Bath International Music Festival
|Years active||1948 – present|
|Date(s)||22 May – 6 June|
|Genre||Orchestral, chamber, classical, jazz, folk, electronica, world|
The Bath International Music Festival is held late each spring in Bath, South West England. Inaugurated in 1948, the festival includes many genres such as orchestral, contemporary jazz, folk and electronica. The Festival's current artistic director is Alasdair Nicolson.
Originally known as the Bath Assembly, the festival was first directed by the impresario Ian Hunter in 1948. After the first year the city tried to run the festival itself, but in 1955 asked Hunter back. In 1959, Hunter invited Yehudi Menuhin to become artistic director of the Festival, a post he held until 1968. The current artistic director is Alasdair Nicolson, a composer and musician, who is also the artistic director of the St Magnus Festival in Orkney.
The Festival has in the past included non-musical events such as talks and guided walks around the city.
The festival takes place annually over 12 days in late May to early June, and stage a range of events featuring orchestral and classical virtuosos, jazz, folk, roots and world musicians, with collaborations and commissioned works. The musicians include established and emerging artists, students from a wide range of conservatoires, universities and colleges, and local musicians, both professional and amateur. The programme is supported with films, talks, multi media events, music theatre, exhibitions, dance and site specific projects.
In 2013, the Bath International Music Festival celebrated its 65th anniversary.
- Ian Hunter (1948)
- John Boddington (1949–1955)
- Sir Thomas Beecham, Oliver Messel, Hugh Beaumont (1955)
- Yehudi Menuhin (1959–1968)
- Sir Michael Tippett (1969–1974)
- Sir Colin Davis, Jack Phipps (1969)
- Sir William Glock (1975–1984)
- William Mann (1985)
- Amelia Freedman MBE (1986–1993)
- Nod Knowles, Nicholas Kraemer and Jolyon Laycock (1994)
- Tim Joss (1995–2005)
- Joanna MacGregor (2006–2012)
- Alasdair Nicolson (2013-2014)
The Bath International Music Festival is organized by Bath Festivals Ltd., a long-established charitably registered independent arts company with charitable status. Bath Festivals Ltd. also run the Bath Literature Festival, as well as a year round arts-in-education programme and a box office. It receives core funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) and Arts Council England. Other key sources of income are ticket and other sales, contributions from trust funds, private donors and a range of commercial sponsors.
Since 1981, the Bath Fringe Festival has taken place at the same time as the music festival.
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