• Take in the full programme of performances at the 2019 Bachfest in the glorious city of Bath
• Visit some of the city’s most impressive museums, including No 1 Royal Crescent
• Enjoy an illustrated lecture on the fortepiano at the Holburne Museum
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Assemble 1530 at the Francis Hotel, Bath, for three nights. Afternoon lecture: Soli Deo Gloria – a survey of Bach’s life and achievement, and a look ahead to tonight’s motets. Evening performance at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick featuring Stile Antico, Oliver John Ruthven (chamber organ), Kate Aldridge (violone) and Jamie Akers (theorbo): ‘Divine Consolations: music of reflection and hope’ – Schütz ‘Musikalische Exequien’, SWV 279–281, ‘Selig sind die Toten’, SWV 391, ‘Ich weiss, dass mein Erlöser lebt’, SWV 393; J S Bach ‘Komm, Jesu, komm’, BWV 229, ‘Jesu, meine Freude’, BWV 227.
Morning visit to the Holburne Museum with illustrated lecture on the fortepiano. Early afternoon performance at the Guildhall featuring Xuefei Yang (guitar): J S Bach Lute suite in A minor, BWV 995; Gaspar Sanz Suite Española; J S Bach Lute suite in E major, BWV 1006a. Walking tour of Bath. Evening performance at the Assembly Rooms featuring The Sixteen (choir and orchestra) under Harry Christophers (conductor): Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49.
Morning lecture: Distance Learning – the excellence of the Italian Baroque, and what Bach took from it followed by late morning performance at the Assembly Rooms featuring La Serenissima with Adrian Chandler (director/violin): ‘Vivaldi Double Concertos’ – Vivaldi Concerto in D minor for two oboes, RV 535, Concerto in B flat major for violin and cello, RV 547, Concerto in A minor for two oboes, RV 536, Concerto in F major for two horns, RV 538, Concerto in F major for two horns, RV 539, Concerto in A major for violin and cello, RV 546, Concerto in F major for violin, cello, two oboes and two horns, RV 574. Afternoon visit to No 1 Royal Crescent Museum. Evening performance at the Assembly Rooms featuring Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Margaret Faultless (director/violin), Michael Gurevich (violin), Rodolfo Richter (violin) and Lisa Beznosiuk (flute): J S Bach Suite No 1 in C major, BWV 1066, Sinfonia to Cantata, BWV 42, Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042, Suite No 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV 1043.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
21 Feb — 24 Feb 2019
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Cost of £1160 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 £280.