Christmas Music by Candlelight

Join us for this memorable concert of seasonal music with The Carolean Consort on Wednesday 21 December. 

The Carolean Consort is a West Country ensemble of professional young musicians who have acquired national and international reputations in the field of baroque music.

Making their debut with Bath Recitals they will present a Christmas concert with music from Baroque masters including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

Some terrific instrumental sonatas by Baroque masters Telemann and Vivaldi will also feature in this varied and colourful programme:

Also included will be a sparkling harpsichord concerto by Thomas Chilcot, organist at Bath Abbey in fashionable 18th century Bath and where he played a highly influential role in the city for forty years.

Some lovely 20th century carols will also be performed by composers Peter Warlock, Michael Head and Bath Recitals’ President, Tom Clarke.

Don’t miss this unusual, candlelit Christmas concert in the stunning setting of St Michael’s Church in the centre of the city.

Tickets are available online or in person from the cafe at St Michael’s Church during opening hours.

The Carolean Consort

Wednesday 21 December, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ 

Handel: Recorder Sonata in F
Handel: Excerpts from Messiah
              Rejoice Greatly
              I know my Redeemer liveth
              Let the bright Seraphim
Telemann: Sonata for cello
Vivaldi: Sonata in G
Carols:
          Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down
          Michael Head: Little Road to Bethlehem
          Tom Clarke: Lullaby at Christmas
Trad: Two Polish Carols
Chilcott: Harpsichord Concerto in F

Why is the Piano Trio so popular?

We are so excited to be welcoming BBC New Generations Artists, the Mithras Trio to Bath on 15 October. 

The Piano Trio ranks as one of the most popular and successful chamber music groups of all times.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

But what makes this combination of instruments so special?

Mozart is generally credited with seizing the opportunities presented by the newly invented piano with the addition of violin and cello to make a perfectly balanced combination of instruments

And yet it is inherently NOT balanced. The piano, for example, can be far more powerful than the other two instruments, It can play lots of notes at the same time, has a huge dynamic range and can effortlessly play notes higher than the violin and lower than the cello. 

But that is part of its beauty and attraction. Collectively the piano trio has an enormous musical range with a huge variety of colour and texture which composers down through the centuries have explored and exploited with great ingenuity and some amazing results. 

Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich each explored the potential of the Piano trio in their own way. The former creating a masterpiece of melody and melancholy, the second mixing the Romantic spirit with more chromatic moments to form a more expressionistic outcome.

Mithras Trio

The Mithras Trio have been praised for their ‘exquisite phrasing’, ‘full-blooded commitment’ and ‘bold, passionate colours’.

In this fascinating and varied programme The Mithras Trio will take us on a journey through the centuries with this most engaging of instrumental ensembles. 

The Mithras Trio

Saturday 15 October, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ 
 

Mozart: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564
Shostakovich: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564

BBC New Generation Artists heading to Bath

Bath Recitals welcomes the prestigious Mithras Trio to Bath on 15 October for a fabulous concert of music by Mozart, Shostakovitch and Tchaikovsky…

The Mithras Trio are currently members of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme – in fact the only ensemble in this highly regarded scheme. They can often be heard performing on BBC Radio 3 and are building an international reputation for their exquisite playing.

Their appearance in Bath is part of a whistle-stop tour across the length and breadth of the UK and has been made possible with the help of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

The Mithras Trio have been praised for their ‘exquisite phrasing’, ‘full-blooded commitment’ and ‘bold, passionate colours’.

Their programme brings music by three of the greatest composers to have written for the Piano Trio:

In the 18th century, Mozart is generally credited with transforming the line up of violin, cello and piano into the balanced piano trio which has become a central form in classical chamber music. 


Around one hundred years later, Tchaikovsky wrote his only piano trio – ‘in memory of a great artist’ (Nikolay Rubinstein), and it is a masterpiece of melody and melancholy.


By contrast, Shostakovich’s youthful piano trio mixes the Romantic spirit with more chromatic moments recalling a more impressionistic style – yet all hinting at his greatness yet to come.


The Mithras Trio

Saturday 15 October, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ 

Mozart: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564
Shostakovich: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564

Bath Recitals is grateful for the support from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for this event. 

Who ‘stole’ Handel’s music?

Convivio concert of baroque music on 27 August includes music which was ‘stolen’ from one of Handel’s operas. But why was Handel flattered that his music should be reused?

The Alchemist is a comedy by the English playwright Ben Jonson. First performed in 1610 by The King’s Men, it is generally considered Jonson’s best and most characteristic comedy. Pictured above: David Garrick as Abel Drugger in Jonson’s The Alchemist by Johann Zoffany c. 1770

One hundred years later, The Alchemist was revived for a production at the Queen’s Theatre, London. It opened on 14 January 1710 with new incidental music by George Frederick Handel. Much of the music was taken from the extended overture to Handel’s first Italian opera Rodrigo.

However, it was not Handel who created this incidental music – as it was created by an anonymous composer instead! This music was published a few months after the first performance and it is unlikely that Handel received any payment for either the performance or publication of his music. That said, it is likely that it helped raise the awareness of this Hanoverian composer who had just been introduced to London society.

It was quite common in the baroque period for music by other composers to be ‘borrowed’ in some way. Indeed, many composers were flattered that their music had been noticed and reused in this way – a far cry from todays litigious approach to copyright!

A scene from a recent Los Angeles theatre production of The Alchemist. Apart from the works of Shakespeare, is one of the few Renaissance plays which is still produced regularly on stage today.

Hear Handel’s music from The Alchemist alongside a programme of wonderful Concertos and Sinfonias by Handel’s contemporaries, Vivaldi, Telemann, Hasse and Fasch performed by the dazzling 8-piece Conviovio Ensemble on 27 August.

CONVIVIO
The Alchemist: Music by Handel and his contemporaries

Saturday 27 August, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ

Handel: The Alchemist Suite
Fasch: Sonata in F Minor
Hasse: Oboe Concerto in F Major
Handel: Sinfonia in B flat
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G
Telemann: Concerto for 2 oboes, bassoon and strings in D Minor

The Alchemist

The Best of Baroque

What is it about Baroque music that is so appealing? We take a closer look in advance of Convivio’s dazzling programme in Bath on 27 August with The Alchemist: Music by Handel and his contemporaries…

Someone once described Baroque music as beautiful mathematics. Several others have used words such as complex, contrapuntal anddeep. Others identify with the emotional capacity of Baroque music, using words such as soothing, inspiring, uplifting and relaxing. Some simply use the word energizing.

“Generally speaking the Baroque period is when the orchestra was born, opera kicked off in a big way and the concerto gave soloists the chance to properly show off.

Classic FM

Returning after last year’s sell-out concert, the eight-piece Convivio ensemble consists of some of the UK’s top young period instrument players programming some of the very best Baroque music in their 27 August concert.

Featuring music by one of the most important and long-lived of the Baroque composers. George Frederic Handel, this concert will also include music by some of his contemporaries including Vivaldi, Telemann, Hasse and Fasch.

“From the early 1600s to the mid 1700s the Baroque sound remained distinct – ordered, ornate and increasingly emotive as the period went on.”

Classic FM

The term ‘Baroque’ is a French word. It is a translation of the Portuguese word for ‘broken’ or ‘mis-shapen’ pearl which is ”barrocco’. 

Some interpret the French word as meaning irregularly shaped or flawed. 

CONVIVIO
The Alchemist:
Music by Handel and his contemporaries

Saturday 27 August, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ

Handel: The Alchemist Suite
Fasch: Sonata in F Minor
Hasse: Oboe Concerto in F Major
Handel: Sinfonia in B flat
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G
Telemann: Concerto for 2 oboes, bassoon and strings in D Minor

The Alchemist

A Summer evening of Baroque music

Some of the finest music from the Baroque age will be performed live in Bath on 27 August when the dynamic and exciting young ensemble Convivio return to the city.

Convivio is an eight piece ensemble made up of some of the UK’s leading young period instrument players – here is a taste of them performing at the sell-out Bath Recitals concert last August:

In addition to performing in Bath, Convivio’s masterful and acclaimed performances have been enjoyed in venues ranging from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace to mission churches in the Bolivian jungle!

In the concert on Saturday 27 August at St Michael’s Without, Convivio will perform music by Handel’s contemporaries including VivaldiTelemannHasse and Fasch.

The concert will feature The Alchemist, the first of Handel’s works to be performed in England: it was turned into incidental music for Ben Jonson’s Alchemist in 1710.

First time in the beautiful St Michael’s Without at a fabulous concert by the baroque ensemble Convivio. So good to see a sell out audience for this wonderful event.

Audience member, Convivio concert, August 2021

CONVIVIO
The Alchemist:
Music by Handel and his contemporaries
 

Saturday 27 August, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ

Convivio

Handel: The Alchemist Suite
Fasch: Sonata in F Minor
Hasse: Oboe Concerto in F Major
Handel: Sinfonia in B flat
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G
Telemann: Concerto for 2 oboes, bassoon and strings in D Minor

The Alchemist

Music by Handel and his contemporaries

Join us on 27 August as we welcome back by popular demand the Convivio ensemble with The Alchemist, a dazzling evening of Baroque music by Handel and his contemporaries…

Convivio performing to a sell-out Bath Recitals’ audience at St Michael’s in August 2021

This promises to be an evening of sublime baroque instrumental music performed by the eight piece Convivio ensemble which consists of some of the UK’s top young period instrument players.

‘The best concert I have ever been to’

Audience member at Bath Recitals, June 2022

Handel

The Alchemist was the first of Handel’s works to be performed in England, turned into incidental music for Ben Jonson’s Alchemist in 1710.

The concert also features Concertos and Sinfonias by Handel’s contemporaries, Vivaldi, Telemann, Hasse and Fasch


CONVIVIO
The Alchemist: Music by Handel and his contemporaries

Saturday 27 August, 7:30pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ

Handel: The Alchemist Suite
Fasch: Sonata in F Minor
Hasse: Oboe Concerto in F Major
Handel: Sinfonia in B flat
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G
Telemann: Concerto for 2 oboes, bassoon and strings in D Minor

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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