Thursday, 21 May 2015

Contemporary Music in a Georgian pool with the Red Note Ensemble in Bath

Cleveland Pools
Cleveland Pools
The Scottish contemporary music ensemble Red Note is returning to the Bath Festival on 24 May 2015 when they will be performing a programme of contemporary and renaissance music for brass. Rather intriguingly, the concert is not in a hall but in Cleveland Pools, the UK's only surviving Georgian Lido!

Led by trumpeter Mark O'Keefe, Red Note will be performing Jonathan Harvey's Ricercare and music by Harrison Birtwistle, and given the space I think we can expect plenty of spacial effect. Bath Spa University Brass Ensemble will play before the performance starts to welcome the audience.

Cleveland Pools is an atmospheric disused lido, sited between the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal and it has been awarded HLF funding to help restore the pools, and bring them back into use. In 1815 subscriptions were solicited from gentlemen wishing " provide a place in connection with the River, where those who swim and those who do not will be alike accommodated". Built in the shape of a small crescent, it was one of the earliest examples of a 'Subscription Pool'. The Pools closed in 1984 but now the Cleveland Pools Trust is finally making headway with its campaign to restore the Grade II* baths and reclaim them for outdoor swimming

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