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The Category Historic Houses and Buildings is a subset of Venues for UK Concerts and Recitals. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Historic Houses and Buildings which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the House/Building’s Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Historic Houses and Buildings do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Brick Lane Music Hall

- Manor Farm

 

! Historic Houses and Buildings KEY
VISITS (to Website)30
VIEWS (of Record)58

'Music at the Unicorn is a not-for-profit group that stage music events in the beautiful Abingdon Abbey Buildings, usually in the Unicorn Theatre. The Unicorn is a small, 90 seat, intimate venue with brilliant acoustics for music.'

@ Abingdon Abbey Buildings
VISITS (to Website)315
Also indexedUnicorn Theatre | Music at the Unicorn
VIEWS (of Record)393
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Alexandra Palace has built a reputation as one of London’s premier venues. With its beautiful setting with panoramic views of London, stunning architectural features and well proportioned halls, the Palace is now a very popular choice for both corporate and private events ... The Grand Willis Organ  ‘The tale of the organ is an extraordinary survival story against great adversity, stretching over 135 years. As we see it today, the organ is being rebuilt from the ashes for the third time, but the heart of what made it such a great Victorian musical masterpiece remains.’

 

@ Alexandra Palace
VISITS (to Website)197
VIEWS (of Record)475

‘Good music from classical to jazz in the wonderfully evocative setting of Beaulieu’s 800 year-old Abbey Church, once the refectory of the Cistercian Abbey of Beaulieu, with its splendid acoustics and in the heart of the New Forest National Park ... A charitable trust, run entirely by volunteers, Music ar Beaulieu arranges some 12 to 14 concerts each year, providing excellent inexpensive music from classical to jazz and offering a platform for young as well as established world-class musicians.‘

@ Beaulieu Abbey
VISITS (to Website)106
Also indexedMusic at Beaulieu
VIEWS (of Record)228
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events throughout the year ... On selected dates, visitors can enjoy recitals on our Willis Organ that bring the history and scale of Blenheim Palace to life ... The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music  is the best boutique festival in the country.' (Held Mid October.)

@ Blenheim Palace
VISITS (to Website)305
Also indexedBlenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music
VIEWS (of Record)288

'Built in the 1390's this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston's power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston's finest visitor attractions.' Hosts occasional concerts and recitals.

@ Boston Guildhall
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of Record)382

Come and enjoy our music concert series held within the hall chamber of our 15th Century Medieval Wealden Hall House.’

 

@ Bridge Cottage Uckfield
VISITS (to Website)185
VIEWS (of Record)342
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Each year, we present and produce over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more. In addition to the year-round programme, each May we produce England's leading and most-progressive mixed-arts celebration, the internationally-acclaimed Brighton Festival. With a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent's stables and riding house), Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.’

 

@ Brighton Dome
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of Record)100
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Charlton House Concerts bring together music lovers and both established and aspiring artists. With the enthusiastic support of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and a loyal and generous audience we present a continuing programme of wonderful concerts, inspiring competitions and creative sponsorship ... Charlton House illustrates a little-represented phase in the evolution of the English country house, linking the sprawling style of the Tudor age with the compact geometry associated with Inigo Jones.’

 

@ Charlton House
VISITS (to Website)59
Also indexedRoyal Greenwich Heritage Trust
VIEWS (of Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A stunning concert venue nestled in the beautiful, yet accessible, South Somerset countryside. The theatre was created from the old coach house in 1962, before being completely rebuilt in 1993. It has excellent acoustics and sightlines, and is the perfect size for chamber music and other small-scale performances. Dillington House has been bringing internationally renowned musicians to the West Country since the 1960s ...'

 

@ Dillington House
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of Record)377
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Forde Abbey Is host to one of the Country’s most prestigious chamber music series. The Great Hall has ideal acoustics for chamber music and has often been used for recording purposes. It is also a wonderful venue for concerts, which take place during the summer months. Each season Forde Abbey attracts artists of an international level for a varied programme of music.'

 

@ Forde Abbey
VISITS (to Website)121
VIEWS (of Record)556

‘Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye ... Haddon Hall is becoming renowned for its varied programme of music held throughout the season ... Performances are held at 12.00 and 2.00 pm, providing time to enjoy lunch or tea in our Restaurant. These recitals can be enjoyed at leisure and are included with admission tickets.’

 

@ Haddon Hall
VISITS (to Website)35
VIEWS (of Record)75

'Hellensmusic is a music festival that takes place every Spring over five days ... The event has a strong focus on music education and training for the young. The main concerts take place in the early evenings, and during the day the performing musicians deliver a series of masterclasses to talented students from the UK’s best music schools and colleges ... Hellensmusic also works closely with local primary and secondary schools, developing a programme of activities during the festival, and at other times through the year.' Festival held Early May.

 

@ Hellens Manor
VISITS (to Website)359
Also indexedHellensmusic
VIEWS (of Record)461
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in a magical location in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn't shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather.’

 

@ Hever Castle
VISITS (to Website)262
VIEWS (of Record)325

'Enjoy chamber music and opera at its finest in the perfect setting of the Marble Hall at Holkham ...'

 

@ Holkham Hall
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of Record)279
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond ... The public rooms and grounds may be hired for a wide variety of public or private events including receptions & dinners, lectures & seminars, concerts and plays, trade promotions & corporate events, garden parties, fairs & exhibitions and film locations.'

 

@ Ingatestone Hall
VISITS (to Website)185
VIEWS (of Record)339

'Built in 1582 and set in the beautiful Waterlow Park, Lauderdale House now runs primarily as an arts and education centre, welcoming over 65,000 visitors each year. Our varied programme includes performances, exhibitions, classes and events as well as weddings, parties and receptions, which together bring this historic building to life.'

 

@ Lauderdale House
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of Record)304
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’An atmospheric house with panoramic views across the Surrey countryside, Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of one of England's greatest composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, who gave it to the National Trust in 1945. His grandparents, Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline (née Darwin) moved here in 1847 and his great uncle, the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, conducted experiments in the grounds ... Feel inspired as you walk around a place that has been the setting for so much creativity, whilst taking in lovely views, listening to the music and relaxing with a cup of tea.’

 

@ Leith Hill Place
VISITS (to Website)54
VIEWS (of Record)113
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Historic venue in the heart of Leominster ... Built in the grand regency style - a stunning example of elegance from a bygone era ... The Lion Ballroom makes a lovely concert venue with seating for an audience of 120. Although it has hosted concerts for the past twenty years or so, there has been increased activity since 2013 with monthly and sometimes fortnightly concerts featuring a wide range of musicians ...'

@ Lion Ballroom
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of Record)271

'Ludlow Assembly Rooms opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. The opening was the result of five years of tireless campaigning by a group of people who believed that our rural community deserved its own place of entertainment ...'

 

@ Ludlow Assembly Rooms
VISITS (to Website)315
VIEWS (of Record)246

‘Our grounds are home to a stunning Abbey church, founded in the 10th century by King Athelstan, and an exquisite Georgian mansion house, set in one of Dorset’s most beautiful locations ... Be sure to visit our Events/Tickets page for details of the concerts, drama productions and themed lunches and dinners which we regularly host here at Milton Abbey where you can now book tickets online. We look forward to welcoming you to our special venue soon ... An Annual International Music Festival & Summer School is also held Late July.

 

@ Milton Abbey
VISITS (to Website)194
Also indexedMilton Abbey International Music Festival & Summer School
VIEWS (of Record)223

‘Surrounded by stunning parkland, a unique and refined Grade I listed venue. A choice of four rooms to accommodate any event. Less than 2 miles from Cheltenham town centre, this magnificent example of Regency architecture offers much of the same versatility as Cheltenham Town Hall, whilst overlooking the lawns and lakes of Pittville Park. The striking Main Hall with its ornate domed ceiling and crystal chandeliers, perfect for concerts, exhibitions, parties and dinners.’

@ Pittville Pump Room
VISITS (to Website)43
VIEWS (of Record)99

'During the final year in Higher Education, all UK Conservatoires, Universities and Specialist Music Schools are keen to identify quality concert locations for their best graduate instrumentalists and opera students. For at least three concerts each year, Powderham Castle’s very impressive James Wyatt Music Room is now being used as a Concert Hall launchpad for the very best instrumental and opera students – performers of a standard associated with BBC TV’s Young Musician series or BBC3’s "New Generation Artists" programmes. All UK Conservatoires & Specialist Music Schools have warmly embraced this initiative. By encouraging gifted young instrumentalists from across the UK and abroad, these special concerts will play an important part in ensuring the future of classical music.'

 

@ Powderham Castle
VISITS (to Website)6
Also indexedMusic in the Castle
VIEWS (of Record)15
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The recitals are held in what used to be the great hall of a late Jacobean house designed and built by Sir Roger Townshend with his Master Mason William Edge. Later paved in marble by William Kent and embellished in the C18th style, this room epitomises the dual spirit of Raynham Hall. Lofty, elegant and flooded with light it also has a clear but gentle resonance which is perfect for the intimate chamber music presented at the Raynham Recitals.'

 

@ Raynham Hall
VISITS (to Website)203
VIEWS (of Record)422

’Music has a always been an important part of ROSL and ROSL ARTS. Since the beginning of the Annual Music Competition in 1952 music at ROSL ARTS has gone from strength to strength. We now offer a year round programme of concerts at Over-Seas House, London as well as at venues around the UK.‘

@ Royal Over-Seas League
VISITS (to Website)40
Also indexedROSL ARTS
VIEWS (of Record)98

‘Official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford and venue for concerts, lectures and events ... Constructed between 1664 and 1669 and funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Warden of All Souls College and later Archbishop of Canterbury, the Sheldonian Theatre is the first major design of Sir Christopher Wren. The original roof, hailed as a masterpiece of architectural design, is made up of a series of timber trusses and complicated cross beams supported by braces and screws without any columns.’

 

@ Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
VISITS (to Website)38
VIEWS (of Record)84
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections anywhere in the world. St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall. Originally built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762, the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Cowgate ... St Cecilia’s Hall comprises of a Concert Room, hosting a range of concerts and public events, and a Music Museum, which is open to the public and brings together the University's historic collection of musical instruments for the first time.’ Note also the events of the Friends of the St Cecilia’s Hall & Museum.

 

@ St Cecilia’s Hall
VISITS (to Website)176
Also indexedFriends of the St Cecilia’s Hall & Museum
VIEWS (of Record)232

‘A rare surviving example of a Georgian proprietary chapel retaining most of its original early nineteenth century features. Proprietary chapels were a solution to the problem of insufficient capacity within existing parish churches to meet the spiritual needs of a growing 18th and early 19th century urban population ... In its Victorian heyday the chapel regularly had a congregation of between 500 and 600 but during the 20th century numbers continued to fall and in 1973 St John’s was finally closed for public worship ... The Friends of St John’s was founded in 2005 to support the work of The Churches Conservation Trust to promote public awareness of this important Grade I Listed building and encourage greater use of it by the local community. The chapel is used as a venue for a variety of arts and cultural events.’

 

@ St John’s Chapel Chichester
VISITS (to Website)48
VIEWS (of Record)76

‘The historic Chapel is a unique and important Grade ll* Listed building, situated in St. Lawrence Lane in the heart of Ashburton. Originally a Chantry Chapel and subsequently for over 600 years a Grammar School, St. Lawrence Chapel is now an important Heritage, Cultural and Community Centre, managed by the Guild of St. Lawrence ... The Chapel seats up to 100 people; with its grand piano and superb acoustics, it is a perfect venue for musical or orchestral concerts, theatrical productions, large meetings and self catering banquets or dinners.’

@ St Lawrence Chapel at Ashburton
VISITS (to Website)212
VIEWS (of Record)452

‘Important during the times of Henry VIII when it was the base of Cardinal Wolsey's short-lived college the Church has now been regenerated for the 21st Century. As well as being a heritage centre St Peter's is a venue for music and the arts, and is home to the Ipswich Hospital Band, Suffolk School of Samba and Ipswich Youth Steel Band, who all use the centre for rehearsals and concerts ... There is live music in St Peter’s every Wednesday lunchtime, which is free for visitors to listen to while exploring the centre, as well as the many concerts and events which happen throughout the year, performed by local, national and international groups.’

 

@ St Peter’s by the Waterfront
VISITS (to Website)103
VIEWS (of Record)189
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A beautiful and historic venue in the unique setting of a Victorian spa village in the heart of the Highlands. Specialising in live music and entertainment, weddings, conferences plus its very own Bar & Restaurant. Come and see for yourself ...'

@ Strathpeffer Pavilion
VISITS (to Website)245
VIEWS (of Record)369

'The Barn Concerts have become an integral part of our lives. There is huge pleasure in hearing beautiful music played by renowned musicians which is only surpassed by the happiness so apparent in the people departing after an evening in the Barn.'

 

@ The Barn Carlton
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of Record)347

'An iconic grade 2 listed building, is Shropshire's biggest entertainment venue, comprising of three unique floors - The Cellars, Main Arena and VIP Mezzanine levels. The venue hosts a range of live concerts and gigs ...'

@ The Buttermarket Shrewsbury
VISITS (to Website)564
VIEWS (of Record)375
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Chamber Music Weekends and occasional other concerts and recitals.

 

@ The Castle at Taunton
VISITS (to Website)128
VIEWS (of Record)315
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An impressive Grade II listed building which was originally built as a corn exchange. The Corn Hall is now a thriving arts venue offering a wide range of quality entertainment ... It was as recent as 1998 that the Corn Hall ceased to trade as a corn market, one of the last in the country, but there have always been other activities in the Hall. Victorian times saw bazaars and choral concerts while the Waveney Room was used as registry office, magistrate’s court and later as Council Chamber, and everything from boxing to discos kept the Hall alive in the 20th century.‘

@ The Corn Hall Diss
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of Record)133

‘The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar ... set in sight of his beloved Malvern Hills, this small family home in the village of Lower Broadheath is the perfect environment for nurturing a creative genius. Perhaps by wandering around the garden over the cottage threshold a spark of inspiration may alight in our welcomed guests ... Growing up as a child at Lower Broadheath he was constantly surrounded by music, in the family home and in his father’s shop, and throughout his life he immersed himself in musical performance. This is our wish for his birthplace, to fill the property and gardens with the joyous sounds of live music, music in all its forms from cello to dulcimer.’

 

@ The Firs
VISITS (to Website)108
VIEWS (of Record)159
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Musical Museum is home to a wonderful collection of self-playing mechanical musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in our concert hall, you can listen to and learn about an impressive array of reproducing pianos, orchestrions, pipe organs and violin players. The museum's theatre space hosts a variety of musical concerts, films and dances throughout the year, and makes a unique and flexible event venue available to hire.‘

@ The Musical Museum
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of Record)181

‘The only surviving Elizabethan Church in London and one of the oldest in the country to have been built as an Anglican church ... The Old Church is a fabulous venue for a variety of artistic and community events: concerts, exhibitions, art workshops, dancing, singing, meditation, drumming ... Our flexible atmospheric space with its wonderful acoustic is perfect for them all. We can seat an audience of 110 – all with a good view.’

 

@ The Old Church Stoke Newington
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of Record)231
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A restored 18th Century Norfolk barn set in the heart of rural South Norfolk, near to the beautiful Waveney Valley and Southern Broads town of Beccles. Many world class musicians, ensembles and orchestras have performed in our annual concert series and recorded here ... With a stage at one end, large enough to accommodate two grand pianos, chamber orchestra or choir, complete with wonderfully responsive acoustics, described by visitors as a “mini Snape Maltings”, there is seating for an audience of 120.’

 

@ The Old Granary Studio
VISITS (to Website)59
VIEWS (of Record)144

'Collectively-run community venue, staffed entirely by volunteers ... The Spilsby Theatre was formed from the former Sessions House and gaol in this small Lincolnshire town ... The interior of the building has much atmosphere.' ALERT At Review: ‘We have taken the first steps towards an exciting £3.5m project to transform the grade II listed Spilsby Theatre into an outstanding facility for the community. It would create employment, boost the local economy and breath life into an iconic building.’

@ The Sessions House
VISITS (to Website)237
Also indexedSpilsby Theatre
VIEWS (of Record)403

‘The Subscription Rooms is a busy vibrant multi-purpose community arts centre in the heart of Stroud with first class facilities hosting year-round arts and entertainment, live music, concerts, dances, comedy, exhibitions, workshops, classes, markets and meetings. Built in 1833 by public subscription, the venue still plays an important part in community events. It is now owned and managed by Stroud District Council.’

@ The Subscription Rooms Stroud
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of Record)394

‘Saltaire is named after philanthropist Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire, which flows at the bottom of the village, near Roberts Park ... Inspired by opulent 15th century architecture, and commissioned by Sir Titus Salt as a “centre for recreation, culture and learning” for his villagers, Victoria Hall was designed by architects Lockwood and Mawson and opened in 1871 ... We’re proud to be home to Yorkshire’s finest Wurlitzer Cinema Organ, managed by the Cinema Organ Society. The Wurlitzer is beneath the Main Hall stage, with an array of beautiful pipework permanently sited under the stage, and the console rising on a hydraulic lift for performances and concerts ... The Cinema Organ Society promote regular theatre organ concerts and dances by top British and international artists, as well as by younger up-and-coming players. In addition to regular monthly events, the Wurlitzer is played several times a month by members of the society.‘

 

@ Victoria Hall Saltaire
VISITS (to Website)12
Also indexedCinema Organ Society
VIEWS (of Record)55
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

West Green House Opera is a small charity which exists to support emerging artists in a nurturing and creative environment. Our week-long Opera Season offers new productions staged by opera professionals in stunning, purpose-built Green Theatres set in the lovely gardens at West Green.’

 

@ West Green House
VISITS (to Website)45
VIEWS (of Record)59

'Trevor Beale started the wonderful tradition of Concerts at West Lodge Park in 1974, and the season of concerts each year has continued ever since ... The format is simple – enjoy good food, fine wine and high quality classical music in beautiful and civilised surroundings.'

 

@ West Lodge Park
VISITS (to Website)215
VIEWS (of Record)303
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Opened 1859: ‘A grade 2* award winning building & the oldest grand music hall in the world. Now showing exceptional live music, world-class theatre & education projects.’

 

@ Wilton's Music Hall
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of Record)314

'The Barn provides an ambitious and inclusive cultural programme, encompassing music, theatre, film, dance, comedy, talks, visual art, workshops and environmental projects. We also support artists, makers and designers to research and create artwork inspired by our location and context.'

 

@ Woodend Barn
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of Record)361

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