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North-East Early Music Forum

Leeds Waits at Temple Newsam House.

21 April 2013 11:00am - 4:30pm

Early (renaissance and baroque) music


The music re-creates in situ the sounds that would have been heard in Temple Newsam centuries ago when the house was young. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the house brought to life  as the music permeates around the corridors and down the stairs from the performance sites of the Picture Gallery and Dining Room. Visitors may sit and watch the performances or let the music enhance their viewing of the 43 rooms at Temple Newsam.  There is a huge range of performances and instruments from sack butt to lute plus a 30 voice chamber choir from Huddersfield. All the performances will last 25-30 minutes. If the weather is reasonable, three groups, all in appropriate historical dress, will perform in the stables courtyard by the cafe.
Performances at the stables are entirely free.  The normal admission price to Temple Newsam House applies, but there is no additional charge to listen to the music.
The programme of performers will be:

The Leeds Waits, who were established as the official town musicians in around 1530, will start off the day in the Picture Gallery at 11.00 and then at the stables at 12.00. http://www.leedswaits.org.uk/waits.htm,
A lute duet from the Shadwell Lutes in the Dining Room at 11.30.
The Ridings Recorder Orchestra (music for recorders of four or more different sizes) in the Picture Gallery at 12.00.
Gina le Faux (solo music for baroque violin) in the Dining Room at 12.30. http://ginalefaux.com/blog/
De Mowbray's Musick (Tudor wind music, maybe including an audience dance or two) at the stables at 12.30 and in the Picture Gallery at 1.30. http://www.demowbray.info/
Les Tourterelles (which in French translates to Turtle doves) will perform  baroque recorder duets in the Dining Room at 2.00.
Huddersfield University Consort (viols, recorders and other renaissance wind instruments) in the Picture Gallery at 2.30.
The Manton Consort (renaissance viol consort music) in the Dining Room at 3.00.
The Doncaster Waites (Doncaster's own renaissance town musicians) at the stables at 2.30 and in the Picture Gallery at 3.30. http://www.whitecottagewebsites.co.uk/doncaster/ 
Renaissance Voices (chamber choir) conclude the day of music in the Picture Gallery from 4.00-4.30. http://www.rvchamberchoir.homecall.co.uk/

Price:   Free, but usual admission applies.

Contact details:   Please contact Temple Newsam House direct if you have any queries.

Additional information:  


Temple Newsam 

Temple Newsam Road
Off Selby Road
LS15 0AE

t.   0113 336 7461 (House). 0113 336 7560 (Estate Office)


A stunning Tudor-Jacobean mansion set within 1,500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens with a working rare breeds farm. Last admission to the House and Farm is 45 minutes before closing.


Adventure playground
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Conference facilities
Education facilities
Football pitches
Golf course
Meeting rooms
Picnic area
Visitor centre
Walks and trails
Sport and recreation facilities


For information on access at this venue, please look for the link under 'related pages' or visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/templenewsamhouse/Access-at-Temple-Newsam.aspx

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Public transport  

Finding your way to Temple Newsam. By bus: The number 10 bus runs directly to Temple Newsam House throughout the Easter school holidays until the end of the Autumn School Holidays. Visit First Buses website for more information at http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/leeds or call 0845 6045460 By train: The nearest train station is Cross Gates, located 1.5 miles away. By car: Temple Newsam is just off the M1 (junction 46 from the South and junction 46 from the North). If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS15 0AE. Please contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676 or visit www.wymetro.com.


There are a number of car parks available at Temple Newsam for visitors, most of which have designated disabled parking bays.

House car park - Close to House and within easy walking distance to the Stable Courtyard and Home Farm, this car park has ample flat parking and is patrolled. Please note that charges apply except for blue badge holders.

Home Farm car park - This large free car park is close to Home Farm, the walled gardens and the grounds.
The Lodge car park - A small car park close to the North Plantation.
Stable Courtyard - very limited disabled parking with preference given to people who have pre-booked electric scooters.
Relief car park - This large free car park is a short uphill walk to the main attractions, but close to a large playing field.
Walled Garden - limited disabled access spaces are available directly outside the Walled Garden.

Coaches are advised to park in the House car park.

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