The Hall relies on visitors - such as yourself - to survive, and if the walls could talk they would surely give their thanks!
2017 Literary Lectures in the Library
For those of you who know the Hall, you will already realise that books feature heavily throughout the house – and what nicer way to bring people together than through a shared love and appreciation of them.
For 2017 we have once again decided to stay with literature as well as being able to celebrate Kings, stained glass, music, the arts… and THAT television programme!
The Friends of Markenfield are delighted to announce that Lord Norwich – long-term Chairman of The Friends – will be speaking at the AGM this year. He will be speaking on his latest book Four Princes – a fascinating comparison of four history-making Kings: Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent. All were born within a single decade and each laid the foundations for modern Europe – a particularly pertinent topic for today.
Also speaking for The Friends are writer, historian and presenter Dr Janina Ramirez, historian Professor AJ Pollard, historian and author Caroline Chapman and the National Trust’s Regional Archaeologist Mark Newman.
The Ripon International Festival
We are delighted that the Ripon International Festival is making a return once again to the Hall – the Festival always provides a stunning event and this year will be no different.
Thursday 14th September at 2.30 & 7.30
Fantasticus Baroque Ensemble
Rie Kimura – violin, Robert Smith – viola da gamba and Guillermo Brachetta -harpsichord
Guest Artist: Wilbert Hazelzet traverso flute
2017 is a ‘Telemann year’, marking the 250th anniversary of his death.
Fantasticus will play their favourite quartets from Telemann’s two ‘Paris’ collections, and Guillemain’s quartets from 1743 – music of great beauty, variety of colours and textures, and outright virtuosity. Fantasti are delighted to be working with veteran traverso player and early music hero, Wilbert Hazelzet, to bring you this unique musical experience.
Fantasticus musicians work with Musica Antiqua Koln and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and have won major prizes at the Bruges and Amsterdam Early Music competitions. ‘intensely expressive and highly dramatic’ ‘a white-hot addition to the early music scene’ Gramophone