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Bath Bachfest

20 Feb — 23 Feb 2020 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett

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Tour Director

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Sandy Burnett,

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a musician and former BBC Radio 3 broadcaster

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1515 at the Abbey Hotel, Bath, for three nights. Afternoon lecture: Soli Deo Gloria – A Survey of Bach’s Life and Achievements followed by evening performance at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick featuring The Sixteen: works by Purcell & Scarlatti.

Day

2

Further visits in Bath followed by early afternoon performance at the Guildhall featuring Michala Petri (recorder) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord): works by J S Bach and Jacob van Eyck. Some free time. Evening performance at the Assembly Rooms featuring Brecon Baroque, Rachel Podger (violin, director) and Ciara Hendrick (mezzo-soprano): ‘Bach Dynasty’ – works by J S Bach, J M Bach, Buxtehude and J C Bach.

Day

3

Morning lecture: Borrowing from the Neighbours – French and Italian Influences on Bach’s Music followed by late morning performance at the Guildhall featuring Florilegium: ‘The Grand Masters’ – works by Couperin and J S Bach. Afternoon visit to the Roman Baths. Evening performance at the Assembly Rooms featuring the Academy of Ancient Music, Bojan Cicic (violin, director), Rowan Pierce (soprano) and David Blackadder (trumpet): ‘Rejoice’ – works by Clarke, Handel, Corelli, Torelli, Purcell and J S Bach.

Day

4

Morning visit to the Holburne Museum with illustrated lecture on the Schantz fortepiano followed by tour dispersal.

Tour Dates

20 Feb — 23 Feb 2020

Days

4

Cost

£1175

Tour Code

BABF-20

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Testimonial


FITNESS/

PRACTICALITIES

This tour is not strenuous but does involve some walking, which can be over uneven or uphill sections of pavement.

SANDY WRITES

“It’s always fascinating to place great music in context, and this year’s festival gives us the opportunity to hear J S Bach’s music alongside works by other Bach family members, as well as works by another great North German composer, Dietrich Buxtehude. The festival’s focus also broadens to include Italian or Italianate music by Corelli, Torelli and Handel; sonatas and suites by François Couperin Le Grand; and choral music by the great Englishman Henry Purcell.”

Cost of £1175 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £180.

 
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