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October 2018 – January 2019

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Vive la Différence
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Vive la Différence   @ The Holburne Museum

Join us for a lively evening of song celebrating the musical and poetic traditions of 20th-century Germany, France and Britain. Richard Frewer and David Price explore German, French and English song at the beginning of the 20th century. Richard Strauss, Satie, Chabrier, Duparc, Bizet and settings of Thomas Hardy by Gerald Finzi.
Richard Frewer sings for the joy and challenge of it. Throughout his career as architect and university chair professor, he has maintained a considerable reputation as a concert singer. He has been awarded the Philharmonic Orchestra’s prestigious Martin Scholarship, and taken part in Elisabeth Shwarzkopf’s masterclasses in London and Hanover. David Price was the director of music at Dauntsey’s School and has been conductor of the Trowbridge and Bath Symphony Orchestras and musical director of a number of West Country opera companies. He is a passionate chamber music player and a distinguished freelance coach, accompanist and lecturer.

Oct
26
Fri
2018
Holburne Up Late
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Immerse yourself in an eclectic programme of pop-up talks, art demos, installations, performances, DJ-sets and cocktails. All Up Lates are specially curated by student talent and arts practitioners from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath.

Special Event: Theatre Revisited

Experience a contemporary take on Gainsborough’s theatrical world as BSU’s Mixed Media Textiles students stage a series of vibrant, humorous and creative live performances and art installations throughout the night.

Oct
31
Wed
2018
The Rage for Music
Oct 31 @ 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm
The Rage for Music @ The Holburne Museum

Experience the music mania of 18th-century Britain! Fashionable fortepiano music was all the rage during this period as the rising middle classes shared in the finer things in life – delicate china, fine silks, polite conversation and music. Join Helen Coombs as she brings to life the types of fashionable songs that were key to domestic entertainment and were published, sold and performed with aplomb.
Helen Coombs is a specialist in early keyboards – particularly harpsichord and fortepiano – and has played as a soloist and continuo in many early music groups. She is the founder of the ensemble, Salon Baroque, with whom she sings and plays many different styles of music.

Nov
15
Thu
2018
Thomas Gainsborough’s Musical Friends
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thomas Gainsborough’s Musical Friends @ The Holburne Museum

Join Capella as they explore the musical world of Thomas Gainsborough. Famed for his portraits, Gainsborough was also a keen amateur musician and played the viola da gamba. In this illustrated concert, hear Capella perform pieces by Gainsborough’s musical friends and enjoy snapshots of his life in Ipswich, Bath and London as well as portraits of Carl Friedrich Abel, Johann Cristian Bach, John Stanley, the Linley family and Ignatius Sancho, a London-educated composer who was born a slave.
Cappella is a group of instrumentalists founded with the aim of presenting chamber music of a wide range of styles, in a lively and informative manner. They have performed for music clubs and in churches, concert halls, galleries and historic houses.
Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm

Nov
29
Thu
2018
Classical Vienna
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Classical Vienna @ The Holburne Museum

Immerse yourself in the enchanting fortepiano and guitar duets of the 18th- and 19th-century salon. Enjoy the expressive tone and lightness of sound created by the Viennese fortepiano, and matched in beauty by the guitar, as Gary Branch and James Akers perform a selection of popular and intriguing duo music by Ferdinando Carulli, Maurao Giuliani, Fernando Sor, Jan Ladislav Dussek, Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In November 2015, Jamie Akers and Gary Branch recorded a selection of salon music of the early 19th century for classical guitar and fortepiano using an 1823 Graf fortepiano. It was one of last recordings made at the Finchcocks Musical Museum and was released by the Resonus label in January 2017. It has received fine reviews, including 5 star ratings, both in the UK and abroad.
(Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm)

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Holburne Up Late
Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Immerse yourself in an eclectic programme of pop-up talks, art demos, installations, performances, DJ-sets and cocktails. All Up Lates are specially curated by student talent and arts practitioners from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath.

Special Event: Textile Treasures inspired by the Holburne

Ever wondered how textile designers inspire new trends? Join 2nd year students from BSU’s Fashion and Interiors course as they reveal how to design for the catwalk and home. Get a sneak-peak into their creative processes through live art demonstrations and enjoy a beautiful display of textile designs, including wallpaper drops, fabric lengths and samples inspired by the Museum’s Collection.

Jan
12
Sat
2019
Mr Gainsborough the music enthusiast of Bath
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mr Gainsborough the music enthusiast of Bath @ The Holburne Museum

This concert explores the music world that Thomas Gainsborough experienced during his Bath years (1759-74). Gainsborough was fascinated not only by musicians but also by their instruments – often acquiring their instruments under the mistaken belief that he would be able to produce genius if he owned them! Our concert includes songs, cantatas, instrumental solos and sonatas on original and reconstructed period instruments that would have been familiar to Gainsborough, and which were heard at concerts, both private and public, that he attended in Bath.

£15 (includes entry to Gainsborough and the Theatre from 6-7pm, Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm)

Jan
25
Fri
2019
Holburne Up Late
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Immerse yourself in an eclectic programme of pop-up talks, art demos, installations, performances, DJ-sets and cocktails. All Up Lates are specially curated by student talent and arts practitioners from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath.