EVM updates, August '19
It`s been a hectic few months since the Art Trail in June, mainly spent preparing for a fund-raising concert at Crosthwaite Church in Keswick on 3rd July, and our Opening Concert here in the Music Room on 7th July. There were loads of unfinished jobs to do (still are) including painting, filling, sanding and cleaning but we were delighted that we had all seats reserved 3 weeks before the concert, and even had to start a waiting list, so we were delighted with the enthusiasm shown by all our lovely new friends and neighbours. We were delighted too that our good friend and colleague Ian Gammie was able to join us for the concert so our programme featured a first half of favourite pieces, and the second focused on a selection of songs from our recently released CD The Rowan Tree- Songs of many shades.We set up a DIY bar in the hallway and the audience generously donated for the music and refreshments.
Drinks party during the Art Trail
Opening concert, 7th July
On 20th July we welcomed Kinfolk to the Music Room for a warm-up concert before their appearance at the folk festival, Music on the Marr in Castle Carrock the next day. We welcomed another capacity audience, changing the ambience somewhat with some rather effect strip lighting casting shades of pink on our white walls.
Kinfolk, 20th July
Since then we have enjoyed another appearance at Scalesceugh Hall with a new programme, All in a Garden Green, featuring music by Purcell, Lawes, Couperin among others. We also gave another performance of Tamsin Jones` piece The Good-Morrow, written especially for us, which we first performed in Keswick on July 3rd.
We were delighted to welcome here for a few days, our good friend Abby Wollston who brought her magnificent nyckelharpa, and played some traditional Swedish folk tunes solo and in duet with Michael on violin. It all sounded wonderful in the lovely acoustics of our Music Room.
Abby and her nyckelharpa
Abby and Michael
We are now looking forward to our next concert in the wonderful Bank Barn at Askham Hall, a fabulous Grade I listed building, perfect for 17th and 18th century music.
Askham Hall flyer
15th - 23rd June
Eden Valley Open Studio and Art Trail
We will be open daily from 10am - 5pm (closed Wednesday 19th) so do pop along and say hello! Live baroque juke box, and tea and coffee available. Delighted to be joined by landscape artist Lionel Playford who will be exhibiting a selection of his work, and demonstrating his painting skills.
EVM updates, May '19
We have been working hard over the last few months doing a myriad of jobs to our music room. Michael plumbed in a downstairs washbasin and toilet while Katharine has been filling, sanding and painting. The mezzanine floor will be sanded in a week or so, and the final floor laid at the end of May - all hopefully in time for the Eden Valley Open Studios and Art Trail in June. There is still a lot to do but we are inching forward!
Monday 25th March 7pm-10pm
We were delighted to be invited on to The Arty Show, Radio Cumbria with Helen Millican. The time flew by, and it was lovely to chat to the amazing composer Ella Jarman-Pinto, and poet Julie Carter.
EVM Updates February '19
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Carlisle-based composer Dr Tamsin Jones for writing a piece especially for us... The Good-Morrow is a setting of a John Donne poem, published posthumously in 1633, and is written in a 'New Baroque' style. Tamsin is an incredibly gifted musician and the piece is very tranquil and evocative. We'll be giving it it's first performance later in the year.
15th - 18th February
Very much looking forward to our imminent recording project in our Music Room with Ian Gammie, guitar, and recording engineer Alex Tinlin.
EVM Updates January '19
We were delighted to be featured in an article in the highly popular Cumbria Life magazine.