Bath Festival launches the BathSongs series in 2017 with ‘Brahms to Broadway’, a sumptuous mingling of words, music and song. Informal in style and performed in a small and intimate setting, the series will provide a chance to listen to international artists at the top of their career, appearing alongside rising stars of the future. The series of six one-hour early evening events covers a wide range of music from folk to classical to Broadway.
Building on the heritage of the Bath Literature and Bath International Music Festivals, and with more than 130 events over 10 days, Bath Festival takes place from 19th to 28th May 2017 and brings some of the world’s leading writers, musicians and cultural figures into the iconic buildings and onto the streets of Bath. Full programme at www.thebathfestival.org.uk
Saturday 20th May/St Swithins, 5.45pm
BathSongs: A Top 20 Collection
Tenor Joshua Ellicott is joined by emerging star Verity Wingate and pianist Alisdair Hogarth of The Prince Consort, taking us on a journey of a top 20 of all-time great classical songs by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, Schumann, Debussy and Wolf.
Monday 22nd May/St Swithins, 5.45pm
BathSongs: Emotions of Spain
Two young singers, soprano Carolina Ullrich and tenor Luis Gomes, join world-leading accompanist Malcolm Martineau to explore Spanish song with work by Falla, Granados, Toldra and Espla – encapsulating love, jealousy, pride, joy and sadness with poetry of unmistakable flavour and piquancy.
Tuesday 23rd May/St Swithins, 5.45pm
BathSongs: Brahms from First to Last
The life of Brahms is traced through his songs from first to last. Malcolm Martineau is joined by one of the truly great singers of recent years, Ann Murray, and young baritone Samuel Hasselhorn.
Thursday 25th May/St Swithins, 5.45pm
BathSongs: Timeless Stories through Folksong
Internationally-renowned soprano Claire Booth, accompanied by Christopher Glynn on piano, perform songs by Brahms, Grainger and Grieg – all composers whose work draws on aspects of traditional folksong.
Friday 26th May/St Swithins, 5.45pm
BathSongs: American Songbooks
Rising stars baritone Gareth Brynmor John and soprano Rowan Pierce will delight and touch your heart with songs that range from spiritual to Broadway. Accompanied by Christopher Glynn.
Saturday 27th May/St Swithins, 5.45pm
BathSongs: Whatever Love Is…
Alisdair Hogarth and tenor Andrew Staples of The Prince Consort join forces with award-winning poet Laura Mucha to explore the subject of love, juxtaposing songs with poetry, philosophy and psychology, drawing on Mucha’s research on who and why we love. Plus the world premiere of a new song written by Cheryl-Frances Hoad.
BathSongs series pass: buy a ticket to three concerts in the BathSongs series and receive 50% off a fourth concert in the series.
Under 18s £1 tickets for BathSongs series *Limited tickets available JUMP IN
How to book
* In person at Bath Box Office from 10.30am to 5pm on the release dates
* By telephone on 01225 463362.
* Online at www.thebathfestival.org.uk
* Gift vouchers for The Bath Festival can also be purchased at Bath Box Office, by telephone and online.
[source: press release]