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Bath Bachfest

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Abbey Chambers
Abbey Churchyard
Bath Bachfest


Details below for 2017 event. Details for 2018 at to be confirmed.
In just six years Bath Bachfest has become a firmly established fixture in the annual classical music calendar.  Organised by the team which runs the acclaimed Bath Mozartfest each November, and programmed by the peerless Amelia Freedman, this short midwinter festival celebrates the music of J S Bach and his Baroque contemporaries.

There are five concerts over three days, set against the backdrop of the Georgian City’s fine buildings.  This year the three concerts in the elegant Assembly Rooms will explore the background to different aspects of Bach’s music. 

In the opening concert the Academy of Ancient Music, directed by oboist Frank de Bruine and violinist Bojan Cičić will present a programme entitled Bach and the Italian Concerto, featuring works by Vivaldi and Albinoni alongside J S Bach.  The Tallis Scholars, whose distinctive a cappella sound is internationally acclaimed, will be looking at The German Tradition in a concert tracing church music in Germany from Lassus’s Latin settings to two of Bach’s great motets written in 18th century Leipzig.  Then Adrian Chandler and his orchestra, La Serenissima, will take us back to Italy for The Italian Job, a Saturday morning ‘coffee concert’ focussed entirely on Italian concerti.

There is also a one-hour lunchtime concert featuring the Chinese guitarist, Xuefei Yang, alongside the award-winning Heath Quartet, who will perform contemporary transcriptions of Bach’s music.   And this glorious feast of music from the most fruitful of artistic periods is completed by The Sixteen in Bath Abbey.  Under the baton of director Harry Christophers the choir and orchestra will perform, appropriately, an all-Bach programme, bookended by two of his most popular works: the Third Brandenburg Concerto and his glorious setting of the Magnificat.



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Opening Times

2018 (15 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018)*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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