The concerts held every year in Leighton’s studio were like a who’s who of mid-nineteenth century music making. There was a real sense of the creative arts reaching across to each other – all in the informal and intimate atmosphere of the studio, with Leighton’s work in progress all around them.
Following his successful recreation of one of Leighton’s “Musics” last summer, musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett returns to host another absorbing and entertaining evening of music making. It includes Lieder by Lord Leighton’s beloved Schubert, intermezzi by Brahms, one of the magnificent solo cello suites by JS Bach, and possibly the only masterpiece ever written for cello and double bass! - the Duetto by Rossini.
We’re delighted to welcome international soprano Julia Doyle and distinguished cellist David Watkin to Leighton House for this concert – once again the excellent Juliet Edwards joins us at the piano.
Doors open at 6.45 and tickets includes refreshment (during the interval).
When & Where
Leighton House Museum
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.