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spotlight WHAT’S MAKING THE NEWS IN BATH? MUSIC


Conductor Charles Hazlewood has launched the festival


Portrait of an icon


Her sense of style has made it onto television screens around the country; onto the


schedule for Bath in Fashion; and now, thanks to Bath artist Richard Twose, onto canvas as well. Seventy-six-year-old grandmother and Bath fashionista Jean Woods, who appeared on the Channel 4 documentary Fabulous Fashionistas last year and has become a style icon to many, is to have her picture displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, after she was approached by Richard and asked to sit for him. “One thing I really love about painting someone’s portrait is listening to them talk about their lives,” said Richard. “Jean was great, very open and honest, and sometimes very moving. We got on really well, she even comes to private views with me now.” The oil painting has been


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shortlisted for the £30,000 BP Portrait Award, and is up against work by German artist Thomas Ganter and American artist David Jon Kassan. The winner of the prize – a commission to paint a portrait for the gallery’s permanent collection – will be announced on 24 June and the portraits will be on display from 26 June. For more: www.npg.org.uk


ORCHESTIVAL COMES TO BATH


A globally-acclaimed conductor has launched a brand new summer festival, to take place against the lakeside backdrop of the Bath and West Showground.


Orchestival, planned for 19 and 20 July, has been set up by Charles Hazlewood, who aims to change the perception of classical music for good and make it accessible to all with the project. The weekend will see collaborations from some of the world’s leading musicians, including Squarepusher, and Will Gregory from Goldfrapp and, widely regarded to be the UK’s premier orchestra, the Philharmonia.


The real Jean Woods


“Music is the most universal language we have; it lifts us up and it unites us,” says Charles.


Other highlights include


Mercury-nominated folk duo The Unthanks, whose fans include the likes of Radiohead and Portishead. On the Saturday, the sisters will tread unexplored territory as they sing with a full orchestra for the first time. Later, the sounds of acid house are to be taken to new symphonic highs, with iconic late-80s anthems reimagined by cellist Matthew Barley and the Philharmonia, and the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first ever ensemble entirely consisting of virtuoso musicians with a disability, will perform pieces from their brand new project ‘Other’. Tickets start from £25. For more: www.orchestival.com


Photograph © Sue Bourne


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