The Marble Hall at Holkham

Marble Hall Concerts

Enjoy chamber music and opera at its finest in the perfect setting of the Marble Hall at Holkham. We are delighted to introduce our 2018 season of chamber music concerts.

Why not complete your concert evening with a relaxing stay at The Victoria Inn in Holkham village, ideally situated close to the north gates entrance to Holkham Park. Take advantage of their special offer; stay two nights at The Victoria, one being the evening of the concert and the second night will be half price. Click here for further information.

Season Tickets
Enjoy all six concerts for the special price of £125, a saving of £25. To buy a season ticket online click here, or telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111

Booking Your Tickets
Book online using the link below each concert, or telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111. Email enquiries:

If you require your tickets to be posted, we will use Royal Mail 2nd class post. Tickets cannot be posted within seven days of the concert. Tickets purchased within seven days of the concert can be collected from Holkham Ticket Office during normal opening hours or on the door.

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Sacconi Quartet

Friday 5th October, 7pm

Haydn: String Quartet in C Op.76 No.3 ‘Emperor’
Debussy: String Quartet
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D.810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

The Sacconi Quartet features Ben Hancox and Hannah Dawson violins, Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello. The quartet is well known to North Norfolk Music Festival audiences but this will be their first appearance at Holkham Hall. Formed in 2001 the quartet still has its four original members and now, in its 17th year, ranks high among the most established British string quartets. In 2017 the Sacconi Quartet released three new CDs ‘In Damascus’, music by Jonathan Dove, was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month: “This important release cannot be recommended too highly.” Last year also saw the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone celebrating its tenth year with sell-out concerts and collaborations with Alasdair Beatson, Leon Bosch and Lavinia Meijer. Theirs is now firmly established among the UK’s major chamber music festivals, attracting audiences from far and near. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music. Their programme brings together three of the greatest string quartets: Haydn’s ‘Emperor’, the third of the late Op.76 quartets, his crowning glories; Debussy’s sole masterpiece for quartet, which exploits the contrast between rhythmic vitality and poetic subtlety and Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’, by which listeners never cease to be both thrilled and amazed. This should be a memorable evening.

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

Ruisi Quartet

Saturday 3rd November

5.30pm – Pre-concert talk by Simon Rowland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones explores Béla Bartók’s Second String Quartet, which has been described as “the most sonically ravishing music Bartók ever composed”, with
assistance from the Ruisi Quartet’s live illustrations.

7pm - Ruisi Quartet

Alessandro Ruisi and Oliver Cave - violins, Luba Tunnicliffe - viola and Max Ruisi - cello.

Stravinsky: Three pieces for String Quartet
Bartók: String Quartet No.2 Op.17
Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor Op.59 No.2 ‘Razumovsky No.2’

Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading British quartets of its generation, delivering performances that are “strikingly immediate, committed and direct.” They won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players 2015 and have performed at Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place. In 2016 they were Tunnell Trust Award winners and in 2017 were selected as part of Making Music’s CPG Young Artists scheme, both awards resulting in performances around the UK. Stravinsky neglected the medium of the string quartet, but in his brief ‘Three Pieces for String Quartet’ realised its full potential with an extraordinary confidence and flair. Bartók’s Second Quartet was written during the First World War, the period when this great master of 20th century quartets was still rooted in his own romanticism, but already showing signs of branching out into the new colours and sounds that were to define his originality as a quartet composer. Beethoven’s masterpiece, the ‘Razumovsky No.2’, rounds off this intriguing and striking programme.

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

Aquinas Piano Trio

Sunday 4th November - Time 3pm

Ruth Rogers - violin, Katherine Jenkinson - cello, Martin Cousin - piano.

Haydn: Piano Trio in A Hob. XV:18
Chopin: Piano trio in G minor Op.8
Rowland-Jones: Piano Trio No.1 ‘Holkham Beach’
Schumann: Piano Trio No.2 in F Op.80

Each with their own busy performing careers, Ruth Rogers, Katherine Jenkinson and Martin Cousin decided to form their own piano trio in 2009. They now perform regularly at leading venues in the UK. They began the 2018 season with a performance at Kings Place, London, the first in a series of three featuring Haydn and Schumann piano trios as well as more contemporary additions to the repertoire. Other highlights include concerts at Conway Hall, London and at the Chipping Campden Festival. They made their debut as a trio at Wigmore Hall in 2009 and will be back there for a concert in November 2018. Their recording of the Mendelssohn trios was chosen as Recording of the Month by The Strad. They will play a late Haydn trio composed in London for the wife of the composer’s patron Princess Marie Hermenegild Esterházy; Chopin’s rarely heard trio, a delightful and surprisingly grand musical canvas for a nineteen-year-old; Simon Rowland-Jones’s first trio inspired by a very snowy Holkham Beach in February 2012 and lastly Schumann’s marvellous second trio which he said “makes a friendlier and more immediate impression” than his first, indeed one of the most appealing of all his chamber works.

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

Luis Gomes, Carole Presland

Tuesday 11th December - 7pm

Luis Gomes - Tenor and Carole Presland - Piano.

Songs by Rachmaninov, Fauré, Liszt, Bellini, Tosti and de Curtis, Piano solos by Ravel and Liszt, Arias by Mozart, Léhar, Donizetti and Verdi.

Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes was selected to join the elite Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2009. This led to many appearances on the main stage at Covent Garden, notably, when as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, he became the first Portuguese singer to take a major role there. He has sung at Grange Park Opera, Scottish Opera, where he sang Rodolfo and at the Buxton Opera Festival. He sang Nemorino at the Teatro Verdi Trieste. This season he has been singing Beppe in Pagliacci where his powerful Italianate tenor impressed everyone, winning him critical acclaim. Other engagements include Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Lisbon, the Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Lisbon. He sung twice at the North Norfolk Music Festival where he performed in two gala evenings alongside his colleagues from the Royal Opera.

Luis is joined by pianist Carole Presland who has collaborated with many distinguished artists including Colin Carr, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Nobuko Imai, Anthony Marwood, Alexander Rudin as well as the Chilingirian, Endellion, Heath and Belcea Quartets. A dedicated teacher, she is part of the keyboard faculty of the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music. In 2013 she was elected an Hon ARAM and in the same year she was appointed Senior Co-ordinator of Keyboard Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music.

Their wonderfully varied programme includes well-known songs and arias and illustrates Liszt’s life-long fascination with Petrarch’s sonnets.

Tickets: £25 – Includes a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall. The performance will last approximately two hours.

Diva Opera 'Home for Christmas'

Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December, 7pm

We welcome back for 2018, Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost chamber opera company for a sparkling evening of song, perfect to get you into the festive spirit.

A family excitedly reunites for the festive season. Together they recount stories from their travels, recall Christmases past and reveal their hopes for the future. A lively and heart-warming tale featuring arias, songs and carols to delight audiences of all ages. Starring Catriona Clark, Elizabeth Karani, Ashley Catling, David Stephenson, Richard Suart accompanied by Music Director Bryan Evans.

Tickets: £42 auditorium, £35 balcony with restricted view. Includes a glass of champagne in the interval and the chance to see some of the state rooms decorated for Christmas. The performance, including an interval, will last approximately 2.5 hours.
To book online click here for the Friday, or click here for the Saturday. Alternatively telephone Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111.

Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir

Tuesday 18th December, 7pm

This is a rare opportunity to hear Norwich Cathedral Choir performing a Christmas concert away from the cathedral, in the beautiful surroundings of the Marble Hall at Holkham decorated for the festive season.

A feast of best-loved Christmas music both sacred and secular will be performed by the 52 strong choir, directed by Ashley Grote, Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral, with piano accompaniment from George Inscoe, Organ Scholar of Norwich Cathedral. There will of course be some audience participation with the choir inviting you to join them in the singing of some favourite traditional carols.

The concert is in aid of Norwich Cathedral Music Appeal, which is seeking to raise funds for the complete restoration of the Cathedral’s magnificent 105-stop organ, to improve our provision for the Cathedral girls’ choir (now in its 23rd year), and to ensure the financial security of our traditional boys’ choir into the future.

Tickets: £30 including a glass of wine, sponsored by Adnams. To book telephone Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111. This performance, including the interval, will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

Barratt & Cooke are also delighted to be supporting the Cathedral Organ appeal and the event at Holkham.