Thursday 23rd May, Elm Farm, Organic Research Centre,
Hamstead Marshall RG20 0HR
11.00am morning (finishes approx 2.30pm)
6.30pm evening (finishes approx 9.45pm)
£32 morning to include lunch
£38 evening to include dinner
An all-weather event, please wear suitable shoes/clothing.
Singing and Walking with the Orlando Consort
The Orlando Consort's new programme explores the
fervent and impassioned music that lies behind the story
of medieval pilgrimages and will include some of the best music written between the 13th and 15th centuries such as the astonishing Missa Sancti Jacobi by Guillaume Dufay.
This event captures just a small part of the medieval experience through an invitation to audiences to join the Consort on a walk through the local countryside to St Mary's Church with musical and dining interludes. A perfect way to unwind from the stresses of modern living!
The event(s) start at the Organic Research Centre,Elm Farm. Hamstead Marshall.
Guests gather and the Orlando Consort sing for 10 minutes to set the musical scene.
Guided walk from Elm Farm to St Mary’s Church, Hamstead Marshall via a marked path through fields. The walk is mostly quite level but there is quite a steep bank which takes a couple of minutes to walk up, where the ground is quite uneven. There is a country lane to cross and stewards will be on hand to make sure everyone gets across easily.
The walk is about 25 minutes long. There may be a short interlude en route for music if the weather is good. When we arrive at St Mary’s Church the consort will give a short concert (30-40 minutes) then we walk back the same route.
Please note there are no wc facilities or parking at the Church.
On arrival back at Elm Farm lunch/dinner will be served. The meal will be organic and rustic in keeping with the Medieval theme!
The Orlando Consort will give another short recital of songs during the meal.
We would emphasise that this is an ‘all-weather’ event and that people should be appropriately dressed! Clearly good weather would be beneficial, but it is by no means essential for the medieval experience!
The event is more suited to those who can comfortably walk unaided on sometimes uneven ground for up to 30 minutes at a time.
If you have any questions please call the Festival office on 01635 32421.