Unique music festival at Rathfinny Wine Estate - Conchord at Rathfinny

PUBLISHED: 16:37 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:37 21 April 2015


A sumptuous weekend festival of chamber music, premium wine and delicious food – curated by the acclaimed London Conchord Ensemble, Rathfinny Wine Estate’s resident ensemble of international musicians - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 June 2015

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Rathfinny Wine Estate is delighted to be bringing a unique music festival to their Sussex vineyard this summer, in collaboration with the London Conchord Ensemble.

‘Conchord at Rathfinny’ combines premium wine with chamber music performed by international musicians in the new RIBA nominated Winery, set in the stunning, rolling countryside of the Rathfinny Estate. It offers an enticing alternative to the annual summer festival line-up, and is carefully programmed to bring a unique new theme to its audiences each year. As befitting its location overlooking the English Channel, the theme of the inaugural weekend festival will be ‘the sea’, with performances of works such as Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ and George Crumb’s ‘Vox Balaenae’.

Emily Pailthorpe, recognized as one of the world’s leading oboists, is a founding member of the London Conchord Ensemble which performs widely across the globe as one of Europe’s leading chamber ensembles. In 2013, they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a BBC Chamber Music Prom at Cadogan Hall, which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Emily is the festival’s Artistic Director and she has carefully crafted a weekend of classical music to be enjoyed by both long-standing aficionados and those new to the genre.

Weekend tickets are available for £275, or single performances can be enjoyed for individual prices. These range from £175 for the unique Gala Dinner, where sublime performances from around the world are accompanied by wine from the home of the composer, chosen and introduced by the owner of the estate, Mark Driver, to £15 for a Sunday morning Baroque coffee concert.

One of the many festival highlights will be the performance of ‘Rhythm of Silence’, co-commissioned by The Charleston Trust and Rathfinny Wine Estate. It will be premiered at Charleston Festival and also performed at Latitude and Bath festivals. ‘Rhythm of Silence’ is a performance that blurs the boundaries between literature and music; inspired by Virginia Woolf and Benjamin Britten and written and devised by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the work draws on Woolf’s assertion that The Waves was written ‘to a rhythm, and not to a plot’. Actors include Emily Pailthorpe’s own daughter, Bronwen Pailthorpe.

The festival will also feature special guest Dame Felicity Lott who lives locally and will be performing on Saturday 13th June. The renowned English soprano’s appearance at the festival gives a clear indication of the calibre of performances to be anticipated and enjoyed by those attending the festival.

The Rathfinny Wine Estate, established by Mark and Sarah Driver in 2010, will be releasing its first premium Sussex Sparkling wine in 2017. Rathfinny is also establishing itself at the forefront of British winery tourism, having recently opened its luxurious Flint Barns to the public who are able to enjoy a stay in the vineyard and to walk the many trails across the South Downs National Park, including the Rathfinny Trail, due to open on 2nd May.

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