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The Bluejays will be rocking out at Chapel Arts Centre

Listen to the beautiful melodies of Sam Sweeney at Wiltshire Music Centre

The Kingdom Choir is coming to The Forum

SPARKFEST n 10 May – 15 June, venues around Bath Innovative theatre, dance, music and the world premiere of a stage production of modern classic The Girl of Ink and Stars feature in a festival created by graduating creative students from Bath Spa University. Sparkfest, in partnership with The Bath Festival, offers five weeks of live performances in Burdall’s Yard and at other city venues, as well as pop-up appearances on the streets of Bath. See the full programme online; LONDON MOZART PLAYERS: RELAXED CONCERT n 11 May, 2pm, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon An inclusive performance of classical favourites, including Mozart, Strauss, Holst and Brahms by one of the UK’s finest chamber orchestras. Humming along is encouraged as part of this concert, during which there will be a relaxed attitude to noise. House lights will remain on and audience members are free to leave and re-enter at any point. £8/£4. This is followed by a formal concert at 7.30pm to mark the ensemble’s 70th anniversary. £28/£14; HANDEL’S MESSIAH n 11 May, 7pm, Bath Abbey Combining the sensitive accompaniment of the baroque instruments with solos performed by Abbey Choir Girls and Men, you can expect a glorious evening of music under the direction of Huw Williams, Bath Abbey’s director of music. Accompanied on period instruments by the leading baroque ensemble Canzona. £7–£12;

AN EVENING WITH KATHERINE JENKINS n 11 May, doors 7pm, The Forum Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins OBE is on tour following the release of her album, Guiding Light, which draws on the themes of life, hope, acceptance and a universal spirituality. Tickets from £29.50; THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS n 13 May, 7.10pm, BRLSI The Industrial Revolution had a profound impact on the decorative arts, bringing commodities that had previously been associated with the nobility within reach of the ever-growing middle-classes. Andrew Spira presents this Arts Society Evening talk and looks at how these new inventions led to the development of shops and new attitudes towards lifestyle. Non-members welcome, £8; FOR THE JOY OF COLOUR: CHARLES AND PATRICIA LESTER n 14 May, 11am–3pm, The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel Hear the behind-the-scenes stories of fashion designers and textile artists Charles and Patricia Lester, and discover how they create original pieces that celebrate colour and the individuality of each person who wears their timeless silks. £30, includes tea and coffee on arrival and a delicious two-course lunch in the 3AA Rosette restaurant, Dan Moon at The Gainsborough with wine. Book via Eventbrite or call: 01225 358888. THE BUSINESS OF MODERN SLAVERY n 14 May, 7.30pm, BRLSI Modern slavery has become one of the most high-profile human rights challenges of our time. Behind all this misery is the very real fact that it is a business. In this talk, Professor Andrew Crane from the University of Bath will draw from a multi-study research project to help uncover the murky

business of modern slavery and will explore with the audience ways that each of us can contribute to tackling one of worst, but most misunderstood, problems facing workers in the global economy. £5/£2; CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN n 14–18 May, times vary, Theatre Royal Bath Captain Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer, is posted to an idyllic Greek island as part of the occupying forces in 1941. Shunned by the locals at first, he proves to be civilised, humorous and a consummate musician. The captain is soon thrown together with Dr Iannis’ strong-willed and beautiful daughter Pelagia, who discovers all of the complexities of love, and how it can blossom in the most unexpected and profound way. Experience all of the passion and poetry that made this love story a multimillion best-selling novel and a smash-hit Hollywood movie. Tickets from £20.50; A NIGHT OF MUSIC, COMEDY AND SPOKEN WORD IN AID OF BATH MIND n 16 May, doors 6.30pm, Komedia Komedia Bath is teaming up with Raise The Bar for a special event to raise funds for Bath Mind – a local charity who provide an invaluable service to improve, prevent and maintain mental health and wellbeing across B&NES. There will be music, comedy and spoken word performances as well as stories and a presentation from the team at Bath Mind. While affiliated to national charity, Mind, they receive no direct funding from them and therefore local support is invaluable. Featuring Dr Phil, Becky Brunning, Jordan from the Rizzle Kicks and more. £5; THE KINGDOM CHOIR n 16 May, doors 7pm, The Forum The Kingdom Choir, known for their spellbinding performance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Continued page 26

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most beautiful melodies of the First World War, performed with musicians Rob Harbron, Jack Rutter, Patsy Reid and Ben Nicholls. £18/£9;

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The Bath Magazine May 2019  

The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath

The Bath Magazine May 2019  

The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath