Posted: April 09th 2019
by Jo Lewis, Marketing Assistant
The Marble Hall at Holkham is the perfect venue in which to enjoy chamber music at its finest. A sight to behold as you enter the hall, the splendid colonnade was copied from that of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome, and perhaps most striking of all, the breath-taking ceiling inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, rising to a height of over 50ft. Audiences can enjoy hearing every note resonate around this magnificent room.
Now in its ninth year, this year’s series comprises a fine array of chamber music and musicians, brought together by artistic directors, Simon Rowland-Jones and Barry Cheeseman.
To begin the series, we welcome one of the finest string quartets of their generation, the Doric String Quartet, to Holkham on Friday 3rd May. As a quartet, they have been playing in north Norfolk for over 15 consecutive years, with numerous tours taking them worldwide. This year, they will be undertaking their annual tour of the USA, visiting seven cities, as well as visiting Australia, Japan and The Netherlands but not before playing to our audience here at Holkham in May. We can expect to hear Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat Opus 18 No. 6 and Mendlessohn’s String Quartet in E minor Opus 44 No.2, as well as two pithy 20th century works, the seldom heard 3rd String Quartet by Bohuslav Martinu and Benjamin Britten’s Divertimenti.
Following the Doric String Quartet is soprano, Tara Erraught whose roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper as a resident principal soloist between 2010 and 2018 brought her to international attention. On Friday 14th June, she will be joined by pianist, Sholto Kynoch who is the founder and director of the Oxford Leider Festival and pianist in the Phoenix Piano Trio. The evening’s programme will include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Ziegeunerlieder by Brahms and a selection of songs by Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf.
Not to be missed is Yevgeny Sudbin’s piano recital on Saturday 19th October. Born in Saint Petersburg, Yevgeny moved to Berlin as a child and onto London to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is now a visiting professor. He has performed as a soloist with major orchestras around the world. His highly engaging programme ranges from the crystalline textures of Scarlatti to his own dazzling piano transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture. Audiences will also be treated to Tchaikovsky’s 2 Nocturnes, Scriabin’s Nocturne for left hand and Ravel’s demanding and revolutionary Gaspard de la nuit will undoubtedly bring this recital to a thrilling conclusion.
Rounding off the series will be the Chiaroscuro String Quartet who will take to the stage on Saturday 2nd November. Formed in 2005, the quartet plays music from the classical and romantic periods on instruments set up in the authentic way, with gut strings and classical bows. They will shine their historically informed light on Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat Opus 33 No.2 ‘The Joke’, Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat opus 130, and the beautiful, solitary String Quartet in E flat by Mendelssohn’s beloved sister Fanny Mendelssohn.
Tickets to each concert are £28 and include a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval. As you walk through the double doors at the top of the Marble Hall stairs, you are immediately hit by the opulence and warmth of the Saloon, which was designed in deliberate contrast to the classical and cool grandeur of the hall. Historically, the Saloon was used for entertaining large numbers of people, so it is the ideal place to continue traditions and enjoy your interval refreshments. There is also an opportunity to view some of the adjoining staterooms in the hall.
For those wishing to complement their concert evening with a relaxing overnight stay, The Victoria Inn in Holkham village is situated close to the north gates entrance to Holkham park and has a special offer for concert-goers. Stay two nights, one being the evening of the concert and the second night will be half price. There are twenty individually designed bedrooms to choose from, ten of which are situated in Ancient House, a striking building located opposite. All of the bedrooms are designed with an emphasis on comfort and quality.
Concert-goers can also take advantage of The Victoria’s pre-concert dinners, choosing from a special two or three-course set menu. The kitchen serves delicious, locally sourced food, much of it grown or raised on the Holkham Estate. There is a bold emphasis on freshness, simplicity, and value.
We hope you will join us for one, two or all of our chamber music concerts this year. To see what other events are in our calendar, click here.
To book your stay at The Victoria Inn, or to reserve a table for your pre-concert dinner, please call 01328 711 009 quoting CMC/VA2019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org