Bath Philharmonia is one of the leading professional orchestras in the South West. Its players, some of the finest and most experienced orchestral musicians in Britain, are led by Musical Director Jason Thornton. Performing 20-25 times per year, the orchestra works regularly with a roster of international soloists, including Nicola Benedetti, Carlos Bonnell, Michael Collins, Sarah Connolly, Natalie Clein, Peter Donohoe, James Gilchrist, Benjamin Grosvenor, Tim Hugh, Sumi Jo, Emma Johnson, Tasmin Little, Joanna MacGregor, Ruth Palmer, Jennifer Pike, Patricia Rozario and Sir Willard White.
Primarily serving Bath & North East Somerset, Bath Philharmonia presents a year-round programme of orchestral music, a highly active education and community portfolio and takes part in many collaborations with other arts organisations including Bath Festivals Trust, Bath Mozartfest, Bath Theatre Royal & Bath Spa University where the orchestra is Ensemble in Residence. Bath Philharmonia embraces a regional remit touring to an eclectic range of venues and festivals throughout the south-west.
The orchestra’s annual Summer Classics Series in Bath has become a respected part of the city’s musical calendar and offers an exciting programme of four concerts featuring world-renowned soloists. Highlights of 2011 included a performance of Brahms German Requiem and Strauss Four Last Songs in Wells Cathedral and a Hollywood Film Music extravaganza in association with The American Museum in Britain. Exciting developments during the 2011/12 Season included a performance of Holst’s The Planets as part of the 2012 Bath International Music Festival and a concert in aid of the Help for Heroes charity with Paddy Ashdown as narrator in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.
In 2012 Bath Philharmonia was awarded a major grant by Youth Music to run “Listen To Us 2”, the biggest Young Carers music programme in the UK. With Youth Action Wiltshire, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Pound Arts Centre, Calne Music and Arts Festival, Wiltshire College and Bath Spa University, the orchestra will be working with 144 Young Carers in 6 performances over the next two years.