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 (NB. Not available for the Royal Academy of Music evening).
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.
A talk by conservator Emma Boyce Gore from Kiffy Stainer-Hutchins & Co on the process of cleaning and restoration of a pair of portraits given to the Townshend by Charles II. This fascinating illustrated talk is introduced by Lady Townshend who will outline the family’s domestic history and how their childhood years were traumatised by the Civil War, exile and the beheading of their father Charles I.
This performance is a very popular annual event masterminded and directed by Michael Chance, our Musical Advisor. He is not only Professor of Voice at three of the most prestigious music colleges in the world but also the Artistic Director and CEO of Grange Festival in Hampshire which is inundated with rave reviews since his advent onto the board and executive team. He was awarded the CBE for his services to music and teaching and brings with him to Raynham the most senior students of voice from the Royal College of Music or the Royal Academy of Music.
**The date and choice of opera will be confirmed at a later date. Rest assured, whatever the opera and whichever the date the audience will be competing for places.
Mahan is resident at Raynham for a week prior to his tour of the United States and will be working his selection of repertoire for the performances. Raynham Hall will enjoy the highlights of this week during a 60 minute recital by this most exciting of keyboard players. Mahan loves Raynham and also loves The Dragon harpsichord made by Alan Gotto and this will be the 10th anniversary of the instrument. We are thinking of making a dragon cake to celebrate. More news later. For exact details of the programme, please check the website next year.
We are still in the process of confirming the musicians for this but it will be based on voice with accompaniment.
Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo & Lute}, Julia Doyle (soprano) & Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord).
17th century London and Venice were veritable melting pots for artistic talent, scandal and creative thinkers alike. What better to evoke the passions and torments of life in London than the wonderfully fused song, art and poetry of John Dowland and Henry Purcell and, in Venice, by the exquisite masterpieces of three of the most daring composers of the time; Francesca Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi and Barbara Strozzi. A wonderful blend of poetry and music, which is as moving to the soul today as it was 400 years ago. With a sizzling early C18th intervention by Nathaniel Mander on the harpsichord which will have you sitting on the edge of your seats.
This concert is, as yet, unconfirmed by the musicians but the date is set for a concert with voice.