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Bath International Music Festival opens tonight

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In Bath, Nicola Benedetti, 2004 BBC Musician of the Year, will perform Bach's D Minor Partita, and

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Mavis Staples and Jazz Jamaica, the UK's "most high-octane big band", will deliver reggae, jazz, and soul.

The Bath International Music Festival opens tonight with free performances and events in three city venues – folk and classical music in the Pump Rooms, choral music, brass bands and schools orchestras in Bath Abbey, and jazz groups in the Pavilion. Street performers and church bells entertain those making their way through the city.

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The brass section of the London Symphony Orchestra arrives to play fanfares, Carnival of the Animals, and Porgy & Bess.

It starts tonight with jazz "funkmagician" Courtney Pine, the Zephyrian Woodwind Orchestra and Vocal Works Gospel Choir. The Bedlam Street Music and Theatre, the Holt Music Festival, Charles Mingus and the Big Band, and a "rare appearance" by Lou Rhodes of the Lamb are all part of the line-up which brings together classical, jazz, folk, and electronic music.

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Trio Mediaeval

Trio Mediaeval will perform by candlelight in Christ Church. Violinist Maxim Vengerov, will play Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich, Emma Kirkby will sing songs by Dowland and Purcell, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill fuse fiddle and guitar in the Assembly Rooms. . .


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