A musically and socially dynamic community of younger artist musicians

About us

The Bath Festival Orchestra is a new, dynamic community of young artists in the musical and social sphere.

Central to our vision is our sense of social purpose, the opening of genuine opportunity to creative minds within an orchestra that is a 21st-century provider of life- and artistic choice. We are a gateway organisation to an inclusive musical life and our strong communal voice rises from the combined skills of the individuals within the orchestra.

The BFO’s parallel objective is outreach. 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.

Our Founder and Artistic Director is Peter Manning, one of the outstanding conductors of his generation. Peter’s deep understanding of the inclusive role that classical music can play in our world has led to conducting engagements with world-class orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Opera and The Royal Philharmonic. He also serves as the Music Director of the Mozart Kinderorchester in Salzburg.

The BFO’s parallel objective is to make exquisite classical music accessible to diverse audiences in overlooked urban communities as well as traditional heritage cities.