Come and share Sir Roger Pratt's assessment of Raynham by booking tickets for the recital weekends in June and September, or the annual performance of The Royal Academy at Raynham 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. 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 per person provided by Belinda Ellis is always delicious. Enhance your evening even further with Raynham Champagne, on order or for sale on the night. Water is provided but not glasses.
For bookings, please order online with Ticket Source. Booking form and supper menus will be added in early 2019, meanwhile if you want to book directly with Raynham Hall please email email@example.com or telephone 01329 8632133 Mon-Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm)
One man show by Patrick Forman
A scrupulously researched dramatic presentation of the life and downfall of Oscar Wilde with a succinct narrative frame holding many of Wilde’s words, letters among his circle, and excerpts from his plays and poetry, Wilde’s smooth, sharp epigrams stud the piece like coruscating stars, some familiar and others fresh, but their biting humour doesn’t prevent the overall buildup of intense pathos as the drama unfolds. (Edited: Charlotte Valori - Operissimo)
The evening ends with wine, canapes and the chance to wander round four of the State Rooms on Raynham Hall's ground floor.
Matthew Wadsworth (lute and theorbo) has recently come back to live in Norwich. An internationally acclaimed musician with many recordings to his name he is also a universally loved and respected solo and ensemble player. He has asked Julia Doyle to perform with him early and baroque music. Julia Doyle’s clear, golden voice is ideally suited to acoustics of the Marble Hall.
Nathaniel Mander joins Matthew for the Sunday afternoon recital. Mander and Wadsworth will demonstrate how their instruments work by word, example and performance of solo and duet pieces. It will be a fascinating concert given by two musicians of consummate skills.
Saturday 7th at 6.30pm: Rachel Podger has played both baroque and classical violin at Raynham and is returning with her regular harpsichord accompanist Marcin Światkiewicz, a newcomer to Raynham. Their programme includes music of the late C16th to very early C18th: Fontana, Leonarda, Corelli, JS Bach, Veracini & Frescobaldi.
Sunday 8th at 3.30pm: this afternoon concert of Renaissance and Baroque music is presented by a sparky trio of musicians playing solo and in duet and trio combinations. Tabea Debus - recorder & cello, Louise Ayrton - violin & Pawel Siwczak - harpsichord.
We are proposing a concert to celebrate the restoration not of only of Charles II but of a Cornelius Johnson portrait (one of a pendant pair) of Princess Henrietta, youngest daughter of Charles I and sister to Charles II; the portraits were given to Horatio Townshend by the King in gratitude for his part in the Restoration of the Monarchy. We are seeking widespread sponsorship: it will be expensive to mount, but an extraordinary assembly of musicians is what we are aiming for.