I am delighted to invite you to the fourth Bath Bachfest. The festival – a successor to the city’s long-running Bach Festival, which was directed by our Patron Elizabeth Bates – has now I hope established itself in Bath’s crowded calendar as an inspiring and enjoyable series of performances of Baroque music of the highest quality.
Just as our parent event Bath Mozartfest ranges widely beyond the music of Mozart, so Bath Bachfest is by no means confined to Bach. We begin and end this year in two Italian cities: in Venice, where Vivaldi composed the concertos and motets in the programme of his devoted interpreters La Serenissima; and in Rome, where Handel wrote the cantata and psalm setting to be performed with their unique flair by the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
But there is of course music by Bach: in Friday’s lunchtime recital by a group of outstanding soloists from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; in that evening’s concert by the authoritative Academy of Ancient Music; and above all in the Saturday-morning performance of the complete Art of Fugue by Angela Hewitt, universally recognised as today’s finest interpreter of Bach on the piano.
My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Bath Bachfest.
Amelia Freedman CBE,FRAM