Bath International Music Festival

Bath International Music Festival 2014
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Bath International Music Festival 2014

Bath, England, UK
various city-wide
51.380567, -2.358338 (View Map)
11 Days (Tue, 16 May 2017 - Fri, 26 May 2017)
Ticket Price
FREE - £28
Festival Planned

The Bath Music Festival is a 11 day, city-wide, music festival this year taking place mid to late May 2014. The festival has been going strong since 1948 and is host to a wide variety of different musical genres including contemporary jazz, folk, world, orchestral and electronica. This years theme: Voyage of Discovery.

Whilst probably not the most well known jazz festival in the UK, the Bath International Music Festival features some of the nations finest musicians, some of which you would have heard or seen before, others being emerging artists and students from local universities and collages looking to get recognized. You will also find a number of international artists performing at this years festival but not nearly as many as I’ve seen with other jazz fests of similar size.

Many of the festival’s events are free to attend but some do require payment on the door or advance ticket purchase. The first Friday of the festival is the annual ‘Party in the City‘ where roughly 2000 local performers go to the streets to entertain the crowds. All entertainment is free on this day.

The Spring Bank Holiday (26th May) welcomes the ‘Bank Holiday Jazz‘ programme ¬†which opens with a performance by Brass Jaw and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Stacey Kent. Sunday brings performances by Canada’s¬†the Hutchinson Andrew Trio and in the evening a special performance by one of Finland’s greatest jazz pianists,¬†Iiro Rantala. Full Lineup Here.

Download the official Festival Brochure Here

If you’re looking to hone your music skills you’ll be pleased to hear that, as always, there are a number of master¬†classes, workshops and school events running alongside the event.


Bath Assembly Souvenir Programme

Bath Assembly Souvenir Programme

The Bath International Music Festival was founded in 1948 by impresario Sir Ian Hunter. The festival was originally known as the Bath Assembly.

In 1949 the City of Bath attempted to organize and manage the festival themselves with limited success. In 1950 Ian Hunter was asked back in to help co-ordinate the event and act as artistic director. In 1959, Yehudi Menuhin was appointed Artistic Director of the BIJF, a post he held for 9 years.

During the years 1960 Р2005, Michael Tippett & William Glock were festival directors.

Internationally-renowned pianist, conductor and composer, Joanna MacGregor, has been the Artistic Director since 2006.

From 2013 Alasdair Nicolson has been the artistic director of the festival having been appointed thanks to his success as AD at St Magnus Festival, Orkney.

Since 1981, Bath Fringe Festival has run alongside the Music Festival.

The 2013 festival marked the event’s 65th anniversary.

Lineup & Schedule

The 2014 Bath Music Festival lineup is shown below.

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A table showing the dates, times, line-up, programme and performance info for the Bath International Jazz Festival 2014.
DateEvent / ArtistStart TimeEnd TimeVenuePrice
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Thermae Bath Spa - Cross Bath4:00 pm7:00 pmThermae Bath Spa - Cross BathFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Central United Reform Church4:00 pm9:30 pmCentral United Reform ChurchFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: St Swithin’s5:00 pm9:30 pmSt Swithin'sFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Parade Gardens5:15 pm10:00 pmParade GardensFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City5:30 pm11:30 pmVarious venues in Bath City CentreFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Guided Trails5:45 pm9:00 pmStarts at the bottom of Milsom StreetFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Bath Brew House6:00 pm11:00 pmBath Brew HouseFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Komedia6:00 pm9:45 pmKomediaFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Milsom Place (Courtyard)6:00 pm8:30 pmMilsom Place (Courtyard)Free Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Stall Street including FIRE BIRD6:00 pm10:00 pm
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Forum6:00 pm10:00 pmForumFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Burdall’s Yard6:30 pm9:00 pmBurdall's YardFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Friends Meeting House6:30 pm8:30 pmFriends Meeting HouseFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Green Park Station6:30 pm8:30 pmGreen Park StationFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: The Guildhall6:30 pm10:00 pmThe GuildhallFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Holburne Museum Cafe6:45 pm9:00 pmHolburne Museum CafeFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Milsom Place (The Octagon)7:00 pm11:00 pmMilsom Place (The Octagon)Free Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Prior Park College (The Chapel)7:00 pm9:00 pmPrior Park College (The Chapel)Free Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: St Michael’s Without7:00 pm10:45 pmSt Michael's WithoutFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: The Porter (The Basement)7:15 pm10:15 pmThe Porter (The Basement)Free Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel7:15 pm9:00 pmCountess of Huntingdon's ChapelFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: The Bell7:30 pm10:00 pmThe BellFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Hall & Woodhouse7:30 pm10:15 pmHall & WoodhouseFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Giraffe7:30 pm9:30 pmGiraffeFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: The Huntsman8:00 pm10:00 pmThe HuntsmanFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Kings Arms8:00 pm11:00 pmKings ArmsFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: The Nest8:00 pm11:00 pmThe NestFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: St James‚Äô Wine Vaults ‚Äď Gallery Room8:00 pm10:30 pmSt James' Wine Vaults - Gallery RoomFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Bath Rugby Clubhouse8:00 pm11:00 pmBath Rugby ClubhouseFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: The Boater8:00 pm8:45 pmThe BoaterFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Green Park Brasserie8:00 pm12:00 amGreen Park BrasserieFree Event
Friday 16th May '14Party in the City: Gascoyne Place8:30 pm10:30 pmGascoyne PlaceFree Event
Saturday 17th May '14Bath Spa University Chamber Choir4:00 pm5:00 pmVictoria Hall - Radstock£5
Saturday 17th May '14Harlem Quartet7:30 pm9:30 pmGuildhall£28 - £20 - £12
Sunday 18th May '14Festival Evensong3:30 pm4:30 pmBath AbbeyFree event
Sunday 18th May '14Bath Philharmonia7:30 pm9:30 pmGuildhall£28 - £20 - £12
Monday 19th May '14In Flanders Fields7:30 pm9:30 pmGuildhall£28 - £20 - £12
Tuesday 20th May '14Shopping Songs1:00 pm1:45 pmSt Michael's WithoutFree Event
Tuesday 20th May '14Home Grown7:00 pm8:00 pmthe egg theatre£3
Tuesday 20th May '14Gould Piano Trio7:30 pm9:30 pmGuildhall£28 - £20 - £12
Wednesday 21st May '14East meets West: Bath Spa University7:30 pm9:30 pmMichael Tippett Centre£5
Thursday 22nd May '14Sounds and Sweet Airs9:30 pm10:30 pmOld Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall£16
Thursday 23rd May '14A Charm of Lullabies11:00 am1:00 pmAssembly Rooms£22 - £18 - £12
Thursday 23rd May '14Death by Custard: The 7 Deadly Sins in 7 Ballads7:00 pm9:00 pmAssembly Rooms£28 - £20 - £12
Thursday 23rd May '14Pipers 37:00 pm9:00 pmSt John the Baptist - Midsomer Norton£10
Thursday 23rd May '14Asleep - Dreaming - Remembering9:30 pm10:30 pmOld Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall£16
Saturday 24th May '14Brass Jaw1:00 pm2:00 pmGuildhall£16 - £12
Saturday 24th May '14Stacey Kent7:00 pm9:00 pmGuildhall£20
Saturday 24th May '14Shapes of Sleep9:30 pm10:30 pmOld Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall£16
Sunday 25th May '14Hutchinson Andrew Trio1:00 pm2:00 pmGuildhall£16 - £12
Sunday 25th May '14Brass Jaw4:00 pm5:00 pmConygre Hall - Timsbury£10
Sunday 25th May '14Iiro Rantala7:00 pm9:00 pmGuildhall£20
Sunday 25th May '14Fragilissimo9:30 pm10:30 pmOld Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall£16
Monday 26th May '14Simon Thoumire & David Milligan1:00 pm2:00 pmGuildhall£16 - £12
Monday 26th May '14Spellbound (PG)2:45 pm5:00 pmLittle Theatre Cinema£9 full - £8 concessions - £7 members - £6 students
Monday 26th May '14Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble8:00 pm9:15 pmBath Abbey£28 - £18 - £12
Monday 26th May '14Closing Night Reception9:30 pm10:30 pmArt Bar at The Abbey Hotel£15

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Tickets for the 2014 Bath Music Festival¬†are available from – Bath Festivals and range in price between¬†FREE –¬†¬†¬£28.00 depending on which acts you see. See the above table for specific price info.

You can also order tickets via Bath Box Office: | 01225 463 362


Bath International Music Festival 2014 Venue Map

BIMF Venue Map

The Bath Music Festival is a city-wide music festival hosted in many different participating venues. The main venues are shown below:

The last day of the festival is dedicated to a free outdoor show.

Bank Holiday Jazz РProgramme

The Bank Holiday Jazz programme is on again this year and gives jazz fans the chance to enjoy music from internationally renowned performers. You can purchase a Jazz Pass that allows you to select the acts you wish to see and save money over purchasing them individually.

Performers scheduled for this years Bank Holiday Jazz include: Brass Jaw, Stacey Kent, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Iiro Rantala, Simon Thoumire & David Milligan, Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble.


If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat in and around the festival period but want to go outside of the festival grounds then I would recommend checking out reviews and prices of Bath¬†Restaurants here on The Pig Guide.

Flights & Transportation

Bristol Airport Terminal Map - Ground Floor

Map – Ground Floor

The closest international airport to Bath is Bristol Airport (BRS).

Distance from Bristol to Bath is 20km (12 miles), transport time around 30 minutes in a car or taxi.


Currently 13 airlines operate from Bristol Airport, including:

Thomson Flights (Cheapest)

To get the best flight deals I would use¬†SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

Transport options from Bristol to Bath.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Bath during the Bath Music Festival (mid-late May) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Bath for as little as £11.85.

Royal Crescent hotel Bath

Easily the nicest hotel in Bath!

Check out the nicest hotel in Bath >>

I would recommend checking Bath hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free ¬£15 credit towards your first booking!

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Bath Jazz Festival. However, if you really did want to camp, either in a tent or your RV/Motorhome, then you can check out the nearby facilities at Newton Mill Holiday Park or find other campsites at the popular UK Campsites website.


We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Bath Music Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.


Video Highlights of the Bath International Music Festival

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Outside of the Festival

West of England Falconry

West of England Falconry

If this is your first time to the Bath Jazz Fest¬†then you might want to take a few days out around the festival period and experience the other highlights that Bath¬†has to offer. I’ve put together a personalized list of the best things to do in Bath,¬†Enjoy!

  1. Learn Falconry with West of England Falconry
  2. Visit the famous Roman Baths Museum
  3. ** Watch a film at the Little Theatre Cinema **
  4. Gaze at the Bath Abbey

If you require any further information on this festival or would like to leave a message for others then please use the comments section below.

NB. You also find photo galleries, live festival news, transport information in the tabbed section below. All festival listings are changing continuously, check back regularly.

Additional Resources

Post last updated by Paul Thomson on May 9, 2016
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