Madresfield Court opens its doors for Three Choirs Festival musical gala

An exclusive gala evening at Madresfield Court, Malvern, WR13 5AH, hosted by the Friends of Worcester Three Choirs Festival with the kind permission of Lucy and Jonathan Chenevix-Trench, will provide a rare opportunity to see inside one of England's most fascinating stately homes.

The black-tie evening on 18 March will include a champage reception, a song recital by sounter-tenor Peter Nardone, artsitic director of Worcester three Choirs festival, with pianist Stephen Tilton, dinner and a raffle (at additional cost). This fundraising event is supported by Anja Potze Fine Jewellery and is in aid of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival 2017.

Madresfield Court is the ancestral home of the Lygon family, the eldest son of which bore the title Earl Beauchamp between 1815 and 1979, when the eighth and last Earl died. The house contains outstanding collections of furniture, pictures, porcelain and objets d’art, and a wonderful library designed by C.R. Ashbee. It is particularly a centre of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Chapel, commissioned from Birmingham artists and craftsmen in 1902, is widely regarded as the most complete, and perhaps the most lovely of all British Arts and Crafts achievements. Fittings and other commissions from the period are scattered throughout the house.

The house has strong connections with Evelyn Waugh who visited frequently. In his novel Brideshead Revisited, the imaginary home of the Flyte family (especially the Chapel) was partly modelled on Madresfield, and most of the main characters are drawn from members of the Lygon family.

The extent and quality of the collections in the house have become increasingly recognised, most recently by Simon Jenkins who rated Madresfield among the 50 best in his book on 1000 Historic Houses.

The evening begins at 6.30 pm with the champagne reception.

Tickets are £95 and are available online HERE or from the Three Choirs Festival ticket office  01452 768 928.  (Please note all transactions are subject to a £2.50 booking fee.)