Events At The Castle at Taunton

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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 51 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

Headliner: Alan Francis
Scottish comedian, Alan Francis, first came to the notice of comedy audiences when he won Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny Award in 1991. Since then his reputation has grown as a writer, stand-up and actor.

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.  All acts are subject to change.

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 30 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

24 Sep 2014 – 26 Nov 2014

Business Networking

Includes light breakfast, coffee and networking

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 24 Sep 2014 7:15 am 26 General Admission   12.50
Wednesday 26 Nov 2014 7:15 am 29 General Admission   12.50

Ladies Business Lunch

3 Oct 2014

Ladies Business Lunch

Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 12.00 noon

Guest speaker - Rebecca Pow

Rebecca is local business woman, scientist and journalist, specialising in horticulture and the environment.

Following 20 years working in the media, Rebecca has since run a small business in Taunton Deane for eleven years.

Rebecca has been a local school governor, a Parish Councillor , community fundraiser, is a Trustee of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and  now wants to represent her local area in parliament. She is married with three children and she also opens her garden for charity.

Ticket Prices

  • Talk with lunch & wine   25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 3 Oct 2014 12:00 pm 59 Talk with lunch & wine   25.00

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 55 Talk Only   15.00
Talk & Lunch   39.00

Spanish Wine Dinner

21 Oct 2014

Spanish Wine Dinner

21 October 2014 

Join us for our Spanish Wine Evening, with special guest, Robertos Ijalba Perez, managing director, of Bodegas Santalba wines in Spain.

Santalba combine their high quality wines with a sustainable system of production, and the most genuine Riojan wine-making customs. Their traditional methods create an exceptional depth and character in their wines which, we feel, are well worth exploring.

Robertos will be joined by James Fineman of St Austell Wines.

Host: Giancarlo Marino

£45 per person, includes wines & 5-course menu

The evening begins at 6.30pm.

Early booking is advised as there is very limited seating.

Ticket Prices

  • Wine & 5-course dinner   45.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Tuesday 21 Oct 2014 6:30 pm 26 Wine & 5-course dinner   45.00

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 19
Saturday 25 Oct 2014 10:30 am 33
Saturday 25 Oct 2014 5:30 pm 25
Sunday 26 Oct 2014 10:30 am 40

Tea with Mr Turner

30 Oct 2014

Tea with Mr Turner

Castle Art Talk on the work of J.M.W Turner by Trish Jones

30th October 2014 at 2.00pm

This autumn season, all eyes will be on the most celebrated landscape painter of the nineteenth century.  Mike Leigh’s much anticipated biopic, ‘Mr Turner’, will be on screens nationwide.  Tate Britain is opening a major exhibition showing Turner’s late, great paintings from their collection.

 J.M.W Turner was part of the great moment of change in British society in the first half of the nineteenth century towards modernity and technological innovation. 

A classically trained academician, Turner became, in his later years, an extraordinary force of nature.  His light filled landscapes even today look amazingly airy and free in their execution. 

Light was his glorious medium and his revolutionary brushstrokes predated Impressionism by many years.  His methods were fast and furious and his work not always well received by the public or the fellow members of the Royal Academy.

However, even rival Constable was forced to admit in prophetic words 'Turner has some golden visions, but still they are art, and one could live and die with such pictures.' 

Talk only: £15

Talk with Afternoon Tea: £25

Patricia Jones has a first class honours degree in Humanities and an MA in Art History. She offers insights and a route to informed looking that will, as Picasso proposed, truly "wash the dust from your soul".

Patricia’s talks draw from her wealth of experience in the education sector and deep knowledge of the subject. She has a relaxed and engaging style of delivery that aims to facilitate discovery, discussion and new ways of thinking about the place and value of art in society.


Ticket Prices

  • Talk only   15.00
  • Talk with Afternoon Tea   25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 30 Oct 2014 2:00 pm 67 Talk only   15.00
Talk with Afternoon Tea   25.00

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 62 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 81 Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   40.00
Saturday 20 Dec 2014 7:00 pm 49 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 41
Saturday 21 Feb 2015 11:00 am 40
Saturday 21 Feb 2015 4:00 pm 42
Saturday 21 Feb 2015 6:45 pm 44
Sunday 22 Feb 2015 11:00 am 44

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 52
Saturday 14 Mar 2015 6:15 pm 48
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 54
Saturday 4 Apr 2015 11:00 am 51
Saturday 4 Apr 2015 6:00 pm 54
Sunday 5 Apr 2015 11:00 am 42
Monday 6 Apr 2015 11:00 am 50