Arts in Residence
promotes cultural breaks in beautiful places.
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.
Coming in the autumn:-
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is one of the giants of music. In particular his
symphonies are among the towering achievements of western man, from the
romanticism of Nos. 1 and 2, through the austere power of the Fourth to the
comprehensive unity of the single movement Seventh.
During the course of the weekend we will feature all the symphonies,
and with the aid of musical and visual illustrations we will explore
the relationship between the man and the music as his remarkable
The Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel is steeped in history, with beautifully designed
rooms and antique furniture in the style of a country manor. There are
several heritage rooms containing original 17th century features such as
oak beds and fireplaces, along with magnificent views across the beautiful
Vale of Usk, to the north of Newport.
Arts in Residence
also organises visits abroad on a variety of musical themes.
There have been "Opera extravaganzas" to Prague, Budapest,
Berlin, Vienna and Nuremberg.
The Elgar Society
The Elgar Society exists to promote
the appreciation of the public in
the life and music of Edward Elgar
through the provision of educational
programmes and activities to widen
knowledge of Elgar’s music for all.
The Society supports the Elgar
Birthplace museum in attracting the
general public to Elgar’s music and
life and is active in funding and
encouraging performances and recordings
of his works. Through its many
activities the Society actively
encourages research into Elgar’s music
and publishes a scholarly journal three
times a year, which contains the results
of such research. This work is enhanced
by the support it gives to an ongoing
project to produce a scholarly edition
of Elgar’s music. The Society has a
network of branches throughout the UK
and in North America, details of which
can be found at
Membership of the society includes
membership of your local branch, and confers
free entry to the Elgar Birthplace Museum.
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.
Peter Rhodes plays Mozart, Beethoven,
Bartok and Liszt, at The Spring, Havant
on Monday 3rd March 2014
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.
This page last updated 22nd April 2014
This page maintained by Ian Hickman Partners www.ianhickman.org.uk
Enjoy classical music breaks with Arts in Residence