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Early Music Concerts 2000-2009: (UK) Fenton House Hosts a Baroque Battle of the Bands (May 7-9, 29; Aug. 14/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2008

Jury and Audience will both award Prizes

It will be a veritable ensemble extravaganza! More than 50 aspiring musicians comprising sixteen different groups will be contending for prizes worth over £1000 in a completely new Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House in Hampstead.

The groups face two elimination rounds, both of which will be open to the public. The First Round will be held from 2-5pm o­n the afternoons of 7th, 8thand 9thMay at Fenton House. For the cost of admission (free to National Trust members, no booking required) visitors will be able not o­nly to view the 17thcentury House and its collections but also to enjoy a whole afternoon of Baroque music o­n historic instruments. They can also leave comments for the Jury who must select up to six ensembles to advance to the finals. ...
Finals Night kicks off the summer concert series at Fenton House and begins at 7pm o­n Thursday 29thMay. Each of the selected groups will play their whole audition piece in concert. Then, while the Jury confers, the audience will cast their ballots for the recipient of the coveted Audience Prize of £200.

The Jury of eminent early music specialists – David Owen Norris, Linda Nicholson, Steven Devine and David Gordon– must decide which group wins an impressive First Prize of £800 plus future concerts at three premier historic keyboard collections in the Southeast: Fenton House, the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands and Finchcocks. The first of the winner’s concerts will be a Gala at Fenton House o­n Thursday 14th August at 8pm, with drinks and canapés provided at the interval.

The Prize monies for the first Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition have been kindly provided by the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands. The Leche Trust has generously given a grant to facilitate the Fenton House Concerts series as a whole. Sponsors are actively sought to help make the competition a regular event in future years, and to help the unique annual concert series continue.

TICKETS for Finals Night (£14) and the Prize Winner’s Gala (£22) are available from the National Trust Box Office (0871 527 1887) or the events website Fenton House Events. Booking fee applies.

For further information or images please call 0207 435 3471 or visit the National Trust website.

A limited number of Tickets for the Press are available o­n request from Fenton House (020 7435 3471).