The annual Bath Bachfest, now in its seventh year, is a delightful fixture in the Georgian city’s annual calendar, celebrating the music of J S Bach and his contemporaries.

There are no highlights in this festival, every performance is perfectly formed. The evening concerts feature the period-instrument ensemble Florilegium, the renowned Academy of Ancient Music with guest director Christian Curnyn, and The English Concert, conducted by Harry Bicket, with the Erebus Ensemble and a starry cast of soloists, performing Bach’s great Mass in B minor in Bath Abbey. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and record-player Michala Petri promise a delicious lunchtime concert, and Rachel Podger’s Brecon Baroque offers a Saturday morning treat with a programme devoted to the Red Priest.

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.

Last year, in order to secure the festival’s future, Bath Bachfest launched their endowment cmpaign with a fundraising target of £200,000. This initiative allows all the festival’s visitors to play their part in ensuring that Bath Bachfest will continue to thrive.

Find out more in the video clip below.

Bath Bachfest

22 - 24 February 2018

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