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.

Bookings

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 admin@raynhamhall.co.uk or telephone 01329 862133 Mon-Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm)

2019

The Royal Academy of Music at Raynham - Saturday 27th April 2019 at 7pm

Directed by Michael Chance, Artistic Director of Grange Festival Hampshire and Musical Advisor to the Raynham Recitals, The Royal Academy of Music will perform John Blow’s 3-act opera Venus and Adonis.

Venus and Adonis has the distinction of being the earliest surviving English opera. Described during the reign of Charles II - who stayed at Raynham Hall in 1671 - as "A masque for the entertainment of the King ". In form it follows French operas of the period including a prologue which refers robustly to the court for which it was written. I suppose you would have to be at that court to fully understand the references which probably led to quite a bit of joyous rib digging during the performance. In its entirety it includes many fashionable dances but we have had to pay heed to the balance of a full performance, dancers and all, with no room for an audience or presenting the vocal and instrument elements in the exquisite acoustics of the Marble Hall on a smaller stage and with an audience.

Please come to support these young performers at Raynham where we have a tradition for this April performance of an audience straining the seams of the Marble Hall. After a complimentary glass of Grand Cru champagne, of course, and a little wander upstairs to the Belisarius Room which was the King’s Dining Room during his visit here.

In 2016 we staged Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas which was modelled on Blow’s opera mirroring the structure and use of chorus. So it is particularly apt to have the forerunner performed here in 2019.

The Theorbo Weekend - June 8th & 9th 2019 6.30pm & 3.30pm

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.

The September Weekend - September 7th & 8th 2019

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.

June 2020

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.