
Prior Park Big Band 5 — 5.25pm PPBB is a 16-piece band that belts out delightful jazz and swing numbers, directed by David Sackett. The band has performed around Europe, including Prague and Brussels, and often supports events at Prior Park College.
THE PIG AND FIDDLE
5.30 — 5.50pm Isobel Holly is a talented, young, singer-songwriter from Bath. She will be performing her own songs and favourite covers with her unique vocal style.
Wade Merritt 5.50 — 6.10pm Modern acoustic pop sung with guitar. Mostly upbeat songs with a few slow mellow songs thrown in. Joyful and anyone is welcome to sing along.
Bath Guitar School 6.20 — 6.40pm The Bath Guitar School Band has performed for the opening night of the Bath Music Festival since 2007, and it has now become an integral part of the students learning programme.
Blonde and the Boys 6.50 — 7.10pm The Blonde and the Boys have wowed audiences in and around Bath for years with their energetic festival performances. Come and enjoy their pumped up set of rock covers and pop classics.
NOMEANFEAT 19.20 — 19.55pm NOMEANFEAT are a five piece, upbeat, rhythm, rock & blues band. Guitar led with keyboard, bass and drums — a raw tight sound that you just have to dance to.
6 — 6.30pm The post punk revival is evident in the hearts of these 4 likeminded individuals, who combine fiery riffs with explosive drumming and energetic vocals, amounting to an exhilarating live performance.
Band of Pilgrims & The Priordonnas
6.30 — 7pm A 5 piece indie alt-rock band that have developed a solid reputation and an authentic sound that they are proud to call their own.
8.15 — 9pm The Band of Pilgrims and The Priordonnas all female choir come together in “Joyful Assembly” to bring uplifting new music with a Gospel influence. An occasion that requires all to participate and be a part of the celebration.
The Hat Club
The Bourbons (U3A)
Tell The Hoi
7.15 — 7.45pm Five-piece, dynamic and eclectic Chippenham based band with a style which is uniquely theirs. Powerful, soulful lyrics over driving, funky baselines. Sharp drumbeats and catchy guitar riffs, The Hat Club are most definitely one to watch!
David Smith 8 — 8 .45pm Drawing comparisons with Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard & Nick Drake. For Bath International Music Festival David has something special planned: The debut performance of his new band.
9.30 — 10.15pm Great swing and dance music selected from Big Band, Latin, rock, jazz, American song-book, with top vocals. Real foot-tapping stuff.
Mitchell & Vincent 7 — 7.30pm David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are an acoustic duo from Dorset and Somerset who play lively traditional music from the British Isles on Fiddle and nylon strung Guitar.
Michael Hennessy 9 — 9.40pm Have a picture-perfect evening, brilliant drinks and years of songs learnt with Michael Hennessy. With an impressive repertoire of over 200 songs, Michael will be sure to get the party going in this intimate venue.
8.10 — 8 .50pm These top-hat donning, medley-making funksters often expand their repertoire by miraculously learning requested songs live. Never a disappointing show!
9 — 9.45pm Stamping a muddy footprint on pop, hard hitting four-piece The Drive bring a bitter-sweet attack tainted with soul. Behind the screaming guitar and tortured drums, lie the foundations of the four founding fathers.
Bite The Buffalo
9.15 — 10pm Headline Act: Bite The Buffalo, two brothers from Zambia bring you their version of Stomp Rock Blues. From American tours to the Glastonbury BBC stage, BTB have played the UK’s best venues and are delighted to headline for a rare Bath home show appearance.
10 — 11pm The Bohemian Embassy have a live set that needs to be seen to be believed. With a new album on the way the band are now playing brand new song’s never heard live before. Having played some of the UK and Europe’s best venues, this is a headline show not too miss!
9am — 8pm Pictures at an Exhibition | Quercus Gallery: drop in for a drink and enjoy art and music at our fabulous exhibition of Ed Kluz’s Bath-based artworks, open late. Also catch music inspired paintings by Richard J S Young at Gascoyne Place with live music.
The Zu Zu Men
RALPH ALLEN CORNERSTONE 6 — 9.30pm William Smith and Combe Down: The Story of a Geologist and his Cherished Home from 25th April — 3 1st May. To coincide with the 200th anniversary of William Smith’s production of the first nationwide geological map in 1815.
Combe Down Rocks 6.30 — 6.50pm Two talented rock bands form Ralph Allen School with original numbers and covers - great rock band music to get you in the mood for the party. Combe Down rocks!
Young Musicians of the Year 7 — 7.40pm Ralph Allen School present finalists from their Young Musicians of the Year 2015, announced only last month. The prestigious line-up of finalists will comprise solo vocal, instrumental and piano. Be the first to hear this collection of young talent.
Bach To Broadway 7.50 — 8 .10pm Bach to Broadway, a small mixed voice choir sweeping us across 300 years from JSB to contemporary show tunes.
Monkton Jazz Band 8.15 — 8 .45pm Jazz standards, funk and Latin from Monkton Jazz Band. They’re ones to watch.
Maria Muller 8.50 — 9.30pm International Mezzo-Soprano Maria Muller whose career has taken her from Switzerland to New York and London is now working with Spiritus Mundi. Maria will be accompanied by Russian pianist Sergey Rybin, a soloist in his own right, now with the Royal Academy of Music who promises treats of solo piano music by the great Russian composers.
THE ROMAN BATHS 6 — 10pm (last entry 9.15pm) Take part in Museums at Night and experience music throughout the Roman Baths. Relax with swing music by the Great Bath where there is also a bar. Free entry with a Resident’s Discovery Card.
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Vince Freeman 8 — late Singer-songwriter Vince Freeman returns to The Roman Baths Kitchen for Party in the City. Vince reached the final of The Voice, 2012 described by Will.I.Am as “Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!”
ROPER GALLERY 6 — 11pm A thought pursuing and interactive, multi-sensory art exhibition accompanied by music and a bar! Definitely a cultural hot spot.
SALLY LUNNS 6 — 9pm According to legend, Sally Lunn, a French refugee arrived in Bath in 1680 and established her bakery. Come and see the original kitchen she used and sample the world famous Sally Lunn Bun.
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Turbo the Disco Turtle 9pm Emergency Exit Arts return with Turbo the Disco Turtle; an 8 metre long, 3 metre wide, glow-in-the-dark Turtle! Joined by Jamma de Samba, this finale is not to be missed. Bring along some bubbles to blow…
ST JAMES WINE VAULTS
Funkinsteins 8 — 8 .40pm Real crowd pleasers — Tight, highly danceable funk tunes by the all-female line-up. Awesome vocalist, excellent slap-bassist and the world’s funkiest, muscly drummer.
Junction 18 9 — 9.40pm A cover band who will murder anything from Abba to the Zutons. Their hackneyed blend of rock, pop and soul aims to get people dancing. They usually succeed.
Palaeontology 9.50 — 10.30pm Rock ‘n’ roll like it’s 1959. With their truly authentic 50s sound the Bath based 6 piece Palaeontology, bring the era of rock ‘n’ roll back to life.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH
Youthful Spirit 7 — 7.30pm Churchill Academy School’s Gospel Choir, Youthful Spirit, is now in its 17th year. The choir perform regularly around the year and are proud to have performed at Wells Cathedral for the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Joyful Spirit 7.40 — 8 .10pm A community gospel choir, made up of people over 18 and under 100 from all walks of life. The emphasis is on making music together in an enjoyable atmosphere to the best of our ability. Enthusiastically led by Alison Copper-White.
ST. SWITHINS CHURCH
Iford Arts 5 — 5.20pm The culmination of the 2015 Iford Arts education project will be performed tonight. The piece is a two act opera, inspired by the magical Peto Garden at Iford Manor, written and produced by primary school children from St Andrew’s School, Bath, & Bellefield School, Trowbridge.
The Chandos Singers 5.55 — 6.15pm A leading local chamber choir specialising in rarely-performed repertoire, by composers both familiar and unfamiliar.
8.20 — 9pm Gospel Generation Community Choir is an all generation group who build community through gospel music. GGCC now encompasses 3 choirs from all parts of Bristol, now in its 11th year.
6.30 — 6.50pm Comprised of members of staff who work for The Royal United Hospital Bath, they meet weekly to sing a repertoire of light classical, pop and jazz music and perform regularly in the local community.
Jane Lilley Singers 9.05 — 9.25pm Jane Lilley Singers have been together for over 40 years. They have gained a well-earned reputation for high quality and versatile performances, aiming to provide something for everyone.
Noctis 9.30 — 10pm Noctis is an award-winning chamber choir founded and directed by Francis Faux. Consisting of musicians from around the South-West, their repertoire includes traditional choral music as well as contemporary arrangements of popular songs, film scores and jazz standards.
Bath Spa Band 10.10 — 10.30pm Your local brass band plays a selection of traditional and live music that will have you singing and tapping along.
Colerne Military Wives Choir 7 — 7.20pm You have heard the albums and seen the television programmes, now come and support your local military wives choir in person! New joiners always welcome... wherever you are!
ST. SWITHINS CHURCH
CitySound 8.30 — 8 .50pm CitySound, local to Bath and under the musical directorship of Ruth McKibbin, has an extensive repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bohemian Rhapsody, opera choruses to gospel and African songs.
The Zephyrian Woodwind Orchestra 21.05 — 21.35pm ZWO will play a programme of both classical and contemporary pieces. Divided between the unique clarinet choir and a full orchestra, this performance will be excellent.
The Bath Welcome Choir
7.30 — 7.50pm Led by Grenville Jones, the Bath Welcome Choir perform popular harmonies from the UK plus songs straight off the charts!
8 — 8 .30pm Bringing eclectic, tight harmonies and a 200 song repertoire, Michael can help make any party something special. A New-Yorker who is not to be missed.
The Silver Ring Choir of Bath
8 — 8 .20pm The Silver Ring Choir of Bath is a mixed-voice choir which was founded in 1951. Tonight it will perform a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces to suit all tastes.
8.45 — 9.30pm Quirky catchy Hank Marvin style guitar mixed with Carlos Jobim and Django Reinhardt from ‘Hotel California’ to ‘Nuages’ and ‘This Masquerade’ and Funky Blues.
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