Informal music at Leith Hill Place
As the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leith Hill Place lends itself to being filled with music. Many local groups and performers support the house and carry on Ralph's legacy of sharing and creating new music.
Alongside the more formal concerts, a varied selection of local groups and individuals will be filling the house with music on weekend afternoons. All these informal performances are free to enjoy, but admission charges to Leith Hill Place still apply.
Childe Rolande, Sunday 5 August
Childe Rolande is a six-piece electro/acoustic folk group originating in South East London but whose members are now widely scattered over the South East. Like Vaughan Williams, they draw their inspiration from the folk music tradition which has evolved over the centuries – including some traditional pieces in their repertoire but much of the music is self-penned, often referencing historical events as well as myths and legends and drawing on the influences of contemporary, traditional and celtic folk. They perform at occasional fund-raising events for charity and sometimes put on a concert in South East London.
Coldharbour Village Band, Sunday 2 September
Details to follow.
The Meadvale Singers, Saturday 29 September
A group of friends, with a shared love of music, came together in 2003 to enter the local music festival and have continued to sing and perform ever since. This all-female close harmony group performs works ranging from the 16th Century to the present day, from traditional and folk song to swing and jazz. They have been regular contributors to Reigate Cantamus concerts, and most recently appeared as guests with Brockham Choral. they also perform in a variety of concerts in support of local charities and return to Leith Hill Place with a new programme of jazz and swing.
Visiting for a performance
All of these performances are free, with normal admission to the house. The performers usually give two or three performances of about 20-30 minutes each. There are some chairs set up in the performance room, and the audience is encouraged to drift around the house listening to the music, rather than sitting for the whole performance. In good weather it may be possible for some groups to perform outside.