Festival time in Jane Austen’s Bath
The sun is shining, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are about to begin, and the Bath International Music Festival is upon us once more.
It’s ten days of all types of music, ranging from classical to world to jazz. But this being an Austen website, we thought we’d tell you about some of the 19th-century music on offer in Jane Austen’s city, of which the highlight is probably a performance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto this Saturday performed by the brilliant virtuoso Alison Balsom (pictured) with the European Union Chamber Orchestra (it may get a bad press the EU, but it still has a decent chamber orchestra :-D).
The rest of the programme would most likely astonish listeners from the Regency era, if they could even imagine it: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings (with the pianist Nikolai Demidenko), and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Also of Georgian interest are a pair of performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on June 8 and 10.
Click here for full details of the Bath International Music Festival. Meanwhile, there are reportedly occasionally copies available of a book telling the tale of the Festival’s history, written by a young journalist many years ago!