Lime Tree Project
For our latest project we plan to help fund the replacement of the sycamore trees that line the west-side of the moat and provide a green backdrop to the range of outbuildings in the Courtyard. What you might not have noticed is that the amount of greenery is getting less and less each year. The whole row has succumbed to Honey Fungus and all seven trees are slowly dying – an eighth tree was removed a couple of years ago for safety reasons. The cost of the felling and replacement with trees some 12 ft tall with guards to prevent the cows damaging them, is about £3,000. As we cannot provide that level of funding, we felt that individual Friends might wish to support us with sponsorship. The form enclosed with this Newsletter offers you an exciting opportunity to support something that will last for hundreds of years. The replacement trees are to be Tilia Cordata, better known as small-leaved lime, or linden.
It is said that a tree standing in the courtyard of the Imperial Castle at Nuremberg is a linden tree, planted by Empress Cunigude, wife of Emperor Henry II of Germany. Their reign was near the beginning of the 11th century. Though old and sparse, the tree still stands today.
Will our trees last 1000 years? Probably not (although it would be entirely possible), but we can certainly hope they will last several hundred, and as we walk round the moat in June and July we can revel in the wonderful, intoxicating scent of their flowers.
We plan to commemorate the sponsors, but have not yet decided the most suitable format for this.
This isn’t only open to members of The Friends, so if you would like further information on sponsorship, or would like to make a donation to the Project, please download a form HERE
Enlightening, enchanting and entertaining are just some of the words that come to mind after a most memorable musical evening given by David, who is without a doubt, master craftsman of his art.
David used the music to ‘sculpture’ the long history of the harp with charm and charisma capturing the timbres and characters of each period, thus bringing to life the music for a most tangible experience.
From the early 16th and 17th Century dry, honest tonal qualities of Cabazen, Peerson and Dowland to the 18th Century music of W.Croft and Parry, all of which were performed with the skill and panache required of such demanding and technical pieces.
Our musical journey continued through the 18th and 19th Centuries with, to name but a few, Spohr’s Fantasia in C minor, the ever popular ‘Watching the Wheat by J. Thomas, Godefroid and for the 20th Century, Debussy’s ‘Maid with the Flaxen Hair’, all of which explore the washes of colour and sound therein associated with the Romantic era and the harp as we know it today.
An interlude of orchestral pieces, such as Wagner (a real workout with the pedalling for every harpist!) and the wonderful Tchaikowsky Nutcracker cadenza, familiar to all, was a welcome insight into the world of an orchestral performer and the challenges therein.
For the finale to the evening, David played two movements from his ‘Petite Suite’. The thought provoking ‘Nocturne’ followed by a flourishing finish with the ‘Fire Dance’, a welcome warmer to go home with on a rather grey evening in May!
We had completed our journey through the ages of time. This had been more than a concert. It had been a real and personal insight into the life and music of a talented and working musician who had stories to tell that captivated and enlightened the audience whilst performing with charisma to inspire us all. This, together with the intimate setting of Markenfield Hall made for a very special and memorable evening.
Georgina Wells , May 2016