Holburne Museum concert series success sparks second season
After the overwhelming success of the first evening concert series at the Holburne Museum last season, the museum has announced its second series.
The series reads like a who's who of the top instrumentalists from around Britain and Europe.
Demand for tickets promises to be very high indeed and as the events director at the Holburne, Simone Holmes, says: "We had pretty much 100 per cent sales throughout last season."
Directing the series is conductor Jason Thornton.
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Jason said: "I'm delighted the first series was such an overwhelming success as these things are risky, but the Holburne were delighted to take on another series.
"Last year we focused on the music of Rachmaninov, because the museum houses his piano, and this year we are far more eclectic but still take our inspiration for the museums surroundings and artwork and exhibits.
"What can be better than listening to the Delius Violin Sonata in a space that has Turners on the wall?"
As well as welcoming artists back to Bath who are well known in the city including Peter Donohoe and Tim Hugh, the series is also bringing important artists to Bath for the first time including the former Harpist Royal Claire Jones who was catapulted into the limelight by being invited to perform at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
She appears at the Holburne on Friday, November 22 and will also play the museum's own Erad Harp as well as talking about 'that wedding' last year.
On October 27 the amazing young violinist Tamsin Waley Cohen will be giving a recital of English Music including the original version for piano and violin of the Lark Ascending.
Jason said: "I am delighted that Tamsin is coming – she is amazing. I was blown away by her account of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with me last year."
On February 2 next year the virtuoso pianist Ashley Wass brings Liszt's seldom performed arrangement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6and on March 2 the internationally regarded Smetana Trio from the Czech republic play Dvorak's Dumky Trio with music by Mozart and Brahms.
Finally on April 20 Peter Donohoe and Tim Hugh present cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms.
The series opens later this month on Friday, September 21 with the Bath debut for the Carducci Quartet.
The Carduccis are becoming regarded as one of the best young British quartets playing today and regularly tour Europe, USA and the Far East.
They open the series with music by Haydn, Debussy and Dvorak.
Tickets are available from the Bath Festival Box Office 01225 463362 or through the museum 01225 388569