"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)


UPCOMING EVENTS


JANUARY
--
Orleans House Gallery
Richmond
--
Wednesday 10th at 11.00am


MARCH
--
English Heritage Kenilworth Castle
Warwickshire
--
Monday 5th at 2.30pm


MARCH
--
English Heritage Wrest Park
Bedfordshire
--
Tuesday 6th at 2.00pm

 


APRIL
--
The Duke & Duchess of Devonshire's Painted Hall
Chatsworth House
--
Wednesday 18th at 6.00pm


APRIL
--
The Duchess of Northumberland's
Alnwick Gardens
--
Thursday 19th at 2.00pm


APRIL
--
Kitty & John Anderson's Kirkharle
Northumberland
--
Friday 20th at 2.00pm

 

To apply for free tickets for any of these events please contact: enquiries@maria-arakie.com

 


 


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 -- The gardens and fairy-tale castle. Connaught with House Manager Trish Washer and the Hon. Mrs Henry Lytton-Cobbold, Lytton Enterprises Ltd.



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)


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.


Tower of London in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite. -- The Tower Hill Trust have once again generously supported our concert at HM Tower of London for older residents in Tower Hamlets, their area of benefit. Theme for this year's concert was 'Moonlight and roses - Romantic Musical Memories'. Connaught President, Billy Dove said "Special thanks to the THT who brought comfort and joy to so many people".

 


 

 


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 Wrest Park - Glenn, Maria and Nick with our host Sarah Bedlington, general manager, Wrest Park, pictured in the magnificent Library


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 Kenilworth Castle - The High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Richard Samuda, was present at the concert in Leicester's Gatehouse. Two couples in the picture were celebrating their wedding anniversaries. 47 and 60 years respectively!


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.


English Heritage Belsay Hall, the guests start arriving for the concert. The first of an English Country Gardens tour supported by Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
"you created a wonderful show, it was delightful and well put together, thank you" John (jjmcphotography.co.uk) and Pamela McLelland.
A wonderful concert at Belsay Hall , a feast . Thank you Jenifer

 


Kirkharle, St Wilfrid's Church after the concert, the trio with Kitty and John Anderson who painstakingly work to restore the 'dream' of Capability Brown who was born here.

 


The Duchess of Northumberland's spectacular fountain at Alnwick Gardens where 100 guests (many from the Elderberries project) attended the Connaught Opera concert in the Conservatory. Left to right: Glenn Wilson, Mark Brassell, director of The Alnwick Garden, Maria Arakie and Nick Bosworth.

 


 


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.




INGATESTONE HALL, Essex. -- Home of the Petre family since the 15th Century. Connaught Opera with Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant Essex, who hosted in his Stone Hall, with our President, Billy Dove OBE, past Chief Commoner.



ORLEANS GALLERY (THE OCTAGON) Richmond -- Where the Capability Festival was launched. Their commissioned bust of the great man has been given to Kirkharle where Connaught will perform in 2017.

 


 

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

 


 

 

 

Jump to top of page