Press Release- Bath Philharmonia brings live orchestral music back to the West of England

Sep 15, 2020


Bath Philharmonia brings live orchestral music back to the West of England

On Thursday 24th September at 19.30, Bath Philharmonia will return to The Forum stage for a sold-out live, socially-distanced concert with a live audience. This concert will be the first live classical event in Bath since the lockdown and one of the first live orchestral concerts in the country.

The concert will feature two of the brightest stars on the classical music scene, siblings Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason. In a beautiful arrangement for strings and piano, Isata Kanneh-Mason will perform Beethoven’s dramatic 3rd Piano Concerto -a heady mix of musical drama and lyrical romanticism. This will be followed by classical superstar Sheku Kanneh-Mason with one of his first performances of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Infused with the sounds of nature and sunshine this Concerto is the perfect way to return to the concert hall.

Bath Philharmonia is working in close partnership with The Forum to keep audiences and performers safe with a wide range of new ‘Rule of six’-compliant measures and protocols in place to ensure a Covid-secure event. The former art deco cinema provides ample space for a socially-distanced performance – and an excellent acoustic – for the West of England’s first live orchestral performance since government restrictions were introduced.

Elaine, a Bath resident and ticketholder for the concert, says “We’ve all been starved of the joy and shared experience of live music these past six months. It’s so exciting that Bath Phil is bringing Sheku and Isata to our city; they’re sensational.”

Jason Thornton, Bath Philharmonia Music Director writes “…I think I speak on behalf of all the musicians and everybody involved in Bath Philharmonia in saying how incredibly excited we are getting back to live music-making. It’s one thing to welcome Sheku and Isata Kanneh Mason back to the Bath, but a little overwhelming to be one of the first professionalorchestral concerts in the UK to have an audience in a venue – and it’s in our home city!”

For all the latest information on this concert, including potential ticket returns and covid-secure measures, please visit:

For more information, filming and interview enquiries please contact:
Simone Homes, General Manager
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M. 07525 857720




  • Bath Philharmonia is the second largest professional orchestra in the South West.
  • Bath Philharmonia was shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2019 for its powerful and impactful creative music-making with Young Carers
  • Each year, Bath Philharmonia performs to thousands of people and reaches many more through broadcasts and recordings. 
  • Bath Philharmonia’s vision is to make orchestral music part of life for many people.
  • Performing concerts with the world’s greatest musicians and leading creative learning projects across the UK, Bath Philharmonia inspires creativity, enhances wellbeing, reduces isolation and celebrates talent.


·       Sheku Kanneh-Mason became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after performing at the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to nearly two billion people globally.

·       He won the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2016and received The Male Artist of the Year and The Critics’ Choice Awards at the Classic Brit Awards.

·       In July 2018 he became the first artist to receive The New Brit Certified Breakthrough Award having sold over 30,000 copies of his debut album in the UK and 100,000 sales worldwide.


·       Isata Kanneh-Mason has performed many times ontelevision and radio and made her debut as a television presenter for thecoverage of the 2019 BBC Proms.

·       She is a Postgraduate of The Royal Academy of Music and completed her undergraduate degree at The Academy as an Elton John scholar (performing with Sir Elton in Los Angeles in 2013).

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