"In an English Country garden"

An ongoing programme of garden-themed concerts in heritage sites inspired by the Tercentenary of Capability Brown.

Singers Maria Arakie, Glenn Wilson and pianist Nicholas Bosworth will be touring this concert series and performing music exploring the beauty of the English Country Gardens. Concerts will include access to the site and gardens and are aimed at older people, including those living in care homes. Managers and owners of these glorious English country houses and gardens are generously hosting these events all at no charge to the older guests.

In addition to the Country Gardens, new themes in 2017 will include Enlightened Princesses (Celebrating Women of Influence) and Moonlight and Roses (Romantic Musical Memories)

For Autumn 2018 we have introduced an Edwardian theme to mark the Centenary of the Great War Armistice.


To the left :

The spectacular Painted Hall at Chatsworth, recently restored to its former glory by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire - a rare privilege for Connaught Opera (Nicholas Bosworth, Maria Arakie and Glenn Wilson) to perform in this breathtaking setting.

The Enlightened Princesses programme was rapturously received by the audience of 90 elders from Derbyshire.

"Wow what a wonderful evening !! Venue I have never sat in although I have been to Chatsworth many times. The service of the staff, directions, buggy transport for less able to walk and the offer of refreshments and nibbles was wonderful. The voices and the content, no extra sound system, and the involvement with the artists with us was excellent.The voice of Glenn Wilson so close, when he moved into the audience I shall never forget.
I did not know how well known and important he is in other areas." (Stuart - Amber Valley CVS).

 

 


Hatfield House -- The artists pose below the magnificent Elizabeth 1 painting in Lord Salisbury's Marble Hall at Hatfield House. Our funders from the Hertfordshire Community Foundation and Quantum Care were present at the concert. The Hatfield Rotary were extremely generous in providing a splendid tea at Hatfield as well as serving the older guests and helping with stewarding.


KNEBWORTH HOUSE -- Glenn Wilson, Maria Arakie, Our host in her exquisite home, Knebworth House, Martha, (The Hon. Mrs Henry Lytton-Cobbold) and Nicholas Bosworth.



Hampton Court Palace. -- Nick, Maria and Glenn at Hampton Court where Capability Brown lived as Master Gardener. He planted the Great Vine which still grows strong. The group performed three con-certs for 300 older guests in the Clore Centre.


Kensington Palace. -- Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace hosted the first of the 'Enlightened Princesses: Celebrating Women of Influence" concerts, inspired by the Kensington Palace Exhibition for the Georgian Queens, Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte. Pictured at Hampton Court in the Rose Garden in front of the Tudor Buildings where Elizabeth 1 enjoyed much time. (Costume designed and made by Crystaleen Poynter USA and Lynda Tarim UK)

The audience at Hampton Court share a joke with Glenn.


Kew Palace. -- The sun shone for 'Moonlight and Roses'! hosted by Kew Palace. L to R, Nick, Rachel Mackay, Operations Manager at Kew, Maria in the protective custody of the wonderful Chelsea Pensioners Fred Rook BEM and Don Avery, Glenn and the Deputy Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Benedict Dias.


Yeoman Warder David Coleman with the trio outside the White Tower. The concert, supported by the Goldsmiths' Company Charity, commemorated the end of WW1 with an Edwardian theme.

 


 

 


English Heritage Kenwood House. - This was the splendid setting for the English Country Garden concert, held in the Orangery. L to r: Nicholas Bosworth, Maria Arakie, Glenn Wilson and Philip Wright, Kenwood General Manager.


English Heritage Kenilworth Castle - Kenilworth's Mayor elect Cllr. Mike Hitchins attend the concert at EH Kenilworth Castle. A fitting setting for the Princesses theme, concert held in the Oak Room where Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester wooed Elizabeth 1st.


English Heritage Eltham Palace -- EH Eltham Palace. Concert in the Great Hall, attended by the Mayor of Greenwich and guests residing in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


English Heritage Bolsover Castle - Mr Brian Ashby, his son Duncan and daughter Dr Tanya Spilsbury, who supported the Bolsover Castle concert through their Family Trust and Foundation Derbyshire. Always a pleasure to welcome our sponsors who attend a concert and see our work in the community.


English Heritage Wrest Park - Thank you so much for once again providing such a unique and wonderful afternoon yesterday at beautiful Wrest Park. Our 48 attendees from Tibbs Dementia Foundation had a fantastic afternoon. The atmosphere was so relaxed and welcoming, the content of the concert perfect in length, content, pace and you are all such brilliant performers. For people with dementia and their families this was a real treat, an informal setting but the opportunity to experience quality music and a professional performance. We all felt very special and pampered.
It's a testimony to the Connaught Opera, that last year we brought I think 12- 15 people and this year most of those came back and told others in our organisation that they should come too and so our numbers more than trebled.
Thank you for the incredibly hard work you do to bring so much joy and happiness to so many


English Heritage Audley End House and Gardens in Saffron Walden where the intimate library provided a fine setting for a concert attended by the Mayor of Saffron Walden. Outside the magnificent Audley End House, with majestic 'Capability' gardens stretching out as far as the eye can see. The artists with Jamie Osborne, General Manager of Audley End and the Mayor.


The strange proclivities of Lucretia Borgia (a penchant for poisoning her guests)! At Kirkharle, where Kitty Anderson and her team bedecked the marquee with drapes and chandeliers for the concert.


The Duchess of Northumberland's Alnwick Garden, a treasure trove of botanical beauty and imaginative creation play areas for children and the young at heart!
Glenn, Maria and Nick with two of the oldest residents at Percy Court in Alnwick - both 100 years young!

 


 


The National Trust's CROOME -- the 'Favourite Child' of Capability Brown and the first concert in the Country Garden series. Performed in St Mary Magdalene Church.


BURGH HOUSE AND HAMPSTEAD MUSEUM-Pictured here with Lilacs in the Spring.




Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant Essex, once more generously hosted a Connaught Opera community concert in his beautiful 15th Century Home, Ingatestone Hall. The Alston Family Charitable Trust, supported this concert through the Essex Community Foundation. Nicholas and Philipa Austin with the artists.

"Thank you so much for the free tickets this afternoon. I was unable to attend but I have had such good feedback from the members, one in particular Steve who met Lord Petre had a fantastic time!" Tracy Godden, CEO/Founder, Forget Me Not Memory Café

"I just wanted to say a huge Thank You for yesterday. I cannot begin to tell you how our residents here at Cavell Lodge enjoyed the performance.They are still today recalling the event. For that I am truly grateful to you and the wonderful team, along with everyone involved" Social Care Co-Ordinator, Cavell Lodge.



The Orleans Gallery Richmond -- The first concert to be held in the splendid Octagon room, restored to its former glory. The concert was supported by Richmond Parish Lands Charity. In this room 'Enlightened' Queen Caroline hosted a women-only banquet in 1729 at which her daughters the princesses, were present.

 


 

The Country Garden Project concerts are supported by Trusts, Foundations, Livery and Business.

Connaught Opera working in Partnership with Heritage, Arts and Care organisations in Greater London and beyond.

OUR PARTNERS AND FUNDERS:

  • THE MERCERS' COMPANY
  • THE TOWER HILL TRUST
  • CIVIC PRIDE FUND
  • THE STATIONERS' COMPANY
  • LAUDER & REES
  • THE HAMPSTEAD WELLS & CAMPDEN TRUST
  • CITY BRIDGE TRUST
  • QUANTUM CARE
  • THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON UPON THAMES
  • AMPERSAND CATERERS
  • COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (Tyne & Wear and Northumberland)
  • THE 29th MAY 1961 CHARITY
  • FOUNDATION DERBYSHIRE- The Ashby Family Fund
  • THE WIXAMTREE TRUST
  • RICHMOND PARISH LANDS CHARITY
  • HERTFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
  • RBKC CORPORATE SERVICES SMALL GRANTSFUND
  • ROYAL GREENWICH, CULTURE TOURISM & HERITAGE
  • HEART OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
  • THE BRUCE WAKE CHARITY
  • THE BINGHAM TRUST
  • THE MAYNARD HOTEL, DERBYSHIRE
  • SIR JAMES KNOTT TRUST
  • KILFROST, HALTWHISTLE
  • THE CONCERTINA CHARITABLE TRUST
  • Barchester's Charitable Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Alnwick
  • Alnwick Lions
  • the Goldsmiths' Company Charity
  • Essex Community Foundation, (Alston Family Charitable Trust).

 


 

 

 

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