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August – September 2018

A Taste of Persia Fully booked
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Taste of Persia Fully booked @ The Holburne Museum

For one night only, sample the tastes and sounds of Persia in our Garden Café with food from our neighbour Simi of Simi’s Kitchen and traditional Middle Eastern folk music from Mazaj. Inspired by our new display, Bath to Baghdad: A Collection of Middle Eastern Art, this event will bring to life the Persian world as experienced by nineteenth-century traveller, Ellen Tanner.

Bath-based Simi’s Kitchen provides customised classes celebrating the food of Iran. Simi has been featured in the Guardian, the Foodie Bugle, Kinfolk and Crumbs Magazine.

Mazaj play a combination of Traditional Art and Folk music from the Middle East, on Oud, Arabic Percussion and Arabic Nay Flute, Egyptian Mizmar & Saxophone. They have performed at Glastonbury Festival UK, WOMAD Festival UK, Bergen Festival (Norway), Bristol Colston Hall, Oxford University, The Namaste Club (Ibiza) and The Lazy Lizard (Faralya, Turkey).


Aug 20 – Aug 29 all-day
Colourscape @ The Holburne Museum

Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in a new world made up of soft curved edges filled with intense colour, and discover performance spaces filled with music and dancing.

Tickets can be purchased from the entrance of Colourscape for £5 on the day (no advance booking).

Entry to Colourscape is from 11am – 4pm daily with last admissions taken at 3.30pm

If you, or anyone in your group, has specific questions relating to how your experience of Colourscape might be affected by an autism spectrum disorder please contact Spencer Hancock:

Monday Aug 20 to Thurs Aug 23 – Michael Ormiston presents Family-friendly free-flowing workshops and performances. Mongolian Overtone Singing, Tibetan Singing Bowls and instruments from around the world. You can join in on an extraordinary range of unusual instruments. Great for all ages from babies to grandparents!

Friday Aug 24: Symphony of the Senses: Music based on sounds of the human body and dancers PLUS fragrances weave all the senses into a Symphony taking place in the intense colour labyrinth

Saturday Aug 25: Sylvia Hallett plays Musical Bicycle Wheel (the spokes tuned and bowed!) with many unusual instruments of slate, shells and wood played by local musician Mike Adcock

Sunday Aug 26: Consortium return to the Holburne Colourscape with a range of music for recorders from very small to very large

Monday Aug 27: Flutes of the World: Shakuhachi, Thai flutes, piccolo, bass flute and even a giant Sub-contrabass create a whole orchestra of flutes in Colourscape

Tues Aug 28 to Wed Aug 29 – Michael Ormiston concludes the festival and you, the public, can join in a final feast of music and colour.

Holburne Up Late
Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening. Discover the treasures from our Collection and experience our exhibition Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust Houses.. Take advantage of our special offer: Enjoy a cocktail in the cafe and admission to our special exhibition for just £10.






One Last Song
Sep 16 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
One Last Song @ The Holburne Museum

One last song – ‘Is not this song worth staying for?’ – Persuasion
Rosie Lomas (soprano)

At a concert in Bath, eight and a half years after their broken off engagement, Anne Elliot begins to hope against hope that Captain Wentworth may still be in love with her. We follow Anne’s story in a musical discovery of one of Austen’s best loved novels. Led by soprano Rosie Lomas, the Literary Music ensemble whirl us from the high-spirited dances of the Musgrove home, to ballads telling of dangers on the high seas and finally, to the elegant concert halls of Bath society, with songs and arias from the period. Garden Café open 6-8.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased from Bath Box Office on 01225 463362. A limited number of tickets are also available at the Holburne on 01225 388569 or from our Information Desk.

Brightest Day a Cloud
Sep 18 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Brightest Day a Cloud @ The Holburne Museum

Strings of Joy (Corde di Gioia) present a recital of Regency instrumental music and Lieder, which explores the element of water. With pieces by Franz Schubert, whose music took inspiration from little splashes in a lake to the tremendous strength of a stream, this recital also features the world premiere of Brightest day a cloud, a song cycle reflecting weather and travel through poetry and voice, written by composer Liz Lane for the trio in 2017.
Strings of Joy (Corde di Gioia) is a Danish classical trio consisting of soprano Maria Johannsen and her daughters, Anna and Giuly, on cello and violin, and specialising in music from the Renaissance to present day. They have performed nationally and internationally at St Petersburg on invitation from the Danish Consulate General and Cultural Institute, Heidelberg, and Berlin for a holocaust memorial organized by Lea Rosh and the Nordic Embassies.
Liz Lane’s music has been broadcast on ITV, BBC 1 and BBC Radio 3 and performed by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Carducci Quartet, Foden’s Band, Symphonic Brass of the RAF, Almost Orthogonal Quartet (Israel) and Norfolk Chamber Consort (USA). She has won two awards for her work with OpenUp Music.

Holburne Up Late
Sep 28 @ 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: Women and Creativity

University of Bath staff host a number of interactive sessions exploring the connections between women’s creativity and their place in society, including pop-up talks, poster-making and a scavenger hunt.