The Bath Mozartfest has been an annual cultural highlight in the beautiful city of Bath for the past 30 years. Leading artists from around the world converge on the city and perform in several of the Georgian venues, including the fully restored Assembly Rooms. As well as eight concerts, there will be sight-seeing trips to Bristol where we will have a guided tour of the SS Great Britain, built by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Arnolfini Gallery; and there will be excursions to the Cotswolds, featuring some of the most quintessentially attractive villages in the UK, and to the Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury and Wells. We will stay at the 5-star Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel.
THU 12 NOV
Independent arrival at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. Check in from 15h00. Welcome dinner at 19h00.
FRI 13 NOV
09h00 depart hotel by coach to Bristol where we will visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1864 and which still carries traffic across the picturesque Avon Gorge. We will then have lunch together at the SS Great Britain before having a private tour of the iconic ship which sits in dry dock enabling one to walk underneath the structure and marvel at the iron hull and the screw propeller, the first of its kind in shipbuilding which earned the Great Britain the title of “great great grandmother” of modern ships. After a visit to the Arnofini Gallery, we will head back to Bath for dinner together followed by the opening concert of the festival by the Takacs Quartet.
SAT 14 NOV
11h00 morning concert by the Jerusalem Quartet followed by lunch under your own arrangements and a walking tour of Bath. Back to the hotel for dinner and an evening concert by the early music ensemble, La Nouva Musica.
SUN 15 NOV
Free morning to explore Bath or relax and enjoy the facilities at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. At 17h00 we will attend the Festival’s Gala concert with Bryn Terfel which will include music and dinner together at the Assembly Rooms.
MON 16 NOV
08h30 Depart hotel for a tour of the Cotswolds. We will go to Castle Combe (voted the prettiest village in England), Bilbury and Boughton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Malmesbury Abbey before returning to the hotel by 17h00. After dinner together we will attend the Festival concert in the evening.
TUE 17 NOV
After a free morning we will attend a lunchtime concert at the Guildhall followed by a free afternoon and dinner under your own arrangements before the evening concert at the Assembly Rooms.
WED 18 NOV
08h30 Depart for a tour to the Cheddar Gorge, Wells and Glastonbury where there will be an opportunity to walk up to the famous Glastonbury Tor and see the remains of the 14th-century church. Back to Bath for dinner together at the hotel followed by our final concert.
THU 19 NOV
Independent departure home.
13 NOV 19.30 CONCERT – ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Haydn Quartet in G, Op 77 No 1
Mozart Quartet in D, K 499 (Hoffmeister)
Schubert Quartet in A minor, D 804
14 NOV 11.00 CONCERT – ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Mozart Quartet in D, K 575
Shostakovich Quartet No 8
Schubert Quartet in D minor, D 810 (Death and the Maiden)
14 NOV 19.30 CONCERT – LA NUOVA MUSICA
Mozart Symphony No 1 in E flat, K 16
Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 in G, K 216
Mozart Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat, K 495
Mozart Symphony No 29 in A, K 201
David Bates conductor
Thomas Gould, violin
Alec Frank- Gemmill ,horn
15 NOV 17.00 GALA CONCERT – ASSEMBLY ROOMS
SIR BRYN TERFEL, BARITONE
ANNABEL THWAITE, PIANO
Programme to be confirmed
Dinner will be included
16 NOV 19.30 CONCERT – ASSEMBLY ROOMS
GOULD PIANO TRIO
Mozart Piano Trio in G, K564
Brahms Piano Trio in C, Op 87
Schubert Notturno in E flat, K 897
Ravel Piano Trio in A minor
17 NOV 13.00 CONCERT – GUILDHALL
Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe
Amy Harman, bassoon
Alasdair Beatson, piano
Françaix Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
Mozart Fantasie in C minor, K 475
Saint-Saens Sonata for bassoon and piano
Saint-Saens Three Romances for oboe and piano, Op 94
Poulenc Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
17 NOV, 19.30 – ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Steven Osborne, piano
Schumann Stücke im Vokston
Brahms Sonata in F, Op 99
De Falla (arr Marechal) Siete Canciones populares
Ravel (arr Castelnuovo-Tedesco) Alborada del gracioso
18 NOV, 19.30 – ST MARY’S CHURCH, BATHWICK
The Journey of the Mayflower
Music by Byrd, Gibbons and Tomkins
Bath is easily accessible by train from London. There are regular trains from London Paddington to Bath Spa and the journey time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. The cost of travelling to Bath is not included in the tour price, but if you would like help in booking a train ticket then please get in touch with Stephen Carpenter and he will be happy to assist. Alternatively, you can book on thetrainline.com but you advised to wait until around 12 weeks before travel before you book, as this is when cheaper tickets become available.
The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is 1 mile (1.5km) from Bath Spa Station from where you will be able to take a taxi.
Price per person
Tour price per person based on sharing a double or twin room £2,395
Single room supplement £490
Deposit required £500
Upgrade to Deluxe Garden View £350 per room
Upgrade to Super Deluxe £700 per room
Upgrade to Deluxe Courtyard £805 per room
Tour price includes: Accommodation, breakfast daily, six dinners with wine, one lunch, best ticket for each included performance, concert programmes, sightseeing trips as described, taxi transfers to and from concerts, the services of Stephen Carpenter as tour manager.
Excluded from the price is the cost of your travel to and from Bath at the beginning and end of the holiday.
Booking is through Stephen Carpenter, at Carpenter Holidays.
Please email stephen [at] carpenterholidays.com for a booking form and, when complete, either email it to Stephen or send it by post to:
67 Stuart Road
Once you have submitted the booking from, you will be sent details of how to pay the deposit for the holiday. This will be payable either by bank transfer, details of which will be given to you on completion of the form - NB, I offer a £50 discount if you pay by bank transfer - or via PayPal:
If you have any questions about the “Bath Mozartfest” holiday, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen by email as above, or by phoning him on +44 (0)20 8946 6821 or +44 (0)7730 817891.