Heavenly music in Wordsworth’s garden

Music on a summer afternoon in our beautiful gardens; what could be more perfect? So we are very pleased to be joining forces with the Lake District Summer Music Festival in August.

As part of their festival programme, the violinist Esther Abrami will play the stunning Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams here in the gardens at noon on Weds August 4.

It’s part of a day-long Lark Ascending Trail which begins at the Heaton Cooper Studio in Grasmere and ends later in the afternoon at Sizergh Castle. And part of the festival’s celebrations to mark 150 years since the birth of Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Esther Abrami is someone we’re excited to welcome here. She’s a social media star as well as a great musician, one who has succeeded on international stages and secured a coveted recording contract with a major label due to her courage, determination and willingness to share the ups and downs of her own remarkable life as a musician with a wide online audience.

Born in 1996 and raised in Aix-en-Provence, Esther grew up in a culture far from towering classical institutions. “I went to a small, country school and I was always outside as I loved nature. We had a wild garden at home; my dad built me a little bench up on the hill where I could go to read and play my violin”.

Aged just three, Esther was given her first tiny violin by her grandmother. “I loved the feeling of the violin tucked in so close to me, like a living creature.  I loved the sensation of the warm sound traveling through my body.  After just half an hour with the bow in my hand, I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Idyllic setting for concert

She eventually became a boarding student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and in 2017 Esther was accepted as a student at the world-leading Royal College of Music in London.  Alongside her lessons, Esther also began to build her online career, playing popular classical music on her social media channels. 

Esther has approached social media with the same open mindedness with which she performs her music. She has a sense of fun and fashion and delights in her collaborations with leading fashion houses like Givenchy. She has also entertained people online by demonstrating the difference between the sound of a priceless Stradivarius and a copy.

Her concert here is a free one; visitors just need to buy entrance tickets to our house and gardens, which you can do here https://www.rydalmount.co.uk/

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