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Music Talk
A talk given by Simon Rowland-Jones on Benjamin Britten's 3rd String Quartet with examples played by the Elias String Quartet prior to their concert at Holkham on Saturday 5th October 2013.

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Programme for 2014

Music at its finest in the perfect setting of the Marble Hall at Holkham. 

This season sees a varied programme of chamber music, welcoming musicians of the highest calibre from around the globe. We see the return of Diva Opera, Britain's foremost chamber opera company, with their outstanding performances by well-known artists and a host of gifted young singers. The Young Norfolk Arts Festival brings to Holkham an exciting evening of music, song and dance and our World War One Centenary Concert, with Joshua Ellicott, will vividly bring to life the experiences encountered by so many families during World War One. As we get into the festive spirit, Norfolk's most popular and talented vocal ensemble "The Upper Octave" will offer a sparkling evening of musical classics from Bizet to Broadway.

Sunday 23rd November - 3pm

Chamber Music Concert
Marianne Cornetti, mezzo soprano

David Harper, piano
‘Broadway and Beyond’ a musical journey across America, from spirituals to Broadway and American Art Song to arias by Verdi, Cilea and Saint-Saëns

The programme will show off Marianne Cornetti’s outstanding operatic strengths and provide a fascinating insight into a variety of music from her native America.

Part I

Marianne Cornetti sings a selection of her favourite arias –  Verdi’s Il trovatore, Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalilah, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, The Merry Widow by Lehar and Wagner’s Tannhauser.

Part II

Marianne Cornetti’s impressive vocal versatility is revealed here as she she sings three profoundly moving African-American spirituals including “He’s got the whole World in his Hands” and a medley of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein including songs from My Fair Lady, The King and I, Carousel and Show Boat.

Biography - American singer Marianne Cornetti was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She is one of the leading dramatic mezzo sopranos of today and has conquered the stages of many of the world’s major opera houses. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City in 1994 as the Russian Nanny in Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’ before going on to sing major roles there, including Azucena, Amneris, Ulrica and Mamma Lucia. She has sung Eboli in Don Carlo with Jonas Kaufmann at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and has made regular appearances at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome and at the Arena di Verona.

Tickets £25 – Includes tea and coffee served in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall. Click here to book online or telephone Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111.

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or perhaps you might like to consider dinner at The Victoria after the concert. Pre-booking is required, telephone 01328 711008.

 

Friday 5th December - 7pm

The Upper Octave - From Bizet to Broadway

To start the festive celebrations at Holkham, enjoy an entertaining evening of opera, classical and popular songs from composers such as Bizet, Handel, Schubert, Larson and Schonberg, performed by one of East Anglia's most popular and talented singing ensembles.

Tickets £25 – Includes a glass of wine served in The Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to see some of the other state rooms in the Hall decorated for Christmas.

Click here to book online or telephone Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111.

 

Saturday 13th December - 7pm

Diva Opera - A Merry Little Christmas

Diva Opera's A Merry Little Christmas is a specially devised, fabulously entertaining Christmas show featuring selection of popular arias, songs and Christmas carols to lead us into the festive season. This sparkling show is directed by David Edwards and includes music from popular operas including La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus and many more. Richard Suart, who recently celebrated 25 years of playing KoKo at English National Opera will also delight you with songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer. Starring Richard Suart, Catriona Clark and David Stephenson accompanied by Bryan Evans.

Tickets £38 - Includes a glass of champagne and an opportunity to see some of the other state rooms in the hall decorated for Christmas.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

Programme for 2015

Our chamber music programme for 2015 will see an impressive selection of British musicians perform in the Marble Hall at Holkham. Details of further concerts will be published here shortly.

Saturday 25th April - 7pm

Chamber Music Concert - Laura Samuel, violin, Simon Rowland-Jones, viola, Alasdair Tait, cello, Carole Presland, piano
Programme: Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E flat Op.16, Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor, Mozart: Prelude and Fugue No.5 for String Trio K.404a, Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat Op.47

The season kicks off with joint Artistic Director, violist Simon Rowland-Jones, joined by three colleagues, all of whom are well known to Norfolk audiences. As well as being established chamber musicians, Laura Samuels is Leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alasdair Tait is Chief Executive of Yound Classical Artists Trust, Simon Rowland-Jones is a composer and professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

Their programme is made up of three gems from the piano quartet literature and an unudual transcription of Bach by Mozart. The Bridge Phantasy Piano Quartet was described by Benjamin Britten as "Sonorous yet lucid, with clear, clean lines, grateful to listen to and to play; Brahms happily tempered with Fauré."

Tickets £25 – Includes a glass of wine served in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.

Tickets will be available to book online and from Holkham Ticket Office from 1st December.

 

Saturday 23rd May - 7pm

Chamber Music Concert - Christian Blackshaw, piano
Programme: Mozart: Sonata in B flat major K.570, Schubert: Moments Musicaux D.780,
Liszt: Les Cloches de Genève, Liszt: Vallée d’Obermann, Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor Op.posth, Chopin: Scherzo No.4 in E major Op.54

Christian Blackshaw was born in Cheshire and now lives in Suffolk. He began his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and then with Gordon Green at The Royal Academy of Music. He was the first British pianist to study at the Leningrad Conservatoire, with Moisei Halfin. Later, back in London, he studied with Sir Clifford Curzon. He appears regularly as a soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda, and at Wigmore Hall where his performances of the complete Mozart sonatas were recorded and issued on the Wigmore Hall Live label and described by Stephen Pettitt, writing in The Sunday Times, as “beautifully shaped, aching and sparkling”.
Tickets £25 – Includes a glass of wine served in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.

Tickets will be available to book online and from Holkham Ticket Office from 1st December.

 

Saturday 6th June - 7pm

Chamber Music Concert - Cavaleri Quartet
Programme: Mozart: String Quartet in C major K.465 ‘Dissonance’, Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110, Brahms: String Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2
The Cavaleri Quartet first came to prominence in the UK after winning the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition in 2011. Following this they went on to win major prizes at the 2011 Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition, the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition and the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. The Cavaleri Quartet’s recording of the Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor Op.13
and Schnittke Quartet No.3 was released on the Fontenay Classics label in 2013.
Their programme spans three centuries of great string quartet writing: Mozart way ahead of his time in the so-called ‘Dissonance’quartet, Brahms after destroying more than 20 quartets at last
found his feet in his Op.51 quartets and Shostakovich dedicated his 8th quartet, perhaps the most moving of his fifteen, “to the victims of fascism and war”. An evening of strong and compelling music performed by one of our most talented young quartets.

Tickets £25 – Includes a glass of wine served in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.

Tickets will be available to book online and from Holkham Ticket Office from 1st December.

 

Friday 23rd October - 7pm

Chamber Music Concert - Elizabeth Watts, soprano & Julius Drake, piano
Programme: Debussy: Ariettes Oubliées, Liszt: Six songs with words by Victor Hugo, Britten: Quatre Chansons Françaises, Bridge: Six Songs
A typically imaginative and thoughtful programme including rarely performed songs by Benjamin Britten, written in 1927 for his parents’ wedding anniversary but not performed until 1980. The songs are set to texts by Victor Hugo and Paul Verlaine. Debussy’s song cycle Ariettes Oubliées, set to words by Paul Verlaine, also had to wait for fourteen years for its first performance, which was dedicated to the soprano Mary Garden, the first Mélisande. Liszt wrote more than
eighty songs but it was his songs set to texts by Victor Hugo that the composer regarded as his most significant. Elizabeth Watts, born in Norwich, won the Song Prize at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Equally at home in opera and on the concert platform, she has sung Zerlina and Marzelline at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and reached a global audience in 2014 at the Last Night of the Proms. She is joined by Julius Drake, one of the world’s busiest musicians, playing many times each season at Wigmore Hall, where he often directs his own themed series. This is the second time that Elizabeth Watts and Julius
Drake have appeared together at Holkham.

Tickets £25 – Includes a glass of wine served in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.

Tickets will be available to book online and from Holkham Ticket Office from 1st December.

 

Sunday 15th November

3pm - Pre-concert talk by Simon Rowland-Jones & Maryanne Stevens

The concert by the Doric String Quartet will be preceded by a talk on Bartók’s 4th String Quartet and Simon Rowland-Jones’ 5th String Quartet, ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’. Simon will introduce both works with live examples by the Doric String Quartet. Distinguished art curator and backbone of the Royal Academy for 37 years MaryAnne Stevens will join him with her view on the Caravaggio masterpiece that inspired his work.

4.30pm - Chamber Music Concert - Doric String Quartet
Programme: Bartók: String Quartet No.4, Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No.5 ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’, Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor Op.132
After ten consecutive years of inspirational concerts at the North Norfolk Music Festival, the Doric String Quartet are already very well-known to Norfolk audiences. During those years the quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the younger generation. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006 the quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
Their programme is one of great intensity, ending with Beethoven’s A minor quartet, the transcendental slow movement of which is titled‘Song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to God, in the Lydian Mode’, written after recovering from an illness so serious and debilitating
that he had almost died.

Tickets: £25 – Includes the 45 minute pre-concert talk followed by tea/coffee served in the Saloon. The afternoon continues with the Doric String Quartet and includes a glass of wine served in the Saloon during the concert interval.

Tickets will be available to book online and from Holkham Ticket Office from 1st December.

 

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