"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)


EVENTS IN 2017


JUNE
--
Historic Royal Palaces
HM Tower of London.

--
Saturday 24th at 2.00pm


JULY
--
Historic Royal Palaces
Kensington Palace

--
Wednesday 19th at 1.30pm


AUGUST
--
HRP Hampton Court
Palace.
(3 concerts)
--
Friday 4th 11.00am; 1.30pm; 3.30pm


SEPTEMBER
--
Knebworth House
 

--
Thursday 7th at 2.00pm

 

OCTOBER
--
Lord Salisbury's Hatfield
House

--
Wednesday 4th at 2.00pm


OCTOBER
--
HRP Kew Palace
 

--
Wednesday 11th at 11.00am


NOVEMBER
--
Orleans House Gallery
Richmond
--
Tuesday 14th at 11.00am

 

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

 


 


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. -- Under the Jubilee Arch, the Chelsea Pensioners and the Deputy Mayor & Mayoress of The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The concert was attended by a large group from the Tamil Elders as well as residents from Kensington Nursing Home.


Kew Palace. -- King George III oversees the activities, with Nicholas Bosworth, Maria Arakie, Mary O'Connell (Palace Manager) and Glenn Wilson.


Tower of London -- In the New Armouries Banqueting Suite, Tower of London, the Master of the Stationers' Livery Com-pany with Maria and some Chelsea Pensioners - always a delight to see in the audience!

 


 

 


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 -- Concert in the Great Hall ,which rekindled memories for Chelsea Pensioner Don Avery, who sat exams on the very spot when the Palace was a school just after the War. Here with Greenwich Mayor, Cllr. Olu Babatola, and Eltham Palace property Manager Christopher Small.


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.



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


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

 


 

 

 

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