Events At The Castle at Taunton

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Newsquest Breakfast Seminars

22 Aug 2014

Newsquest Breakfast Seminars

To support local businesses Newsquest Somerset are actively working in partnership to offer a series of seminars on various aspects of marketing, advertising and business skills. With the challenging times we are experiencing globally, both as a nation and at local level, we must explore every opportunity to promote not only our businesses and services, but ourselves too. 

These sessions offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn new business and marketing skills
  • Improve your business acumen in a friendly and relaxed environment
  • Open discussion to help you look at your business from the customer's point of view
  • Share experiences and ideas by networking with others 

Newsquest Somerset are working in collaboration with Independent Training Consultant Linda Vijeh, from Service Matters, to help you understand your customers and, more importantly, your market with a series of focused seminars.

Next Seminar

Friday  22nd  August – What do your Customers REALLY Want?

How to ask the right questions to identify customer needs before you start to sell

KEY MESSAGE – I can only sell if I can find the need

WHEN            Monthly, 10.30am - midday

WHERE          The Castle at Taunton, Castle Green, Taunton TN1 1NF

TRAINER        Linda Vijeh, Independent Training Consultant, Service Matters

COST             £12.50 including refreshments 

CONTACT      Dawn Stephenson Tel: 01823 365201 or dawn.stephenson@nqsw.co.uk

Registration for the seminar is vitally important so we know how many people are going to attend.

Please go the link to book your place - www.the-castle-hotel.com/events

Remember you can only book via the website.

Booking confirmation will be your receipt.

Ticket Prices

  • General Admittance   12.50

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 22 Aug 2014 10:30 am 40 General Admittance   12.50

Visionary Artists of The Great War

11 Sep 2014

Visionary Artists of The Great War

Talks about Art by Maggie Giraud, Art Historian and Curator
Thursday, 11th September 
2014

Paul Nash (1889-1946 and Stanley Spencer (1891-1959)

To mark the centenary of the First World War, this lecture looks at an unusual coupling of two great modern artists who were profoundly influenced by an education at the Slade School of Art, and their exposure to the horrors of The Great War.  Both became official War Artists, and their very different responses to these experiences are explored through the work they created.

11am – coffee, talk and set two course lunch with wine £39.  Coffee and talk only £15.
 
Tickets can be purchased online or telephone box office between 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday – Friday on 01823 328303.

This lecture was commissioned by The Castle Hotel, Taunton for inclusion in their autumn 2014 series of Talks About Art.

Ticket Prices

  • Talk Only   15.00
  • Talk & Lunch   39.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 11 Sep 2014 11:00 am 64 Talk Only   15.00
Talk & Lunch   39.00

BRAZZ Autumn Comedy Nights

11 Sep 2014 – 6 Nov 2014

BRAZZ Autumn Comedy Nights

Don't miss out on our Autumn Comedy Nights in BRAZZ!

Thursday, 11 September 

  • Compere/MC – Mark Palmer
  • Neil McFarlane
  • Sarah Archer
  • Daniel Fitzhenry
  • FEATURING -  Martin Davis


Dinner will be served from 6.00pm - 7.30pm and the show begins at 8.30pm.

General Admission is standing room only & does not guarantee seating or a view of the stage.

Ticket Prices

  • Ticket with 2-Course Dinner & Wine from 6.00pm - 7.30pm   39.00
  • Ticket, burger & chips with bottle of beer or glass of wine   22.00
  • General Admittance - standing room only in bar area   15.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 11 Sep 2014 8:30 pm 54 Ticket with 2-Course Dinner & Wine from 6.00pm - 7.30pm   39.00
Ticket, burger & chips with bottle of beer or glass of wine   22.00
General Admittance - standing room only in bar area   15.00
Thursday 6 Nov 2014 8:30 pm 66 Ticket with 2-Course Dinner & Wine from 6.00pm - 7.30pm   39.00
Ticket, burger & chips with bottle of beer or glass of wine   22.00
General Admittance - standing room only in bar area   15.00

Business Networking

26 Mar 2014 – 26 Nov 2014

Business Networking

Includes light breakfast, coffee and networking

How about talking business over a BBQ?!

It is our absolute pleasure to invite you to our networking BBQ. This is a business networking/social/charity event. If you are a business owner, business professional and/or supporters of the charity "STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE" this is an event for YOU! 

BBQ STARTS AT 5:30pm

For further information, contact Kevin Smith on 07545 699249 or email kevin.smith1@santander.co.uk

Ticket Prices

  • General Admission   12.50
  • General Admittance - BBQ   15.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Wednesday 30 Jul 2014 5:30 pm 9 General Admittance - BBQ   15.00
Wednesday 30 Jul 2014 6:00 pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday 24 Sep 2014 7:15 am 29 General Admission   12.50
Wednesday 26 Nov 2014 7:15 am 29 General Admission   12.50

Manet

16 Oct 2014

Manet

'There’s so much more to say...'

Talks about Art by Maggie Giraud, Art Historian and Curator
Thursday, 16th October 2014

A personal response by Maggie Giraud to the much hyped and somewhat disappointing exhibition ‘Manet- portraying life’ at the Royal Academy held at the beginning of 2013. Selected examples of Edouard Manet’s work will be considered for clues to the justification of his position as one of the great masters of Modern Art.  The painter’s position in the contemporary cultural scene in Paris at the latter part of the C19, his portrayal of women, his relationship to the annual Salon, and the outrageous nature of his most famous works will all be discussed.

11am – coffee, talk and set two course lunch with wine £39.  Coffee and talk only £15.
 
Tickets can be purchased online or telephone box office between 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday – Friday on 01823 328303.

Ticket Prices

  • Talk Only   15.00
  • Talk & Lunch   39.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 16 Oct 2014 11:00 am 63 Talk Only   15.00
Talk & Lunch   39.00

The Endellion String Quartet

24 Oct 2014 – 26 Oct 2014

The Endellion String Quartet

Schubert & Haydn

24–26 October 2014 (MB 183)

2 nights • 4 concerts

Andrew Watkinson violin, Ralph de Souza violin, Garfield Jackson viola, David Waterman cello.

Pre-concert talks: Prof. Geoffrey Norris

 

The Programme

Friday 24 October 2014, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

Beethoven, String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6; Schubert, String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D804 ‘Rosamunde’; Mendelssohn, String Quartet in D, Op.44 No.1



Saturday 25 October 2014, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.76 No.5; Schubert, String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810 ‘Death & the Maiden’ 

 



Saturday 25 October 2014, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

Haydn, String Quartet in D minor, Op.103; Janáček, String Quartet No.1, ‘Kreutzer’; Schubert, String Quartet No.15 in G, D887

 



Sunday 26 October 2014, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Schubert, ‘Quartettsatz’, D703; Haydn, String Quartet in E-flat, Op.64 No.6; Smetana, String Quartet No.1 in E minor, ‘From My Life’

 



Tickets to individual concerts: £24 for mornings, £25 for evenings. Please contact the Castle Hotel to book these, on 01823 328303.

Ticket Prices

  • Morning Concert   24.00
  • Evening Concert   25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 24 Oct 2014 5:30 pm 38
Saturday 25 Oct 2014 10:30 am 49
Saturday 25 Oct 2014 5:30 pm 38
Sunday 26 Oct 2014 10:30 am 50

Paint the Soul

13 Nov 2014

Paint the Soul

Talks about Art by Maggie Giraud, Art Historian and Curator
Thursday, 13th November 2014

Paint the soul, never mind the arms and legs...’ is a quotation from Browning’s poem about Fra Fillipo Lippi, where his prior is admonishing the wayward painter monk who has more than an eye for the ladies.  

An overview of the development of portraiture is given from the medieval to the modern period, with examples from Holbein to Freud.  The changing role of the portrait is explored with the impact of the advent of photography, where creating ‘the arms and legs’ ceases to be a challenge. The talk explores how we can look at portraits now.

11am – coffee, talk and set two course lunch with wine £39.  Coffee and talk only £15.
 
Tickets can be purchased online or telephone box office between 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday – Friday on 01823 328303.

Ticket Prices

  • Ticket Only   15.00
  • Ticket & Lunch   39.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 13 Nov 2014 11:00 am 65 Ticket Only   15.00
Ticket & Lunch   39.00

Christmas Party Nights

19 Dec 2014 – 20 Dec 2014

Christmas Party Nights

Friday, 19th December & Saturday, 20th December from 7pm

Join us on one of our two party nights this Christmas!  

You'll enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, a 3-course dinner and then you can dance the night away at our private disco.  


Ticket Prices

  • Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   40.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 19 Dec 2014 7:00 pm 105 Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   40.00
Saturday 20 Dec 2014 7:00 pm 66 Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   40.00

Gala New Year's Eve

31 Dec 2014

Gala New Year's Eve

31st December from 8pm

If you are seeking a glamorous new year's eve, then you simply cannot miss The Castle's grand occasion!

Our black-tie dinner and disco is the place to be to ring in the new year.

Start the evening with a champagne & canapé reception at 8pm, followed by a lavish dinner.  Then ring in the new year in true Castle style with some help from our DJ.

Ticket Prices

  • Gala New Year's Eve Party   99.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 8:00 pm 70 Gala New Year's Eve Party   99.00

The Leonore Piano Trio

20 Feb 2015 – 22 Feb 2015

The Leonore Piano Trio

20–22 February 2015

Benjamin Nabarro violin
Gemma Rosefield cello
Tim Horton piano

Pre-concert talks by Richard Wigmore

Before forming The Leonore Piano Trio, its members were each already internationally acclaimed artists in their own right. Their performances under the umbrella of ‘Ensemble 360’ were then met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio permanently. They have toured, coached and recorded together – their latest disc (of Arensky Trios) receiving excellent reviews.

Their programme consists entirely of music by Beethoven, with six concerts over three days. Most of his major piano trio works are incorporated, including the ‘Archduke’ and ‘Ghost’ and the complete Op.1 set. They also perform a good selection of his sonatas for violin or cello and piano.

Musical insight is provided by Richard Wigmore in the form of short pre-concert talks. Richard is a lecturer, writer on music, and broadcaster. He writes for BBC Music Magazine, The Telegraph and Gramophone.

The Programme

Concert 1
Friday 20 February 2015, 4.00pm
Pre-concert talk at 3.45pm

Beethoven, Cello Sonata in A, Op.69; Piano Trio in E flat, Op.1 No.1.

Concert 2
Friday 20 February 2015, 6.45pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

Beethoven, Violin Sonata in F, Op.24 ‘Spring’; Piano Trio in G, Op.1 No.2.

Concert 3
Saturday 21 February 2015, 11.00am
Pre-concert talk at 10.45am

Beethoven, Cello Sonata in F, Op.5 No.1; Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1 No.3.

Concert 4
Saturday 21 February 2015, 4.00pm
Pre-concert talk at 3.45pm

Beethoven, Violin Sonata in C minor, Op.30 No.2 ‘Eroica’; Piano Trio in D, Op.70 No.1 ‘Ghost’.

Concert 5
Saturday 21 February 2015, 6.45pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm Beethoven, Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5 No.2; Piano Trio in E flat, Op.70 No.2.

Concert 6
Sunday 22 February 2015, 11.00am
Pre-concert talk at 10.45am.

Beethoven, Violin Sonata in A, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’; Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97 ‘Archduke’. Only the final concert has an interval – all other concerts are c. 1 hour in length and will run straight through.

Ticket Prices

  • Lenore Concert 6   24.00
  • Lenore Concerts 1-5   20.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 20 Feb 2015 4:00 pm 52
Friday 20 Feb 2015 6:45 pm 53
Saturday 21 Feb 2015 11:00 am 47
Saturday 21 Feb 2015 4:00 pm 48
Saturday 21 Feb 2015 6:45 pm 51
Sunday 22 Feb 2015 11:00 am 49

A Weekend of Mozart

13 Mar 2015 – 15 Mar 2015

A Weekend of Mozart

13–15 March 2015

The London Bridge Ensemble:
Daniel Tong piano
Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
Kate Gould cello
Michael Gurevich guest viola

Alasdair Beatson piano

Mary Bevan soprano

Pre-concert talks by Richard Wigmore

‘The miracle that God let be born in Salzburg’, to quote Mozart’s father, is today enshrined as the most popular of all classical composers: the most played, the most mythologised, the most commercially exploited. His genius is rightly hailed as universal, protean. Yet even in an age when Mozart has never had it so good, there are masterpieces that seldom appear on concert programmes.

Our celebration of Mozart’s chamber music and song seeks to counter this, balancing the familiar – the two piano quartets, and the tragic A minor Sonata – with comparative rarities like the E flat String Trio, K.563, whose profundity belies its billing as a ‘Divertimento’. Mary Bevan’s programme of Mozart’s songs may surprise those who think that German Lieder began with Schubert – to contrast with this, she also performs a number of opera arias. And if you are unfamiliar with Mozart’s music for piano duet – still among his best-kept secrets – Daniel Tong’s and Alasdair Beatson’s performances of two magnificent 4-hand works could well come as a revelation.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Kate Gould, and Daniel Tong form The London Bridge Ensemble, one of the UK’s most exciting and brilliant chamber groups. They have performed at major concert venues throughout the UK and recorded to critical acclaim. They are regularly joined by additional string players to perform larger works – for this weekend, Michael Gurevich joins them as guest viola.

Daniel Tong is principal pianist for the weekend, performing in all four concerts. He has also played a large part in assembling the programme. Daniel’s musical life is spent performing as a soloist and chamber musician, directing two chamber music festivals (including his own, in the Wye Valley) and occasionally writing. He has appeared at many of the foremost British venues, and at Aldeburgh, Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals to name but a few, and is frequently heard on BBC radio.

Pianist Alasdair Beatson is a highly regarded chamber and orchestral musician. In July 2014 he gives his sixth Wigmore Hall recital and other engagements include performances with Pieter Wispelwey, Adrian Brendel and Pekka Kuusisto. He has appeared at Aldeburgh, Bath Mozartfest, Delft and Oxford Chamber Music festivals amongst others and has a regular association with the Scottish Ensemble.

Soprano Mary Bevan trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the prestigious Richard Lewis award. She recently made her Royal Opera House début as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and is currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera. Also a dedicated recitalist, Mary has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at Wigmore Hall.

The concept and programme for this weekend is devised by Richard Wigmore – lecturer, writer on music, and broadcaster – who will also give illuminating pre-concert talks. He writes for BBC Music Magazine, The Telegraph and Gramophone.

The Programme

Concert 1: piano duet & solo
Friday 13 March 2015, 6.15pm
Pre-concert talk at 5.45pm

Daniel Tong & Alasdair Beatson
Fantasia in F minor for a Musical
Clock, K.608; Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 (solo piano, performed by Alasdair Beatson); Piano Sonata for Four Hands in F, K.497.

Concert 2: piano & strings
Saturday 14 March 2015, 11.00am
Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

The London Bridge Ensemble
Duet for Violin & Viola in B flat, K.424; Violin Sonata No.21 in E minor, K.304; Piano Quartet in E flat, K.493.

Concert 3: piano & strings
Saturday 14 March 2015, 6.15pm
Pre-concert talk at 5.45pm

The London Bridge Ensemble
Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478; String Divertimento in E flat, K.563.

Concert 4: soprano & piano
Sunday 15 March 2015, 11.00am
Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

Mary Bevan & Daniel Tong
Abendempfindung’ K.523, ‘Das Veilchen’ K.476, ‘Als Luise die Briefe’ K.520, ‘Der Zauberer’ K.472, ‘An Chloe’ K.524, ‘Lied der Trennung’ K.519, ‘Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling’ K.596, ‘Oiseaux, si tous les ans’ K.307, ‘Dans un bois solitaire’ K.308; arias by Mozart (exact selection to be confirmed).

Ticket Prices

  • Morning Concerts   24.00
  • Evening Concerts   25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 13 Mar 2015 6:15 pm 57
Saturday 14 Mar 2015 11:00 am 56
Saturday 14 Mar 2015 6:15 pm 55
Sunday 15 Mar 2015 11:00 am 57

Easter at the Castle 2015

3 Apr 2015 – 6 Apr 2015

Easter at the Castle 2015

The Mandelring Quartet & Quartetto di Cremona

Mendelssohn’s Octet & more

3–6 April 2015 (MB 274)

3 nights • 5 concerts

The Mandelring Quartet

Sebastian Schmidt violin, Nanette Schmidt violin, Roland Glassl viola; Bernhard Schmidt cello.

Quartetto di Cremona

Cristiano Gualco violin, Paolo Andreoli violin, Simone Gramaglia viola, Giovanni Scaglione cello.


The Programme

Friday 3 April 2015, 6.00pm

The Mandelring Quartet

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.1 in E-flat, Op.12; Mozart, String Quartet No.17 in B-flat, K.458 ‘The Hunt’; Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.44 No.1



Saturday 4 April 2015, 11.00am

The Mandelring Quartet

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13; Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.64 No.5, ‘The Lark’; Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.4 in E minor, Op.44 No.2


 

Saturday 4 April 2015, 6.00pm

The Mandelring Quartet

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80; Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.71 No.2; Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.5 in E-flat, Op.44 No.3


 

Sunday 5 April 2015 (Easter Day), 11.00am

The Mandelring Quartet & Quartetto di Cremona

Webern, Langsamersatz; Beethoven, Große Fuge Op.133; Mendelssohn, String Octet in

E-flat, Op.20. The first two programme items are performed by Quartetto di Cremona.



Monday 6 April 2015, 11.00am

Quartetto di Cremona

Beethoven, String Quartet in C, Op.59 No.3, ‘Razumovsky’; Beethoven, String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132


Ticket Prices

  • Morning Concerts   24.00
  • Evening Concerts   25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 3 Apr 2015 6:00 pm 55
Saturday 4 Apr 2015 11:00 am 52
Saturday 4 Apr 2015 6:00 pm 55
Sunday 5 Apr 2015 11:00 am 47
Monday 6 Apr 2015 11:00 am 50