The Arts in Residence organisation offers classical music events and classical
music breaks in country houses and country hotels that have been picked for
their superbly appointed positions. They all create an atmosphere in
which you can enjoy the experience of music and the arts in style,
comfort and good company.
The delicious food, excellent wine and friendly ambience are as
important as the music you will hear and explore. Our prices for a
weekend or midweek break are fully inclusive: accommodation,
breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner with
wine are all provided. There are no hidden extras.
We aim to create a friendly house party atmosphere with people who
have plenty in common. An Arts in Residence classical music break can
prove the music-event of your year.
Places still available:-
Arts in Residence
also organises visits abroad on a variety of musical themes.
There have been "Opera extravaganzas" to Prague, Budapest,
Berlin, Vienna, Nuremberg and Lahti.
Our homepage features from time to time details of one of the many
"Composer Societies". If there is a Society which you would like to
see featured, contact us at Arts in Residence
Explore this site to find out more about Arts in Residence.
What happens at an Arts in Residence event?
If the event takes place, as most do, at a weekend, then the enjoyment
will start around 5pm on Friday afternoon. This is the scheduled time of
arrival at your chosen house or hotel.
You will be welcomed by your hosts, and after settling in, there will be
aperitifs before dinner. This will give you the chance to meet and get to
know the other members of the party. After dinner, in the comfortable
surroundings of the lounge, there will be a relaxing opportunity to introduce
some music relating to the topic for the event.
On Saturday morning you will have the opportunity to explore the music in
more depth with our lecturers, who are experienced and experts in their
field. There is more music in the afternoon after your return for tea, and
before the centrepiece of the weekend: aperitifs followed by the Saturday
evening dinner with wine.
The day closes with a little more music relating to the topic for the event.
On Sunday there will be more opportunities for exploring music. Sometimes
there will be a buffet or traditional Sunday lunch, while on other occasions the
pattern of the day will be similar to that on a Saturday. Departure will take
place either on Sunday afternoon after tea, or on Monday morning after
breakfast. Occasionally there will be appearances by guest artists, as here at
a Strauss weekend organised by Arts in Residence in conjunction with the
Richard Strauss Society, at Dumbleton Hall in November 2014.
Joanna Norman (soprano) and Timothy Langston (tenor) gave a
recital of Strauss songs, accompanied by James Hendry at a piano
once owned by Kathleen Ferrier.
Enquiries: 02392 383356 or email us at Arts in Residence
1) Customers are recommended to take out travel insurance, to avoid loss in the event
of having to cancel.
2) Should it become apparent, after booking, that a customer will be unable to attend
an event, Arts in Residence should be informed. We will then try to fill the
vacant place(s). If we are successful, an ex-gratia refund, either in whole
or in part less a small administration fee, may be available at the discretion
of the Company.
3) Customers should notify any mobility problems when booking, as some venues do not have
a lift. Vegetarian/coeliac/allergies or other dietary problems should likewise be notified
This page last updated 27th February 2017
This page maintained by Ian Hickman Partners www.ianhickman.org.uk
Enjoy classical music breaks with Arts in Residence
Did you know?
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, one of eight
siblings, was born in Venice in
1678, son of Giovanni Battista, a
barber who became a professional
violinist and later taught his son
to play. The midwife baptised him
immediately after birth, maybe
through fear of epidemic or
earthquake. He was formally
baptised two months later in the
church of San Giovanni Battista in
Aged 15, he studied for the
priesthood, and was ordained ten
years later in 1703. When he
started working at the Ospedale
della Pietà at the age of 24,
he had already acquired extensive
musical knowledge. His father
Giovanni Battista was one of the
founders of the Sovvegno dei
musicisti di Santa Cecilia, an
association of musicians, whose
president was Giovanni
Legrenzi, an early Baroque
composer and the maestro di
cappella at St Mark's Basilica.
Possibly Legrenzi gave the young
Antonio his first lessons in
composition - in 1691 he had
already composed the liturgical
work Laetatus sum (RV Anh 31) at
the age of thirteen.
A bust of Vivaldi, photographed
recently in the Chiesa della Pieta.
Vivaldi's name has been used to
market various products, including
a new free-to-download web
browser - hardly a musical
distinction; unlike Sibelius whose
name has been purloined to signify
a useful musical notation app.
Below the Virtuosi d'Italia
performing "The Four Seasons" in
the same venue.
A musical conundrum
Imagine - a musical demon
decides that in future you
shall hear only music from
before or after a date you
must choose forthwith. Only
then will the demon tell you
which. What fateful date
would you choose?
email you choice, with
reasons/comments to the
"Did you know" Editor.