Acton Court Open Days 2019

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Heritage Open Days 2019

Acton Court will be sponsoring tours of the house and grounds on 13, 14 & 15 September.

There will be a concert on Sunday 15 September.

Light refreshments will be available.

Blue Badge Guided Tours of House and Grounds

Fully Booked

Friday 13 September
Saturday 14 September
Sunday 15 September

Blue Badge Guided Tours of House and Grounds

Blue Badge guides tell the story of Acton Court, the Poyntz family who lived here, the monarchs they entertained and the state apartments they built for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Allow approximately an hour for the tour. Please wear soft soled shoes.

Light refreshments will be available.

Tour times:
Friday 13 September
11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 2pm, 2:30pm and 3pm 
Saturday 14 September
11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 2pm, 2:30pm and 3pm

Sunday 15 September
11am and 12pm

All tours currently fully booked, please check EventBrite for cancellations.

Odhecaton performed by In Echo


Sunday 15 September

The Odhecaton 1501

A Musical Revolution

The year 1501 changed music for ever. It saw the publication in Venice of the world's first ever book of printed music. This revolutionary book was called Harmonice Musices Odhecaton – a collection of 96 exquisite pieces by the greatest composers of the age, such as Josquin, Japart, Compere, Isaac and Agricola. It placed sacred motets side-by-side with bawdy love songs full of fun and innuendo. Before the Odhecaton, the only way to access or share music was to make or purchase an expensive and laboriously-made manuscript copy. This book signalled the arrival of a new era, in which mass-produced music books became accessible and affordable to people all over Europe.

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Katharine Hawnt – voice
Gawain Glenton – cornetto, recorder
Uri Smilansky – viol, recorder
Richard Boothby – viol
Kirsty Whatley – harp

There’s such flexibility and freedom in the playing it's almost improvisatory

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Feb 2018

The York Waits

In Echo was formed in 2016 by cornetto player Gawain Glenton with the aim of exploring the rich repertoire of 16th and 17th century Europe.

In Echo’s first commission was Andrew Keeling’s Northern Soul, which In Echo premiered at the 2016 Dartington Summer School and which features on the group's debut CD Music in a Cold Climate: sounds of Hansa Europe (Delphian Records). Released in January 2018, the recording hit the top 10 (in the UK specialist classical chart), and has garnered stellar reviews from (amongst others) The Observer, Gramophone, Early Music Today, BBC Radio 3 and Apple Music, who described In Echo as an ensemble of ‘imagination, skill and dedication’. The ensemble has already given recitals as part of both the Beverley and Keble Early Music Festivals, and has also performed in Regensburg. 2019 sees performances in Trollhättan (Sweden), Sherborne, Dartington and at the Brecon Baroque Festival, with future trips planned to Croatia and Germany in 2020.



Tickets £20 | £18 concessions*

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Your PayPal email receipt will be your ticket, please print and bring it with you.

*Concessions include O.A.P’s, students, disabled visitors and children under 16

Tickets can also be booked at or by phone on 01454 228 224

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