First concert of Harlaxton Manor classical music season is out of this world

Tatiana Dardykina will play at Harlaxton Manor this year.
Tatiana Dardykina will play at Harlaxton Manor this year.
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A rich and varied programme of music has been lined up for this year’s season of classical music concerts at Harlaxton Manor.

The first of the four concerts supporting The British Red Cross, on Friday, May 3, includes works from across Europe on celestial and earthly themes.

All four concerts feature musicians with links to Harlaxtion, which provides a spectacular backdrop for the performances.

The first is by Robert Foster on lutes and guitars. Small Strings of Muse and Passion will include pieces from the renaissance to the present day from across Europe, ending with the world premiere of Foster’s new suite, Celtaidd.

Two young Russian pianists play both solo and duet works in the second concert, on Friday, May 24. Tatiana Dardykina and Anna Peletsis have been working together in Florida on their duet repertoire and their programme includes Schubert’s F minor Fantasie, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Hungarian Dances by Brahams.

Dardykina played at Harlaxton a few years ago and provided a memorable evening.

Also returning to Harlaxtion is Iva Fleischhansova, who will perform in the third concert of the season with her husband, Mark Butler, who used to be a member of the Chilingirian Quartet.

The performance of music for two violins, entitled Vivaldi and Beyond is on Fiday, June 7, and will feature four sonatas without continuo by Vivaldi and works by Hindemith, Rawsthorne and Jezek.

The final concert, on Friday, July 26, will celebrate the shared musical inspiration of America and England.

Across the Pond ... will feature Joseph Hopkins, baritone; Michael Patilla, guitar, and Kathryn Fouse, piano.

Their programme will explore the relationship between the 
music of the two countries, and it is fitting that Hopkins should be involved. He is no stranger to Harlaxton, having been on the music faculty of the University of Evansville, whose British campus is based at the Victorian manor house and he is now dean and professor of music at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama.

Performances take place in the Great Hall of the magnificent manor house, where the gardens and conservatory are perfect
for a pre-concert picnic and stroll.

Tickets for the concerts, which start at 7.30pm, cost £10 (£8 concessions) and are available from Red Cross Community fundraiser Jean Goddard, tel: 08450 547171, email: