Back in 2012 someone had the bright idea to stage a festival dedicated to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach – six years later and that brilliant idea has become a reality.
Of course the genius of this idea, like all the best laid plans, is that it worked and the Bath Bachfest is now an important destination for music lovers from all over the world. As well as being a magnet for an appreciative audience the festival also attracts some of the world’s most celebrated performers to Bath’s historic performance venues.
To get the complete picture of how the festival began we need to delve a little deeper, all the way back to 1950 which was then Bach’s centenary year. The original Bach Festival was inaugurated by Cuthbert Bates and his daugter is still the patron of the festival to this day.
The festival is currently programmed by its Artistic Director Amelia Freedman and managed by the Bath Mozartfest Team who are responsible for another of Bath’s famous events in the Classical music calendar.