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London Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Hannigan

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We herald the start of spring as Barbara Hannigan and the London Symphony Orchestra perform blissful visions of heaven from Mahler and Messiaen at Bath Forum.

Olivier Messiaen sends up a prayer, and the skies themselves seem to ring with majestic, multicoloured sounds. Incorporating complex rhythms, harmony and melodies, Messiaen (1908-1992) is known for his unique composition style. His spiritually uplifting L’Ascension, which depicts the ascension of Christ into Heaven after the Resurrection, is no exception. It was originally composed for orchestra in 1932-33 with Messiaen describing its four brief movements as “meditations for orchestra.”

For his 4th Symphony, Mahler gets inside the mind of a child, with a wild ride through blue skies, jangling sleigh bells and sudden, rapturous visions. A work exploring themes of childhood, innocence and spirituality, Mahler chooses to end his symphony with a song for solo voice and orchestra; a poem presenting a child’s vision of heaven, sung at this concert by the wonderful Aphrodite Patoulidou.

As a conductor Barbara Hannigan drives straight to the places that other musicians wouldn’t dare. She’s been called ‘an artist who shoots straight for the heart and never misses’, and here the LSO’s Artistic Associate conducts a concert charged with wonder.

Presented by Bristol Beacon at Bath Forum

Barbara Hannigan Conductor
Aphrodite Patoulidou Soprano
London Symphony Orchestra

Unfortunately, due to illness, Barbara Hannigan will not sing the solo soprano part in the last movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Barbara will conduct the concert as planned, however the soprano solo will be sung instead by Aphrodite Patoulidou.


Olivier Messiaen L’Ascension
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4

Extended programme notes are available which complement the printed programme available on the night.

This is a seated event

“Spring won’t let me stay indoors any longer. I must get out, and breathe deeply again.”

Gustav Mahler

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18:00 Doors open

19:00 Performance starts

Olivier Messiaen L’Ascension


Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4

The estimated end time for the concert will be added closer to the performance date

The venue

Bath Forum

Getting to the venue

Location: Bath Forum is located 270m from Bath Spa train station.

Address: 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath, BA1 1UG

Car parking

On street parking is available directly opposite Bath Forum on Somerset street. The nearest car park, Southgate complex multi-storey, is 45m away from the venue.


Bath Bus Station is 200m from the venue with regular services to and from Bristol. (X39, 332, 319)

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Bath Forum is a wheelchair accessible venue and specific seats are available to pre-book for wheelchair users.

There is mobility parking for blue badge holders on the road opposite The Forum and in Avon Street and Southgate car park.

If you are a wheelchair user, please book tickets by calling our box office on 0117 203 4040 or email


Accessible toilets are located in the Lower Foyer area.
Baby changing facilities are also available.

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