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Famed Israeli pianist to headline new Classical Music Festival

Askham Hall, a 13th century hideaway nestled between the Lakes and the Pennines, has unveiled details of a new Music Festival Weekend featuring renowned Israeli pianist Noam Greenberg and French chamber music ensemble The Ardeo Quartet.

A series of classical music events will take place at Askham Church 26–28 February 2016 as part of the first-ever Askham Hall Music Festival Weekend. With ticketed concerts over three days, the programme will include piano concertos and piano quartets by Mozart, string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven, late night Chopin Nocturnes and the Dvorak Piano Quintet.

Soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Noam Greenberg will be headlining the weekend. He has appeared on music stages across Europe and previously studied with the late Mario Curcio, one of the most influential piano teachers of the late 20th century. An avid performer of contemporary music, Noam has also given many Israeli premieres and most recently the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Acequia Madre, broadcast by the BBC.

Also taking to the stage will be the Ardeo Quartet, one of the most highly praised French chamber music ensembles, who have won numerous international prizes and played in an array of famous European venues and festivals.

On the Saturday night, tickets will be available for a special dinner prepared by Askham Hall’s acclaimed Head Chef Richard Swale, served in the converted Bank Barn within the Hall’s 12 acre gardens. Later, overnight guests at Askham Hall will also be treated to an exclusive fireside recital (Chopin – Nocturnes) in the Grade I listed retreat, following the main Saturday night concert.

Owner of Askham Hall, Charles Lowther, says, “We’re very excited to be bringing some internationally renowned musicians to this special part of the world. Whether people are devoted music buffs or are looking for an introduction to the classics, Askham Church has fabulous acoustics and is a wonderful setting for the inaugural Askham Hall Music Festival Weekend. We’re particularly looking forward to the exclusive late-night recital for our overnight guests at Askham Hall.

The full programme for the weekend includes:

• Friday 26 Feb, 7pm: Opening concert in Askham Church (Mozart).
• Saturday 27 Feb, 5.30pm: Concert in Askham Church (Dvorak and Mozart), followed by dinner in Bank Barn, Askham Hall.
• Sunday 28 Feb, 3pm: Finale concert in Askham Church (Beethoven, Bartok and Mozart).

Advanced booking is required. It costs £18 per concert or £45 for all three.
Askham Hall is also offering Saturday night dinner in its events venue Bank Barn for £35, or the concert with dinner £50. All three concerts, plus Saturday night dinner in the barn will be £80.
For concert guests wanting to stay overnight, contact Askham Hall for special discounted rates: www.askhamhall.co.uk / 01931 712350.

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Askham Hall is a restaurant with rooms in an outstanding historic building. With hidden staircases and walls of up to 8ft thick in places, this 13th century, grade I listed property is steeped in history. The menus are lovingly prepared by two internationally acclaimed chefs, Head Chef Richard Swale and Executive Chef Steven Doherty, who make the most of fresh produce from the extensive kitchen garden, vegetable gardens and orchards.

The creative, artistic and unpretentious style of the food is repeated in the style of the house and its 12 bedrooms. There is no formal service, just an invitation to relax and unwind and feel totally at home. www.askhamhall.co.uk

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