THE BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, THE LANDSCAPE AGENCY AND WALSALL LEATHER MUSEUM EXPLORE CAPABILITY BROWN’s LEGACY
As Capability Brown’s tercentenary gathers further momentum, Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire \ Staffordshire border is looking forward to three events in June which considers Britain’s greatest landscape gardener’s legacy in its widest sense with a musical concert and two fascinating talks.
The renowned Birmingham Conservatoire will perform a selection of works from scored owned by Sir Henry Bridgeman, Brown’s patron at Weston Park on Sunday 12th June at 6pm. both Sir Henry and his daughter Charlotte were keen musicians whose rich selection of sheet music remains at Weston Park where it has been studied and written about by Martin Perkins of Birmingham Conservatoire.
Two talks are planned to put Brown’s work at Weston into context. The first of these will take place on Thursday 9th June when Mike Glasson, the Curator from Walsall’s Leather Museum will present: Walsall: Town of a Hundred Trades. Mike will look at the boom years of the Victorian Era when the Earls of Bradford developed their extensive Walsall estate – helping in turn to sustain Capability Brown’s works at Weston during a time of agricultural depression – when the British Empire provided a ready market for everything the town could make and reveals the surprising number of skilled trades and crafts still being practised in the town.
On Thursday 16th June Weston will welcome Patrick James and Eleanor Houldcroft of the Landscape Agency together with Andrew Bowman-Shaw from the Tree and Woodland Company to tell visitors about the work they have undertaken to manage Capability Brown’s legacy at Weston. Over the last fifteen years they have been working with the Weston Park Foundation on a twenty five year project to restore the park and pleasure grounds. The talk considers how the estate has in response to the fortunes and fashions of successive owners with particular focus on Brown in this anniversary year.
Tickets for the Birmingham Conservatoire are £15 per person including wine and canapes in the interval. Tickets are £5.00 for each talk including tea or coffee on arrival at 10.30am in the Granary Art Gallery and complimentary access to the House, Park and Gardens.
To book for any of these events please contact Suzanne Parkin on 01952 852130 or e-mail Suzanne@weston-park.com
For further information please visit weston-park.com