Acton Court Summer Events 2018

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Sunday 24 June

Midsummer Charity Day

Music, Wildlife and some Tudors too

A special event in aid of StreetLife, supporting the homeless in Bristol and The Hawk and Owl Trust, working for wild birds of prey and their habitat.

StreetLife is the Acton Aid Chairman’s nominated Charity for 2018.


Thursday 5 July | 7:00pm– Sold Out

Scent and Symbolism: posies worthy of Henry and Anne

Enjoy an evening at Acton Court exploring the significance of flowers in the Tudor period

Scent and Symbolism: posies worthy of Henry and Anne

Organic Blooms gives visitors another chance to enjoy their very popular workshop, Scent and Symbolism, exploring the significance of flowers in the Tudor period.

Jo Wright, Organic Blooms director and head horticulturalist, will give a presentation about the gardens of Tudor times followed by a tour of Acton Court’s own organic Tudor style gardens.

Organic Blooms head florist Wendy Paul will guide you through making a Tudor nosegay or ‘tussie mussie’ (from ‘tuse’ meaning ‘knot of flowers’ and ‘mose’ referring to the damp moss used to wrap the stems) to take home.

Materials and light refreshments are included.

Group size is limited to a maximum of 20.


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Thursday 12, Wednesday 18, Friday 20 July

Owls, The Predator’s Perspective

with Chris Sperring MBE

Owls, The Predator’s Perspective with Chris Sperring MBE

 

Broadcaster and conservationist, Chris Sperring MBE takes a top of the food chain look at the indicators of a healthy environment from the perspective of predators. Chris discusses how we create a thriving and wealthy environment that’s good for people and for wildlife. A talk followed by a walk around the grounds of Acton Court where Chris assesses the quality of the habitat by how well the owls are doing.

There will be live birds of prey on site.

Group size is limited to 20 max. Please wear outdoor shoes.

All proceeds to the Hawk and Owl Trust.


Chris Sperring is a well known wildlife broadcaster and conservationist and a regular contributor to Radio 4’s The Living World.

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Sunday 29 July

Music for the Two Marys

The Erebus Ensemble directed by Tom Williams

Music for the Two MarysThe Erebus Ensemble directed by Tom Williams

Join award-winning early music group, The Erebus Ensemble, as it returns to Acton Court with a programme of Renaissance music dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, and Mary Magdalene. At the centre of the programme is Alonso Lobo’s stunning six-part mass, Missa Maria Magdalene, one of the finest achievements of the High Renaissance. There are also motets from England, Flanders, Italy and Portugal in this whistle stop tour of musical devotion to two of the most important figures in Christian history.

Tom Williams has a remarkable ability to balance and shape the textures of these great and complex devotional works.

Bristol Post - Clifton International Festival of Music

Wonderfully zesty and fresh... the vibrant singing of the youthful Erebus Ensemble made the evening.

The Independent


Tom Williams Choral Director

Tom Williams is Choral Director of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He is also founder and director of The Erebus Ensemble.

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Friday 3 August | 7:30pm – Sold Out
Sunday 5 August | 7:30pm – Sold Out

Candlelit Tours with Lady Joan

Candlelit Tours with Lady Joan

The wife of Sir Nicholas Poyntz invites you to visit her home and share memories of her family and the people they knew through the momentous reigns of four Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. At the end of the tour Lady Joan offers her guests some sweetmeats from her kitchen. This theatrical tour gives a rare opportunity to experience Acton Court by night.

Lady Joan Poyntz – Brenda Page

Group size is limited to 25.

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Sunday 12 August:

Glorianna - An Elizabethan progress

Music from late 16th century England
A concert by Piva

Glorianna - An Elizabethan progress   Music from late 16th century England A concert by Piva

If you have the chance to see Piva, jump at it.

Voluntary Arts Ireland

Like all good bands, Piva need to be experienced live.

Paul James, Blowzabella

An Elizabethan progress was a lavish and costly affair, with citizens, courtiers and civic authorities going to great lengths to ensure that their Queen received the very best they could offer whether it was food, accommodation or entertainment. Renowned Renaissance music group Piva will capture the festive flavour of these events by presenting a programme of popular dance and ballad music that could have been heard on such a journey. Playing music from country house and stately court through to rowdy tavern and village green, this entertaining show will be accompanied by stories and contemporary accounts of the Progresses.

For this programme Piva are delighted to be joined by guest musicians An Croenen Brutsaert (voice), Kate Moran (violin), David Jarratt-Knock (cornetto) and Mary Mohan (viol).

 


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Amenities

Tea and home made cakes are available during opening hours.

There is partial access for disabled visitors. Parking and loos on site.

 

Artists are welcome to paint in the grounds (no oils). Entrance fee applies.

 

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