Bath International Music Festival
Bath International Music Festival 2014
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.
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.
- About the Festival (official festival Page)
- 65th Anniversary Guide – The Bath Cronicle
- 2012 Lineup Announcement (+ more festival info)
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 – 2005, 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.
The 2014 Bath Music Festival lineup is shown below.
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|Date||Event / Artist||Start Time||End Time||Venue||Price|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Thermae Bath Spa - Cross Bath||4:00 pm||7:00 pm||Thermae Bath Spa - Cross Bath||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Central United Reform Church||4:00 pm||9:30 pm||Central United Reform Church||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: St Swithin’s||5:00 pm||9:30 pm||St Swithin's||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Parade Gardens||5:15 pm||10:00 pm||Parade Gardens||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City||5:30 pm||11:30 pm||Various venues in Bath City Centre||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Guided Trails||5:45 pm||9:00 pm||Starts at the bottom of Milsom Street||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Bath Brew House||6:00 pm||11:00 pm||Bath Brew House||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Komedia||6:00 pm||9:45 pm||Komedia||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Milsom Place (Courtyard)||6:00 pm||8:30 pm||Milsom Place (Courtyard)||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Stall Street including FIRE BIRD||6:00 pm||10:00 pm|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Forum||6:00 pm||10:00 pm||Forum||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Burdall’s Yard||6:30 pm||9:00 pm||Burdall's Yard||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Friends Meeting House||6:30 pm||8:30 pm||Friends Meeting House||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Green Park Station||6:30 pm||8:30 pm||Green Park Station||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: The Guildhall||6:30 pm||10:00 pm||The Guildhall||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Holburne Museum Cafe||6:45 pm||9:00 pm||Holburne Museum Cafe||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Milsom Place (The Octagon)||7:00 pm||11:00 pm||Milsom Place (The Octagon)||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Prior Park College (The Chapel)||7:00 pm||9:00 pm||Prior Park College (The Chapel)||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: St Michael’s Without||7:00 pm||10:45 pm||St Michael's Without||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: The Porter (The Basement)||7:15 pm||10:15 pm||The Porter (The Basement)||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel||7:15 pm||9:00 pm||Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: The Bell||7:30 pm||10:00 pm||The Bell||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Hall & Woodhouse||7:30 pm||10:15 pm||Hall & Woodhouse||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Giraffe||7:30 pm||9:30 pm||Giraffe||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: The Huntsman||8:00 pm||10:00 pm||The Huntsman||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Kings Arms||8:00 pm||11:00 pm||Kings Arms||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: The Nest||8:00 pm||11:00 pm||The Nest||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: St James’ Wine Vaults – Gallery Room||8:00 pm||10:30 pm||St James' Wine Vaults - Gallery Room||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Bath Rugby Clubhouse||8:00 pm||11:00 pm||Bath Rugby Clubhouse||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: The Boater||8:00 pm||8:45 pm||The Boater||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Green Park Brasserie||8:00 pm||12:00 am||Green Park Brasserie||Free Event|
|Friday 16th May '14||Party in the City: Gascoyne Place||8:30 pm||10:30 pm||Gascoyne Place||Free Event|
|Saturday 17th May '14||Bath Spa University Chamber Choir||4:00 pm||5:00 pm||Victoria Hall - Radstock||£5|
|Saturday 17th May '14||Harlem Quartet||7:30 pm||9:30 pm||Guildhall||£28 - £20 - £12|
|Sunday 18th May '14||Festival Evensong||3:30 pm||4:30 pm||Bath Abbey||Free event|
|Sunday 18th May '14||Bath Philharmonia||7:30 pm||9:30 pm||Guildhall||£28 - £20 - £12|
|Monday 19th May '14||In Flanders Fields||7:30 pm||9:30 pm||Guildhall||£28 - £20 - £12|
|Tuesday 20th May '14||Shopping Songs||1:00 pm||1:45 pm||St Michael's Without||Free Event|
|Tuesday 20th May '14||Home Grown||7:00 pm||8:00 pm||the egg theatre||£3|
|Tuesday 20th May '14||Gould Piano Trio||7:30 pm||9:30 pm||Guildhall||£28 - £20 - £12|
|Wednesday 21st May '14||East meets West: Bath Spa University||7:30 pm||9:30 pm||Michael Tippett Centre||£5|
|Thursday 22nd May '14||Sounds and Sweet Airs||9:30 pm||10:30 pm||Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall||£16|
|Thursday 23rd May '14||A Charm of Lullabies||11:00 am||1:00 pm||Assembly Rooms||£22 - £18 - £12|
|Thursday 23rd May '14||Death by Custard: The 7 Deadly Sins in 7 Ballads||7:00 pm||9:00 pm||Assembly Rooms||£28 - £20 - £12|
|Thursday 23rd May '14||Pipers 3||7:00 pm||9:00 pm||St John the Baptist - Midsomer Norton||£10|
|Thursday 23rd May '14||Asleep - Dreaming - Remembering||9:30 pm||10:30 pm||Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall||£16|
|Saturday 24th May '14||Brass Jaw||1:00 pm||2:00 pm||Guildhall||£16 - £12|
|Saturday 24th May '14||Stacey Kent||7:00 pm||9:00 pm||Guildhall||£20|
|Saturday 24th May '14||Shapes of Sleep||9:30 pm||10:30 pm||Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall||£16|
|Sunday 25th May '14||Hutchinson Andrew Trio||1:00 pm||2:00 pm||Guildhall||£16 - £12|
|Sunday 25th May '14||Brass Jaw||4:00 pm||5:00 pm||Conygre Hall - Timsbury||£10|
|Sunday 25th May '14||Iiro Rantala||7:00 pm||9:00 pm||Guildhall||£20|
|Sunday 25th May '14||Fragilissimo||9:30 pm||10:30 pm||Old Theatre Royal at Bath Masonic Hall||£16|
|Monday 26th May '14||Simon Thoumire & David Milligan||1:00 pm||2:00 pm||Guildhall||£16 - £12|
|Monday 26th May '14||Spellbound (PG)||2:45 pm||5:00 pm||Little Theatre Cinema||£9 full - £8 concessions - £7 members - £6 students|
|Monday 26th May '14||Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble||8:00 pm||9:15 pm||Bath Abbey||£28 - £18 - £12|
|Monday 26th May '14||Closing Night Reception||9:30 pm||10:30 pm||Art Bar at The Abbey Hotel||£15|
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Tickets for the 2014 Bath Music Festival are available from Patronbase.com – 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: firstname.lastname@example.org | 01225 463 362
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 – Programme
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.
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:
To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.
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. ***
If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Bath for as little as £11.85.
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.
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Video Highlights of the Bath International Music Festival
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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!
- Learn Falconry with West of England Falconry
- Visit the famous Roman Baths Museum
- ** Watch a film at the Little Theatre Cinema **
- Gaze at the Bath Abbey
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- Wikipedia Page on Bath International Music Festival
- Top 20 UNUSUAL (but somehow essential?!!) Festival Items