Page 1

JUMP 19-28 INMAY 2017 A CELEBRATION OF WORDS, MUSIC AND LITERATURE Bath Box Office 01225 463362


PARTNERS & SPONSORS CREATIVE PARTNER

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

SUPPORTED BY

2

OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNERS

LOCAL MEDIA PARTNER

FESTIVAL BOOKSELLER

SUPPORTERS

SUPPORTERS

REGENERATION FUND

Andrew Fletcher Captain Brian Woodford The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust The Roper Family Charitable Trust The Stephen Clark 1957 Charitable Trust The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Coles-Medlock Foundation Lord and Lady Strasburger David and Karin Embleton An Anonymous Donor


Welcome to the first year of The Bath Festival, a new multi-arts celebration of our city with music, words and literature. We have built on the successes of our previous music and literature festivals. We will exchange ideas, enable discussions and stop the world for a moment to listen to one another. Some of the finest minds joining us include Sir Salman Rushdie, Colm Tóibín, Victoria Hislop, and Ed Balls. The atmosphere created with our opening night Party in the City is extended across the Festival and we continue to bring international names to Bath; Philharmonia Orchestra, Georgie Fame, Steven Isserlis, Madeleine Peyroux and Ann Murray are just some of those who will inspire and move us.

THE BATH FESTIVAL 2017

John Cullum DL

Greater diversity in both programming and performance venues has been added. Mary Berry, the essential ingredient of the Great British Bake Off, opens the Festival in the Forum and Naturally 7, the innovative and electrifying New York a cappella band closes it in Komedia. The city is brought alive throughout the Festival, as performances and workshops in music, readings and dance create fun and participation in Alfred Street, Kingsmead Square, Southgate, Old Bond Street and Stall Street. In addition to staging many free events across the course of the festival, we will be introducing exciting ticket offers to make top flight arts performances accessible to families and younger audiences. The collaboration of music and literature is a growing strand of the new Festival. We have a very special Celebration of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, featuring music and conversation about one of the world’s greatest artistic talents. Collectively it adds up to a thrilling 10-day programme. Three supremely talented artistic directors have created the 2017 programme: Alex Clark (Words and Literature), David Jones (Jazz and Folk Music) and James Waters (Classical Music). This is your Festival. Help bring our beautiful city alive. Buy your tickets and prepare to soak up the unique experience that is The Bath Festival. Join us and ‘Jump In'!

John Cullum DL Chairman, Bath Festivals

3


STRANDS Sir Salman Rushdie

Victoria Hislop

Tenebrae

LITERATURE

CLASSICAL

From the most imaginative of novelists – among them Sir Salman Rushdie, Ali Smith, Victoria Hislop and Margaret Drabble – to politicians including Harriet Harman, and the twinkle-toed Ed Balls, the Festival aims to provoke and delight. Together, we’ll tackle some of today’s thorniest issues in our debates, addressing life post-Brexit, Donald Trump’s first months in power, and the ethics of food and nutrition.

Headlining the classical programme is the brilliant Philharmonia Orchestra with one of the world’s truly great conductors in Herbert Blomstedt. We present international artists including Steven Isserlis, Malcolm Martineau, Jeremy Denk and Richard Goode. We celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th birthday and present Joby Talbot’s amazing meditation on the Santiago pilgrimage with the superb vocal ensemble that is Tenebrae.

We’ll also be joined by this year’s Costa winners Sebastian Barry, Keggie Carew and Francis Spufford, and by the contributors to The Good Immigrant, the publishing sensation of 2016. And back by popular demand, our workshops on everything from YA fiction to bookbinding and screenplay writing. But don’t worry – there’ll be time to relax too, with events featuring Hollywood’s power women, smoking hot crime writers, spies, swimming, culinary delights with Mary Berry and Lorraine Pascale, and India Knight on dogs!

4

Herbert Blomstedt

BathSongs: From Brahms to Broadway runs through the festival - a sumptuous mingling of words, music and song with performers at the top of their career appearing alongside rising stars of the future. Throw in Bach’s complete music for solo violin performed by Cecilia Bernardini and you have 10 days of classical paradise in prospect.


STRANDS

Madeleine Peyroux

Georgie Fame

Simon Callow

Steven Isserlis

JAZZ AND FOLK

WORDS AND MUSIC

The new Bath Festival is all about collaborations and transformations – Madeleine Peyroux’s inspired take on the contemporary songbook with Secular Hymns, the Brad Mehldau Trio’s telepathic communication finding new facets in Nick Drake classics, Georgie Fame firing up the Guy Barker Big Band and Clarke Peters and Camilla Beeput looking anew at Lena Horne. Among a string of duets that break boundaries of genre, the New Meetings programme brings together an array of exciting partnerships for the first time. Alongside a cappella stars Naturally 7, championed by the likes of Coldplay, Michael Bublé and Diana Ross, enjoy a Festival that delights in new ways of hearing music.

Come and celebrate a marriage made in heaven, the collaboration of music and literature; with actor Simon Callow and cellist Steven Isserlis talking about their love of Schumann, novelist Laura Barnett in collaboration with singer Kathryn Williams, Madeleine Thien’s Bookershortlisted epic accompanied by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and jazz singer Juliet Kelly alongside writer and performance poet Zena Edwards. And don’t miss a thrilling opportunity to experience Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho with a live orchestra, Bath Philharmonia in Bath’s beautiful former art deco cinema – The Forum.

5


FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

CELEBRATE

JUMP & IN

6


Throughout the Festival, join us at our brandnew Festival Hubs for free music, words, dance and workshops. Soak up the festival atmosphere and catch some of the Bath spring sunshine. Come and find us in the following locations:

FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

SOAK UP THE ATMOSPHERE

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May: Alfred Street, Kingsmead Square and Southgate Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May: Old Bond Street, Stall Street and Southgate Visit our new Festival home, the Assembly Rooms, which will play host to international talent from the world of music and literature, browse our well-stocked Waterstones pop-up bookshop and relax in our Festival tent at the entrance to the Assembly Rooms. We will also take music and words into communities across North East Somerset. From book parties and performance poetry, to concerts and workshops – our Festival artists will pop up in community venues across the region.

WE WILL BE TAKING WORDS, MUSIC AND MUCH MORE OUT ONTO THE STREETS OF BATH, WITH LOTS OF FREE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY.

We kick off the opening night of the Festival with Party in the City on 19 May, the biggest free night of music of the year. Enjoy the best local bands, choirs and performers in venues across Bath. And don’t forget to visit our outdoor stages (see p.8)! Visit thebathfestival.org.uk for updates and more information on our outdoor and North East Somerset programme. See you in May!

7


Bath Box Office FREE EVENT

FRIDAY 19 MAY FROM 6PM

PARTY IN THE CITY Jump in to Bath’s greatest party and open The Bath Festival with an almighty celebration. This year we are filling the streets, parks and venues of Bath with a multitude of arts from electro-swing to cheerleading to Chinese shadow-puppetry. The city will come alive with folk, rock, classical, jazz, acoustic, swing and soul – and it’s all free!

8

Join in dancing, drumming and samba on our Carnival Street, head to one of our DJ booths to throw some serious shapes or visit our Festival Hub on Alfred Street for a family-friendly extravaganza. After sun sets, hit one of our festival venues or bars and enjoy the music until the early hours in style.


thebathfestival.org.uk

FRIDAY 19 MAY FROM 6PM

PARTY IN THE CITY Friday 19 May from 6pm Various Venues in Bath City Centre FREE Event

Don’t forget to pick up your guide to all the night’s events from Bath Box Office or download the online version from thebathfestival.org.uk (available from early April)

Opening the night with an extravaganza of Wild Voices will be over 100 school children bringing the Abbey to life with song, stories and visual art. Working with composer Richard Barnard and artist Edwina Bridgeman the children will create a brand-new piece celebrating history through the eyes of wild creatures. Join us to celebrate children’s creativity and see the Abbey re-imagined.

Back by popular demand we are pleased to announce the return of our Festival [Queen] Square filled with great live music and local food and drink. In 2016 over 20,000 people graced Bath city centre to see their favourite bands and groups across 35+ venues and 3 outdoor stages. This year, invite your friends, family and coworkers to join the city’s largest, free festival and celebrate the arts in Bath.

9


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SATURDAY 20 MAY

Edward Docx

Howard Cunnell

MARY BERRY 11am-12pm Forum A1 £26 (ticket incl. copy of Mary Berry Everyday)

Mary Berry might have waved farewell to The Great British Bake Off, but she’s the only one we’ll turn to when we want to talk lemon drizzle. Mary joins us to look back on a life in cookery, her new book Mary Berry Everyday and the art of keeping cool even when your bottom goes soggy. All tickets include a copy of Mary Berry Everyday. The first 300 bookers will receive pre-signed copies.

EDWARD DOCX AND HOWARD CUNNELL ON FATHERHOOD 11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal A3 £9 (£8)

In his novel Let Go My Hand, Edward Docx introduces us to a man and his estranged sons as he faces a terminal illness. In Fathers & Sons Howard Cunnell explores his own childhood and missing father, as he sees his child facing their own challenges. Together they talk about what being a father means today.

Supported by Bath Spa University Alumni Association

THE HUMAN GENOME 11am-12pm Forum A2 £9 (£8)

Join writer and BBC broadcaster Adam Rutherford as he explores our genes and what exactly they tell us. In A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, he creates an illuminating and often surprising portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

10

‘A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics’ BRIAN COX


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

SATURDAY 20 MAY

11.30 - 12.15pm A4a 3-3.45pm A4b AND SUNDAY 21 MAY

11.30-12.15pm B4a 3-3.45pm B4b the egg £8.50 (£7.50)

Kid Carpet invites you to the gig of the century! Guiding you through everything you need to know to be able to rock out, Kid Carpet has remixed all the best bits from his anarchic family shows. A lively, interactive show with classic tracks like Gorilla and Poo in the Forest.

SATURDAY 20 MAY

FAMILY EVENT: KID CARPET

Presented in collaboration with the egg.

CECILIA BERNARDINI PLAYS BACH 1

MINIATURE MARVELS: THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY

1-2pm St Michael’s Without A5 £15 (£14)

1-2pm Forum A6 £9 (£8)

Bach Sonata No 1 BWV 1001 in G minor Bach Partita No 1 BWV 1002 in B minor Cecilia Bernardini, violin

The short story is a burst of colour, a feat of compression and a gauntlet thrown down to the writer. Three brilliant exponents of the form, Professor at Bath Spa University Tessa Hadley, Adam O’Riordan and Petina Gappah, discuss what makes short stories so exciting to write, and so rewarding to read.

Cecilia Bernardini is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation. Here she begins a series of three concerts of Bach’s extraordinary music for solo violin which demonstrate amazing virtuosity combined with haunting beauty. See pages 21 & 30.

In Partnership with

‘‘so many things to marvel at’ THE GUARDIAN

11


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SATURDAY 20 MAY Decca Aitkenhead

Clover Stroud

DECCA AITKENHEAD AND CLOVER STROUD 1-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal A7 £9 (£8)

In All At Sea, Decca Aitkenhead shares the painful story of how she lost her partner in a terrible accident. In The Wild Other Clover Stroud recalls how her mother’s life-changing injuries affected her life and the choices she made. Both acclaimed journalists and writers, they explore how one moment can irrevocably change your life. ‘The Wild Other 'Beautifully written.. I love this book' INDIA KNIGHT

US POLITICS – TRUMP’S FIRST MONTHS IN OFFICE 1.30-2.30pm Forum A8 £12 (£10) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

The US Election and its outcome shook the world. Academic and writer Sarah Churchwell, novelist Lionel Shriver and journalist Tim Dowling are joined by special guests as they reflect on the election campaign and Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Supported by our Creative Partner

NEW TALENT: THE BIG APPLE 2.45-3.45pm Forum A9 £5 (£4)

“We’ll have Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island too…”. Today’s panel have certainly captured the spirit of NYC – novelists Megan Bradbury, Emma Flint, Olivia Sudjic and Francis Spufford talk about how the city that never sleeps roused their imaginations. Visit our website to listen to a special NYC mixtape!

12


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

2.45-3.45pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal A10 £9 (£8)

Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, former Globe Theatre artistic director Dominic Dromgoole vowed to take Hamlet to every country on the planet, bringing the Danish prince to life in sweltering deserts and ice-cold cathedrals. He talks about his extraordinary undertaking and what new insights he gained into the Bard’s masterpiece.

SATURDAY 20 MAY

HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE

JULIET NICOLSON 4.30-5.30pm Forum A11 £9 (£8)

As Vita Sackville-West’s granddaughter, Juliet Nicolson’s family had been much scrutinised. In A House Full of Daughters, she delves deep into her ancestry, focusing on the sometimes forgotten female family members, bringing to life seven generations of fascinating women. ‘I couldn’t put it downÁ Enthralling, touching and beautifully written’ JOANNA LUMLEY

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival

MOXIE: SILVER SCREEN GODDESSES 5-6pm Assembly Rooms A12 £10 (£9)

In the 1930s and 1940s, Hollywood cinema had a brief love affair with outspoken, beautiful, powerful, stylish women who were grown-ups. The movie stars of the 1930s were extraordinarily, uniquely formidable, both on screen and off. Sarah Churchwell’s lecture celebrates their spirit — known as “moxie” — and explains why they deserve rediscovery. The F-Rating is designed to support and promote women.

13


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SATURDAY 20 MAY

BATHSONGS

BRAHMS TO BROADWAY Bath Festivals launches the BathSongs series in 2017 with Brahms to Broadway, a sumptuous mingling of words, music and song. Informal in style and performed in a small and intimate setting, the series will provide you with a quite unique experience as you listen to international artists at the top of their career, appearing alongside rising stars of the future. The series of 6 one-hour events cover a wide range of music, from folk to classical to Broadway. You will leave uplifted and enlightened. See pages 14, 23, 26, 35, 39 and 47.

BATHSONGS SERIES PASS

Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series

Alisdair Hogarth

BATHSONGS A TOP 20 COLLECTION 5.45-6.45pm St Swithin’s A13 £15 (£14) Under 18s £1 *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Schubert, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, Schumann, Debussy, Wolf Verity Wingate soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Alisdair Hogarth piano Joshua Ellicott, with an international career that effortlessly crosses musical genres, is joined by Verity Wingate, who is making debuts at leading concert halls across Europe, and pianist Alisdair Hogarth, who regularly partners with many of his generation’s finest singers. They will take us on a journey of a top 20 of the all-time great classical songs. ‘Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott’ BOSTON GLOBE

PAUL HENRY AND BRIAN BRIGGS

Brian Briggs

6.15-7.15pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal A14 £12 (£10)

Join acclaimed poet Paul Henry and Stornoway frontman Brian Briggs for a unique performance of music and poetry. Following a reading from his collections, Paul will be joined on stage by Brian as they perform their collaborative work, The Glass Aisle – a haunting piece which crosses the borders between poem and song lyric.

14

Verity Wingate

Paul Henry


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

SATURDAY 20 MAY

BOB DYLAN: A CELEBRATION 7.30-10pm (incl. interval) Forum A16 £20 (£18) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

We celebrate the legend that is Bob Dylan, in a gala evening of music and discussion – guests include David Hepworth, Sid Griffin, Justin Adams, CN Lester, Barb Jungr, Dorian Lynskey and Hajar Woodland. Hosted by Danny Kelly, former editor of the NME and Q. Supported by our Creative Partner

BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

BATH CAMERATA

7.30pm Assembly Rooms A15 £25 / £21 / £15 / £10 Concessions available (p.66)

10-11pm St Mary’s Bathwick A17 £20 / £14

Brad Mehldau Larry Grenadier Jeff Ballard

Daniel-Lesur Cantiques Duruflé 4 Motets Martin Mass for Double Choir

piano bass drums

Pianist Brad Mehldau has created an extraordinary body of standards for the 21st century, drawing on great songs from the likes of Radiohead and Nick Drake to create a glorious style of lyrical improvisation that takes jazz into a new realm, as heard on his great Nonesuch album Blues and Ballads. ‘Every time Brad Mehldau opens the door on his private world of sidelong waltzes or camouflaged blues, his fans are entranced all over again. Mehldau is a genius at taking predictable materials to unpredictable destinations.’ THE GUARDIAN

Bath Camerata Benjamin Goodson, conductor A beautiful evening of a cappella choral music performed by Bath’s brilliant Camerata in the ravishing acoustic of St Mary’s Bathwick. Martin’s Mass for Double Choir and Daniel-Lesur’s Cantiques are full of magical harmonies and lush textures and Duruflé’s motets are among the best loved of all French choral music.

15


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 21 MAY

LENIN THE DICTATOR 11am-12pm Assembly Rooms B2 £9 (£8)

JEREMY DENK, PIANO 11am-1pm Assembly Rooms B1 £21 / £15 / £12 / £10 Concessions available (p.66)

Bach English Suite No 3 in G Minor BWV 808 Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat D960 With Piano Rags by Joplin, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Ives, Constant Lambert and others. Perhaps the most original programmer of today’s top pianists, an artist the New York Times hails as someone ‘you want to hear no matter what he performs’, Jeremy Denk offers an irresistible mix of great baroque and classical music interspersed by various composers’ takes on ragtime. His charismatic stage personality and extraordinary virtuosity make his performances truly unforgettable occasions. ‘the usual barriers fall whenever Jeremy Denk is at the keyboard’’ TELEGRAPH Supported by our Creative Partner

Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Victor Sebestyen brings us an intimate biography of one of the most significant figures of the 20th century. Through the prism of Lenin’s key relationships, this biography casts a new light on one of the great turning points of modern history.

STEPHEN WESTABY: FRAGILE LIVES 11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal B3 £9 (£8)

During a career that has spanned 35 years, Professor Stephen Westaby has performed over 11,000 heart operations. In this incredible memoir he recalls just some of his patients, and explains how it feels to hold another’s life beating in your hands.

16


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

12-3pm The Abbey Hotel / Igloo B5 £30 (£28)

Mel McGrath

Erin Kelly

STEPHEN BAXTER: THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND 12.45-1.45pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal B6 £9 (£8)

The alien threat was seen off in The War of the Worlds, but 14 years on, the Earth is again menaced by Martian invaders. Can anything, or anyone, stop them this time? Join acclaimed science fiction writer Stephen Baxter as he discusses his sequel to H. G. Wells’ classic novel.

In this three-hour workshop, crime writers Mel McGrath and Erin Kelly will show you how to create believable characters, start your story with a bang and keep it burning. Expect taught segments and exercises. The workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone interested in writing crime and suspense fiction.

SUNDAY 21 MAY

WRITING CRIME: WORKSHOP

MEGAN HINE 12.45-1.45pm Assembly Rooms B7 £9 (£8)

Described as ‘the woman who keeps Bear Grylls safe’ (Guardian), Megan Hine has abseiled past bears and escaped drug lords in the jungle. In Mind of a Survivor, she shows us what it takes to survive extreme challenges and how we can use those tools to tackle everyday life. ‘My best friend Megan is the most incredible bushcraft, climbing and mountain guide you’ll ever meet... she’s stronger than 99 per cent of the men I know, she’s incredible.’ Bear Grylls

17


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 21 MAY

GARY YOUNGE: ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA 4.45-5.45pm Assembly Rooms B10 £10 (£9)

ALI SMITH: AUTUMN 3-4pm Assembly Rooms B8 £10 (£9)

‘It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times’: Ali Smith’s new novel, written last summer as global and national events unfolded, invokes Dickens’s famous lines to bring us a country in crisis – and yet one where love, beauty and art still thrive. In conversation with Alex Clark.

As the US adjusts to President Trump, journalist Gary Younge looks back to 2013 and a single day in the nation’s history: one in which 10 young people were killed by gunfire. What can their deaths – and the daily gun deaths of countless others – tell us about America? ‘wrenches at the heart even as it continues to engage the brain’ GUARDIAN

HENNY BEAUMONT AND SALLY PHILLIPS: LIVING WITH DOWN’S 3-4pm Assembly Rooms B9 £9 (£8)

When her newborn daughter Beth was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome in 2004, Henny Beaumont’s world was turned upside down; in Hole in the Heart, she describes how she righted it. Joining her is actress and comedian Sally Phillips, whose son has the condition, and whose powerful documentary, A World Without Down’s Syndrome, aired last year. The F-Rating is designed to support and promote women.

18

Henny Beaumont

Sally Phillips


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

4.45-5.45pm Assembly Rooms B11 £9 (£8)

Emily Mayhew, author of A Heavy Reckoning, surveys the immense changes that have revolutionised the treatment of wounded personnel, from the First World War to Afghanistan and beyond. Joining her is former soldier Harry Parker, whose novel Anatomy of a Soldier explores the impact of life-altering injuries.

SUNDAY 21 MAY

MEDICINE AND WAR

ROY STRONG 6.30-7.30pm Assembly Rooms B12 £9 (£8)

Scenes and Apparitions is the second volume of diaries from the inimitable former director of the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum. Spanning 1988-2003, it finds the author reflecting on life outside the art world, the end of the millennium and the closing of the second Elizabethan age. Sponsored by

KILLER WOMEN 6.30-7.30pm Assembly Rooms B13 £9 (£8)

More than 65% of all crime fiction is read by women. Yet critics often claim that the genre, with its focus on female victims, is misogynistic. Sarah Hilary, Erin Kelly and Mel McGrath of the Killer Women crime writing collective talk to Guardian crime reviewer Laura Wilson about the female appetite for crime fiction.

19


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 21 – MONDAY 22 MAY

Alice Zawadzki SUNDAY 21 MAY

MONDAY 22 MAY

NEW MEETINGS ALICE ZAWADZKI, FRED THOMAS AND MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO

FROM YOUR EVER LOVING SON JACK

8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal B14 £16 (£15)

Jamie Cullum called Alice ‘beautiful, uncategorisable – a real force to be reckoned with’. Her dramatic voice, warm humour and creative enthusiasm have left critics comparing her to Björk and Tori Amos. For this Bath Festival commission, she’s asked legendary producer Fred Thomas and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado to join her onstage. ‘Olivier Messiaen meets Jimmy McGriff. Hell yes! Alice Zawadzki, walk this way!’

LONDON JAZZ NEWS

11am-12.15pm Assembly Rooms C2 £15 (£14)

Joshua Ellicott tenor/reader Simon Lepper piano Music and readings of letters which take us into the world of nineteen-year-old First World War volunteer, Jack Ellicott. His great-nephew Joshua reads excerpts from Jack’s letters and sings songs of the period. Whilst this piece is specifically about our Jack it also speaks for the many thousands of soldiers like him – for the ‘Everyman’ of that Great War. ‘the magnificent tenor Joshua Ellicott’

WIENER ZEITUNG

MONDAY 22 MAY

ELIZABETH COWLING 10.15-11.15am Assembly Rooms C1 £9 (£8)

Curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s astonishing exhibition Picasso Portraits, Elizabeth Cowling joins us to explore the great artist’s approach to portraiture. She brings to life Picasso’s unique creative process, his sources of inspiration and the complex motivation behind his defiance of the norm.

20


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

MONDAY 22 MAY

WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS: WORKSHOP 11am-2pm The Abbey Hotel / Igloo C3 £30 (£28)

Your senses are more acute. Your emotions are rawer. Nobody, ever, has felt like this. It’s exhilarating and terrifying to BE a teen. It is to WRITE for them, too. Carnegie-nominated author and Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University Mimi Thebo gently guides us through writing for the most demanding readership of all. In Partnership with

JOHN HIGGS: WATLING STREET

CECILIA BERNARDINI PLAYS BACH 2

12-1pm Assembly Rooms C4 £9 (£8)

1-2pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal C5 £15 (£14)

Back in the Dark Ages a path was created connecting Dover to Anglesey. Nowadays, Watling Street goes by other names - the A2, the A5, the M6 Toll - but journey along its length and you’ll discover a remarkable story that takes in Boudicca, Bletchley Park and much else besides.

Bach Sonata No 2 BWV 1003 in A minor Bach Partita No 2 BWV 1004 in D minor Cecilia Bernardini violin The mighty Chaconne which concludes the D Minor Partita is one of the pinnacles of the violin repertory. A massive series of variations, it ranges from intimacy to relentless intensity and from lyrical calm to uncompromising virtuosity. ‘it was an absolute thrill to listen to and a delight to hear’ THE HERALD

21


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

MONDAY 22 MAY

SOPHIE SABBAGE

THE ELEMENTS OF SCRIPTWRITING: WORKSHOP

2-3pm Assembly Rooms C6 £9 (£8)

When Sophie Sabbage was diagnosed with ‘incurable’ cancer, she didn’t want to become a patient – she wanted to live life to its fullest. In her Amazon bestseller The Cancer Whisperer, she talks about her extraordinary journey and her radically different way of dealing with the illness that touches so many people's lives.

3-6pm The Abbey Hotel / Igloo C8 £30 (£28)

Award-winning screenwriter and Lecturer at Bath Spa University Robin Mukherjee will take you through the foundations of scriptwriting, covering the key elements of craft and how to apply them. It could be easier than you think! In Partnership with

VICTORIANS UNDONE 2.30-3.30pm Assembly Rooms C7 £9 (£8)

Why did George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than the left? And what turned the abominable fate of a child called Fanny Adams into a popular joke? Historian Kathryn Hughes delves deep into and brings to life the Victorian mindset and its relationship with the Victorian body.

OVERRATED/UNDERRATED 3.45-4.45pm Assembly Rooms C9 £9 (£8)

Which books don’t deserve their place on our shelves? Which hidden gems ought to be brought out of obscurity? Alex Clark, Rick Gekoski and fellow literary experts nominate their favourite – and least favourite – reading material. Join the debate, chaired by the fiction editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Toby Lichtig.

22


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

MONDAY 22 MAY

BATHSONGS SERIES PASS

Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series See pages 14, 23, 26, 35, 39 and 47.

Luis Gomes

Carolina Ullrich

Malcolm Martineau

BATHSONGS EMOTIONS OF SPAIN 5.45-6.45pm St Swithin’s C11 £15 (£14) Under 18s £1 *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

FUTURE LIVING IN BATH 5.30-6.30pm Assembly Rooms C10 £9 (£8)

Bath is synonymous with beautiful architecture and great heritage. With a housing crisis and the ensuing need for creative living solutions, what are the options for a heritage city? Local landscape architect Andrew Grant and architects Piers Taylor and Peter Clegg explore what the future in Bath might look like.

Programme includes songs by Falla, Granados, Toldra and Espla Carolina Ullrich soprano Luis Gomes tenor Malcolm Martineau piano Spanish song encapsulates love, jealousy, pride, children, countryside, joy and sadness with poetry that has its own unmistakable flavour and piquancy. Two brilliant young singers join world-leading accompanist Malcolm Martineau, touching all the emotions and leaving a smile on the face! ‘Malcolm Martineau – five words: collaborative, sensitive, virtuosic, insightful, indefatigable’ CLASSICAL SOURCE

In Partnership with the Architecture Is… Project

23


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

MONDAY 22 MAY ELIF SHAFAK: THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE

HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO WITH BATH PHILHARMONIA

7.15-8.15pm Assembly Rooms C12 £9 (£8)

7.30pm, Certified 15 Forum C14 £15 (£14) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

A wealthy Istanbul housewife chances upon an old photograph and is whirled back to her youth in Oxford, thereby prompting a brilliant exploration of feminism, Islam and identity. Renowned Turkish author Elif Shafak describes the inspiration behind the book, and the vast political issues that inform her work.

MARTIN HAYES AND DENNIS CAHILL 7.30pm Assembly Rooms C13 £25 / £21 / £15 / £10 Concessions available (p.66)

Violinist Martin Hayes is one of the major talents of the Irish tradition, and the musical centre of The Gloaming, who explore new ways of expressing that heritage. His partnership with guitarist Dennis Cahill has lasted more than 20 years, and is one of the great collaborations of contemporary music.

24

Live film and music A thrilling opportunity to experience Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece with a live orchestra. Bernard Herrmann’s score is integral to the spine-chilling atmosphere of the film, adding impact to the highpoints and maintaining an almost unbearable level of tension throughout. Jason Thornton and Bath Philharmonia combined with a great film will provide a cinematic experience to remember.


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

Zena Edwards

MONDAY 22 MAY

MONDAY 22 MAY

NEW MEETINGS JULIET KELLY AND ZENA EDWARDS

LOVE’S FIRE; LOVE’S ASHES – MADRIGALS BY MONTEVERDI

8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal C15 £16 (£15)

8-10pm Wiltshire Music Centre C16 £20 (£19)

Singer Juliet Kelly is inspired by novelists from Alice Walker to Zadie Smith, so when we asked her to make a New Meeting, she leapt at working with thrilling performance poet and writer Zena Edwards to explore passionate new songs.

Monteverdi, Madrigals from books 2,3,4,5,6,7 Dunedin Consort Nicholas Mulroy, director

‘The warmth of Juliet Kelly’s rich, full voice is streets ahead of most of her contemporaries, and hearing her wrap it around her many styles is a delight’ SUNDAY TIMES ‘Zena fuses the raw elements of urban experiments and expresses them through individualised rhythms of hip hop and jazz’ BBC RADIO 1

2017 sees the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth. His madrigals are a theatre of the senses. The murmur of the waves, an amorous glance or the heat of the sun are all brought to life through the composer’s unparalleled gift for marrying text and music. This is music to stir the passions and move the soul, and to make us feel and know more vividly both the pain and pleasure of being alive.

MONDAY 22 – TUESDAY 23 MAY

Juliet Kelly

‘The end of all good music is to affect the soul’ CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI Supported by Captain Brian Woodford

TUESDAY 23 MAY

LITERARY WALK: GHOST SIGNS OF BATH 10.30am-12.30pm Meeting place on ticket D1 £9

Ghost signs – those faded advertisements for long defunct businesses – are potent reminders of a bygone age, and nowhere are they found in greater abundance than on the streets of Bath. Join Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott to discover some of the stories behind these tantalising echoes from the past.

25


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

TUESDAY 23 MAY

SPIES, SECRETS AND SURVEILLANCE 5-6pm Assembly Rooms D2 £9 (£8)

The creation of the first Official Secrets Act in 1889 allowed government to veil crucial decisions in secrecy. Ian Cobain (The History Thieves) and Sinclair McKay (The Spies of Winter) look back at the history of GCHQ and explore how its ability to conceal has influenced modern-day politics.

Ann Murray

BATHSONGS BRAHMS FROM FIRST TO LAST 5.45-6.45pm St Swithin’s D4 £15 (£14) Under 18s £1 *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Songs by Johannes Brahms Ann Murray mezzo soprano Samuel Hasselhorn baritone Malcolm Martineau piano In this beautifully devised programme Brahms’s life is traced through his songs from first to last. Malcolm Martineau is joined by one of the truly great singers of recent years in Ann Murray and brilliant young baritone Samuel Hasselhorn in an irresistible exploration of the life of one of the great song composers.

CAN YOU SOLVE MY PROBLEMS? 5.30-6.30pm Assembly Rooms D3 £9 (£8)

The author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, Alex Bellos brings us the story of the puzzle, one of mankind’s oldest and greatest forms of entertainment. Join him on a romp through the history of brainteasers from the last two millennia, visiting ancient China, Victorian England and modern-day Japan, amongst others.

26

‘Ann Murray sings with sensitive phrasing and a quiet concentrated intensity flaring into passion’

GRAMOPHONE

BATHSONGS SERIES PASS

Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

7-8pm The Arts Café Komedia D5 £3

A special event showcasing the words and music young people have been creating as part of our Building Bridges project. Come to our end-ofproject party and hear the voices of young people in B&NES celebrating their own lives and cultures. Building Bridges is funded by Youth Music and B&NES Music Hub

BREXIT – WHAT NEXT? 7-8pm Assembly Rooms D6 £10 (£9)

The referendum in June 2016 split the nation. But what will Brexit mean and how will it affect the UK? Politics.co.uk editor Ian Dunt (Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?) believes it will make the UK poorer, whereas Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan sees it as an opportunity for the nation. Join the debate.

TUESDAY 23 MAY

BUILDING BRIDGES

CHARLEY BOORMAN: LONG WAY BACK 7.30-8.30pm Assembly Rooms D7 £9 (£8)

In 2016, motorcycle explorer Charley Boorman was involved in a major traffic accident. Long Way Back is the story of his road to recovery, his childhood in Ireland, his passion for two wheels and his friendships (not least with fellow adventurer Ewan McGregor).

27


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

TUESDAY 23 MAY

CARLO GESUALDO – BREAKING THE RULES 8-10pm St Mary’s Bathwick D9 £20 (£19)

GEORGIE FAME AND THE GUY BARKER BIG BAND 7.30pm Forum D8 £36 / £28 / £20 / £10 Concessions available (p.66) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Georgie Fame has played with everyone from Count Basie to Van Morrison, and calls the Guy Barker Big Band ‘the Rolls-Royce version of my music’. Together, they range from classics like Yeh Yeh and Bonnie and Clyde to the blues and soul he loves, laced with his trademark sardonic humour. ‘Equipped with the hippest crew in town, Georgie Fame has never had any serious rivals’

EVENING STANDARD

Gerald Kyd Gesualdo James Akers Theorbo Clare Norburn Writer & Producer Nicholas Renton Director Marian Consort Rory McCleery Director Breaking the Rules is part concert/part one-man play, exploring the extraordinary life and music of 16th-century composer Carlo Gesualdo, best known today for his intensely sensual, idiosyncratic, even extreme, musical style. His reputation rests equally on his gruesome murder of his first wife and her lover in flagrante. Breaking the Rules explores Gesualdo’s strange world and his astounding music. ‘The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped.’ THE GUARDIAN

NEW MEETINGS MARTIN CARTHY AND SAM SWEENEY 8pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal D10 £16 (£15)

Sam Sweeney was at the heart of the legendary Bellowhead, and Emily Portman invited him to join in the first New Meetings series in 2015. When we asked Sam in turn to choose a guest, he went for Martin Carthy – they’ll be playing together tonight for the very first time.

28

Sam Sweeney

Martin Carthy


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

10-11am Assemby Rooms E1 £9 (£8)

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf – for the next twelve years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Her book Sound draws on her extraordinary experience and those of other people, presenting us with an engaging and intelligent examination of our complex relationship with sound.

ROSS KING ON MONET 10-11am Assembly Rooms E2 £9 (£8)

Following the death of his wife and the outbreak of the First World War, the septuagenarian Claude Monet began work on his iconic water lily murals. Ross King draws on letters and memoirs to tell the dramatic story of their creation, as well as that of the garden at Giverny itself.

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

BELLA BATHURST

KATE SUMMERSCALE: THE WICKED BOY 11.45am-12.45pm Assembly Rooms E3 £9 (£8)

The author of the bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher turns once again to a true crime: the case of East End brothers Robert and Natty Coombes, who murdered their mother and watched cricket while her body decomposed. Summerscale reveals a riveting story of Victorian crime, punishment and its long aftermath in this absorbing book.

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival

29


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

THE LAST ROYAL REBEL 11.45am-12.45pm Assembly Rooms E4 £9 (£8)

The illegitimate son of Charles II, James, Duke of Monmouth, was described by Samuel Pepys as ‘the most skittish, leaping gallant that ever I saw’. Anna Keay brings to life his riveting, ultimately tragic story, sweeping us from backstreets to ballrooms to battlefields and immersing us utterly in Monmouth’s world.

CECILIA BERNARDINI PLAYS BACH 3 1-2pm St Swithin’s E5 £15 (£14)

Bach Sonata No 3 BWV 1005 in C major Bach Partita No 3 BWV 1006 in E major Cecilia Bernardini violin A joyful and exuberant conclusion to this cycle of Bach’s music for unaccompanied violin. Dance movements abound in these last two major key works which round off the most extraordinary series of works ever written for solo violin. ‘She wears her obvious technical ability lightly, focussing on the delicacies of the musical line rather than mere show. And I love her sense of rhetoric, always alert to the structures of melodic line’

EARLY MUSIC REVIEW

ARTEMIS COOPER ON ELIZABETH JANE HOWARD 2.30-3.30pm Assembly Rooms E6 £9 (£8)

Elizabeth Jane Howard’s gripping portrait of family life, the Cazalet Chronicles, is beloved by legions of readers, but the late novelist’s work is often overlooked in favour of her turbulent private life, which included an 18-year-marriage to Kingsley Amis. Acclaimed biographer Artemis Cooper sets the record straight. ‘Hugely absorbing’ THE GUARDIAN

30


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

4.30-5.30pm Assembly Rooms E7 £10 (£9)

Can we really be alone in the universe? And if not, what are our cosmic companions like? In Aliens, renowned physicist Jim Al-Khalili (who recently gave The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lecture) marshals some of science’s finest minds, including Martin Rees, Ian Stewart and Adam Rutherford, to take us on a tour to the very edges of our knowledge.

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

JIM AL-KHALILI

BALLAKÉ SISSOKO AND VINCENT SEGAL LORRAINE PASCALE 7-8pm Assembly Rooms E8 £9 (£8)

The much-loved presenter of Baking Made Easy and How to be a Better Cook, Lorraine Pascale joins us for a special event to celebrate her new book Bake. She talks about her move from international model to celebrated TV chef and her new selection of deliciously simple, yet sophisticated bakes.

7.30pm Assembly Rooms E9 £20 / £10 Concessions available (p.66)

Ballaké Sissoko is one of the world’s great kora players, playing with Ludovico Einaudi and Toumani Diabate, and now joining forces in a thrilling, soulful duet with French cellist Vincent Segal, famed for his work with Tom Waits. Their worlds are continents apart, but their melodic understanding is completely intuitive. ‘The lines between cascading kora and stately cello are wonderfully blurred. Entrancing stuff’ THE GUARDIAN

31


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

TENEBRAE – PATH OF MIRACLES Camilla Beeput

Clarke Peters

STORMY: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE 7.30pm Komedia E10 £15 (£14)

Starring Camilla Beeput Music and lyrics by Camilla Beeput and Alex Webb Directed by Maxwell Golden Creative Director Clarke Peters A BATH FESTIVAL PREMIERE Camilla Beeput celebrates dancer, movie star, activist and singer Lena Horne in her centenary year. Directed by Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe, The Wire), Stormy brings Lena to life, alongside a five-piece band, providing a thrilling musical evocation of one of the great African-American figures in 20th-century entertainment.

7.30-9.30pm Bath Abbey E11 £33 / £25 / £15 Concessions available (p.66)

Joby Talbot Path of Miracles Owain Park Footsteps And works by Lobo, Guerrero and Vitoria Tenebrae Wells Cathedral School Chamber Choir Nigel Short conductor Those who heard Tenebrae last year will be blown away by the tour de force which is Joby Talbot’s meditation on the pilgrimage to Santiago. It is in turn intense, pleading, energetic and ravishing. It is paired with Spanish masterpieces of the Renaissance and a spectacular new multi choir work by Owain Park which includes Wells Cathedral School Chamber Choir. ‘... epic, mystical quality - charged with the same sacred energy that draws listeners to the music of John Tavener and Arvo Pärt’ GRAMOPHONE

LITERARY DEATH MATCH 8-10pm The Abbey Hotel / Igloo E12 £9 (£8)

After its first Bath edition in 2016, Literary Death Match and its creator Adrian Todd Zuniga are back! 4 authors, 3 judges, 2 finalists, 1 champion – come and see ‘the most entertaining reading series ever’ (LA Times) live in action. Visit our website or follow us on Twitter for more updates on participants!

32


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

10-11am Assembly Rooms F1 £9 (£8)

Artistic director Alex Clark chooses three stunning novels, all deliciously different, that showcase how thrilling and unexpected the novel form can be. Come and hear about Sarah Perry’s Victorian gothic The Essex Serpent, Gwendoline Riley’s close-up look at marriage First Love and Sarah Moss’s delicate and disturbing story of illness and love The Tidal Zone. Coffee and croissants on offer!

THURSDAY 25 MAY

THE BREAKFAST CLUB: SARAH MOSS, SARAH PERRY AND GWENDOLINE RILEY

PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP 11am-2pm Forum F2 £30 (£28)

Lucy English is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an acclaimed spoken word poet. She will introduce you to the skills of writing for live audiences. Discover how to tackle your nerves and how to bond with an audience. Bring something to write on and a sense of adventure! In Partnership with

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival

MICHAEL ROSEN ON ÉMILE ZOLA 11.45am-12.45pm Assembly Rooms F3 £9 (£8)

Following the publication of his open letter J’accuse, Émile Zola was forced to leave Paris, fleeing to England. The poet and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen traces his footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, offering an intriguing insight into the mind, politics and work of the great writer. ‘a lively portrait of a disputatious age’

THE GUARDIAN

33


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

THURSDAY 25 MAY

LITERARY WALK: BATH – AN 18TH CENTURY SUCCESS STORY 2.30-4.30pm Meeting place on ticket F4 £9

During the 18th century, Bath was transformed from a provincial spa to one of Britain’s greatest cities, boasting some of the finest architectural showpieces in Europe. Join Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott as they take a new look at the forces and personalities that contributed to this astonishing transformation.

STEVEN ISSERLIS 3-4pm Assembly Rooms F5 £15 (£14)

Kurtág Kurtág Kurtág Bach Britten

In memoriam Ferenc Wilheim Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval Az Hit Solo Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor Solo Cello Suite No. 3

Steven Isserlis cello Bach’s cello suites are among his very finest music and Steven Isserlis’s performances are justly of world renown. Britten’s Cello Suites, written for the great cellist Rostropovich, mirror them in depth of emotional expression and Kurtag’s miniature character pieces add the icing on the cake of a fascinating programme.

ALYS FOWLER: HIDDEN NATURE 4.15-5.15pm Assembly Rooms F6 £9 (£8)

34

Guardian Weekend magazine’s gardening columnist Alys Fowler set out on a journey of discovery, exploring Birmingham’s canal network in an inflatable kayak, finding natural beauty in often unexpected places. Join her as she talks about the physical journey which soon became a voyage of emotional discovery, too.

‘Isserlis’s way with them is as passionate as it is poetical: brilliant’ THE SUNDAY TIMES

BATHSONGS SERIES PASS

Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

OPERA FROM GEORGIAN BATH 5-7pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal F7 £20 (£19)

Rauzzini Piramo e Tisbe Dibdin Ephesian Matron With music by William Herschel Garth Bardsley director Daryl Powell conductor Matthew Spring artistic director with musicians from Bath Spa University Venanzio Rauzzini lived in Bath and his opera Piramo e Tisbe was very popular in his lifetime. Paired with music by Charles Dibdin and William Herschel who, following a period as a musician in Bath, went on to discover Uranus and become Astronomer Royal! In Partnership with

Christopher Glynn

BATHSONGS TIMELESS STORIES THROUGH FOLKSONG

THURSDAY 25 MAY

Clare Booth

5.45-6.45pm St Swithin’s F8 £15 (£14) Under 18s £1 *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Songs by Brahms, Grainger and Grieg Clare Booth soprano Christopher Glynn piano Norwegian Edvard Grieg’s great Haugtussa cycle deals with all the traditional aspects of folksong love, loss and betrayal. Grieg inspired Percy Grainger to turn to folksong and many of Brahms’s finest songs are based on German folksong. Claire Booth is internationally renowned for her committed performances of an extraordinary breadth of repertoire.

STEVEN ISSERLIS AND SIMON CALLOW 6-7pm Assembly Rooms F9 £10 (£9)

Internationally celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis discusses his new, extensive commentary on Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians with actor, national treasure and Schumann superfan Simon Callow. Join them as they bring the visionary composer’s words of wisdom to life and explore why his writing is still so relevant today. Steven Isserlis will also perform earlier in the day (see page 34).

Simon Callow

Steven Isserlis

35


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

THURSDAY 25 MAY

CALEB FEMI AND VANESSA KISUULE 7-9pm Moles F10 £7 (£6)

Poet Caleb Femi has been named as London’s first Young People’s Laureate and is a champion of spoken word grime. He has been commissioned by the Guardian and the Tate Modern and is a regular winner of UK poetry slams. Roundhouse Poetry Slam winner and UK festival regular Vanessa Kisuule joins him on stage. Supported by our Creative Partner

MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT 8-10pm Assembly Rooms F12 £16 (£15)

Haydn Symphony No 6 ‘Le Matin’ Haydn Symphony No 7 ‘Le Midi’ Haydn Symphony NO 8 ‘Le Soir’ With readings by Michael Pennington Ensemble Marsyas Peter Whelan director Haydn’s first great symphonies travel through the day. To create a contemporary context for these timeless masterpieces each one will be preceded by a reading by actor Michael Pennington. Ensemble Marsyas are a virtuoso chamber ensemble who have garnered considerable critical acclaim for their recent recordings. ‘it’s the instrumental playing that stands out: pert, shapely, spicy, full of drama’ THE GUARDIAN

SIR SALMAN RUSHDIE 8-9pm Forum F11 £15 (£12) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Sir Salman Rushdie is a giant of modern literature, the author of such ground-breaking novels as Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses, and the remarkable memoir Joseph Anton. As he approaches his 70th birthday, Sir Salman talks to artistic director Alex Clark about his life in writing. ‘No novelist currently writing in English does so with more energy, intelligence and allusiveness than Rushdie.’ TIME

36


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

THE BIG BATH DEBATE: FOOD 10-11am Assembly Rooms G1 £9 (£8)

Joanna Blythman

Xanthe Clay

In a world of clean eating, food scarcity and rising prices, how can we enjoy what we put in our mouths? On the other hand, celebrity chefs and fancy restaurants entice us to indulge. Author Philip Lymbery (Dead Zone), and food writers Joanna Blythman and Xanthe Clay explore whether food is pain or pleasure.

FRIDAY 26 MAY

FRIDAY 26 MAY

SAMANTHA ELLIS: TAKE COURAGE 11.45am-12.45pm Assembly Rooms G3 £9 (£8)

DAN PEARSON: A YEAR IN THE GARDEN 11.45am-12.45pm Assembly Rooms G2 £9 (£8)

The acclaimed gardening writer and landscape designer Dan Pearson takes us through twelve months in the garden, from his city-bound plot in Peckham to a rolling hillside in Somerset. In Natural Selection, he brings us year-round joy and a newfound appreciation of nature, both wild and tamed.

Anne Brontë, author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey, has traditionally been overshadowed by her more celebrated older sisters, Charlotte and Emily, and her dissolute brother Branwell. In this riveting reappraisal, Ellis presents us with a force of nature, a brave feminist who demands our attention and respect.

37


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

FRIDAY 26 MAY VICTORIA HISLOP: CARTES POSTALES FROM GREECE 2-3pm Assembly Rooms G4 £9 (£8)

Victoria Hislop has enchanted readers with her Greek tales, from The Island to The Sunrise, and now returns with a powerful combination of stories and photographs that takes us around all Greece’s hidden corners. Join her in a feast of words and images that pays tribute to Hellenic culture ancient and modern.

RAJA SHEHADEH: WHERE THE LINE IS DRAWN 2-3pm Assembly Rooms G5 £9 (£8)

A rare chance to hear Palestine’s leading writer, who visits us from Ramallah. Shehadeh, founder of the human rights organisation Al-Haq, explores the connections and bonds that have been forged across the Israeli-Palestine border over decades, and asks whether the enmity that has scarred the region can be overcome.

38

THE BIOGRAPHERS’ TALES 3.45-4.45pm Assembly Rooms G6 £9 (£8)

Three extraordinary female writers are brought to life by their biographers: Edmund Gordon describes the ground-breaking Angela Carter; Brendan King charts the capricious talent of Beryl Bainbridge; and Sally Phipps talks about her mother, the Irish comic novelist Molly Keane.


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

5.30-6.30pm Assembly Rooms G7 £9 (£8)

East West Street blends a moving family memoir with a profound exploration of the concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity that emerged after the Second World War. It won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, a victory that saw the human rights lawyer donate his £30,000 prize money to refugee charities.

FRIDAY 26 MAY

PHILIPPE SANDS: EAST WEST STREET

BATHSONGS SERIES PASS

Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series

BATHSONGS AMERICAN SONGBOOKS 5.45-6.45pm St Swithin’s G8 £15 (£14) Under 18s £1 *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Songs by Gershwin, Copland, Rodgers, Berlin, Kern, Barber and Bernstein Rowan Pierce soprano Gareth Brynmor John baritone Christopher Glynn piano Rising stars Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier award, together with Rowan Pierce, scholar at the Royal College of Music, will delight and touch your heart with songs full of beautiful melody and emotional sincerity, ranging from spiritual to Broadway.

ANN PATCHETT: COMMONWEALTH 7.15-8.15pm Assembly Rooms G9 £9 (£8)

American novelist Ann Patchett has won numerous awards and legions of readers with novels such as Bel Canto and State of Wonder – and both fans and critics have hailed the family saga Commonwealth as one of her finest works to date. She joins us on a rare trip from Nashville to talk to Sarah Churchwell.

39


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

FRIDAY 26 MAY

Herbert Blomstedt

Martin Helmchen

THE GOOD IMMIGRANT

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

7-8.30pm Komedia G10 £12 (£10)

7.30-9.45pm Forum G12 £36 / £28 / £22 / £17 / £12 Concessions available (p.66) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Who are we? It’s a simple question with infinite answers. In this extraordinary anthology (crowned Britain’s Favourite Book of 2016 and hailed as important and timely by JK Rowling) 21 writers of colour explore life in today’s Britain. Join the debate with readings and discussion from Coco Khan, Chimene Suleyman and Darren Chetty, and music from DJ Tone. Supported by our Creative Partner

Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 in D Minor Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A Herbert Blomstedt conductor Martin Helmchen pianist Herbert Blomstedt is one of the truly great musicians of our age. With the fabulous Philharmonia Orchestra and brilliant pianist Martin Helmchen, this concert of two timeless masterpieces includes perhaps the best loved symphony of all. Supported by Andrew Fletcher and an anonymous donor

JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER 7.30pm Assembly Rooms G11 £15 (£14)

The glorious voice of Sandy Denny first inspired their mix of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar. After they won the BBC Folk Awards, Cerys Matthews invited them to sing at the National Theatre, and they’ve just released Overnight, their first album on Rough Trade. ‘Josienne sings like a haunted angel.’ FINANCIAL TIMES

40


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

10-11am Assembly Rooms H1 £9 (£8)

In his beautifully illustrated memoir An Auctioneer’s Lot, Charles Hindlip gives us a fascinating account of his years at the helm of London auction house Christie’s. From the man who sold Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for a world-record sum comes an entertaining romp through the art world of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

SATURDAY 27 MAY

CHARLES HINDLIP

AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 BOOKS – EU SPECIAL 10-11am Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal H3 £9 (£8)

Our literary travel guide is back! This year, publisher Scott Pack and Head of Programming Judith Robinson will be travelling across Europe to find the best books in translation. Join us on the Eurostar as we make our way to the continent and pilfer our neighbours’ bookshelves.

MADELEINE SHAW 10-11am Komedia H2 £9 (£8)

She made healthy eating fun and helped us ditch fad diets with Get the Glow. Now Madeleine Shaw is back with A Year of Beautiful Eating, a guide to eating healthy, seasonal food. ‘I love Madeleine’s book and her recipes. She makes healthy eating a joy’ MILLIE MACKINTOSH

41


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SATURDAY 27 MAY

BOOK COVER WORKSHOP 10am-1pm H4a 2-5pm H4b Assembly Rooms £35 (£32)

Join paper artist and illustrator Jessica Palmer to create your very own book cover. Learn about the intricate process of creating the book’s ‘face’. Exploring the book as a ‘beautiful object’, you will make covers from papers of many types, colours and textures, cutting images or drawing with mixed media.

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival

ROMAN KRZNARIC 10-11am Forum H5 £9 (£8)

Named as one of Britain’s leading popular philosopher’s (Observer), Roman Krznaric has given lectures at Google HQ and for TEDx. In his most recent book, Carpe Diem Regained, he sets out to redefine the ancient principle of ‘seize the day’, challenging all of us to bring new meaning to our lives.

42

INDIA KNIGHT 11.45am-12.45pm Komedia H6 £9 (£8)

Novelist and Sunday Times columnist India Knight is a lover of dogs par excellence, recognising in their soulful eyes and noble dispositions true kindred spirits. The Goodness of Dogs combines her passion for all things canine with an exhaustive guide to the practicalities of choosing, caring for and living with dogs. Sponsored by


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

11.45am-12.45pm Forum H7 £9 (£8)

Acclaimed columnist and feature writer Bryony Gordon has chronicled her journey through addiction to drugs and drink and her struggles with mental health in two extraordinary books, The Wrong Knickers and Mad Girl. She talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love, about how to negotiate life’s travails.

SATURDAY 27 MAY

BRYONY GORDON: MAD GIRL AND BEYOND

ELENA LAPPIN AND JONATHAN DEAN 11.45am-12.45pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal H9 £9 (£8)

MADELEINE THIEN: FROM MAO TO NOW 11.45am-1.15pm Assembly Rooms H8 £15 (£14)

Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing is an epic tale of revolutionary China, which moves between Beijing and Canada and centres on a group of prodigiously talented classical musicians. Including live performances from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which features prominently in the novel, by pianist Richard Uttley.

What does it mean to be a refugee, to leave your home and everything you know? Authors Elena Lappin (What Language Do I Dream In?) and Jonathan Dean (I Must Belong Somewhere) explore the fate of refugees and émigrés through their personal family history and connect their stories to today’s global events.

43


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SATURDAY 27 MAY

NEW TALENT: NO PLACE LIKE HOME 2-3pm Forum H10 £5 (£4)

The novelists in today’s panel have all put place at the heart of their work, from Chibundu Onuzo’s war-torn Nigeria to Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s multicultural New York, Karl Geary’s rain-soaked Dublin, and Ray Celestin’s 1920s Chicago. Before joining them for readings and conversation, visit our website to listen to a specially curated mixtape! Chibundu Onuzo

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Karl Geary

TIM WINTON AND PHILIP HENSHER 2-3pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal H12 £9 (£8)

JOHN SIMPSON: WE CHOSE TO SPEAK OF WAR AND STRIFE 2-3pm Komedia H11 £10 (£9)

44

Foreign correspondents are in the front line of history, as John Simpson reminds us in this personal account of his profession. Blending his own experience with those of the ‘greats’, from Ernest Hemingway to Marie Colvin, he paints a vivid portrait of an endangered tradition.

Celebrated Australian writer Tim Winton speaks to Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University Philip Hensher about his memoir, The Boy Behind the Curtain. Much as in his fiction, where people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control, Winton’s own life has also been shaped by havoc. In Partnership with


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

SATURDAY 27 MAY

HAPPILY EVER AFTER ACTION TRANSPORT THEATRE 3-4pm the egg £8.50 (£7.50 Age 5+)

The queen invites all the princesses in the land to find her son a bride, but he isn’t impressed by any of them. Then one day a princess arrives accompanied by her brother… Happily Ever After is a hilarious, wordless show created in partnership with The Proud Trust. Join us after the show for our Speak Out event see page 46. Book tickets www.theatreroyal.org.uk Happily Ever After is at the egg from Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 May.

KEGGIE CAREW: DADLAND 4-5pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal H15 £9 (£8)

COLM TÓIBÍN 4-5pm Assembly Rooms H14 £10 (£9)

Colm Tóibín, award-winning author of Brooklyn, talks to Artistic Director Alex Clark about his new novel, a daring foray into the ancient world. House of Names recreates the horrifying story of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra – a tale of violence, betrayal and revenge, as electrifying now as at any time in history.

Tom Carew was an unconventional dad – but then he’d had rather an unconventional life, parachuted into Nazi-occupied France as part of Operation Jedburgh when he was only 24. And as that life began to draw to a close, and Tom succumbed to dementia, his daughter decided to go on a manhunt… Keggie Carew is the winner of this year’s Costa Biography Award.

45


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SATURDAY 27 MAY

SPEAK OUT 4.30-6.30pm the egg H16 FREE but ticketed. Age 12 +

Stay with us after the Happily Ever After performance see page 45 for a chance to share your voice. Join a panel of authors, performers, musicians and representatives of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate your identity and look to your future. Expect performances, readings and a chance to be yourself in a safe space.

MARK O’CONNELL: TO BE A MACHINE 5.45-6.45pm Assembly Rooms H18 £9 (£8)

We are no longer limited by our bodies: increasingly, we can transcend them. In his compelling study of transhumanism, journalist Mark O’Connell introduces us to the people and ideas that are extending the possibilities of our species and reframing our collective future.

Presented in collaboration with the egg.

BATHSONGS SERIES PASS

Buy a ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series

LAURA BARNETT AND KATHRYN WILLIAMS 5.15-6.45pm Forum H17 £10 (£9)

Author of the bestselling Versions of Us, Laura Barnett talks about her new novel Greatest Hits, the story of a former 70s rock star who looks back at her tumultuous life. She will be joined by singersongwriter Kathryn Williams who will perform a series of songs inspired by the novel.

46

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

Andrew Staples

SATURDAY 27 MAY

Alisdair Hogarth

Laura Mucha

BATHSONGS WHATEVER LOVE ISÁ 5.45-6.45pm St Swithin’s H19 £15 (£14) Under 18s £1 *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

Poetry in Performance Andrew Staples Laura Mucha Alisdair Hogarth

tenor poet piano

The Prince Consort artists Alisdair Hogarth and Andrew Staples join forces with award-winning poet and writer Laura Mucha to explore the many redundant issues around the subject of love, juxtaposing songs with poetry, philosophy and psychology, drawing on some of Mucha’s fascinating research on who and why we love. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a new song written by Cheryl-Frances Hoad. ‘Andrew Staples is a tenor extraordinaire’ FINANCIAL TIMES

MADELEINE PEYROUX 7.30pm Forum H21 £45 / £33 / £21 / £10 Concessions available (p.66) Under 18s 50% off *Limited tickets* JUMP IN

American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is a strong believer in the power of song. Twenty years after her recording debut, Peyroux continues her musical journey with Secular Hymns which brings the special touch of emotional depth and meaning to lyrics ranging from Tom Waits to Jacques Brel and Allen Toussaint to Jobim.

SEBASTIAN BARRY: DAYS WITHOUT END 7.30-8.30pm St Michael’s Without H20 £9 (£8)

The winner of this year’s Costa Novel Award, sets sail for America in this dazzling tale of the wild frontier and the bloodthirsty adventures of Irish émigré Thomas McNulty. Moving from battles between conscripts and Native Americans to the seismic confrontation between the Union and Confederate armies, this is a tour de force of historical fiction.

47


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 28 MAY FAMILY ARTS DAY 11-3pm Parade Gardens Entrance to Parade Gardens: £1.50 adults / £0.80 concessions. FREE to Discovery Card Holders.

Join us in Parade Gardens to make art, play with words, try a new instrument, sing together and celebrate the joy of being creative. There’ll be a treasure hunt and bright young performers on the bandstand, so bring your family and a picnic and enjoy a day by the river.

48


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

11am-12pm Assembly Rooms J3 £9 (£8)

11am–12pm Assembly Rooms J2 £9 (£8)

Britain now has its second female prime minister, but what really has changed for women in politics in the last 50 years? And what impact can they make on the lives of the women they represent? Join former Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman to explore these and other pressing questions.

SUNDAY 28 MAY

THE ASCENT OF GRAVITY

HARRIET HARMAN: A WOMAN’S WORK

Gravity, to adapt Churchill’s words, is ‘a riddle, wrapped in mystery, inside an enigma’. Awardwinning science writer Marcus Chown takes us on a journey from the recognition of the force of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015, bringing us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

The F-Rating is designed to support and promote women.

THE MAN WHO BUILT BROOKLYN BRIDGE 11am-12pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal J4 £9 (£8)

It has stood for more than 130 years and is now as much part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Erica Wagner, writer and former Times Literary Editor, went in search of the man behind this iconic feat of engineering.

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival

49


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 28 MAY 50

SOPHIE HANNAH 12.45-1.45pm Assembly Rooms J5 £10 (£9)

Imagine being asked to take up the mantle of one of your favourite authors. Imagine if it was Dame Agatha Christie, doyenne of Golden Age detective fiction. Acclaimed crime writer Sophie Hannah rose to the challenge in two marvellous novels, The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket. How did she do it? Find out.

BEAU LOTTO AND KASSIA ST CLAIR

HOW TO PERFECT YOUR SUBMISSION

12.45-1.45pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal J6 £9 (£8)

1.30-2.30pm The Abbey Hotel/Igloo J7 £10 (£9)

The perception of the world that surrounds us is the foundation of human experience. Neuroscientist Beau Lotto (Deviate) and historian Kassia St Clair (The Secret Lives of Colour) explore how we are shaped by what we see and how our culture and history influence our visual world.

Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, publisher Scott Pack offers straight-talking advice on how to ensure your submission gets noticed by agents, and how to avoid classic mistakes authors make when submitting work. You’ll learn everything from identifying the right publisher or agent, to how to write a great synopsis.


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

SUNDAY 28 MAY

RICHARD GOODE, PIANO 3-5.30pm Assembly Rooms J10 £29 / £24 / £17 / £12 Concessions available (p.66)

ED BALLS: SPEAKING OUT 2.30-3.30pm Assembly Rooms J8 £10 (£9)

In Speaking Out, Ed Balls has written a refreshingly different kind of political memoir. Join us as he discusses life in and out of politics, reflects on what lessons the recent past can teach those currently in power, and tells all about his show-stopping turns on Strictly.

Bach Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV.830 Beethoven Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101 Chopin Mazurkas and Nocturnes Chopin Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op.44 Beethoven Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110 One of the very greatest pianists of today, Richard Goode gave astonishing performances of Schubert’s final three Sonatas at last year’s festival. His Beethoven Sonata recordings are regarded as among the very finest and hearing him play this repertory live is a life-enhancing experience. ‘His performance was exceptional, always respecting Beethoven’s notes, while leaving a cerebral mark of his own’ BACHTRACK

MARGARET DRABBLE AND FAY WELDON 2.30-3.30pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal J9 £9 (£8)

A sparkling conversation between two legendary writers that ranges over their decades of experience: Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University Fay Weldon revisits one of her most famous creations in new book The Death of a She-Devil; and Drabble muses on the joys of growing old disgracefully in The Dark Flood Rises.

Margaret Drabble

Fay Weldon

In Partnership with

51


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 28 MAY

THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS 4.15-5.15pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal J11 £9 (£8)

The author of smash hit memoir The Yorkshire Shepherdess presents more tales from her remote hill farm home. Following the routines and rituals of the farmer’s year, Amanda Owens offers a unique window on to a fascinating way of life in an account infused with trademark warmth and humour.

52

THE BIG BATH DEBATE: POLITICS 6.15-7.15pm Assembly Rooms J13 £10 (£9)

Recently, the United Kingdom has proved itself to be anything but – Brexit, in-fighting in Westminster, and the rise of populist politics. Add to that global political challenges and you have to wonder: where next? Guardian journalist Rafael Behr, Jess Phillips MP and writer Reni Eddo-Lodge are joined by special guests to find the answers.

DEYAN SUDJIC: THE LANGUAGE OF CITIES

LINDA GRANT: THE DARK CIRCLE

4.30-5.30pm Assembly Rooms J12 £9 (£8)

6.15-7.15pm Assembly Rooms J14 £9 (£8)

What is a city, and what makes one? The director of London’s Design Museum tackles these and other questions in his insightful and illuminating study. He examines the ideas that shape our urban spaces and the forces that underpin them, and explores how cities shape our sense of self.

From the Orange Prize-winning author comes an electric tale of displacement and new beginnings. Grant tells the story of twins Lenny and Miriam Lynskey, East End Jews who are diagnosed with tuberculosis and dispatched to a Kent sanatorium. Pining for 1950s London, their future seems dim – until they begin to spread their wings.


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

6.15-7.15pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal J15 £9 (£8)

Swimming might seem to be the most calming of pursuits, but for Alexandra Heminsley (Leap In), it required defeating her fear of the water. Meanwhile, Jenny Landreth (Swell) charts swimming’s rather chequered history as a leisure pursuit – especially as far as women were concerned. Take to the water with them (bathing suits optional).

SUNDAY 28 MAY

IN THE SWIM

ANNALENA MCAFEE 8-9.15pm Assembly Rooms J17 £10 (£9)

A dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel, Annalena McAfee’s Hame is a love letter to the Scottish islands and their distinctive identity. She is joined by musician Callum Rae who will give a beautiful rendition of Hame tae Fascaray, a song inspired by the novel, written by Annalena herself.

NEW TALENT: WHAT’S GOING ON? 7.45-8.45pm Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal J16 £5 (£4)

Three thrilling writers discuss how to create suspense-filled fiction that keeps the reader awake into the small hours. Join Kate Hamer, Claire Fuller and Michael Hughes to find out how they cracked the mystery in their novels. Don’t forget to listen to our dazzling mixtape at home!

JUMP IN

@bathfestivals /bathfestivals #TheBathFestival

53


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUNDAY 28 MAY

NATURALLY 7 8pm Komedia J18 £20 (£19)

Who needs instruments, when you have seven voices and bodies? Amazing New York a cappella band Naturally 7 (who’ve opened for Diana Ross and Michael Bublé among others) build on their gospel roots with “vocal play” – scratching, drums, guitar and much more produced, naturally, with the human voice – what Brian Eno hailed as “one of the must-see performances of all time”. ‘Dazzling’ THE GUARDIAN ‘Jaw-droppingly impressive’ THE INDEPENDENT

EVENT CALENDAR KEY TO EVENTS Family CODE

Classical

Jazz & Folk

EVENT TITLE

Literature

Workshop

Words and Music

Debate

TIME

VENUE

PAGE

6pm - late

City-wide

9

FRIDAY 19 MAY FREE

Party In The City

SATURDAY 20 MAY

54

A1 A2 A3 A4a/b

Mary Berry The Human Genome Docx & Cunnell on Fatherhood Kid Carpet

11am-12pm 11am-12pm 11am-12pm 11.30am-12.15pm & 3 – 3.45pm

Forum Forum Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal

10 10 10

the egg

11

A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 A10 A11 A12 A13 A14 A15 A16 A17

Cecilia Bernardini plays Bach 1 Miniature Marvels Decca Aitkenhead & Clover Stroud US Politics – Trump’s First Months New Talent: The Big Apple Hamlet Globe to Globe Juliet Nicolson Moxie: Silver Screen Godessess BathSongs: A Top 20 Collection Paul Henry & Brian Briggs Brad Mehldau Trio Bob Dylan: A Celebration Bath Camerata

1-2pm 1-2pm 1-2pm 1.30-2.30pm 2.45-3.45pm 2.45-3.45pm 4.30-5.30pm 5-6pm 5.45-6.45pm 6.15-7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30-10pm 10-11pm

St Michael’s Without Forum Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Forum Forum Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Forum Assembly Rooms St Swithin’s Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Forum St Mary’s Bathwick

11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 15 15 15


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

CODE

Classical

Jazz & Folk

Literature

EVENT TITLE

Workshop

Words and Music

TIME

VENUE

Debate PAGE

SUNDAY 21 MAY B1 B2 B3 B4a/b

Jeremy Denk Lenin the Dictator Stephen Westaby: Fragile Lives Kid Carpet

11am-1pm 11am-12pm 11am-12pm 11.30am -12.15pm & 3-3.45pm

Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal

16 16 16

the egg

11

B5 B6 B7 B8 B9

Writing Crime Stephen Baxter: The Massacre of Mankind Megan Hine Ali Smith: Autumn Henny Beaumont & Sally Phillips: Living with Down’s Gary Younge: Death of America Medicine and War Roy Strong Killer Women Alice Zawadzki, Fred Thomas & Misha Mullov-Abbado

12-3pm 12.45-1.45pm 12.45-1.45pm 3-4pm

The Abbey Hotel / Igloo Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms

17 17 17 18

3-4pm 4.45-5.45pm 4.45-5.45pm 6.30-7.30pm 6.30-7.30pm

Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms

18 18 19 19 19

8pm

Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal

20

10.15-11.15am 11am-12.15pm 11am-2pm 12-1pm 1-2pm 2-3pm 2.30-3.30pm 3-6pm 3.45-4.45pm 5.30-6.30pm 5.45-6.45pm 7.15-8.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 8-10pm

Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms The Abbey Hotel / Igloo Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms The Abbey Hotel / Igloo Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms St Swithin’s Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Forum Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Wiltshire Music Centre

20 20 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 23 23 24 24 24 25 25

10.30am-12.30pm 5-6pm 5.30-6.30pm 5.45-6.45pm 7-8pm 7-8pm 7.30-8.30pm 7.30pm 8-10pm 8pm

Meeting place on ticket Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms St Swithin’s Komedia Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Forum St Mary’s Bathwick Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal

25 26 26 26 27 27 27 28 28 28

B10 B11 B12 B13 B14

EVENT CALENDAR

KEY TO EVENTS Family

MONDAY 22 MAY C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10 C11 C12 C13 C14 C15 C16

Elizabeth Cowling From your Ever Loving Son Jack Writing for Young Adults John Higgs: Watling Street Cecilia Bernardini plays Bach 2 Sophie Sabbage Victorians Undone The Elements of Scriptwriting Overrated/Underrated Future Living in Bath BathSongs: Emotions of Spain Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill Psycho Live with Bath Philharmonia Juliet Kelly & Zena Edwards Dunedin Consort: Madrigals by Monteverdi

TUESDAY 23 MAY D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10

Literary Walk: Ghost Signs of Bath Spies, Secrets and Surveillance Can You Solve My Problems? BathSongs: Brahms from First to Last Building Bridges Brexit – What Next? Charley Boorman: The Long Way Back Georgie Fame and the Guy Barker Big Band Carlo Gesualdo – Breaking the Rules Martin Carthy & Sam Sweeney

55


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

EVENT CALENDAR

KEY TO EVENTS Family CODE

Classical

Jazz & Folk

Literature

EVENT TITLE

Workshop

Words and Music

Debate

TIME

VENUE

PAGE

10-11am 10-11am 11.45-12.45pm 11.45-12.45pm 1-2pm 2.30-3.30pm 4.30-5.30pm 7-8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30-9.30pm 8-10pm

Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms St Swithin’s Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Komedia Bath Abbey The Abbey Hotel / Igloo

29 29 29 30 30 30 31 31 31 32 32 32

10-11am 11am-2pm 11.45am-12.45pm 2.30-4.30pm 3-4pm 4.15-5.15pm 5-7pm

Assembly Rooms Forum Assembly Rooms Meeting place on ticket Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal

33 33 33 34 34 34 35

5.45-6.45pm 6-7pm 7-9pm 8-9pm 8-10pm

St Swithin’s Assembly Rooms Moles Forum Assembly Rooms

35 35 36 36 36

10-11am 11.45am-12.45pm 11.45am-12.45pm 2-3pm 2-3pm 3.45-4.45pm 5.30-6.30pm 5.45-6.45pm 7.15-8.15pm 7-8.30pm 7.30pm

Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms St Swithin’s Assembly Rooms Komedia Assembly Rooms

37 37 37 38 38 38 39 39 39 40 40

7.30-9.45pm

Forum

40

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6 E7 E8 E9 E10 E11 E12

Bella Bathurst Ross King on Monet Kate Summerscale: The Wicked Boy The Last Royal Rebel Cecilia Bernardini plays Bach 3 Artemis Cooper on Elizabeth Jane Howard Jim Al-Khalili Lorraine Pascale Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne Tenebrae – Path of Miracles Literary Death Match

THURSDAY 25 MAY F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12

Sarah Moss, Gwendoline Riley & Sarah Perry Performance Poetry Workshop Michael Rosen on Émile Zola Literary Walk: Bath: An C18 Success Steven Isserlis Alys Fowler: Hidden Nature Opera from Georgian Bath BathSongs: Timeless Stories Through Folksong Steven Isserlis & Simon Callow Caleb Femi & Vanessa Kisuule Sir Salman Rushdie Morning, Noon and Night

FRIDAY 26 MAY G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12

56

The Big Bath Debate: Food Dan Pearson: A Year in the Garden Samantha Ellis: Take Courage Victoria Hislop Raja Shehadeh The Biographers’ Tales Philippe Sands: East West Street BathSongs: American Songbooks Ann Patchett: Commonwealth The Good Immigrant Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker Herbert Blomstedt: Philharmonia Orchestra


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

CODE

Classical

Jazz & Folk

Literature

EVENT TITLE

Workshop

Words and Music

Debate

TIME

VENUE

PAGE

10-11am 10-11am 10-11am 10am-1pm & 2-5pm 10-11am 11.45am-12.45pm 11.45am-12.45pm 11.45am-1.15pm 11.45am-12.45pm 2-3pm 2-3pm 2-3pm 3-4pm 4-5pm 4-5pm 4.30-6.30pm 5.15-6.45pm 5.45-6.45pm 5.45-6.45pm 7.30-8.30pm 7.30pm

Assembly Rooms Komedia Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Forum Komedia Forum Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Forum Komedia Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal the egg Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal the egg Forum Assembly Rooms St Swithin’s St Michael’s Without Forum

SATURDAY 27 MAY H1 H2 H3 H4a/b H5 H6 H7 H8 H9 H10 H11 H12 – H14 H15 H16 H17 H18 H19 H20 H21

Charles Hindlip Madeleine Shaw Around The World In 10 Books – EU Special Book Cover Workshop Roman Krznaric India Knight Bryony Gordon: Mad Girl & Beyond Madeleine Thien: From Mao to Now Elena Lappin & Jonathan Dean New Talent: No Place Like Home John Simpson: War and Strife Tim Winton & Philip Hensher Happily Ever After Colm Tóibín Keggie Carew: Dadland Speak Out Laura Barnett & Kathryn Williams Mark O’Connell: To Be A Machine BathSongs: Whatever Love is Sebastian Barry: Days Without End Madeleine Peyroux

41 41 41 42 42 42 43 43 43 44 44 44 45 45 45 46 46 46 47 47 47

EVENT CALENDAR

KEY TO EVENTS Family

SUNDAY 28 MAY J1

Family Arts Day

11am-3pm

Parade Gardens

48

J2 J3 J4 J5 J6 J7 J8 J9 J10 J11 J12 J13 J14 J15 J16 J17 J18

Harriet Harman: A Woman’s Work The Ascent of Gravity The Man Who Built Brooklyn Bridge Sophie Hannah Beau Lotto & Kassia St Clair How to Perfect Your Submission Ed Balls: Speaking Out Margaret Drabble & Fay Weldon Richard Goode: Bach, Beethoven & Chopin The Yorkshire Shepherdess Deyan Sudjic: The Language of Cities The Big Bath Debate: Politics Linda Grant: The Dark Circle In The Swim New Talent: What’s Going On? Annalena McAfee Naturally 7

11am-12pm 11am-12pm 11am-12pm 12.45-1.45pm 12.45-1.45pm 1.30-2.30pm 2.30-3.30pm 2.30-3.30pm 3-5.30pm 4.15-5.15pm 4.30-5.30pm 6.15-7.15pm 6.15-7.15pm 6.15-7.15pm 7.45-8.45pm 8-9.15pm 8pm

Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal The Abbey Hotel / Igloo Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Assembly Rooms Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal Assembly Rooms Komedia

49 49 49 50 50 50 51 51 51 52 52 52 52 53 53 53 54

57


T SS AR

LE

E

➜ T

EE

ST R

LO N D O N

D OA ’S R

AV O N

D

ST J

H E N R I E T TA R OA

REET

OHN NORTH PARADE

S O U T H PD E

St John the Evangelist Church

161

E R AV O N

CRES O LK

RF NO

EM

SO UTHGATE S T

K

AV ON STR EET

L WA

RY S T

SouthGate

DE

17

RSI

CH

R IVE

67 D A3

ST

W

R OA ELLS

ONT

58

4

Churchill Bridge

REP

D PA R K

UA Y

HEN

Bath Rugby Club

Parade Gardens

Old Orchard Street Theatre

6

E

WOOD S TR E ET

DQ

4

AT HG E U T AC SO PL

N R OA D

OA

E

EL AN D S TAT IO

AD

W ES TM OR

The Forum

661

BR

13

R PA

D A3 6

Mission Theatre

ST

19

GH W ALL S

S’S

OA

C OR N

P IE R

D

E

OA

RB ORO U

AD

KR

B E AU S T

ME

R A VON

AR

R PA

LK

ST

ST

8

Orange Grove

YO R K S T

L ST

LW

Riverside Coach Park

LR

T

B AT H

Thermae Bath Spa

LE

D

16E S

JA

TO

TW

ST

RIS

I D E WA

P

RB

VE

ERS

EE

EN

WE

RIV

TR

2

3

Roman Baths Pump Room S TA L

Green Park

RI

LO

Multiplex

LDS AT E B

AD

Kingsmead Square

W E S TG

RO

SS

Guildhall

Bath Abbey

P ST

GY

AN

ST

GE

ME

GRE

M

ID D BR LA N ID

JA

ALLS HW

CHEA

ST W E STGATE

90

Green Park Station

3

AR

GR

OUG

Komedia Stanier Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

T

ST

Theatre 24 Royal Sawclose 5

Laura Place

HIGH

OR PR B

GR

ET

EN S

UN I ON ST

U

TRE

NE

12 FORD SQ

B E AU

TH

VE S

ET

OU

The Podium

B OND ST

T

NM

W

EN S

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

MO

QUE

ET

N SQ

GRE

18

T ON S

TR E

10

Milsom St. Michael’s Place Without Church

ST D S T Q U IE T

BART

GS

ST

QUEE

KIN

WOO

Henrietta Park

GRO

STRE

JO H N

Queen Square

E ST

Sensory Garden

HE

ET

ET

NEW

LO T T

51

550

OM

STRE

CHAR

EET

M A NVER S STR E ET

STR

TR E AD S

GE

M IL S

GEO R

BRO

G AY

1075

AD A 4

DG

ED ST

C

Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass

RIVER

ALFR

Building of Bath Collection

7

Crazy Golf

L RO

NE

15

N

WALCOT S T

The Circus

T ET T S

2

ER B RIST O

LA EA

1

Georgian Garden

UPP

HE

M

CA

D

OR RF

GU I

BENN

WA L K

Wiltshire Music Centre is 7 miles away

St Swithin’s Church

T H E PA R AGO N

OUG LBOR MAR

D

B

MAR B U ILG A R E T ’ D IN G S S

GRA VEL

Hedgemead Park

R S STR EET

No.1 B Royal R O C K S TREE Crescent T

ROYA L AV EN U E

R OA

Cleveland Bridge

14

11

AD L AN SD OW N R O

Royal Victoria Park

P

Museum of Bath at Work

T ELL S

Royal Crescent

AN

RUSS

H BU

R IV E

D

MO

JULI

OA

UP

ST

B URL IN GTON ST

NO RT H A

MP T

ON

HAR LEY STR EET

ST

ST JA ME S’S

N D PL A CE

LANE

IL D IN

GS

CENT

TL A

R

CRES

WN

SQ

DO

POR

1

LO

ER

NS

C AV EN D SH I

LA

MAP & VENUE INFORMATION

DEN C R E SC

Bath Box Office 01225 463362

876

D O R C HE STE R S T

Bath Spa Railway Station

Southgate Footbridge 247

Half Penny Bridge

S SIT

E R R OA


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

1 ASSEMBLY ROOMS ES TE

TH BA WI

PO

CK

ST

RE

Bennett St, Bath, BA1 2QH

R AVE N UE

W

LE

TT

RO

ET

T

K EC

FO

RD

RO

A3

AD

3 BATH BOX OFFICE

6

Bath Visitor Information Centre, Bath, BA1 1NL

Sydne Garde

fl‰Œ

PL AC E

L ST R E E SU TTO

N ST

4 IGLOO AT THE ABBEY HOTEL

S Y D N EY

TA

NS

12 Kingston Buildings, Bath, BA1 1LT

fl±‰ u

B

D A N IE

HE N R I E T

R DE

2 BATH ABBEY

AD

D

GA

fl±‰Œ

FO RES TER RO AD

FOR

North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF

Holburne Museum

uΠ5 KOMEDIA

S

SYD

S

T

ET

9 S

YDN

NEY

S YD

PL

EY M

D

EWS

6 MASONIC HALL AT

ST

RA BY

V A NE ST

M

EW S

Raby Place

TH BA

7 MOLES

IC K G R OV E GD N S

150 L I M E GR O V E

PU LT EN

R LIME G

Bath Cricket Club

EY G

N C A N A L WA L K K E N N ET & AV O

P ULT EN EY R OA D

LI M E

NORT H PARAD E ROAD

14 George Street, Bath, BA1 2EN

Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF

fl 9 ST MARY’S BATHWICK Darlington Street, Bath, BA2 4EB

fl±‰ u 10 ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH Broad St, Bath, BA1 5LJ

fl±‰ uŒ 11 ST SWITHIN’S CHURCH The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LY

fl±‰ u 12 THE EGG 36 Monmouth St, Bath, BA1 2AN

fl±‰ uŒ 13 THE FORUM 1A Forum Buildings, Bath, BA1 1UG

fl±‰ uŒ 14 WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE Ashley Road, Bradford-onAvon, BA15 1DZ

fl±‰Œ

FESTIVAL HUBS Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May: 15 Alfred Street 16 Kingsmead Square 17 Southgate

Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May: 18 Old Bond Street 19 Stall Street 17 Southgate

AR

RI

NS DE

AD

LL

HI

Bath Sports & Leisure 134 Centre Bath Pavilion

OLD THEATRE ROYAL 12 Old Orchard St, Bath, BA1 1JU

fl‰ uŒ

W

Recreation Ground

22-23 Westgate St, Bath, BA1 1EP

fl±‰Œ

M EW S

Y NE

E TR

R WA

TE UL

W

ED

P AT RE

ME TA

R

S YD N EY

ENR I E

Y NE

8 PARADE GARDENS

MAP & VENUE INFORMATION

VENUES

D ROC KLIF FE ROA

PU

LT E

NE

YR

OA

D

KEY TO SYMBOLS

fl Wheelchair accessible ± Toilets for disabled people ‰ Hearing loop Œ Guide Dog accessible u Baby Changing Facilities

59


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SUPPORT US

SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL

GET CLOSER TO THE FESTIVAL

BECOME A MEMBER FROM £25

BECOME A PATRON

Bath Festivals is a charity, producing over 300 arts events for the city every year. We receive less than a third of our income from public funding, so your support is vital to our long-term future.

Be part of building our 100 Club ahead of our 70th anniversary in 2018 – we are already over half way there and want to say a huge thank you to the people below for their support. Find out more online thebathfestival.org.uk

At the heart of what we deliver is a year-round education programme, developing creative skills and confidence with over 6,000 young people from all backgrounds in 2016. In return for their support, our Members benefit from priority booking, exclusive events and discounted tickets – perfect for making the most of the Festival you love! Find out more online thebathfestival.org.uk With thanks to all of our members and special gratitude to: Joanna Dickson Leach, Christopher Brown, Roy and Maureen Hatch, William Peter Gunning, Dr. C R Lovell, Anne Marston, Kim De Morgan, Richard and Bea Salter, Shirin Deacon

Life Patron Lady Evelyn Strasburger

John and Liz Everitt Sir James Fuller Lady Gass Paragon Patrons: Barry and Yvonne Gilbertson Lord Brooke Richard and Yasemin Hall Marianna Clark Simon and Catriona Heale James Drummond William and Wera Hobhouse David and Karin Embleton Paul and Claire Jackson Paul and Fiona Kane Conrad Jones The Peter Stormonth Darling Sheila McCormack Charitable Trust Bel Mooney Trevor Osborne Charlotte Pinder Ian Tarr Nigel and Stephanie Pollard Circus Patrons: Bob and Diana Potter Ken and Vera Barnes Chris and Denise Rogers John and Yvonne Cullum Roger and Janet Rolls Andrew Fletcher Andrew Rutherford DL Jane Drabble and Bill Nemtin Thomas and Michelle Sheppard The Mayden Foundation Chris and Jan Shepley Jim and Hiroko Sherwin Crescent Patrons: Colin and Theresa Skellett Lucy Aspin Marcelle Speller Anthony and Fenella Avison Ian Stockley Bernadette Bailey Clivette Taylor Ruth Moser Bob and Jean Tyrrell Chris and Alison Born The Elizabeth and Gordon Bloor Richard and Sue Wales Brian Woodford Charitable Trust Hugh and Jill Wright John and Rosalie Challis Ian and Janet Wilson Rob and Deborah Clements Lucy Woodroffe Lloyd and Claire Cossins-Price Nicholas Wylde Marc Cuddihy Van and Eva DuBose Sam and Fenella Dyson Michael Eavis

60

Our anonymous Patrons


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

CREATIVE LEARNING

CREATIVE LEARNING: EMPOWERING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE CONFIDENT AND CREATIVE CITIZENS. The festival is the highlight of the year for the Creative Learning team, a time to celebrate our achievements and to showcase young people’s creativity. We’ll be popping up throughout the festival with a range of brilliant events; here are some of our highlights… We’ll be celebrating young people’s voices in Party in the City with our commission with local school children; in the culmination of our music project Building Bridges; and in Speak Out an event for young people celebrating LGBTQIA stories. We’ll be inviting you to join in with our young writers’ experimental Writing Labs in Alfred Street on the 20 & 21 May; and our Family Arts Day in Parade Gardens is back with lots of creative activities to try out. School Without Walls We are excited to be part of the latest phase of School Without Walls which is all about doing school differently and supporting children to be active citizens in their learning and in their community. Bath Festivals will be working with Westfield Primary School who will be taking part in a 5 week residency, doing school at the egg Theatre and in the city. They will have the opportunity to see plays each week, to access the festival activities and to work with artists to explore their own learning journeys. Look out for events they create for the opening night and learning adventures happening everywhere!

Paper Nations Since the start of this ambitious 3 year creative writing project we have delivered events in our festivals with engaging panellists and lively audiences. We have begun our spoken word project where poets work in collaboration with teachers to inspire pupils to find their voices. We are working with the Paper Nations team on developing a Young Creative Writer Award, a new national creative writing qualification for children and young people. Keep your eyes peeled at the festival for work created by young people who have been inspired by the project to #daretowrite Paper Nations is led by Bath Spa University in partnership with Bath Festivals and NAWE and is funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic fund for Creative Writing in Schools. www.papernations.org.uk Find out more about the Creative Learning programme: www.bathfestivals.org.uk/learning or email education@bathfestivals.org.uk The Creative Learning team gratefully acknowledges the support of Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust & D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

This year School Without Walls is a partnership between the egg Theatre, 5x5x5=creativity, Bath Festivals and Mentoring Plus and is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund. www.schoolwithoutwalls.org.uk

61


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

/VisitBath / V isitBath @VisitBath @VisitBath

62

There’s There’s plenty to enjoy in Bath in 2017. 2017. Find out more at VisitBath.co.uk – your official guide to Bath and beyond.


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

The Kaleidoscope Collection With three boutique hotel venues in the heart of the city, each property within the Kaleidoscope Collection is well known for its one-of-a-kind sense of style. No.15 Great Pulteney, the exciting new opening on the grandest street in Bath, is the latest addition to this independently-owned portfolio, the Abbey Hotel on North Parade, and Villa at Henrietta Park. Festival goers will receive the warmest of welcomes at No.15, a hub for locals and visitors alike, with its 28 individually-designed bedrooms, restful sitting rooms, supremely chic cocktail bar and Cafe 15 open for relaxed lunches and afternoon teas. Abbey Hotel, its much-loved 62-bedroom sister property, is similarly well-versed in serving up inspirational yet informal dishes in its acclaimed Allium restaurant or superlative cocktails in its quirky ArtBar.

Abbey Hotel

Villa at Henrietta Park

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk no15greatpulteney.co.uk villahenriettapark.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNER

01225 461603 01225 807015 01225 466329

HOTEL PARTNERS

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Brooks Guesthouse

Brooks Guesthouse is a stylish boutique townhouse, 350 Located in the heart of Bath, The Gainsborough Bath meters below the Royal Crescent and a mere seven Spa combines classic minute walk to the city centre. architecture with the All bedrooms have designer contemporary style and hospitality of a five star hotel. wallpapers, comfy beds and goose down bedding. All Its 99 rooms & suites are bathrooms have Hansgrohe complemented by a fine power showers. We offer a restaurant and its beautiful Spa Village which is uniquely delicious breakfast, an fed by Bath’s naturally warm, honesty bar and free, superfast WiFi. mineral-rich spring waters. Beau St, Bath, BA1 1QY 1 Crescent Gardens, Upper 01225 358888 Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 2NA thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk 01225 425543

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 0344 879 9106 macdonaldhotels.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 home away from home experience for stays of any length. 37 St James’ Parade, Bath, BA1 1UH 01225 486540 sacoapartments.com/bath

brooksguesthouse.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION about accommodation in Bath, visit thebathfestival.org.uk or call Bath Tourist Information Centre on 0906 711 2000 (50p/min). 63


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

SPA DAYS

E AVAILABL AS GIFT S VOUCHER

Enjoy a luxurious Spa Day which combines an exclusive spa treatment, full use of the beautiful Bath House, bathing in the natural thermal waters and a fine spa lunch or afternoon tea. Now available for non-residents of the hotel, immerse yourself in five star luxury in the heart of Bath.

For further details on the five Spa Days, please look at: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk or contact our Spa Village on 01225 355 320 THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA, BEAU STREET, BATH BA1 1QY

Working in partnership Our business is to provide the best possible water and sewerage services to our customers – 24/7. But alongside this we are commied to playing a part in your communies through our Wessex Water Partnership. This includes collaborang with and supporng the work of charies, community groups, schools and the arts. Which is why we support performances at the Bath Fesvals

www.wessexwater.co.uk 64


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

Artistic Directors Alex Clark (literature and words) David Jones (jazz, folk and world) James Waters (classical) Head of Programming Judith Robinson Board of Trustees John Cullum DL Chair Carol Baines, David Bates, Kevin Brown, James Drummond, Will Gregory, Peter Medlock, Councillor Chris Pearce, Lady Evelyn Strasburger, Ian Stockley, Stephen Taylor, Richard Turner CMG OBE, Anna Williams. Strategic Advisor Ian Stockley Executive Director Celia Mead Finance Director Lynne Gregory Development Clodagh Moynan Finance and Administration Rebecca Wheeler Festival Production Kate Hall Creative Learning Hazel Plowman Marketing and Communications Anna White P.R Ruth Cairns, Vicki Cheadle, Sally Reeves Business Administrator Danny Brothers Box Office Rebecca Molloy, Jasmine Barker, June Price, Pam Twohig, Samantha Hamlin and Victoria Walters. Brand and Festival Design Shorthose-Russell Bath Festivals Third Floor, Abbey Chambers Kingston Buildings Bath BA1 1NT

PHOTO AND ILLUSTRATION CREDITS Ali Smith / © Sarah Wood / p. 18 Alice Zawadzki / © Monika S. Jakubowska / p.20 Annalena McAfee / © Ollie Grove / p.53 Ann Murray / © Sian Trenberth / p.26 Ann Patchett / © Heidi Ross / p.39 Artemis Cooper / © Nella Beevor / p.30 Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal / © Claude Gassian / p.31 Bella Bathurst / © Ben Gilbert / p.29 Brian Briggs / © Jill Furmanovsky / p.14 Bryony Gordon / © Pal Hansen / p.43 Camilla Beeput / © McVirn Etienne / p.32 Cecilia Bernardini / © Diederik Rooker / p.11 Chibundu Onuzo / © Blayke / p.44 Christopher Glynn / © Joanna Bergin / p.35 Clarke Peters / © Stuart McClymont / p.32 Clover Stroud / © Paul Clarke / p.12 Colm Tóibín/ © Brigitte Lacombe / p.45 Dan Pearson / © Jason Ingram / p.37 Deyan Sudjic / © Muhsin Akgun / p.52 Edward Docx / ©Nicky Willcock / p.10 Elif Shafak / © Zeynel Abidin / p.24 Erica Wagner / © Olivia Beasley / p.49 Erin Kelly / © Domenico Pugliese / p.17 Fay Weldon / © Sebastian Willnow / p.51 Gary Younge / © Lisa Carpenter / p.18 Gesualdo – Marian Consort / © Robin Mitchell / p.28 Harriet Harman / © Richard Maude / p.49 Harry Parker / © Gemma Day / p.19 Herbert Blomstedt / © M. Lengemann / p.40 Howard Cunnell / © Alexander James / p.10 India Knight / © Christina Solomons / p.42 Jeremy Denk / © Michael Wilson / p.16 Jim Al-Khalili / © Paul Stead / p.31 Joanna Blythman / © Alan Peebles / p.37 Joshua Ellicott / © Sane Seven / p.20 Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker / © Jenna Foxton / p.40 Juliet Kelly / © Brian O’Connor/ p.25 Juliet Nicolson / © Axel Hasslenberg / p.13 Karl Geary / © Ollie Grove / p.44 Keggie Carew / © Juliette Foy/ p.45 Linda Grant / © Charlie Hopkinson / p.52 Luis Gomes / © Renato Guerra / p.23 Madeleine Peyroux / © Marina Chavez / p.47 Madeleine Thien / © Humanitas / p.43 Malcolm Martineau / © KK Dundas / p.23 Margaret Drabble / © Ruth Corney / p.51 Mark O’Connell / © Rich Gilligan / p.46 Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill / © Jordan Koepke / p.24 Megan Hine / © Simon Buxton / p.17 Mel McGrath / © Patricia Grey / p.17 Michael Rosen / © Goldsmiths University of London / p.33 Paul Henry / © Zed Nelson / p.14 Richard Goode / © Steve Riskind / p.51 Roman Krznaric / © Kate Raworth / p.42 Ross King / © Melanie King / p.29 Rowan Pierce / © Jen Hart / p.39 Samantha Ellis / © Nick Tucker / p.37 Sebastian Barry / © The Irish Times / p.47 Simon Callow / © Kevin Davis / p.35 Steven Isserlis / © Satoshi Aoyagi / p.34 Steven Isserlis / © Jean Baptiste Millot / p.35 Tenebrae / © Chris O’Donovan / p.32 Tessa Hadley / © Mark Vessey /p.11 Tim Winton / © Hank Kordas /p.44 Vanessa Kisuule / © Ailsa Li Chern Fineron / p.36 Xanthe Clay / © Jay Williams / p. 37

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

BATH FESTIVALS

Registered Charity No. 801617

65


Bath Box Office 01225 463362

HOW TO BOOK

HOW TO BOOK

WHEN TO BOOK

In person at Bath Box Office By telephone on 01225 463362 Online at thebathfestival.org.uk By post to Bath Box Office at the address below – cheques made payable to ‘Bath Box Office’ Please note postal bookings are dealt with alongside telephone and counter bookings.

8 Early Release Events Patrons Booking Silver & Gold Members Bronze Members General Booking

Bath Box Office Bath Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Chambers, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY 01225 463362 boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk Box Office opening hours Monday to Saturday 10.30am–5pm Sunday & Bank Holidays Closed (open on Sundays 10am-4pm during the festival only) Booking details Tickets can be posted 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 Bath 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. Tickets purchased through partner venues or ticket agents may incur additional booking fees. Concessions Concession prices are available to under-18s, full-time students, unemployment benefit claimants, visitors with a disability and those whose sole source of income is a DSS state retirement pension. Where available, concessions entitle you to £1 off the original ticket price. Only one concession may apply per ticket. Please note wheelchair spaces and free carer tickets are not available to book online. Group bookings We offer one free seat for every ten purchased to the same event when booked at the same time.

66

On Sale Now 8 February 9 February 13 February 15 February

Under 18s Ticket Offers 50% off main room Forum events, excluding Mary Berry. £1 tickets for BathSongs Series concerts* Limited tickets available JUMP IN BathSongs Series Pass Buy a full price ticket to 3 concerts in the BathSongs Series and receive 50% off a 4th concert in the series when booked at the same time. Standby ticket offer Customers eligible for concessions may purchase unsold tickets at half price on the door 30 minutes before the event. Seat allocation is subject to availability and at the Box Office’s discretion. This offer will not apply to sold out events. Accessibility Our festival takes place in a range of venues across the city, access details for these can be found on page 58 or by visiting bathfestivals.org.uk/accessibility. Please contact the Box Office if you require the following: Wheelchair seats, a free Personal Assistant ticket, a British Sign Language interpreter. If you have any other requirements please contact our Access Officer on access@bathfestivals.org.uk Other booking information Please quote the event code when booking. Event times are approximate and doors open 15 minutes before each event. Tickets are non-refundable, but if an event sells out we can offer returned tickets for resale. A £2 per ticket handling charge will apply on all resold tickets. Please note we cannot refund card transaction, 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.


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

be a teacher.

challenge inspiring spark innovation global opportunity pride creativit

We are extremely proud to continue as the Creative Partner of Bath Festivals. Our staff and students are involved across this year’s programme, and we are delighted to be playing a key role in delivering a new Festival for the city.

Professor Christina Slade

Our long-running partnership with Bath Festivals is a celebration of the marriage of the creativity and skill sets of our staff and students with the thriving arts and creative businesses throughout the city. Together we make an important and valued contribution to the vibrant cultural community of Bath. Professor Christina Slade Vice-Chancellor

67


Book online thebathfestival.org.uk

Bath Box Office 01225 463362

Mary Berry

Lorraine Pascale

Malcolm Martineau

Salman Rushdie

Ed Balls

Naturally 7

Philharmonia Orchestra

India Knight

Psycho

Georgie Fame

Martin Carthy

Sally Phillips

The Bath Festival 2017 Programme JUMP IN  

A celebration of words, music and literature. 19 - 28 May 2017. A new flagship festival for Bath, superseding Bath International Music Festi...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you