The Marble Hall at Holkham

Chamber Music and Opera

Enjoy chamber music and opera at its finest in the perfect setting of the Marble Hall at Holkham. In 2020 we have a wonderful programme of 4 concert by renowned musicians. Why make a weekend of it with a relaxing stay at The Victoria Inn; stay two nights and the second night will be half price. Click here for more information.

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Ailish Tynan, Soprano & Iain Burnside, Piano

Friday 24th April, 5.30pm

Ailish and Iain’s all-embracing programme begins with two groups of songs by the great Austrian master of Lieder, Hugo WOLF - 6 songs from The Italian Songbook and 5 songs to texts by Goethe, followed by a selection of Richard STRAUSS songs, including ‘Morgen’, Henri DUPARC ‘L’invitation au voyage’ and ‘Elégie,’ and songs by BERLIOZ and Alfred BACHELET. They will finish with a group of American songs by Charles IVES and others.

The much-loved Irish soprano, Ailish Tynan, was born in Mullingar. She studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and then at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She sprang to prominence when she won the Song Prize at the 2003 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She then joined the Young Artists programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and became a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

Ailish has sung major roles at every British opera house, and overseas at Houston, Paris and Toulouse, La Scala, Milan. In
2019 she sang the role of Iris with The English Concert. Conductors she has worked with include Gergiev, Pappano and Elder.
She will sing the role of Mimi at the Grange Park Festival in the summer of 2020.

Iain Burnside is a well-known to music lovers not only through his appearances with the world’s leading singers but as a broadcaster, through his weekly programme on BBC Radio 3 ‘Voices.’ He has worked with Joyce DiDonato, Roderick Williams, Galina Gorchakova, Andrei Bondarenko, Susan Bickley, Dame Sarah Connolly and many more.

Tickets: £30, includes parking and a glass of wine in the interval. To book click on the button below, or telephone our ticket office on 01328 713111.

Javier Perianes, Piano

Friday 26th June, 5.30pm

​Javier Perianes’s colourful programme focuses on Spanish music but also includes Spanish inspired pieces by Claude Debussy. Manuel de Falla said that Debussy’s ‘La soirée dans Grenade’ was the best piece of ‘Spanish’ piano music ever written, so it will be of particular interest to hear his homage to the great French composer ‘Pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy’ in the same programme.

Programme

DE FALLA Fantasia Baetica, Cuatro piezas Espanolas, Pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy,

Piano transcriptions of movements from El amor brujo - Pantomine, The Apparition, Dance of Terror, The Magic Circle and Ritual
Dance of Fire, and El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat) - Dance of the Miller’s Wife, The Neighbour’s Dance, The Miller’s Dance

DEBUSSY La soirée dans Grenade from Estampes, La puerta del vino from Preludes Book II, La sérénade interrompue from Preludes Book I

ALBÉNIZ El Albayzin from Iberia

Born in Andalucia, Javier Perianes, is the latest in a long line of distinguished and internationally known Spanish pianists. He studied at the Conservatorio de Huelva which has recently been re-named after him.

Javier has a demanding schedule every season and divides his performance between solo recital, as soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and playing chamber music with his compatriots, the Quiroga String Quartet and with the viola player, Tabea Zimmermann.

Performances during the 2019/2020 season will take him to Cincinatti, Lisbon, Lausanne, Montreal, Helsinki, Belgrade and an
extensive tour in Spain.

He won a Gramophone Award in 2019 for his recording of Les Trois Sonates by Debussy in the centenary year of the
composer’s death.

He records exclusively with Harmonia Mundi and his impressive discography includes recordings dedicated to Spanish composers.

Tickets: £30
, includes parking and a glass of wine in the interval.To book click on the button below, or telephone our ticket office on 01328 713111.

Diva Opera - Carmen

Friday 24th July, 7pm

When the gypsy Carmen seduces Don José, he deserts from the army and abandons his fiancée Micaela. There is no going back, but his new life is not easy and the bullfighter Escamillo is a dangerous rival for Carmen’s love. The result is a hot-blooded tragedy played with intense passion to Bizet’s famous score. This is a Black Tie event. There will be an interval of 1 hour where you can enjoy your own picnics on the hall’s terraces.

Tickets: £80, includes a champagne reception and car parking. To register your interest, please email Shirley Browell at s.browell@holkham.co.uk.

Doors will open at 6.00pm and you will be met and advised where your party is seated. The gate to the terraces will be open from 5.30pm, should you wish to set up your picnic table prior to the start of the performance. You will need to bring your picnics, tables and chairs with you. Champagne will be served on the terraces at 6.15pm. In the event of inclement weather, alternative arrangements will be made. The performance commences at 7pm.

Diva Opera - Don Giovanni

​Saturday 25th July, 7pm

Mozart’s Don Giovanni was inspired by the legend of Don Juan. Aided by his servant Leporello, Don Giovanni grows increasingly reckless. When he attacks Donna Anna and accidentally kills her father, she swears vengeance. Together with her betrothed Don Ottavio and Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni’s neglected lover, she pursues him relentlessly until the Don eventually begins to fail in his schemes.

Tickets: £80, includes a champagne reception and car parking. To register your interest, please email Shirley Browell at s.browell@holkham.co.uk.

Doors will open at 6.00pm and you will be met and advised where your party is seated. The gate to the terraces will be open from 5.30pm, should you wish to set up your picnic table prior to the start of the performance. You will need to bring your picnics, tables and chairs with you. Champagne will be served on the terraces at 6.15pm. In the event of inclement weather, alternative arrangements will be made. The performance commences at 7pm.

Doric String Quartet

Friday 25th September, 5.30pm

Alex Redington and Ying Xue, violins
Hélène Clément, viola
John Myerscough, cello

Programme

MOZART String Quartet in F, K590
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in D, Op.44 No.1
GRIEG String Quartet No.1, Op.87

Beginning with two well-known string quartets by Mozart and Mendelssohn, the Doric will then transport us to less familiar territory with the less often heard, sole complete quartet by Edvard Grieg, which the composer characterised as “a slice out of my own life,” and seems at the same time to conjure up the majestic scenery of his home country, Norway.

Within minutes after the end of the triumphant sold-out 2019 appearance in Holkham, plans were being made to invite the Doric String Quartet back to Norfolk in 2020. This will be the sixteenth consecutive year they have appeared in north Norfolk.

They are now firmly established as one of the leading quartets of their generation with many performances around the world
each year.

During the 2019/2020 season they will give three concerts at Wigmore Hall, in Germany, Switzerland and at the biennial quartet festival in Amsterdam. They will make their annual tour to the USA with performances in Phildadelphia, Washington DC, at Duke University in North Carolina, Dallas and California and make a return visit to Carnegie Hall. They will play at The Maltings, Snape in
June. This season they will give several performances with the violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cedric Tiberghien.

They will also add Haydn’s Op.33 quartets to their already extensive discography.

Tickets: £30, includes parking and a glass of wine in the interval. To book click on the button below, or telephone our ticket office on 01328 713111.

Gould Piano Trio

Saturday 31st October, 7.30pm

Lucy Gould, violin
Richard Lester, cello
Benjamin Frith, piano
with Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Programme

SCHUBERT Notturno in E flat, D897
BRAHMS Piano Trio in C, Op.87
FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op.45

The programme begins with Schubert’s transcendental ‘Notturno’, probably the original slow movement of the B flat Piano Trio and a precursor to the slow movement of the great String Quintet in C, composed the following year. Gabriel Fauré’s second Piano Quartet may be less often heard than the first but is every bit as inspiring.

The Gould Piano Trio is a familiar and much-loved fixture in the world of chamber music throughout the UK and beyond. They have all been at the forefront of British musical life for more than twenty years. During the 2019/20 season they will visit the USA for performances in Portland, Oregon, San Jose and Florida, will give a performance at London’s Conway Hall and present their annual and much-loved festival in Corbridge, Northumberland, in July.

In addition to their performing careers, each member of the trio holds teaching positions at major conservatoires.

They will be joined for the Fauré by Simon Rowland-Jones, viola player and composer.

Tickets: £30, includes parking and a glass of wine in the interval.To book click on the button below, or telephone our ticket office on 01328 713111.

Gould Piano Trio