Where are they now? Aisa Ijiri

In advance of restarting our concert series later this year, we look back at how artists who performed in the early years of Bath Recitals have gone on to develop successful international musical careers.

This month we take a look at the amazing Japanese concert pianist and Steinway artist Aisa Ijiri…

Watch Aisa talk about a day in her life as a Steinway Artist:

‘A special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment create an artistic atmosphere’

The Record Geijutsu, Tokyo

Aisa appeared with Bath Recitals in 2010 and again in 2011 – then the Bath Recitals Artists’ Trust. Her recital at the Pump Room included music by Schumann Chopin, Beethoven Debussy and Liszt.

Ten years on and Aisa is now an established and award-winning pianist. Her sensational debuts such as at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 2017 is just one of the high profile performances she now gives regularly across the globe including the USA, UK, Korea, China, Europe and working with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.

Now based in Sweden, Aisa’s diverse repertoire includes recordings and premieres such as commissions by Llywelyn ap Myrddin  featured on BBC Radio 3, and the 2019 world premiere of a new single ‘Until We Meet Again’ by Hollywood film composer Martin Tillman.

Aisa is a graduate of the Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama  and the Royal College of Music, London. In 2018, she was appointed Honorary Representative for the Royal College of Music, London.

She is also now an official Steinway Artist and the Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Piano Association in Japan and Italy’s Montecatini Piano Festival.

Since it was established in 1981, Bath Recitals has staged over 600 concerts and events featuring emerging young professional musicians – many from leading conservatories both from the UK and abroad.

Bath Recitals provides an essential platform in the musical world, enabling the best of our future musicians to rise successfully to the top of their professions. 

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Where are they now? Julius Drake

In a new series we look back at some of the artists whose formative years included performances at Bath Recitals. Today they are household names. This month we find out about pianist Julius Drake…

Julius performed with Bath Recitals – then the Bath Recitals Artists’ Trust – back in March 1986 in a recital at the Pump Room with oboist Nick Daniel (above) in a programme of Britten, Schumann & Poulenc. 

This musical pairing with Nicholas Daniel has developed into a longstanding partnership alongside recitalists such as Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore and Willard White.

Watch Julius talking about this role as a pianist working with one of the great singers in the world, mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron.

Julius has developed a special affinity for the music of Robert Schumann and he is now a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and a visiting professor at the Royal Northern College of Music.

He has also directed festivals around the world including the Perth International Chamber Music Festival 2000-03, Leeds Lieder Festival 2009 and the 2009-11 Machynlleth Festival in Wales.

Drake’s numerous recordings include playing on screen in David Alden’s 1997 film of Schubert’s Winterreise for Channel 4 with Ian Bostridge.


Since it was established in 1981, Bath Recitals has staged over 600 concerts and events featuring emerging young professional musicians – many from leading conservatories both from the UK and abroad. Bath Recitals provides an essential platform in the musical world, enabling the best of our future musicians to rise successfully to the top of their professions. 

The Banning of Christmas

It’s going to be a very different Christmas for us all this year. But if we had lived in the 17th century it could have been a lot worse, as Tamsin Lewis of Passamezzo explains…

Bath Recitals is hugely grateful to all those who have supported us through this difficult year by becoming friends or making donations.

As we enter 2021 we look forward with confidence to an action-packed series of concerts from May onwards with Strings Quartets and Piano Trios, gems of the High Baroque, Summer Serenadewith violin and piano and culminating in Old Christmas Restored performed by the early music group Passamezzo.

And if you’ve been watching some of Lucy Worsley’s excellent BBC TV history and documentary programmes you may have noticed the musicians from Passamezzo in A Merry Tudor Christmas. It is well worth a look as Lucy explores how Christmas was celebrated during the age of Henry VIII – eating, drinking, singing, dancing and partying.

You can still watch it on BBC iplayer.

Everyone at Bath Recitals wishes you a very happy and peaceful Christmas with a wonderful New Year ahead!

Looking ahead to 2021

This has been an extraordinarily challenging year for all of us. The arts are no exception. Like many arts organisations we have been faced with a series of cancelled, postponed and rescheduled concerts…

We had hoped to bring you a wonderful Christmas concert in December with the Passamezzo but for a variety of reasons this too has been rescheduled until next Christmas. 

A selection of the great artists we have performing in Bath during 2021

The good news is that we now have a full line up of terrific concerts programmed for 2021. The work behind the scenes has to continue of course and with a year of no income from ticket sales we are asking for your help to ensure Bath Recitals not only survives but thrives in 2021 and beyond.

More than ever we need your support through a donation and/or annual membership.

Join today from just £30 and your membership will run until January 2022.

You will also be supporting our incredibly valuable work with young British musicians
. Here are five good reasons to join us:

* BACKING YOUNG BRITISH MUSICIANS
By joining as a Friend you are helping us to give a platform to young British musicians

* FREE PROGRAMME
Enjoy a complimentary programme at each concert

* PRIORITY SEATS
Never worry about where you will be sitting again

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN PRINT/ONLINE
Your support acknowledged (if you wish)

* ANNUAL FRIENDS CONCERT
Enabling us to stage the annual Friends concert for rising young musicians

Happy Birthday Mr President!

Bath Recitals’ founder and now President Tom Clarke usually marks our September concert with a celebratory concert and a giant cake. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed so much in the Arts – and no concert means no cake which is especially regrettable as it’s Tom’s 70th birthday!

We wish him a very happy day and will defer celebrations until next year which marks the organisation’s 40th anniversary.

What better way to say Happy Birthday Mr President than to show your support for the valuable work of Bath Recitals as a Friend…


Tom has been a colourful and prominent figure in the cultural life of the city for 40 years and since the 1980’s has staged 556 ‘shows’ (as Tom likes to call them). This has had a hugely positive impact on the cultural scene in the city as well as providing a valuable platform for young professional musicians.

The son of a Yorkshire coal miner, Tom studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Head. After being awarded an LRAM and ARAM he gained a fellowship from Trinity College of Music for a research FTCL in 1976. 

“In the midst of the current pandemic it is now harder than ever for young musicians to make a living. I believe that the work we do through Bath Recitals helps support our musicians of tomorrow.”

Tom

Tom came to Bath in 1980 with David Gregory to found Connaught College and the Bath Georgian Festival Society giving a platform to young professional musicians. This evolved into Bath Recitals to focus more on smaller scale chamber events and to give even more support for emerging artists.

More than ever we need your support and from just £30 a year you can help ensure Bath Recitals continues to thrive. By becoming a Friend of Bath Recitals you can enjoy our concerts knowing you are supporting our valuable work with young British musicians.


Why Join?

* BACKING YOUNG BRITISH MUSICIANS
By joining as a Friend you are helping us to give a platform to young British musicians

* FREE PROGRAMME
Enjoy a complimentary programme at each concert

* PRIORITY SEATS
Never worry about where you will be sitting again

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN PRINT/ONLINE
Your support acknowledged (if you wish)

* ANNUAL FRIENDS CONCERT
Enabling us to stage the annual Friends concert for rising young musicians

Support us more?

Would you be able to support us more through an extra donation, sponsoring a concert or remembering us in a legacy? 

You can make a donation online or get in touch if you would like to talk more about how you can support our valuable work.

At times like these we all need Friends…

These are challenging times for the arts. Nevertheless, Bath Recitals is hoping to resume its concert season later this year. So more then ever we need our  Friends…

Some of our concerts have already been postponed to a similar date in 2021 – and tickets for these are already on sale! Meanwhile we have relaunched our Friends Scheme with a fresh offer to help support Bath Recitals and to give something back to our special audiences and supporters.

From just £30 a year you can help ensure Bath Recitalsthrives as we come out of lockdown. By becoming a Friend of Bath Recitals you can enjoy our concerts even more knowing that you are supporting our valuable work with young British musicians.

Why join?

* BACKING YOUNG BRITISH MUSICIANS
By joining as a Friend you are helping us to give a platform to young British musicians

* FREE PROGRAMME
Enjoy a complimentary programme at each concert

* PRIORITY SEATS
Never worry about where you will be sitting again

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN PRINT/ONLINE
Your support acknowledged (if you wish)

* ANNUAL FRIENDS CONCERT
Enabling us to stage the annual Friends concert for rising young musicians

Support us more?

Would you be able to support us more through an extra donation, sponsoring a concert or remembering us in a legacy? 

You can make a donation online or get in touch if you would like to talk more about how you can support our valuable work.

A Year of Music from Bath Recitals

In these uncertain times we have rescheduled the next two concerts from Bath Recitals to 2021. But the rest of our programme for 2020 still awaits you later this year …

Convivio

Convivio: From Leipzig to London
Saturday 29 August 2020 7.30pm

The Bath concert of ‘From Leipzig to London’ is part of this dynamic and exciting young ensemble’s tour through the European grand baroque of the 18th century.


Albany Trio

Albany Trio: The Orchid and its Hunters
Saturday 10 October 2020 7.30pm

A captivating programme featuring music by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Bingham and culminating in exceptional 1915 Trio.


Passamezzo

Passamezzo: Old Christmas Returned
Saturday 19 December 2020 7.30pm

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


Gildas Quartet: Intimate Letters
Rescheduled to Saturday 22 May 2021 7.30pm

A fabulous programme of Mozart, Janacek and Beethoven awaits us in 2021 performed by this award-winning string quartet.


Kamis & Gonzales: Summer Serenade
Rescheduled to Saturday 3 July 2021 7.30pm

Violinist Alex Gonzales and pianist Gamal Khamis perform music from Schubert to Debussy in this perfect concert for a summer’s evening.


All concerts will be held at our popular venue at St Michael’s, Broad Street – just opposite Waitrose.

Keep safe and buy your tickets online now and we look forward to seeing you later this year. 

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.