Battling Rabbits and Killer Snails?

Director of Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes tells us how much of her inspiration comes from Medieval manuscripts. Watch this video to find out more…

Early music group Joglaresa promise to take us for a romp through the Middle Ages where the knights are villainous, the dancers seductive, and even the lullabies are groovy.

Boogie Knights

Boogie Knights: a romp through the 1270’s. Any hints of the 1970’s is entirely……. intentional.

Often written out of the textbooks, women too were professional musicians, composers and poets. Celebrating the week of International Women’s Day (8th March), Joglaresa perform songs by Hildegard of Bingen, the Arab-Andalusian princess Wallada, the trobairitz Bieiris de Romans and the Byzantine abbess Kassia.

“magic and menace”

The Times

Join us as we kick-start Bath Recitals’ 2020 season with this evening of Medieval inspired mayhem in Joglaresa’s hit show Boogie Knights!


Joglaresa: Boogie Knights

Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

Meet the Medieval Rebels!

Join early music group Joglaresa for a romp through the Middle Ages where the knights are villainous, the dancers seductive, and even the lullabies are groovy. Let’s take a closer look at these Medieval Rebels…


Belinda Sykes
voice, bagpipes, director

The notorious ring leader of the rebel gang is of course Belinda ‘Cœur de Lion’ Sykes, founder and lead performer in this vivacious group. Widely regarded as one of the most striking and original voices in the medieval music world.

Early music group Joglaresa promise to take us for a romp through the Middle Ages where the knights are villainous, the dancers seductive, and even the lullabies are groovy.


Victoria Couper
voice

Groovy Vic jived her way around the castles of medieval Europe picking up stray troubadours and wandering minstrels enroute. Seen as a pious hero by some, she has often caused confusion by bearing a striking resemblance to Eleanor of Aquitaine (apparently).


“Never a dull moment… brilliantly off kilter”

BBC Music Magazine

Obviously, Joglaresa draw upon the 1270s rather than the 1970s. Any reference to the 1970s is entirely…
 coincidental  intentional!


Cerian Holland
voice, harp

Winner of the 1272 international harp vaulting championships, Cerian swept the boards as she simultaneously yodelled across the finishing line.

The programme includes medieval ‘hits’ such as Machaut’s Douce Dame and the anonymous Orientis Partibus, alongside many lesser-known pieces that you’ll wish you’d always known – some of medieval Europe’s ‘funkiest’ tunes (it wasn’t all plainchant you know)!


Jeremy Avis
voice, percussion

Although he had all the garb ‘made to measure’, Jeremy never quite made it to the crusades preferring a life ‘boogieing down’ with his mates at the ‘Pig & Fiddle’…

‘Unhinged’

The Arts Desk


Elizabeth Flett
Fidel, voice

Renowned for her ‘Smash & Grab’ Fidel techniques, Elizabeth had a few scrapes in Aquitaine and Gascony, not to mention Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes.

And as for Brittany… well!

Often written out of the textbooks, women too were professional musicians, composers and poets. Celebrating the week of International Women’s Day (8th March), Joglaresa perform songs by Hildegard of Bingen, the Arab-Andalusian princess Wallada, the trobairitz Bieiris de Romans and the Byzantine abbess Kassia.


Elsa Bradley
dulcimer, percussion

Since her pilgrimage to Woodstock (the one in Oxfordshire) in the 60s (1160s that is). Elsa has never looked back, or forwards for that matter – she is forever reaching upwards to the stars!

There are also compositions and arrangements of medieval song by modern minstrels Sianed Jones, Elisabeth Flett and Belinda Sykes, all delivered with the group’s inimitable energy and cheer.


Jordan Murray
dulcimer, percussion

‘Jordie M’ never leaves home without his old kit bag of tambours collected from his travels to the Middle East alongside King Richard the Lionheart on his third crusade of 1190.

Join us as we kickstart Bath Recitals’ 2020 season with an evening of Medieval inspired mayhem and Joglaresa’s hit show Boogie Knights!


Joglaresa: Boogie Knights

Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

A Romp through the Middle Ages

Early music group Joglaresa takes us back to when the knights are villainous, the dancers seductive, and even the lullabies are groovy in their hit show Boogie Knights! 

This programme includes medieval ‘hits’ such as Machaut’s Douce Dame and music by the anonymous Orientis Partibus. Who…?

“Never a dull moment… brilliantly off kilter”

BBC Music Magazine

Obviously, Joglaresa draw more upon the 1270’s than the 1970’s – and bring us some of medieval Europe’s ‘funkiest’ tunes. However, spotting the occasional references to the 1970’s will be part of this programme’s fun!

Often written out of the textbooks, women too were professional musicians, composers and poets.

Celebrating the week of International Women’s Day (8th March), Joglaresa also perform songs by Hildegard of Bingen, the Arab-Andalusian Princess Wallada,the trobairitz Bieiris de Romans, the Byzantine Abbess Kassia. It just sounds too exotic to be true – but it is

There are also new compositions and arrangements of medieval song by modern minstrels Sianed Jones, Elisabeth Flett and Belinda Sykes. And all delivered with the group’s inimitable energy and cheer.

After a sell out concert at the Pump Room in 2016, Jogleresa’s inimitable energy and enthusiasm will be back in the city for the start of Bath Recitals’ 2020 season on 14 March.



With tickets from £5 to £20, don’t miss the chance for an evening of great music and laughter when Joglaresa makes this welcome return to Bath – and all delivered with the group’s irrepressible cheeriness, rebellion and, above all, fun!

Joglaresa: Boogie Knights

Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

Boogie Knights in Bath – Joglaresa return to the city!

Joglaresa are back to kickstart Bath Recitals’ 2020 season with an evening of Medieval inspired mayhem and their hit show Boogie Knights!

After a sell out concert at the Pump Room in 2016, Jogleresa’s inimitable energy and enthusiasm will be back in the city for the start of Bath Recitals’ 2020 season.

Boogie Knights features Joglaresa’s greatest hits – all delivered with the group’s irrepressible cheeriness, rebellion and, above all, fun! Medieval song is full of surprises – enjoy them with the harp, fidel, percussion and voices of Joglaresa.

‘Never a dull moment… brilliantly off kilter’

BBC Music Magazine

Widely regarded as one of the most striking and original voices in the medieval music world, Belinda Sykes has a great sense of humour which is evident in her compositions as well as her live performance.

As the founder and lead performer in this vivacious group Belinda is determined to enjoy every performance Joglaresa gives as she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

‘Magic and menace’

The Times

As the band tours around the UK during 2020, Belinda is keen to share her story and raise awareness and money for the charity Sarcoma UK.

Don’t miss the chance for an evening of great music and laughter when Joglaresa makes this welcome return to Bath.


Joglaresa: Boogie Knights

Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

Merry Christmas from Bath Recitals

Bath Recitals wishes you Season’s Greetings as we look forward to our final concert of 2019 – A Baroque Christmas – with the wonderful Oxford Bach Soloists and Blenheim Singers.

We are ending the year on a high note with what is set to be a sell out concert – there are just a handful of tickets available so if you want one you had better be quick!

There are just a few tickets left from Bath Box Office so if you want to join us next Saturday evening, please ring them as soon as possible on 01225 463362. 

Please note: there will be no tickets available on the door


If you have bought your tickets, we look forward to welcoming you to St Michael’s Church on Saturday
14 December.


As we have a full house we recommend that you:

  • arrive in good time*. Doors will open from 6.45pm and the concert will start at 7.30pm. Seats are unreserved unless you are a Front Row member
  • have your tickets in your hand ready to show to our volunteer steward when you arrive
  • order your interval drinks at the bar on arrival at the church to avoid long queues during the interval.

don’t forget that the Christmas Market is taking place in Bath. If you are driving, please allow extra time to drive into the city and park.


Bath Recitals wishes its Front Row members, audiences and supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Did You Know?

We might only think of music from the Baroque period as being full of pomp and opulence, but here are five things you probably didn’t know about baroque music…


1. Music printing began in Venice

The City of the Doges may have seen the very first printed score in 1501 from Ottaviano Petrucci’s press, but it was in mid 18th century Germany that modern music publishing took off in the 1750s with Breitkopf of Leipzig.


2. Copyright didn’t really exist

Basically, anyone could arrange, copy or print someone else’s music at any time. Handel did this all the time taking pieces of Stradella, Muffat or Keiser and passing them off as his own – it was even seen as a form of flattery.


3. There were no conservatoires

Some of the most gifted musicians grew up in schools for orphans or abandoned children. The 17th century Ospedale della Pietà for girls even had Antonio Vivaldi as the violin teacher and choir master.


4. Opera was a baroque invention

The first opera was Euridice by Peri and was given to celebrate the wedding of Marie de’ Medici and Henry IV of France in October 1600. Monteverdi was among the guests.


5. The oboe was also a baroque invention

The French composer, Lully couldn’t find a sonorous enough instrument to accompany the violins. So the Hotteterre and Philidor families were commissioned to create the Oboe which quickly took off all over Europe.


Discover even more about Baroque music in our festive programme of Christmas music performed by the Oxford Bach Soloists and Blenheim Singers conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies.

A Baroque Christmas

Saturday 14 December 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Corelli Christmas Concerto
Handel Messiah (excerpts)
Praetorius Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Carbonelli Violin Sonata VIII
Bach Magnificat (excerpts)
Purcell Behold, I bring you glad tidings
Bach Air on a G string BWV 1068
Bach Wachet auf – Zion hört die  Wächter singen BWV 140/4
Handel Messiah – For Unto us a Child is Born
Bach Wachet auf – Gloria sei dir gesungen BWV 140/5

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

Music for a Baroque Christmas

Bath Recitals once again transports us back to the age of the glittering Baroque for a sumptuous feast of Christmas Music from the 17th and 18th centuries…

The Baroque age spans one and a half centuries of musical creativity bringing great changes in musical composition and performance. This brought an explosion of new musical ideas from composers such as Bach and Handel, the birth of opera with Monteverdi and Purcell, and dazzling concertos and sonatas from Corelli and Carbonelli.

Just look at this great line up awaiting us on 14 December at one of Bath’s most atmospheric venues – St Michael’s Church – in the heart of the city:

Christmas Concerto
Arcangelo Corelli

This concerto bears the inscription Fatto per la notte di Natale (made for the night of Christmas) and was commissioned by his patron Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni around 1690.


Messiah (excerpts)
George Frideric Handel 

No Christmas would be complete without excerpts from our much loved Messiah. Composed 1741, this is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.


Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Michael Praetorius 

With its symbolic reference to the Virgin Mary, A Spotless Rose is always popular during Advent. German composer Praetorius’s 1609 harmonisation was even used in the 1970 film soundtrack to Love Story and The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009).


Violin Sonata VIII
Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli

One of umpteen virtuoso violinists imported by Italophile rich Brits in the 18th century, Carbonelli eventually made a name as wine merchant to the royal court. His stylish chamber sonatas are a marvellous display of effortless virtuosity.


Behold, I bring you glad tidings 
Henry Purcell 

The great English composer probably wrote this work in 1687 for Christmas in the Chapel Royal – and it is Purcell’s only anthem composed specifically for the Feast of Christmas


Magnificat (excerpts) 
Air on a G string 
Wachet auf (excerpts)
Johann Sebastian Bach

Regarded as one of the greatest composers of Western music, his music epitomises the glory of the Baroque at Christmas ranging from thoughtful and reflective through to festive and celebratory.


Join us this Christmas for a festive programme of Christmas Baroque music performed by the Oxford Bach Soloists and Blenheim Singers conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies.

A Baroque Christmas

Saturday 14 December 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Corelli Christmas Concerto
Handel Messiah (excerpts)
Praetorius Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Carbonelli Violin Sonata VIII
Bach Magnificat (excerpts)
Purcell Behold, I bring you glad tidings
Bach Air on a G string BWV 1068
Bach Wachet auf – Zion hört die  Wächter singen BWV 140/4
Handel Messiah – For Unto us a Child is Born
Bach Wachet auf – Gloria sei dir gesungen BWV 140/5

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

A Baroque Christmas

Bath Recitals brings us another fantastic festive offering this Christmas with A Baroque Christmas as the final concert of 2019.

Conductor Tom Hammond Davies

Conductor, Tom Hammond Davies returns with a programme of Christmas Baroque music performed by the Oxford Bach Soloists and Blenheim Singers. This brings the 2019 programme from Bath recitals to a seasonal close with this wonderful seasonal celebration of music.

Choral music at the highest level’ 
Augsberger Allgemeine

The Blenheim Singers will join forces with the Orchestra of the Oxford Bach Soloists for this wonderful concert.

Playing on period instruments and working with the next generation of talented young vocalists and instrumentalists, this promises to be a wonderful programme of music by some of the great composers of the Baroque age.

A Baroque Christmas

Saturday 14 December 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ

Corelli Christmas Concerto
Handel Messiah (excerpts)
Praetorius Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Carbonelli Violin Sonata VIII
Bach Magnificat (excerpts)
Purcell Behold, I bring you glad tidings
Bach Air on a G string BWV 1068
Bach Wachet auf – Zion hört die  Wächter singen BWV 140/4
Handel Messiah – For Unto us a Child is Born
Bach Wachet auf – Gloria sei dir gesungen BWV 140/5

Tickets £5 – £20 available online – click on button below.

Meet the Marmen Quartet

Saturday 5 October 2019 saw Bath Recitals proudly hosting the Marmen Quartet, who are emerging as one of the most interesting voices on the chamber music scene, at St Michael’s Church. Unique, exciting performances with an incredibly distinctive sound are the hallmarks of this formidable multi-award winning young quartet. We find out more…

Johannes Marmen violin
Ricky Gore violin
Bryony Gibson-Cornish viola
Steffan Morris cello

Marmen Quartett Photo: Marco Borggreve

Founded in 2013 at the Royal College of Music, the Marmen Quartet consists of Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore, Bryony Gibson-Cornish and Steffan Morris.

They’re current holders of the Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship, and study with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough. 

Though the quartet are based in London, they’re certainly no strangers to world-wide audiences – in addition to being winners of the Grand Prize at the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Marmen Quartet won the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and are looking forward to a Beethoven Cycle in Sweden, a debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, a cruise to Norway, a tour to Japan, and octet performances with the Doric String Quartet.

‘Performing is all about communication. It’s telling a story and I feel the Marmen are dedicated to this ideal’
Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet)

The award-winning Marmen Quartet

The Marmen Quartet has appeared on ‘Deutschlandfunk Kultur’, ‘Swedish Radio’ and ‘BBC Radio 3’. They are the Young Quartet in Residence at Wiltshire Music Centre and they have received awards from the Musicians Company/Concordia Foundation, the Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize.

Additional accolades include Second Prize at the 8th International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition, and the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (Four Quarters by Thomas Adès).

The quartet believe in making classical music accessible to all generations. They choose repertoire that they love themselves, aiming to present their performances and music in an informal and stimulating way; inspiring, educating, telling stories about the music, the composers, and life as a string quartet


The Marmen Quartet

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

Haydn
String Quartet in B flat major
Beethoven
String Quartet no 11 in F minor op 95
Ligeti 
String Quartet no 1 
Metamorphoses Nocturnes
Mozart
String Quartet in G major K387 
The Spring

Kindly supported by:

The Carne Trust

Music from the Marmen

We find out more about Bath Recitals’ wonderful programme on offer from the prizewinning Marmen Quartet on 5 October …

The next concert in the Bath Recitals Chamber Series 2019 presents repertoire for the String Quartet rooted in the classical age with music by the grand masters of the String Quartet: Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart.

These are juxtaposed against a mercurial work by the great 20th century Hungarian composer György Ligeti inspired by the Quartets of Bartók – in fact, it has even been referred to as ‘Bartók’s seventh string quartet’.

‘Performing is all about communication. It’s telling a story and I feel the Marmen are dedicated to this ideal’
Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet)

Haydn 
String Quartet in B flat major

Joseph Haydn wrote a staggering sixty-eight string quartets – and effectively invented this hugely popular genre in the process. He was often referred to as ‘the father of the string quartet’ and his works are considered a milestone in the history of musical composition which was to define the medium for the next 200 years.


Beethoven 
String Quartet no 11 in F minor op 95

If Haydn and Mozart created the String Quartet, Beethoven could be said to have taken it to the next level of mastery. He was also impacted by the political events surrounding him at the time – Napoleon had invaded Vienna just before he wrote his 11th quartet – yet Beethoven stayed on in the city complaining that the dictator had gone too far.


Ligeti 
String Quartet no 1 ‘Metamorphoses Nocturnes’

Born in 1923, György Ligeti has been described as ‘one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century’. Restricted in his musical style by the authorities of Communist Hungary, it was only when he reached the west in 1956 could he fully realise his passion for musical exploration and experimentation.


Mozart 
String Quartet in G major K387 ‘The Spring’
Mozart was so impressed by the string quartets of Haydn that he wrote a set of six quartets in 1782 and dedicated them to Haydn. Writing a total of 23 quartets, Mozart;’s uniquely spontaneous approach to composition imbues all his works witty an engaging freshness that was nothing short of radical.


Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven and Lygeti feature in the Marmen Quartet performance in Bath

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

Tickets: £5 to £20 – available online by clicking on the button below

Haydn
String Quartet in B flat major
Beethoven
String Quartet no 11 in F minor op 95
Ligeti 
String Quartet no 1 
Metamorphoses Nocturnes
Mozart
String Quartet in G major K387 
The Spring

Kindly supported by:

The Carne Trust