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Bath International Music Festival

Listed under Festivals in Bath, United Kingdom.

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Bath's smart, attractive Georgian buildings and well-restored ancient hot springs still hint at the city's past popularity as a very civilised health resort, and its annual music festival can not help but add to its air of cultural elevation, though with distinctly more fizz than Jane Austen might have enjoyed here. Some of the world's moodiest jazz and most innovative modern classical and electronic sounds rip through the city's many venues, though they are still tempered by the choral, chamber and orchestral recitals which have graced the event's programme since 1948. The festival runs for 17 days during late May and early June.

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Kicking off on 26th May 2010

Inaugurated in 1948, Bath International Music Festival has an illustrious artistic history and has long been a well-established event of national significance and international reputation. It takes place annually over two weeks in late May/early June, presenting a range of high quality events including orchestral, chamber and contemporary classical music, jazz, world, folk and dance. The programme takes place in various city venues and also includes free-to-the-public events.

For 12 days, Bath`s city centre will be alive with music, dance and film. Kicking off on 26th May 2010 with spectacular costumed Georgian dance and polyphonic singing in the form of the Rustavi Ensemble, this concert is set in the splendour of Bath Abbey. The first Friday is Party in the City, a day of free music to set the streets and venues alight. The evening will be headlined by top US hillbilly band The Wilders, and will be capped off with a mesmerizing fireworks display over the rooftops of this stunning heritage city. The successive days will see performances from the likes of English National Ballet and Orchestra, Joanna Macgregor, the legendary Booker T, Led Bib and David Murray. The folk force will be brought by Eddi Reader and The Unthanks, and the festival is brought to a close by Motown favourites Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

The festival will also look to involve, with a fascinating shoe installation and 10 pianos to be positioned amongst the streets of Bath to invite us all to have a go! Whilst the dance strand will be led by English National Ballet, there will also be a number of masterclasses on offer and the chance to watch such treasured films as Ballet Russes, Margot and The Red Shoes.

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