The Bath Festival Orchestra is the future of classical music. We represent a new model for orchestras, placing the education and training of future audiences and musicians at the forefront of everything we do. Led by our values, we are committed to ensuring a sustainable future for classical music, and to creating impactful experiences that go beyond genre and traditional boundaries to encourage greater access to art.
Our aim is to take classical music to diverse audiences in overlooked communities, by turn inviting them into some of the world’s finest concert halls to contribute, listen, see, feel and enjoy the exquisite music that has been and will be written for the orchestra.
We are committed to innovation in the area of enhanced live performance, harnessing the creative possibilities of augmented reality, virtual reality and hologram technology. We will experiment with and explore new scientific capabilities to advance musical dialogue in the streaming and broadcast arenas.
Founded in 1959 by Yehudi Menuhin, the Bath Festival Orchestra has long been established as the beating heart and resident ensemble of The Bath Festival. Our reach is now international, having used the power of digital media and technologies to establish ambitious collaborative projects for worldwide audiences. Collaboration, access to music at every level, and cross-genre collaboration, are values of our Founder and remain interwoven into the orchestra’s identity and work.
On Saturday 16th January Artistic Director Peter Manning and Orchestra Leader Maren Bosma, joined BBC Bristol breakfast show for a live interview with Clare Kavanagh.Read more
Bath Festival Orchestra’s wonderful performance at the Bath Assembly rooms, reminded our audience and the community of music lovers that we have been missing a great deal during the absence of truly live experiences over the past few months.Read more
Watch our launch film about the Bath Festival OrchestraRead more
The first new orchestra to launch after the COVID pandemic, the BFO will harness the latest digital technologies to engage those young people classical music has traditionally eluded.