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Summer of Music

Leith Hill Place will be the picturesque venue for a series of outdoor informal music performances on Sundays this August.

The historic National Trust house, formerly the childhood home of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, is the perfect place for people to relax on a summer Sunday. Visitors are welcome to look round the house as usual, enjoying the Wedgwood exhibition, art installations and learning about the history and music associated with the house. The informal music which will be running each Sunday will hopefully be held outside (weather permitting) where visitors may bring a picnic whilst relaxing in the sunshine to the live music. The breath taking backdrop of the unrivalled views and a cream tea will make for a perfect outing for friends and family.

The line-up is as follows:

6 August – Julian Everett, Flamenco guitar

13 August – Childe Rolande, folk band

Childe Rolande is a six-piece electro/acoustic folk group originating in South East London. Like Vaughan Williams, the group draw their inspiration from the folk music tradition which has evolved over the centuries. They include some traditional pieces in their repertoire but much of the music is self-penned, often referencing historical events as well as myths and legends and drawing on the influences of contemporary, traditional and celtic folk.

20 August – Les Deux Cent, saxophone quartet 

Les Deux Cent was formed as a breakaway group from a community brass and wind band, established in Surrey in 2014.​ The group are constantly striving to increase their repertoire and musical excellence and to widen their performances to new regions and audiences. They can regularly be found busking and drinking coffee around Brighton.

27 August – A Summer Singalong with Leith Hill Timeline Choir

Singers from Leith Hill Timeline Choir and directors Stef Conner and Claire Robinson will perform an afternoon of favourite British songs, from Britten to the Beatles, including plenty of Vaughan Williams! As well as a mixture of solo and small ensemble songs from the choir, there will be opportunities for the audience to learn a few harmonies and join in with some much-loved folk songs.

Each performance will start at 2:00pm and end at approximately 3:30pm with an interval. There will be no charge for this informal music just normal admission.

For more information please call Leith Hill Place on 01306 711685 or visit the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-place