In keeping with our exhibition, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, join scientists and mathematicians from the University of Bath for a night of illusion and wonder! Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to our galleries where you can discover the mind-bending illusions that artists such as Bridget Riley create, in a series of fun pop-up activities and challenge your perception of taste with Great Western Wine. Sample a cocktail or two in our Garden Café and chill out to the psychedelic tunes of our resident DJ, Pablo Tinte.
Dress to impress: eye-popping prints and monochrome garb are warmly welcomed!
Visit our exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception (Until 21 January 2018), £10/£9 concs/ Free to all Museum Members.
Special Offer: Enjoy a cocktail in the Café and admission to Seurat To Riley: The Art of Perception for just £10
This performance will bring to life one of the finest poets, essayists and prose writers in words and music – Robert Louis Stevenson.
This programme was first presented on a short tour of Scotland two years ago and was warmly received. Frances Hickox wrote: “An Evening with Robert Louis Stevenson is a delight. Richard Frewer and Mike Mackenzie have crafted a beautiful programme, and they present it with integrity and affection, and with masterly ability.”
Stevenson’s output is so wide and varied and his life so rich, it was difficult to find a path that gives an idea of his wanderings and imaginings and does justice to him. Various important points in his life are illustrated through a commentary and through RLS’s wonderful prose and poetry. A theme emerging strongly is the duality in his personality and the way it is expressed throughout his life and oeuvres. It is this trait that forms a thread to their offering. To echo these themes, Richard sings Vaughan-Williams’s Songs of Travels, a cycle of a quality to match the great German lieder. The songs intersperse the story as it develops. Other songs include Aaron Copland and Stevenson’s settings by Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson, who, though born in Lancashire in 1928, spent most of his life near Edinburgh. His Stevenson songs evoke the strength and mystery of the Scottish Highlands.
Michael Mackenzie, born in Glasgow, educated in Edinburgh, Nottingham and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked for nearly all the Scottish theatre companies; roles include Higgins in Pygmalion, Claudius in Hamlet, Salieri in Amadeus and Lear.TV and film credits include Ace of Wands, Taggart and The Railway Man. He will appear in Pressure at the Theatre Royal Bath, in the spring.
Richard Frewer has sung at the Holburne on many occasions, including the Schubert song cycles, and is preparing to record Winterreise in the new concert hall at Wells’ Cathedral School. Whilst Chair Professor of Architecture at Bath University in the 1990s he was a Holburne Museum Trustee, and is now on the Friends Committee.
John Foster, piano accompanist, has performed with many singers and chamber groups in the UK and Europe. He is an ABRSM grade and diploma examiner, trainer and moderator.
Join Helen Coombs as she presents a programme of music for the fortepiano that would have been known to Jane Austen, her friends and social circle. Listen to elegant and witty pieces designed for the delicate sound of the fortepiano in an intimate salon. Drawing upon pieces from a time when the boundaries between ‘serious’ and ‘popular’ music were blurred, this programme will include dances from the Playford collection, and a song and Sonatinas by Pleyel and Clementi. Pieces which Austen’s own Lady Catherine deBurgh would have mastered should she have practiced the fortepiano…
This recital is presented by Helen Coombs, a specialist in early keyboards and their music (harpsichord and fortepiano in particular), who has played as soloist and continuo in many early music groups. Helen is the founder of ‘Salon Baroque’, for which she plays and sings many different styles of music. She has been a regular visitor and performer at the Holburne, where the lovely Schantz fortepiano is an old friend.
The charismatic Phillip Dyson returns to the Holburne Museum with another sensational show featuring some of the world’s most popular and best loved piano classics. Works include pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and George Gershwin, as well as anniversary celebrations for Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Scott Joplin, and Fats Waller. This concert will also feature the first performance of Phillip’s latest composition, especially written and influenced by our exhibition, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception.
International Concert Pianist Phillip Dyson has been described by critics as simply “brilliant”, with a “wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour” and a recent recital in New York City accredited him as nothing less than “magnificent”. A world class pianist and great entertainer performing to sell-out audiences around the world. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and Classic FM, tours throughout the UK and has a great international reputation in Europe and America, gaining enormous popularity in both the classical and light music repertoires. Phillip Dyson is a Decca Classics recording Artist.