In 2014 the music collection belonging to the family of Sir Henry Bridgeman, 1st Baron Bradford, was rediscovered after lying hidden for over 200 years at his ancestral home of Weston Park. Hundreds of pieces, both printed and in manuscript, make up the collection and show just how important music was to this family in the 18th century. Particularly exciting has been the discovery of twenty-five pieces for cello (solos and duets), which belonged to Sir Henry’s eldest son, Henry Simpson Bridgeman. All but three of the pieces are by anonymous composers, and all are unique works, representing a significant contribution to the early cello repertoire and offering an eclectic window onto the tastes of the time.
Members of the Musical & Amicable Society will perform some of the unique works for cello recently discovered at Weston Park: Baroque sonatas and duets by Giardini, Cervetto and Ferrari that were played by the Bridgeman family during the eighteenth century. Hear the remarkable sounds of music that would have resonated at Weston Park in the late eighteenth century during the exuberant ownership of Sir Henry Bridgeman. Accompanying the music will be talks from Martin Perkins of the Musical & Amicable Society and Gareth Williams, Curator & Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation, which will put the works into their historical and family context. The original 250 year old music manuscripts will also be on display for visitors to view for the first time alongside the portrait of Henry Simpson Bridgeman which is not normally on view.
Concert starts at 6pm in the Dining Room and will last for 30-40 minutes
Tickets £10.00 per person
Pre-booking is required by contacting Julieanne McMahon on 01952 852131 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments will be available to purchase