Life Drawing Classes in association with Lavender Hill Studios 1 - 4 p.m.
- Performing & Visual Arts
- Leighton House Museum, W14 8LZ London
Join us for an evening of Christmas music and carol singing in the beautiful setting of Leighton House. Introduced by musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett, Leighton’s studio will be filled by candles and by a varied programme of English and continental Christmas music from across the centuries, including works by Vaughan Williams, Handel, Benjamin Britten, Tchaikovsky and Schubert. With opportunities for audience participation in some of our best-loved carols, the evening is a perfect way to start your Christmas festivities. With Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor), Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano) and Juliet Edwards (piano).
Doors open at 6.45pm
Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington, the house is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century.
The house was the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The Arab Hall is the centerpiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over a thousand Islamic tiles, mostly brought back from Damascus in Syria, the interior with its gold mosaics, marble columns and golden dome evokes a compelling vision of the Orient.
The opulence continues through the other richly decorated interiors, with elaborate mosaic floors and walls lined with peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is the Silk Room with its display of paintings by Leighton’s friends and contemporaries and the grand painting studio with its great north window, dome and apse – the room in which all Leighton’s important later works were produced including the celebrated Flaming June.
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