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2019 Classical Music Weekend unveiled

Cellist Vashti Hunter

Askham Hall will be hoping to hit the high notes, as it reveals plans to hold a special weekend of classical music concerts featuring three internationally renowned musicians on 22-24 February 2019.

Vashti Hunter was the first British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’, while award-winning Albanian-Greek violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha has been described by critics as a “very, very rare talent”. The third headliner is pianist Noam Greenberg, who studied with one of the most influential piano teachers of the late 20th century – the late Mario Curcio – and has previously played for audiences in iconic cities including Vienna, Rome and Madrid.

Violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha

The three-day Classical Music Weekend will feature a rich programme of Chamber Music. As well as the ticketed concerts, there are additional options to dine at Askham Hall with menus specially prepared by award-winning Head Chef Richard Swale using produce straight off the Lowther Estate:

Friday 22 February, 7pm

  • Poulenc Cello Sonata
  • Honegger Sonatina for Violin and Cello
  • Enescu Violin Sonata No.3

Tickets are also available for a light dinner at Askham Hall.

Saturday 23 February, 5pm

  • Haydn Piano Trio in F sharp minor
  • Schubert Piano Trio in B flat major

Tickets are also available for a feast-style dinner at Askham Hall, followed by a special late night performance of salon music.

Sunday 24 February, 5pm

  • Brahms Three Intermezzi Op.117
  • Brahms Piano Trio in B major Op.8

Tickets are also available for a special set menu where guests can meet the musicians.

Similar events have been held in Askham village for the past 3 years, but this will be first time the classical music extravaganza has been hosted in Askham Hall’s ‘Bank Barn’ – an atmospheric renovated18th century barn with excellent acoustics and a fully-stocked bar.

Cellist Vashti Hunter says, “I am thrilled to be heading north to take part in this special weekend celebrating chamber music at its very best. The Lake District and Cumbria is known for its rich heritage and culture, so it will be a pleasure to performance in the grounds of an historic stately home in this inspirational part of the world.”

It costs £18 per concert or £45 to attend for all three events.  Advanced booking is required. Contact Askham Hall for concert tickets and / or dinner bookings: 01931 712350 / [email protected]

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