The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including being inspired at the Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse, visiting the new Being Brunel collection and getting your groove on to Jess Gillam with Bath Philharmonia
GET YOUR GROOVE ON
After her success in BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, saxophonist Jess Gillam’s career to date can only be described as stratospheric, especially after her 2017 BBC Proms debut. Jess has teamed up with Bath Philharmonia for an evocative concert of Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia, Fantasia on Greensleeves and the enchanting Linden Lea. This special performance, conducted by Jason Thornton, will also feature the music of Bryars and Nyman. Taking place on Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm, at the Assembly Rooms. Tickets: £25 – £5; bathphil.co.uk
The brains behind the SS Great Britain in Bristol have brought together the world’s most significant collection of Brunel’s personal possessions, diaries and designs to open Being Brunel – a new £7.2m visitor attraction located next door to his revolutionary ship. Explore the museum’s six galleries featuring 150 never-before-seen artefacts, and find out about the engineering genius who changed the way we travel; ssgreatbritain.org
Fresh: Art Fair is taking over Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April with 46 galleries, 400 artists and 5,000 works of art on display. There will be a broad spectrum of art on offer to suit all tastes and budgets, with work from emerging artists to Royal Academicans. Tel: 01242 224734; freshartfair.net
LISTEN TO A GREEN CHAMP
Emma Bridgewater, well-known for her iconic kitchen pottery ranges, is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Now employing more than 300 people, Emma has refused to outsource manufacturing to low-wage economies abroad and her company makes all of its pottery in Stoke on Trent. Bath Preservation Trust and CPRE Avonside will be hosting an informal interview with Emma on Wednesday 18 April, 7pm, at St. Michael’s Without, Broad Street, Bath about the green landscape setting of Bath’s World Heritage Site and its threats from development. Emma will also talk about women who share some of her own relevant experiences of countryside campaigning. Tickets: £5 via Eventbrite; bit.ly/2ptMmZx
FilmBath has teamed up with The Bath Festival to launch a one-day event celebrating women’s voices in film, literature, politics, comedy and music, all coinciding with the centenary of some women being granted the vote in Britain. There will be MPs discussing how women are treated in Westminster, names from the world of film exploring how the fallout from the Weinstein accusations and the #MeToo campaign will impact on the movie industry, and a panel of experts will be revealing the lengths the suffragettes went to to get the vote in 1918. Don your purple, green and white rosette and march on Komedia on Sunday 20 May.