BATH International Music Festival will celebrate its 60th anniversary with performances from Wednesday, May 21 to Saturday, June 7.

Three of the most popular events are already attracting attention.

The festival starts with Sir Colin Davis raising his baton to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in Bath for the first time. One of the world's greatest living composers, and a former director of Bath Music Festival, his own career has spanned 60 years.

On Wednesday, May 21 (7.30pm), at The Forum, the performance of Schubert's much-loved Symphony No. 5 and Bruckner's majestic Symphony No. 7 promises to be a milestone in the history of Bath International Music Festival.

On Thursday, May 29 (7.30pm), at The Pavilion, Mozart's racy, witty and sparkling opera The Marriage of Figaro will be performed.

Following their much-praised production of King Arthur at last year's festival, Armonico Consort returns with this performance. The young Australian baritone Simon Thorpe (fresh from acclaimed roles with Opera North) will head the cast, and Kit Hesketh Harvey's new translation of Da Ponte1's quickfire libretto promises an evening of delicious fun and bittersweet romance, perfect for all ages.

On Saturday, May 31 (7.30pm), The Great Voices of Bulgaria will fill Bath Abbey with the mesmerising sound of traditional Bulgarian folklore and Russian Orthodox Church music. Bearing candles and processing in their long red national costumes, this stunning twenty-four voice choir will perform Orthodox chants with a pure and truthful clarity, alongside raw and earthy folk music sung from generation to generation.