King Edward’s School in Bath has announced its fifth Side-by-Side Project with Bath’s professional orchestra, Bath Philharmonia and the school’s Senior School orchestral musicians and soloists, which culminates in this year’s Bath Orchestral Gala Concert, set within the beautiful grandeur of the Guildhall’s Banqueting Room on 20 March 2018.

Along with Jason Thornton, conductor of Bath Philharmonia, 20 members of the orchestra will play Side-by-Side with 50 of the school’s talented pupils in a highly accessible and exciting programme themed around 1918-2018: 100 YEARS ON.

Much of the evening’s music explores the emotions, memories and lessons learnt from the end of the First World War and the intervening years. From iconic cultural works from around this time such as Elgar’s Sospiri, to powerfully reflective works like Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait which revolves around speeches made by Abraham Lincoln about service, honour, freedom, sacrifice and the struggle between right and wrong. Three talented KES musicians will have the unique opportunity to perform as soloists accompanied by Bath Philharmonia in stirring music by Elgar, Stamitz and Mozart. The evening’s programme also includes Elgar’s rousing Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

For KES pupils, the concert will be the culmination of intensive orchestral workshops with Bath Philharmonia section leaders, five solo workshops for upper strings, lower strings, woodwind, brass and percussion with visiting Bath Philharmonia virtuosos, and mentoring programmes with the professional musicians, all fabulous learning experiences that will be both highly rewarding and memorable.


The Bath Orchestral Gala Concert
Tuesday 20 March 2018
The Guildhall, Bath
Doors and bar open at 6.30pm
Concert performance starts at 7pm
Tickets: Adults £14 | Children £5
Tickets are available from KES Reception, North Road, BATH BA2 6NU or email email hidden; JavaScript is required