The recitals are held in what used to be the great hall of a late Jacobean house designed and built by Sir Roger Townshend with his Master Mason William Edge. Later paved in marble by William Kent and embellished in the C18th style, this room epitomises the dual spirit of Raynham Hall. Lofty, elegant and flooded with light it also has a clear but gentle resonance which is perfect for the intimate chamber music presented at the Raynham Recitals.
The architect Sir Roger Pratt visited the hall after Sir Roger’s death in 1637 and wrote: “Not long after it was built…..I was some while in it while it had no ornament at all…. There was somewhat in it divine in the symmetry of proportion of length, height and breadth which was harmonious to the rational soul”.
Come and share Sir Roger Pratt's assessment of Raynham by booking tickets for the recital weekends in June and September, or the Royal Academy at Raynham annual performance in April. After you have enjoyed the harmonious experience in the Marble Hall, feed the inner man or woman with a supper picnic.
You can book supper places in the State Rooms but we are limited to 50 places in total. The Circle of Friends members are entitled to free places, normally £10 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Bring your own complete picnic or choose from the menus on the website. The supper-in-a-box option @ £23 provided by Belinda Ellis is always delicious. Each box feeds one.
If you are unable to attend the next recital but are interested in future recitals and would like to be on our mailing list for the formal invitation, please email us with your name, address and telephone numbers.
Please book through Ticket Source
Thanks for staging such an enjoyable recital this afternoon. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, having first sung with Michael in 1978, been friends with him ever since, and heard him sing in many fine places, none of which, however, eclipsed Raynham! I hope we’ll have a chance to come to another event, perhaps one of those with Michael’s proteges next year.
Michael Chance CBE
Internationally acclaimed countertenor
Professor at The Royal Academy of Music
Visiting Professor at The Royal College of Music
Artistic Director of The Grange Festival, Hampshire
Michael Chance has been a loyal support and brings sparkling inspiration to our recitals advising on musicians, repertoire and style to suit the acoustics and the nature of our auditorium in the Marble Hall at Raynham. Apart from his persuasive abilities to bring to us stellar worldclass musicians for our evening concerts, he is also on a mission to light up the future by bringing forward young musicians already showing signs of star quality. In the main, these form the backbone of our Sunday afternoon recitals.