BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, AUGUST 27TH 2012
4PM TALK BY WILLIAM CASH in the Great Hall Dining Room
'OF PRINCES AND PEACOCKS: A HISTORY OF UPTON CRESSETT'
The talk is the second in our 'Summer Festival of History' series at Upton Cressett.
Following the successful talk on '1483: The Summer of Three Kings' in July by Professor Peter Hancock, author of 'Richard III and the Murder in The Tower', William Cash will be talking about the 'History of Upton Cressett', including the dramatic events of April 1483 at Upton Cressett when local legend has long reported that young King Edward V (the elder of the two Princes in The Tower) stayed on the first night of his journey from Ludlow Castle to London where he was expecting to be crowned. His uncle Richard of Gloucester, however, had the two princes locked in the Tower, where he said they would be 'safe'. The two princes were never seen again and Richard was crowned Richard III in Westminster Abbey in July.
William Cash will also be talking about other royal connections with Upton Cressett, including Prince Rupert hiding in the gatehouse during the civil war and Sir Francis Cressett's role as personal steward and Treasurer to King Charles I , who also visited Upton Cressett.
Tickets are £6.50 to include grounds admission, talk and guided tour of Upton Cressett Hall.
Tickets to the talk are limited to 35 in total so please email to reserve tickets.
Part of the proceeds of the talk will be donated to support Upton Cressett's Norman church of St Michael (maintained by The Churches Conservation Trust) which has a new 'Church Tour' guide following the church being featured as one of the UK's Top 20 'most beautiful' country churches. Entry to the church is free.
Home-made cake and teas will be served in the Great Hall Dining Room.
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Opera Concert at St Michael's Church with Helen Withers: Friday, 16th December and Sunday, 18th December - 6.30pm
The opera recital with Helen Withers and pianist Stephanie Stranders has had to be postponed because of issues relating to the temporary event license. The concert is being re-scheduled for early next year. Please check this website for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email the new dates and information.
Helen, originally from Shropshire, is regarded as one of the brightest new talents in the opera world today. The Sunday Telegraph commented of her performance singing Debussey’s Melisande: ‘In voice and looks, this impressive singer seems to have been born to sing (this role), a judgment I formed after her exquisite performance.”
Other notable recent work included performing for the English Touring Opera, Purcell's Fairy Queen at the Aldeburgh Festival, Handel's Alceste at the English Bach Festival, Bach's St Matthew's Passion at the London Handel Festival and Carmina Burana at London's Symphony Hall.
Helen has also toured widely in Europe, including an acclaimed role of Gretel in Handel and Gretel in the Opera Festival, Holland and playing Partenope in Les Azuriales Opera, Nice.
Her many awards and prizes include the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 'Most Promising Young Singer' award, Concordia Foundation of English Singers and Speakers competition. Helen was ‘runner up’ in the prestigious London Handel Singing Competition.
The pianist for the concert is the acclaimed Susanna Stranders who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she won the Accompanists’ Prize, the Schubert Lieder Prize, the John Ireland Prize and the Armourer’s and Brazier’s Prize.
As opera coach at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, she was supported by the Sir Henry Richardson Award (Musicians Benevolent Fund) 2000-02. She was répétiteur for Cincinnati Opera in 2002 and for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Programme in the summer of 2003. In 2003-04, she was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Texas.
Susanna was a répétiteur on the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden between 2004-2006. Since then, she has been working regularly for the ROH, for the Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, for the Philharmonia orchestra, for the Festspiele and Landestheater, Salzburg, in masterclasses with José Cura for New Devon Opera, has accompanied Bryn Terfel in recital and has broadcast live for the BBC.
St Michael’s, Upton Cressett, Christmas concert programme:
Purcell Music for a while
Faure Mandoline, En Sourdine
Hahn A Chloris
Mahler Wir geniessen die himmlischen freuden (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) from 4th Symphony
Quilter Love's philosophy
Lehar Vilia (The Merry Widow)
Puccini O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Verdi Sul fil d'un soffio etesio (Falstaff)
Korngold Marietta's lied (Die Tote Stadt)
Gounod Je veux vivre (Romeo et Juliette)
The recital will begin with a Elizabethan lute duet led by acclaimed local artisan Tom Kennedy.
There will be a drinks and canape reception at Upton Cressett Hall prior to the concert hosted by the Cash family, and drinks will be available (cash bar) in the interval and after the concert (cash bar).
Tickets at £20, to include 6.15 pm pre-concert reception and canapes at Upton Cressett Hall.
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NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED IN EARLY NEW YEAR
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BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND OPENING
Friday 26, Saturday 27, Sunday 28, Monday 29 August
Hall, Gatehouse and Gardens will be open from 11am to 5.30pm
Tea and refreshments available
Friday, 26 August, 2011
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare will be performed at Upton Cressett by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company.
Tickets £12.50 for adults, £6 for children. Grounds open at 6pm. Please bring picnics and own seating. Wine and drinks and buffet supper will be available. For tickets call 01746 714 616 or 07810186234. Box Office: www.rainorshine.co.uk.