Project information

Bath Bachfest - a new classical music festival

Presented by the Bath Mozartfest since 2012, this short mid-winter festival attracts the greatest international Baroque musicians, with Bach's music at the heart of all programmes, to perfom in beautiful historical settings in the Georgian City of Bath for the benefit of local and visiting audiences

February 2014 - February 2014

Charity information: Bath Mozartfest Limited

Bath Mozartfest Limited
  • Need


    Bath is renowned as a World Heritage Site and as an all year round City of Festivals. For over 60 years there has been a festival of music celebrating the works of JS Bach in the City. However without the intervention of the Bath Mozartfest in 2011, the Festival would have closed. This would have deprived the City of one of its major classical music festivals and UK music lovers of hearing top international artists performing live outside the capital.


    The Bath Bachfest will stage five concerts over three consecutive days and engage the very top interpreters of Baroque music. It will be promoted to all classical music lovers and especially encourage the local community, amateur arts organisations and younger generations to attend such high quality events, so encouraging a new generation of classical music lovers and continuing the long established history of culture and music in Bath.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To promote the highest quality Baroque music with live performances by top international artists.


    » The Bath Bachfest will feature five choral, chamber and orchestral events over three consecutive days with performances by top international musicians
    » The festival will be widely promoted at a local/ national/international level through the media and internet.
    » The festival brochure will be mailed to music lovers with special offers available to local residents, amateur arts organisations, students and youth.

    What success will look like

    Success will be achieved by averaging 90% attendance over the festival period with 50% living in the local community and encouraging participation from local arts organisations.

  • Impact


    The festival will reverse the decline of high quality live perfomance in the provinces and encourage music lovers of all ages to attend.
    Success will be monitored by achieving budgeted ticket sales and qualitative audience feedback will provide insight into future programmes. The festival will work closely with local Council and local arts organisations, universities and schools to ensure it involves and benefits the local community .


    There is a risk that one or more of the artists could pull out of the festival. However as our Artistic Director enjoys close links with a large number of top perfomers and their agents, we would always try to provide a suitable replacement and an alternative programme which would complement other events in the festival.


    Funders of this project would receive regular email communication with an update on ticket sales and any necessary changes that have been made to project plans. They would also be invited to concerts and social events to gain first-hand experience of the festival.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £72,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Artists fees, accommo & travel To engage top artists for five perfomances
      £8,000 Stage management & lighting To create suitable performance venues for top musicians
      £15,000 Marketing, PR & Box Office To coordinate and distribute publicty materials and monitor ticket sales
      £9,000 Administration To manage and run the festival

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bath & North East Somerset Council £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The Georgian City of Bath in South West England has a rich tradition of artistic activity and is recognised as a City of Festivals staging cultural events in beautiful historic settings. The Bath Mozartfest has a successful history of promoting live classical music events in the City for the past 20 years and attracting capacity audiences to its concerts and working with the local community to ensure its involvement and participation.


    MusIcians and music lovers of all ages will benefit from the Bath Bachfest. Top musicians will be able to showcase their work outside London. Local SW residents will enjoy live perfomances by international "stars" in their City and amateur musicians and younger audiences will be inspired by attending such events. Local businesses will benefit from the large number of visitors attending the festival and spending money in hotels, restaurants and shops whilst in the City for the three days.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Bath Mozartfest is recognised as one of the leading classical music festivals in Europe, regularly attracting top artists performing interesting and varied classical programmes. It is a highly professional organisation, run by a small group of self employed individuals who have successfully promoted classical music events in Bath for the last two decades. Bath Bachfest, managed by Bath Mozartfest, will attempt to achieve a similar reputation for excellence and quality of perfomance.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amelia Freedman CBE, FRAM. Hon D Mus

    Amelia, as Artistic Director of Bath Mozartfest and now Bath Bachfest, chooses the programmes and performers - names of 2014 artists available soon