|THURSDAY 18th||Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment||7:30pm||Assembly Rooms||MORE INFORMATION|
|FRIDAY 19th||Rachel Podger||1:00pm||Guildhall||MORE INFORMATION|
|FRIDAY 19th||Florilegium||7:30pm||Assembly Rooms||MORE INFORMATION|
|SATURDAY 20th||Mahan Esfahani||11:00am||Guildhall||MORE INFORMATION|
|SATURDAY 20th||Academy of Ancient Music||7:30pm||Bath Abbey||MORE INFORMATION|
|SATURDAY 20th||Supper in the Pump Room||9:15pm||Pump Room||MORE INFORMATION|
In just five years Bath Bachfest has firmly established its place in the annual calendar of classical music events, and attracted a committed and enthusiastic audience. With the music of J S Bach at its heart, this 5-concert 3-day festival brings music of the highest quality to brighten the darkest mid-winter days.
This year three orchestral concerts provide the framework for Amelia Freedman’s programme, with the acclaimed tenor, Ian Bostridge, joining the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – now in Residence at both London’s South Bank Centre and Glyndebourne - in an opening concert of music by Bach’s friend Telemann and his contemporary, Handel.
Another great period-instrument ensemble, Florilegium, will present three of Bach’s six Brandenburg Concerti, their recordings of which have been so well reviewed by critics and public alike.
The final concert, in Bath’s great Abbey, will be given by the Academy of Ancient Music and also features one of Bach’s great Brandenburg’s – this time the first. Soprano Mary Bevan, winner of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award, will join the AAM for a dramatic Vivaldi motet and a delightful Bach Wedding Cantata, with two Vivaldi concertos completing the programme.
In between there are two solo recitals from outstanding exponents of their instrument. Mahan Esfahan has perhaps done more than anyone else playing today to champion the harpsichord, and Rachel Podger is much celebrated for her sensitive and thoughtful playing of the period violin.
Rian Evans of The Guardian commented at the end of the 2015 festival that ‘This Baroque festival continues to bloom’. We agree, and hope that you will come to Bath next February and join us for a weekend of sublime music performed against the backdrop of one of Europe’s most special cities.
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