This weekend it was my husband’s birthday and we were ready to celebrate! The Bath Mozart Fest this year was going on from the 8th to the 16th of November. My husband had already taken the boys the previous weekend to hear the choir at the Bath Abbey, while I was away for the day at the London Bloggers Tea. They had such a great time that he wanted to go back for their last night on the day before his birthday. The night’s performance was by the Hallé, held at the Forum close to the Bath train station.
Sir Mark Elder – Conductor
Jamie Phillips – Assistant Conductor
Alina Ibragimova – Violin
Symphony No 38 in D major
K 504 Prague
Violin Concerto in E minor Op 64
Engima Variations Op 36
The Hallé, founded in 1858, performs over seventy concerts a year in The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and makes over forty appearances annually throughout the rest of Britain. This was our first time seeing them and I could not have chosen a better venue than the Forum in Bath. Even with our seats at the top it is still a intimate enough venue that you can see the expressions on the musicians faces on the stage below. I love listening to classical music at home but seeing it live is a whole another experience. Watching the musicians play to me is like watching an orchestrated dance and it capturing my visual attention, my ears, my heart, and soul. Alina Ibragimova was captivating during the Mandelssohn on the violin. The music and the way she played gave me the chills. I have to add that she performs on an Anselmo Bellosio violin of c. 1775, provided by Gerog von Opel. The fact that she can play such music so well on an instrument older than the United States was exquisite. I know my lovely iPhone photographs cannot truly capture the evening we experienced but I hope you enjoy hearing about our past weekend here in Bath, England.
Bath Mozart Fest | www.bathmozartfest.org.uk
The Hallé | www.halle.co.uk
Alina Ibragimova | www.alinaibragimova.com
Bath Forum | www.bathforum.co.uk
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