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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.
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.

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
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
The Bath Festival 2019

The Bath Festival Finale Weekend
📅 1-2 June 2019
Bath Recreation Ground
The Bath Festival Finale Weekend makes a welcome return to the Bath Recreation Ground on 1-2 June 2019.

Following the unprecedented success of the inaugural Bath Festival Finale Weekend, Bath Festivals are pleased to announce the return of the Finale Weekend to our UNESCO city for 2019. Once again, the event will take place on the Bath Rec, primely situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of the train and bus station.

The Finale Weekend is an extravaganza of music, fun and great food, with something for everyone. Two music stages, one spoken word stage and a packed full of fun family zone with craft, workshops, music and storytelling. Tickets

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