Whether it’s warm weather or wet (and we’ve had our share of both in recent days!), there’s no shortage of reasons to get out and soak it up for the next couple of weeks in Bath. If you’re craving culture: there’s music to delight your senses and lift your spirits. If you’re after adventure and imagination: there’s more to discover and explore than ever before. So join us and soak it all up while it lasts!
There’s nothing like the opera to remind you of the heights musical performance can take you to. So be sure to be there when The Garden Opera Company brings an outdoor performance of Verdi’s La Traviata to Prior Park College this Thursday, 9th July, in aid of local homeless charity, Julian House. The tragic romance of a Parisian courtesan and the sacrifices she makes in the name of true love, the opera will be performed in English and is sure to strike a chord with all who attend. The grounds will be open from 5.30pm for those who want to take a picnic, and the performance commences at 7pm.
Keeping to the outdoors, this weekend the Egg Theatre hosts the outdoor aerial theatre company Whispering Woods at Prior Park Landscape Garden, with four performances of their new show, Red Threads. Described as “a journey into the wild wood…an immersive experience which combines aerial acrobatics, live music and storytelling”, the show promises to enthrall and delight audiences of all ages. The first performance is at 7pm on Friday 10th July and it is advised that you bring warm clothing, a torch and something to sit on if you wish, as well as waterproofs in case of rain and mud, as performances will go ahead in the event of wet weather. It all adds to the adventure! Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children and must be booked in advance. See the Theatre Royal website for more details.
If you’d rather soak up the music but not the weather, keep a roof over your head at the Church of St. Michael Without on Sunday 12th July for a concert of spirituals, folk songs and classical choral music. Canadian visitors the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, AKA Shalloway, join forces with the Walcot State Choir to raise the roof in a free concert, with a collection in aid of Bath’s Three Ways School for pupils with special educational needs. Don’t miss it!
Thursday 16th July sees the IGF Bath Guitar Festival enter its third decade with a long weekend of concerts at The Chapel At The Min. Part of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (previously known as the Royal Mineral Water Hospital and known to locals as ‘the Min’ for short), the Chapel will host performances showcasing the works of renowned guitar composers from around the world. Dubbed “a musical exploration” by organisers the International Guitar Foundation, the festival features new music commissions, a young artist platform and international artist debuts. Visit the IGF website for artist and concert information and book tickets through the Bath Box Office.