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2018 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 2018 we have once again decided to stay with literature as well as being able to celebrate the Tudors and American “husband hunters” – a fascinating combination!
Please see the events diary for dates and times as they are confirmed.
NEW! Online tickets
With many, many thanks to The Friends of Markenfield; you are now able to book and pay for tickets online from this website. Simply follow the link above to go to the Events Calendar, chose the event you are interested in and click on it. From there you can chose the type of ticket (or tickets) that you want to buy and add them to your “cart”. Once you have added all you want, simply go to the checkout and then onto payment. PLEASE NOTE: you DO NOT have to pay by PayPal – when the payment page comes up, under the PayPal link there will be an option that says PAY BY CARD. This enables you to simply put your card details in as you would with any other website.
The Friends of Markenfield are delighted to announce that Lord Norwich – long-term Chairman of The Friends – will be speaking at the AGM again this year. He will be speaking on his latest book France: A History: from Gaul to de Gaulle – from frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat — and love better.
Also speaking for The Friends are Hannah Phillip (Director of Fairfax House, York), Dr Christina Figueredo (from York University) and Dr Susie Harris – from Georgians and their pursuit of pleasure, through the Crusades and the pursuit of the Holy Land and onto Pevsner and his landmark documentation of the Yorkshire landscape we all know and love.
The Ripon International Festival
We are delighted to be hosting the Opening Concert of the Ripon International Festival this year – the Festival always provides a stunning event and this year will be no different.
Thursday 6 September at 2.30 & 7.30
The Villiers Quartet
The Villiers Quartet is one of the most charismatic and “adventurous” quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad). Nothing is outside of the VQ’s repertoire as they define the string quartet for the 21st century. Dedicated to the established works of Beethoven, Haydn, and Mendelssohn, they have also developed a reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten, Delius, George Butterworth, and William Sterndale Bennett. Having toured across the UK and internationally, they have been declared “one of the best young quartets around today” (Jerry Horner, Fine Arts Quartet), and their performances of Shostakovich and Tischenko have been hailed as “masterful playing.” (Classical Source)
Named after Villiers Street in London’s colourful musical epicentre, the Villiers Quartet encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in London. Their debut CD for Naxos, The Complete Quartets of Robert Still, was praised for their “sublimely articulate and concentrated readings,” (Gramophone) and received 5**** stars in Classical Music Magazine.
The Villiers Quartet have performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Leamington International String Quartet Series, and performed at numerous festivals and halls including the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, the Brit Jazz Fest, the Barnes Music Festival, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, the Holywell Music Room and the British Music Society.
The VQ is also regular visitors to Dartmouth College, Syracuse University, USA.
Their internationally acclaimed VQ New Works Competition encourages audiences to interact with contemporary music performance online, and supports the creation of new works for string quartet.