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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
To obviate demand for encores, we have developed a unique and highly popular tradition. Every evening, whilst the main course of dinner is being cleared, our musicians invite you back to the glorious music salon for a short impromptu additional concert, with music of their choice.
Our Artistic Directors
Leo Popplewell is Artistic Director of our morning concerts. Benjamin Frith is Artist in Residence, the Wihan Quartet are Quartet in Residence, Alex Woolf (BBC Young Composer of the Year, 2012) is Composer in Residence.
These are the stars of the future, trawled from our experience of students at Cambridge University and their own contacts at England’s great music colleges. Our passion for supporting young musicians (we have had literally hundreds staying & performing in various chamber, choral & orchestral events since 2010) now arrives at a new format: they will perform at our recent innovation of additional late-morning concerts.
A former wine estate dating from the 17th century, set in 20 acres deep in the Bordeaux countryside. With 25 en-suite double rooms, it has 3 pools, a 9-hole golf course, tennis, croquet and boules.
Our Music Salon was built in 1793 as a Protestant chapel, and has a spectacular ambience, a concert Steinway and a rare Pleyel DuoClave double piano.
Aymeric Lambert is our resident chef, who provides continental breakfasts, buffet lunches and exceptional four-course dinners on a daily basis. Aymeric brings Gallic flair to our kitchen, plus variety. All guests are asked for dietary requirements before arrival, which we are delighted to cater for.
We have commissioned numerous chamber arrangements of rarely performed concerti to be performed at our festivals. These, together with Hummel’s own arrangements, give us a unique and glorious repertoire. Highlights for 2017 include the first performance of the extraordinary Clement Violin Concerto (Clement later commissioned and premiered the Beethoven Violin Concerto) and Hummel’s Wedding Concerto.