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The Bath Festival 2017

The Bath Festival 2018
11 - 27 May 2018
An exciting moment for Bath Festivals, our 70th anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, we have created an incredible programme of events that build on our rich heritage and cements the festival as a highlight in the Bath calendar for residents and visitors alike.

We are delighted to announce Tears for Fears as headliners for The Bath Festival 70th Anniversary Finale Weekend with special guest Alison Moyet supporting.
Saturday 26th May 2018 Bath Recreation Ground

Events Now On Sale
Literature events now on sale include Rose Tremain; Adam Kay; Maggie O'Farrell; Roddy Doyle and John Julius Norwich.
Music events now on sale include Ben Folds & A Piano, Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt playing the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside; Stephen Hough; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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Susie Orbach - The Bath Festival
Saturday 12 May 2018
St Michael's Without, Broad St, Bath BA1 5LJ
In her Radio 4 series In Therapy, psychotherapist and author Susie Orbach (Fat is a Feminist Issue) uncovered the usually secret process of therapy through dramatised case studies. Here she explores why increasingly large numbers of people seek therapy and what lies beneath the exchanges between analyst and client.

Saturday 12 May 11am - 12pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
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Stuart Kelly - The Bath Festival
Saturday 12 May 2018
Masonic Hall At Old Theatre Royal, Bath, BA1 1JU
When a convicted murderer applied to be a minister in the Scottish Church, it divided the institution and challenged its most basic beliefs and obligations. In conversation with Theos Think-Tank director Elizabeth Oldfield, writer and critic Stuart Kelly (The Minister and The Murderer) will explore his book’s themes of truth, faith and forgiveness.

‘Fascinating’ – Blake Morrison, The Guardian
Saturday 12 May 11am - 12pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Adam Kay

Adam Kay - The Bath Festival
Saturday 12 May 2018
Masonic Hall At Old Theatre Royal, Bath, BA1 1JU
Before he became a writer and performer on programmes including Mitchell and Webb and The Now Show, Adam Kay was a junior doctor, living a life of 97-hour weeks and life or death decisions. We’re delighted to welcome his music and comedy show, based on his bestselling book This is Going to Hurt.

2017 Book of the Year in ‘Books Are My Bag’ Awards, as voted by the public.
Saturday 12 May 7pm - 8pm
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Whoosh! - The Bath Festival
📅 Sunday 13 May 2018
The Edge, University Of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY
Age 1 – 4

Imagine a stage filled with music, where the tiniest breeze becomes a beautiful note…Whoosh! is a multi-sensory show that introduces little ears to the power of music. Created by Dutch theatre makers Muziekvoorstelling and Festival 2 Turven Hoog, this unique family theatre experience is a fun-packed feast for your eyes and ears. In collaboration with the egg and the Edge.

Sunday 13 May 12 - 12.45pm (Show 1) & 2.30 - 3.15pm (Show 2).
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Natasha Pulley and Ned Beauman

Natasha Pulley and Ned Beauman - The Bath Festival
Monday 14 May 2018
Masonic Hall At Old Theatre Royal, Bath, BA1 1JU
In her historical novel The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley takes us on a quest to the mystical forests of South America. She talks to Man Booker-longlisted Ned Beauman, whose latest book Madness is Better Than Defeat tells the ‘laugh-out-loud funny’ (Irish Times) story of a farcical expedition to the jungles of Honduras.

Monday 14 May 8 - 9pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Spira Mirabilis

Spira Mirabilis Play Beethoven 7 - The Bath Festival
Monday 14 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Somewhere between an orchestra and a musical cooperative, Spira Mirabilis is comprised of some of the finest musicians in Europe, who perform staggering masterpieces without a conductor. Here, they perform one of the world’s best-loved and most iconic of symphonies. They will also discuss how this remarkable group of virtuosi came into being and how their unique approach creates scintillating performances.

‘I have seen the future of orchestral music. And boy is it good!’ Tom Service, THE GUARDIAN

‘one of the most glorious Beethoven interpretations I have ever heard…. words don’t encompass the magic’ THE TIMES

Monday 14 May 8 - 9.30pm
Tickets - £30 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk


New Talent #1 Trauma - The Bath Festival
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Waterstones, 4-5 Milsom St, Bath BA1 1DA
From the Austrian death camps of the Second World War to 48 hours in a London beset by riots to the comatose victim of an attempted murder. Join novelists Kim Sherwood, winner of the Bath Novel Award, Guy Gunaratne and Emily Koch to hear more about their journey into writing.

In partnership with Bath Spa University
Tuesday 15 May 8 - 9.30pm
Tickets - £6 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Apples and Snakes Present: Speak Out
Tuesday 15 May 2018
The Egg, 36 Monmouth St, Bath BA1 2AN
Come and hear stories that make us who we are, that surprise and challenge us, comfort and uplift us in this brilliant evening of spoken word poetry. Speak Out celebrates LGBTQ+ voices and features a powerful quartet of poets, headlined by Joelle Taylor.

Presented in collaboration with the egg.
Tuesday 15 May 7.30 - 9pm
Tickets - £7 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Bath Festival
Wednesday 16 May 2018 7.30pm
The Forum, 1A Forum Buildings, Bath BA1 1UG
With support from Emily Barker

Acclaimed American singer & songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammys and sold over 14 million records. Now at the height of her prestigious 30-year career, Mary will perform material from her forthcoming album ‘Sometimes Just The Sky’ as well as hits from her back catalogue like ‘Passionate Kisses’ and ‘He Thinks he’ll keep her’ 16 May Forum Bath.

‘Carpenter has spent three decades refining her storytelling art, and it shows’ (★★★★☆ Guardian)

Tickets - £36/ £28/ £22/ £15 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
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Ben Okri - The Bath Festival
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Masonic Hall At Old Theatre Royal, Bath, BA1 1JU
In his latest collection, Rise Like Lions, Booker-Prize winning Ben Okri explores the impact political poems have on ideas, vision, protest, change and truth. From rallying cries to lyrics and meditations, these poems have resonated with readers throughout generations and have changed the way we view the world.

Wednesday 16 May 7 - 8pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Party in the City

Party in the City - The Bath Festival
Friday 18 May 2018
Various Venues In Bath City Centre
The biggest night of free music in Bath is back!

Performers will appear across 35+ venues, as well as on the city streets and our outdoor stages. Festival (Queen) Square and Parade Gardens will be filled with great live music, local food and drink, and you’ll be able to hit one of our festival venues or bars and enjoy the music until the early hours in style.

The night will open with our annual Schools Commission in the Abbey. This year, the magic of the festival has transformed local school children into Festival Spirits. See the children mischievously disrupt and take over a traditional song recital. They will join soprano Elizabeth Karani to become characters from past and future festivals, inspired by material from the festival archives. Working with composer Richard Barnard and artist Edwina Bridgeman, the children will create a brand-new performance and installation piece celebrating 70 years of the festival.
Philip Hensher

Philip Hensher and Anna-Marie Crowhurst
Friday 18 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University Philip Hensher will discuss his latest novel The Friendly Ones – the decades-spanning story of two families and a new nation. He will be joined by BSU graduate Anna-Marie Crowhurst whose novel The Illumination of Ursula Flight follows an ambitious woman, born under a bad star.

Friday 18 May 5 - 6pm
Tickets - £9
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
The Orwell Prize Debate - The Bath Festival
Friday 18 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
How can gender imbalance, systemic in all industries, be properly addressed? In the light of the #MeToo campaign, the publication of BBC’s top earners and the Equality Act gender pay report, panellists Andrew Adonis, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Erica Wagner and former Orwell Prize winner AT Williams discuss what should, could and can be done to achieve true and lasting equality.

In partnership with Bath Spa University
Friday 18 May 7 - 8pm
Tickets - £9
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Denise Mina & Abir Mukherjee

Denise Mina & Abir Mukherjee - The Bath Festival
Friday 18 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Abir Mukherjee’s ‘utterly captivating’ (Daily Mail) novel A Rising Man takes us to turbulent Calcutta at the start of the 20th century. Abir will be joined by award-winning author Denise Mina (The End of the Wasp Season, Gods and Beasts) for a conversation about crime fiction and turning to the past for gruesome inspiration.

Friday 18 May 3-4pm
Tickets - £9
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Lars Vogt

Friday 18 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Beethoven’s Piano Concertos take us on an amazing musical journey in two days! Ranging from restrained classicism to the unashamed grandeur of the ‘Emperor’ concerto these works contain some of Beethoven’s very finest music. Lars Vogt is quite simply brilliant in this repertoire.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Lars Vogt, piano/director

Confusingly No 2 is Beethoven’s first concerto! Its stylish classical restraint launches a rich programme where the dark driving energy of the virtuoso C minor concerto is perfectly matched with the breadth, calm and hidden depths of the miraculous G major.

‘All the while genial conductor Lars Vogt, on his feet this time rather than at the piano, was crouched like a panther, controlling affairs’. CHRONICLE

Friday 18 May 7.30 - 9.45pm
Tickets - £38/ £34/ £28/ £25
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk


Bath Songs: Roderick Williams-Schubert 1
Friday 18 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Part of Bath Songs – Roderick Williams Sings Schubert’s Song Cycles

Roderick Williams is a remarkable communicator whose song recitals are richly rewarding emotional experiences. In three concerts he performs Schubert’s trio of great song cycles with pianist Iain Burnside in a project which will shed new light on some of the very greatest songs ever composed through stunning performances.

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Roderick Williams, baritone
Iain Burnside, piano

In the first true song cycle ever composed Schubert offers twenty unforgettable songs ranging from rapture and to despair taking the singer from intoxicated young love to disillusion and suicide.

‘Williams perfectly captured the balance between anger and irony, bittersweet recollection and despair, and made every word, every syllable, matter.’ GUARDIAN.

Friday 18 May 1 - 2.30pm
Tickets - £25 Bath Songs Series - £60 when you book all three concerts.
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Roman Rabinovich piano

Coffee and Cakes with Haydn 5 - The Bath Festival
Saturday 19 May 2018
St Michael's Without, Broad St, Bath BA1 5LJ
Sonata No 16 in E flat major
Sonata No 29 in F major
Sonata No 26 in C sharp minor
Sonata No 21 in C major

In this unique concert series, Roman Rabinovich performs all of Haydn’s sparkling piano sonatas over 10 concerts, throughout the festival. Relax, unwind and experience virtuoso performances with delicious coffee and tempting cakes.

Roman Rabinovich is one of today’s most exciting pianists and performs regularly at venues such as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and the Wigmore Hall in London, as well as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York.

Saturday 19 May 11am - 12.30pm

Tickets - £17.50
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Peter Snow. Ann MacMillan

Peter Snow & Ann MacMillan
Saturday 19 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Husband and wife team Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan are no strangers to reporting on conflict. Their first co-authored book, War Stories, reveals the untold tales of ordinary people swept up in war. Spanning three centuries and five continents, these stories of love, bravery and terror are brought to life by two of the country’s best-loved journalist authors.

‘Highly readable . . . an intimate and varied account of fascinating stories of people at war’ HISTORY OF WAR

Saturday 19 May 1 - 2pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor - The Bath Festival
Saturday 19 May 2018
Masonic Hall At Old Theatre Royal, Bath, BA1 1JU
A girl missing on the moors; a community rocked to the core. Reservoir 13’s masterful evocation of village life in the wake of tragedy has won Jon McGregor the Costa Novel award, and paved the way for his follow-up project, The Reservoir Tapes. Join him for a very special, interactive event, where those with a smartphone or tablet can become part of the action.

Saturday 19 May 1-2pm / Tickets - £10
Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Lucy Mangan - The Bath Festival
Saturday 19 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
From Narnia to Judy Blume and Charlotte’s Web, Lucy Mangan’s childhood was coloured by the stories she read. In her witty and nostalgic memoir entitled Bookworm, Lucy revisits her best-loved children’s books, their extraordinary creators, and the many lessons they can still teach us.

Saturday 19 May 5 - 6pm
Tickets - £10 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
Roland Philipps & Henry Hemming -The Bath Festival
Saturday 19 May 2018
Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH
Donald Mclean was a star diplomat and guarded some of the West’s greatest secrets. He was also a Russian spy whose betrayal and defection reverberated for decades. Drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, Roland Philipps explores the full story with fellow writer Henry Hemming (M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster).

Saturday 19 May 7 - 8pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
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Writing History - The Bath Festival
Saturday 19 May 2018
St Michael's Without, Broad St, Bath BA1 5LJ
From bloodthirsty monarchs and gunpowder plots, to witchcraft and prison breaks, historical fiction can transport us to another time and place. In this fascinating panel discussion, authors Tracy Borman (The King’s Witch), Simon Mayo (Mad Blood Stirring) and Robyn Young (Sons of the Blood) share their experiences of bringing the past to life.

In partnership with Bath Spa University
Saturday 19 May 3 - 4pm
Tickets - £9 Available from Bath Box Office
T: 01225 463362
E: bathboxoffice@bathtourism.co.uk
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