Events

An Evening with James Naughtie

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm - St. Swithin's Church, The Paragon, Bath

A free-wheeling exploration of James Naughtie’s life at the centre of current affairs, music and literature, hosted by one of Bath’s most eminent and entertaining figures, Rod Morgan.

James Naughtie, special correspondent for BBC News, is one of the country’s best-known broadcasters, having spent 21 years at the helm of the Today programme on Radio 4. He has reported for the BBC from around the world, written and narrated many documentaries, and anchored every election night broadcast, in the UK and the United States, for more than two decades. His interests, however, stretch far beyond current affairs. He has presented many music programmes on Radio 3, including live opera from across Europe, and has hosted every Bookclub on Radio 4 since it began in 1998. He has chaired juries for the Booker Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, and the Everyman P. G. Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. As an author he has written books on politics and music, and two espionage novels. This spring he will publish an account of his experiences in America – ‘On the American Road – Adventures from Nixon to Trump.’

Spring Concert 2020: Handel – Alexander’s Feast

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7.30pm - St. Swithin's Church, Walcot Street, Bath

Our Spring Concert in St Swithin’s features the baroque magnificence of Handel’s delightful Alexander’s Feast. One of the most varied and sheerly beautiful of Handel’s oratorios, this work puts choir, soloists and orchestra through its paces as the whole gamut of emotions is depicted at the famous feast. We include Handel’s wonderful Harp Concerto no.6 and the Concerto Grosso Alexander’s Feast in the evening, and our young team of soloists will feature some of the brightest talent to emerge recently on the UK scene.

Summer Masterclass-Workshop weekend 2020: Haydn – The Seasons (18th-19th July)

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at - Hartham Park

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th July

Our summer term 2020 culminates in our unique Masterclass-Workshop weekend in the delightful setting of Hartham Park near Corsham – these weekends are open to guest singers of all abilities (contact jmwmusic@icloud.com). We shall spend the weekend exploring and perfecting Haydn’s splendid The Seasons with young soloists in masterclass with Gavin, and generally soaking up the Downton Abbey-vibe of the glorious Hartham Park as we sing one of Haydn’s greatest and least well-known choral works. Written after The Creation, this work has all the fabulous choral writing and wonderful solos we expect from Haydn at his peak, and it will be a sheer joy to explore A-grade Haydn that is relatively unknown.