Concert at Manor

Kirsten Lindan-Dewar
Kirsten Lindan-Dewar

Audiences are in for a real treat next month when Fiori Musicali open their 2015 season at Sulgrave Manor.

The first concert by the group is on Sunday February 1 and features music by Haydn and Mozart, including two famous Haydn symphonies, The Miracle, and The Surprise, written for the composer’s visits to England in the 1790s.

Massive crowds went to listen to Haydn directing these pieces when he first performed them in London in the late 18th century – they were the West End shows of the day and were so successful that Haydn was begged to stay in England.

History records that the great man of eventually returned to his homeland of Hungary anyway, but not before he had composed twelve brilliant symphonies for the English market.

Fiori will be performing The Miracle and The Surprise in sparkling 18th-century arrangements for flute, harpsichord and strings.

Amongst the players at the concert are Fiori’s principal violinists Kerstin Linder-Dewan, and Malu Lin Swayne, who play on a couple of matched 18th-century violins made by the same London maker.

And the stunning Spanish flautist Lina Leon from Barcelona (who joins Fiori for this concert) provides a nice link to Fiori’s recent sell-out ‘meet the artist’ event at Sulgrave Manor, when Spanish guitar celebrity José María Gallardo del Rey was guest of honour last November.

Also in Fiori’s programme will be music by Mozart including his brilliant Duo for violin and viola in G and a rarely heard string trio in B flat.

Preston Capes resident Dr Penelope Rapson, who founded Fiori said, “Fiori Musicali’s residency at the Manor chimes so well with the kind of music we love to play.

“Mozart was just 20 when American Independence was declared in 1776, and already he was an established and well respected composer.

“The Mozart trio we are performing was written the very next year in 1777 and it captures something of the elegance and refinement of those times.

“We are privileged to be able to play this music in such a wonderfully historic setting and are looking forward to this concert enormously.”

And Sulgrave Manor general manager Cymon Snow comments, “We are always delighted to have Fiori Musicali performing here at the Manor. They really bring alive our musical heritage and enhance our understanding of the past though their wonderful music-making. Their recent ‘meet the artist’ events hear have proved immensely popular and we are looking forward to their new season of concerts.”

Tickets for the Sulgrave event are £20 with 20 per cent off for children, students, unemployed, and blue badge holders. For tickets visit