Over the past 20 years, Bath Philharmonia has become one of the largest and most respected professional orchestras in the South West. Its vision is to make orchestral music of the highest quality accessible to its community and other communities in the South West. It aims to do this by programming a diverse range of concerts and events that are reflective of the demands and needs of its community in the 21st century. As a result of its continuing commitment to excellence, in addition to the orchestra’s supportive and welcoming culture, Bath Phil has collaborated with some of the world’s
finest musicians including Renee Fleming, Sir Willard White, Stephen Hough, Nicola Benedetti, Peter Donohoe, Benjamin Grovesnor, Sumi Jo, Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike, Sophie Bevan, Paul McCreesh and rising stars Jess Gillam and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Many of these soloists return again and again.
It has performed at many festivals and venues throughout the South West including the Bath International Music Festival, Bath Mozartfest, Fishguard International Festival, Frome Festival, Beaminster Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Colston Hall, Cooper Hall and the Hall for Cornwall.
It’s approach to repertoire is purposefully eclectic and inclusive ranging from Its annual Christmas family productions to Britten Operas through to Korngold Concertos and contemporary international composition prizes in collaboration with Faber Publishing.
Bath Philharmonia has a developing discography of world premiere recordings including works by George Lloyd, Judith Bailey, Paul Carr and Steven Faux, with music by Paul Carr being Disc of the Month on Classic FM in 2011.
It is also passionate about people taking part in music making and Its learning and participation team, Bath Phil Creative Learning has an impressive portfolio, working with many schools, music hubs, festivals and venues throughout the South West.