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Bach Festival Bath / Bath Bachfest

Name:

Bach Festival Bath (1950-1977)
Chantry Singers Bach Festival Bath (1995-2010)
Bath Bachfest (since 2012)

Location:

Bath, England, UK

Venues:

Assembly Rooms, Central Bath
Bath Abbey, Central Bath
Guildhall, Central Bath

Years:

Since 1950

Months:

October (1950-1977)
March, April, October (1995-2010)
February (since 2012)

Artistic Director:

Artistic Director: Cuthbert Bates (1950-1977)
Artistic Director: Elizabeth Bates (1995-2010)
Festival Patrons: Timothy West (2005); Andrew Marr (2010)
Artistic Director: Amelia Freedman (CBE, FRAM) (2012-Present)
Bath Bachfest Patron: Elizabeth Bates (2012-Present)

Ensembles:

Internationally renowned Baroque performers, ensembles, choirs & orchestras
Chantry Singers (1995-2010) [no longer exist]

Website:

Bath Bachfest (Official Website)
Bath Festival - The Chantry Singers [no longer exists]

History & Mission:

Bach Festivals at Bath have been part of the city’s cultural tradition since 1950. Cuthbert Bates founded the Bach Festival and was the Artistic Director of seven week-long Festivals, until his final presentation in 1977.
Later, in 1995, Elizabeth Bates decided to continue the tradition established by her father and so, with the support of her choir, the Chantry Singers, one of the leading small choirs in the South West, seven more Bach Festivals once again graced the city’s music calendar. They were intermittent events but with a very large and loyal following, culminating with the final Festival in October 2010. These Festivals were a great artistic success, but the finality of the 2010 event was inevitably tinged with sadness for many people.
So, in 2012 the Mozartfest Team is able to continue the Bach Festival tradition in Bath.
In the words of Raymond Leppard, the Chantry Singers’ President: “…. and even if the Chantry Singers has closed its doors, the heritage is there and others will follow ”.

Recent Festivals:

Original Bach Festival Bath:
1st Festival: Oct 14-21, 1950
2nd Festival: Oct 9-16, 1954
3rd Festival: Oct 22-29, 1960
4th Festival: Oct 23-30, 1965
5th Festival: Oct 18-25, 1969
6th Festival: Oct 19-26, 1974
7th Festival: Oct 15-22, 1977
Chantry Singers:
1st Festival: Oct 25-28, 1995
2nd Festival: Mar 27-29, 1998
3rd Festival: Oct 21-28, 2000
4th Festival: Mar 28-30, 2003
5th Festival: Oct 22-29, 2005
6th Festival: Apr 18-20, 2008
7th Festival: Oct 16-23, 2010

New Bath Bachfest:
1st Festival: Feb 24-25, 2012
2nd Festival: Feb 21-23, 2013
3rd Festival: Feb 20-22, 2014

Logo:

Original Bach Festival Bath

1st Festival - 1950

2nd Festival - 1954

3rd Festival - 1960

4th Festival - 1965

5th Festival - 1969

6th Festival - 1974

7th Festival - 1977

     
     

Chantry Singers

1st Festival - 1995

2nd Festival - 1998

3rd Festival - 2000

4th Festival - 2003

5th Festival - 2005

6th Festival - 2008 [1]

6th Festival - 2008 [2]

7th Festival - 2010

   
   
    Programme    

New Bath Bachfest

1st Festival - 2012

2nd Festival - 2013

     
       

Source: Callaway Center Archive, University of Western Australia Website; Chantry Singers Website; Various other websites; Bath Bachfest Website (2012); Emma Cross, Administrator, Bath Mozartfest & Bath Bachfest (January-February 2012, August 2013); Elizabeth Bates (August 2013)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (October 2009 - August 2013)

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