Meet the Aglica Trio

The Aglica Trio consists of three terrific International performers with Welsh flautist Carys Gittins, London-based Polish violist Agnieszka Żyniewicz and Belgian harpist Lise Vandersmissen.

Join Bath Recitals on 2 July for a great evening of music by some of the most well-known composers and arrangers attracted by the unique beauty, variety and colour combination of flute, viola harp…

The Aglica Trio

TheAglica Trio head to Bath on Saturday 2 July at St Michael’s.

Unlike the more conventional string quartet, none of these pieces are alike with each composer and arranger creating a unique sound world through their own captivating musical style.

The Aglica Trio

The Aglica Trio

Saturday 2 July, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ 

Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio
Maurice Ravel: Sonatine
William Mathias: Zodiac Trio: Pisces, Aries, Taurus
Claude Debussy: Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Astor Piazolla: Night Club, 1960
George Gershwin: A Foggy Day & Love Walked In
Miguel del Aguila: SUBMERGED

With such a programme of wonderful music, talented performers and a beautiful and convenient city centre venue, this concert is too special to miss.

Make sure 2 July is in your diary and book your tickets online now.

Extraordinary music for flute, viola and harp

Join Bath Recitals on Saturday 2 July to hear some great music with this colourful instrumental combination…

The Aglica Trio head to Bath on 2 July with music by some of the most well-known composers and arrangers who have been attracted by the unique beauty, variety and colour combination of flute, viola and harp.

Unlike the more conventional string quartet, none of these pieces are alike with each composer and arranger creating a unique sound world with their own captivating music:


Elegiac Trio by Arnold Bax was his response to the 1916 Easter rising when his friend was executed and life in Ireland was never to be the same again.Yet the music is not angry or furious, more a reflective and dream-like celebration of the Ireland he loved. 


Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine was originally written for solo piano, but arranged in 1994 as a commission for Amelia Freedman and the Nash Ensemble. The music pays homage to the graceful style of the late eighteenth century and classical structure. 


Zodiac Trio by Welsh composer William Mathias characterises the three members of the Robles Trio who premiered the piece in 1976. Through Pisces, Aries and Taurus, the three movements range from playful energy to humour and joyful sensitivity.


Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp was one of his last compositions. Experimental in style, and making the most of the different sound worlds of each instrument, Debussy said ‘I can’t say whether one should laugh or cry. Perhaps both at the same time?’


Argentinian Astor Piazzolla brought Tango from the bordellos and dance halls of Argentina to the concert halls of Europe. Histoire du Tango traces the evolution of the Tango and is often performed in different combinations of which flute, viola and harp is particularly successful.


Two works by the American Jazz composer George Gershwin with A Foggy Day from the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress, its title referring to London’s polluted pea-soup fogs of that period, and Love Walked In from the movie musical Goldwyn Follies in beautifully crafted arrangements for the trio.


Contemporary classical Uruguayan-born American composer Miguel del Aguila wrote SUBMERGED based on Alfonsina Storni’s romantic, surrealist poem Me at the Bottom of the Sea. On the surface, things seem innocent and light-hearted, but beneath the surface it can be a different story!


With this wonderful and varied music, three terrific International performers from Wales, Poland and Belgium, a beautiful and convenient city centre venue, this concert is too special to miss. Make sure 2 July is in your diary and book your tickets online now.

The Aglica Trio

Saturday 2 July, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ 

Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio
Maurice RavelSonatine
William MathiasZodiac Trio: Pisces, Aries, Taurus
Claude DebussySonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Astor PiazzollaNight Club, 1960
George GershwinA Foggy Day & Love Walked In
Miguel del AguilaSUBMERGED

Audience at a Bath Recitals event


Beautiful Music from the Aglica Trio

Bath Recitals is back with a fabulous concert of music for flute, viola and harp on Saturday 2 July…

The Aglica Trio performs some of the most well-known compositions for this instrumental combination with music by Debussy and Ravel. Works by Bax and Mathias are also represented who each created a unique sound world with their captivating compositions.

The programme also includes exciting arrangements of songs by Gershwin alongside the Tango-inspired world of Piazolla. The concert concludes with a rhythmical and energetic piece entitled SUBMERGED by Miguel del Aguila.

The Aglica Trio

The Aglica Trio

Saturday 2 July, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ 

Arnold Bax: 
Elegiac Trio
Maurice Ravel: 
Sonatine
William Mathias: 
Zodiac Trio: Pisces, Aries, Taurus
Claude Debussy: 
Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Astor Piazolla: 
Night Club, 1960
George Gershwin: 
A Foggy Day & Love Walked In
Miguel del Aguila: 
SUBMERGED

Carys Gittins, Agnieszka Żyniewicz and Lise Vandersmissen bring their Welsh, Polish and Belgian influences together in the Aglica Trio. They met during their time at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where they studied for their Master’s Degrees. The Aglica Trio has given concert tours across Belgium, Germany and the UK.

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Bach and his Cantatas

Bath Recitals 2022 opens on 9 April with a dazzling Easter concert with music by the master of the Cantata: JS Bach…

Schlosskirche in Weimar (c. 1660, burned 1774)

During his long life Bach wrote a huge number of cantatas, of which over 200 have survived. In 1707 when Bach was 22 he took up an appointment as the organist of St. Blasius church in Mühlhausen. He probably composed a cantata as an audition piece. Composing cantatas soon became an expected part of his role for special occasions such as New Years Day, weddings and funerals.

What is a Cantata?

A cantata is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment, typically in several movements, often involving a choir. The name derives from the Italian verb cantare, ‘to sing’.

Bach took up a new job in Weimar in 1708. By 1714 he had became Konzertmeister and the composition of cantatas for the Schlosskirche (court chapel) now became a monthly expectation. 

But in 1723 he started a new post as Kantor at the Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig. Now his job was to compose a new cantata every week, rehearsing with soloists, chorus and orchestra, and performing them, conducting from the keyboard, every Sunday and church holidays.

Thomaskirche in Leipzig, 1885

After Bach’s death the cantatas fell into obscurity and remained forgotten until a society called the Bach-Gesellschaft began to publish the composer’s complete works from 1851. Today these wonderful works are given a new lease of life both within the liturgy and outside of it.

The ambition of the Oxford Bach Soloists is to perform, in sequence, JS Bach’s complete vocal works over 12 years. The aim is to perform Bach’s works as he himself would have realised them with performers, instruments, and venues that echo the university and churches of Bach’s hometown of Leipzig.

Oxford Bach Soloists
JS Bach: 
Cantatas for Easter and Ascension

Saturday 9 April, 7:30pm. St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ

Cantata 4: 
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV4 
Christ lay in the Bonds of Death

Cantata 31:
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret BWV31
Heaven laughs! Earth exults

Cantata 166: 
Wo gehest du hin? BWV166 
Where are you going?

Cantata 37:
Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV37 
He who believes and is baptised

Bach Cantatas come to Bath

The Oxford Bach Soloists return to Bath for this beautiful Easter concert which launches the Bath Recitals 2022 season…

This concert opens with two of Bach’s earliest cantatas from 1707 and 1715. These were composed for Easter Day and will be performed in their revived Leipzig versions.

As we move towards Christ’s Ascension and departure from the earth, Cantata 166 is in a rather uncertain vein asking the question Wo gehest du hin? (Where are you going?). Yet Bach’s music is always full of hope.

Clearing the skies to joy and laughter, this concert ends with a vibrant cantata which depicts the soul winging heavenward.

Four glorious cantatas in one concert by the grand master of the German Baroque.

Conductor Tom Hammond-Davies says:
‘Oxford Bach Soloists are delighted to be returning to Bath with this wonderful programme. After a long hiatus from in-person music-making, we cannot think of a better place to come back and visit! I look forward to seeing you there.’

Oxford Bach Soloists
JS Bach: 
Cantatas for Easter and Ascension

Saturday 9 April, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ

Cantata 4: 
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV4 
Christ lay in the Bonds of Death

Cantata 31:
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret BWV31
Heaven laughs! Earth exults

INTERVAL

Cantata 166: 
Wo gehest du hin? BWV166 
Where are you going?

Cantata 37:
Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV37 
He who believes and is baptised

Love your Local Arts Charity

 ❤️ Now is a great time to renew your membership or join as a Friend to help us to support young British musicians during 2022…

Bath Recitals is celebrating its 40th anniversary year during 2021-2022. Over four decades we have given a platform to young professional musicians with over 600 concerts being staged in the city. Many of these events provided a valuable platform for the stars of today.

❤️ We are now planning a vibrant series of concerts for 2022 which will be announced soon. Give us your support to help us keep this tradition alive in 2022 and beyond.

Our wonderful city centre venue at the historic church of St Michael’s Without is the perfect setting for classical music with superb acoustics, comfortable seating and bar.

And our colourful and informative digital programmes are now FREE and available to download in advance or at the concert.

❤️ Without the love and support of our friends we simply wouldn’t be able to stage our amazing concerts. You can become a Friend of Bath Recitals for a minimum donation of just £30 a year and enjoy our concerts even more knowing that you are supporting our valuable work with young British musicians.

Christmas Restored!

Passamezzo bring their unique twist to the Christmas festivities on 15 December…

Old Christmas Returned: Christmas celebrated, banned and restored in 17th century England

Passamezzo’s programme takes us on a journey through the Christmas’s as they were celebrated in 17th century England. A time when Christmas was a time of celebration, merriment and feasting, of music, dancing and fun. 

The banning of Christmas…

However, in 1647, Parliament had won the civil war, The King was held in captivity and the Church of England had been abolished. The new hardline Protestant regime restructured religion across the British Isles, and holy days, Christmas included, were abolished – the world was turned upside down!

Everything festive was forbidden from decorations to gatherings. Rebellions broke out across the land from simply hanging holly as an act of defiance to far more radical action from others who fought against the prohibition of Christmas as a political act.

People soon became fed up with a range of restrictions and financial difficulties that came with the Presbyterian system and the fallout of the civil war.

After 13 years the Christmas ban was finally lifted with the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. At last the festivities could recommence!

Passamezzo
Passamezzo presents with a distinct theatrical air created by costume, readings and captivating music. The ensemble delights in all aspects of musical life, from the intimacy of the lute song, to the brash raucousness of the broadside ballad, from the sacred part song, to the profane insanity of bedlamite mad songs.

Years of fascinating research by Passamezzo have revealed music rediscovered from their original manuscript sources. Their programmes include pieces that have lain hidden for centuries. 
Passamezzo

Tickets now include a free digital programme!

🎄 Passamezzo for Christmas? 🎄

We are all looking forward to Christmas more than ever this year…

… so don’t miss out on our fabulous festive concert, Old Christmas Returned, with Passamezzo on 15 December.

Limited availability now on tickets

But did you know that for several years during the Civil War in the 17th Century, Puritans attempted to ban Christmas altogether!

It wasn’t until the restoration of King Charles II in 1660 that Christmas could be celebrated once again across the land.

In 17th century England, Christmas began officially just after Halloween, with a fast that lasted from Saint Martin’s day until Christmas Eve. This was followed by 12 lively days of feasting and revelry – certainly not just on Christmas Day itself!

Did you know?

🎅 Christmas was a time when the wealthy opened their houses to poorer folk, and provided food for their workers.

🎅 Twelfth Night was a time for wassailing crops to help them grow, and of drinking from the wassail bowl

🎅 Christmas was not considered to be truly over until the feast of Candlemas (2 February), when candles were blessed in church, and evergreen decorations were finally taken down. 

🎅 These festivities were reviled by the Puritans, who saw them as ungodly, and attempted to ban Christmas during the Civil War and the Interregnum.

Join us at St Michael’s (just opposite Waitrose) for this Christmas feast with Passamezzo and Old Christmas Returned at 7.30pm on 15 December. 

This terrific seasonal celebration will feature music, words and song plus carols, ballads, lute songs, dances and readings. 

🎄Tickets now include a free digital programme! 🎄

Christmas Celebrated, Banned and Restored

Passamezzo are coming to Bath Recitals on 15 December with Old Christmas Returned – a terrific celebration of Music, Words and Song for Christmas with carols, ballads, consort music, lutesongs, dance melodies and readings.

This seasonal programme follows the calendar from Advent to Candlemas and showing how Christmas was celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England.

The programme will include music by Byrd, Peerson, Dowland, Gibbons, Locke and Purcell as well as readings by Herrick, Shakespeare, Prynne and Taylor.

‘The company of singers and players brilliantly evoked this tumultuous period of English history’

Paul Lewis – Isle of Wight County Press

This wonderful event will be performed in Elizabethan costume featuring:

  • Eleanor Cramer (Soprano, Bass Viol)
  • Alison Kinder (Viols, Recorders)
  • Tamsin Lewis(Renaissance Violin, Viols, Alto)
  • Robin Jeffrey (Lute, Guitar)
  • Michael Palmer (Actor, Baritone)

Passamezzo

Old Christmas Returned

Wednesday 15 December, 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Featuring music by Peerson, Byrd, Gibbons, Locke and Purcell.

And with readings by Herrick, Shakespeare, Prynne and Taylor.

Tickets now include a free digital programme!

A Celebration of Musical Talent

Meet the musicians from the Albany Piano Trio, performing music by Beethoven and Dvořák, amongst others for Bath Recitals on 16 October…

Founded in 2010, the Albany Trio recently gave their BBC Radio 3 debut lunchtime concert live on International Women’s Day, and have appeared at major venues around the UK.

Alongside their extensive repertoire of classical music for piano trio, the Albany is also committed to bringing works by female composers to new audiences. They recently commissioned their fourth Trio: The Orchid and its Hunters by Judith Bingham. Premiered live on BBC Radio 3, this exciting work will be performed as part of this concert.

‘Fastidious musicianship’

Musical Opinion Quarterly

Judith Choi-Castro violin

Born in the Canary Islands, Judith studied in London and New York and obtained a BMus (Hons) degree and a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.

In 2015, Judith recorded her debut album “Assorted Encores” sponsored by the Ayuntamiento de Candelaria and is the Artistic Director of the Festival Academy of Music International in Tenerife, which celebrated the 17th Anniversary in February 2021

Verity Evanson cello

Verity studied at St John’s College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music.  She has toured with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the London Concert Orchestra and has recently worked on film sessions with London Contemporary Orchestra.  

Verity has appeared on BBC television, Channel 4 and Radio 1 Live Lounge. Working with the pop group Bastille she collaborated on their hugely successful debut and Brit Award nominated album Bad Blood.

Pippa Harrison piano

Pippa has an extensive and varied career performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and abroad. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms Extra, BBC Radio Ulster, and Bulgarian national radio, and has performed at the Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Stoller Hall, Fairfield Halls, at the Tromsø Festival, Banff Centre, the Reid Hall, and at King’s Place. 

Albany Trio

The Orchid and its Hunters

Enjoy fabulous music by Beethoven, Judith Bingham, Turina and Dvořák as we celebrate 40 years of Bath Recitals in the heart of Bath.

Saturday 16 October, 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Beethoven Trio in E Flat major, Op.1 No.1
Judith Bingham The Orchid and its Hunters (2015)
Turina Circulo Op.91
Dvořák Piano Trio No.4 in E minor Op.90, B166 Dumky

Tickets now include a free digital programme!