Bath Festival Events: the line up so far

Celebrating music and books in a beautiful city, this year’s Bath Festival will run from 13–21 May – here we profile some of the names that have been revealed ahead of the official line-up announcement at the beginning of March.

Above left: Phil Wang, who went to school in Bath, will be talking about his memoir Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once.

Above right: a return to Bath by the celebrated saxophonist Jess Gillam, who will be bringing her Ensemble to Komedia.

Above: Arifa Akbar, author of Consumed: A Sister’s Story, will be guest curator for a number of events at The Bath Festival 2022.

Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 (above left), will be talking to writer Elif Shafak (above right), on themes such as immigration and the notion of home.

Above: Pioneers of pop-up gigs, Empirical Jazz will be putting on a series of free performances around Bath city centre as well as a more formal concert.

Historian and presenter David Olusoga (above left) and geneticist and author Adam Rutherford (above right), author of Control: the Dark History will be in stimulating discussion.

Above: James Runcie, creator of the Granchester series, will be talking about his latest novel, The Great Passion about JS Bach at an event with pianist Joanna MacGregor.

Above: Scottish musicians singer-songwriter Karine Polwart and composer David Milligan will be showcasing their latest joint project, Still As Your Sleeping for voice and piano.

Above: Bath Abbey’s beautifully restored interior will be the setting for a concert by The Tallis Scholars, the early music vocal ensemble specialising in sacred music.

The full festival programme will be announced on Friday 4 March and tickets go on general release on Friday 11 March;