The Trio Soane gave a very enjoyable recital at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

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May 2016 - The Trio Soane gave a very enjoyable recital at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic on Thursday 19th May. Their programme skilfully blended Viennese classicism (Beethoven - Piano Trio no. 2) with works from the Czech repertoire, Dvoř á k's Mazurek and Josef Suk's Song of Love for violin and piano, and Martinů's Variations on a Theme of Ro...
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Autumn Outing to the Arcadian Thames, September 2016

Autumn Outing to the Arcadian Thames

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Wednesday 21st September 2016

In fine late summer sunshine a group of some twenty Friends and supporters gathered at Ham House near Richmond for a leisurely walk along the banks of the 'Arcadian' Thames. Ham House with its formal gardens and vistas rolling out into the surrounding suburban countryside gave us a sense of the contrived rural idyll that inspired the builders of the house.

From Ham we crossed the Thames by ferry to Marble Hill house and then enjoyed a stroll by way of shaded lanes passing through the secluded gardens of Orleans House and York House. Close by was Eel Pie Island and various waterside pubs mingled with the recently opened Alexander Pope memorial garden and other public gardens, once the site of Pope's villa and grotto:  a uniquely British conglomeration of unintended experiences.

GroupStrawberryHillOur final destination was Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill House and the remarkable splendours of Walpole's Neo-Gothic creation, see photograph, left. With the sun lighting up the stained glass and glinting on the guilt ornamentation, the original power and novelty of Walpole's creation was forcefully apparent. Our thanks are due to Chris Sumner for his absorbing commentary as we passed along.

Images: top right, clockwise from top: © Chiswick Chap, © Duncan Harris, © Smdjkd001, public domain. Bottom left: the group outside Walpole's Strawberry Hill House                                                             

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Friends invited to attend the Leamington Music Festival Weekend

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May 2015 - The Friends were invited to attend the Leamington Music Festival Weekend this year because of the major Czech emphasis of the musical programme and the longstanding association of Leamington Spa with the Czech and Slovak nations. In between the superlative music making by various internationally-renowned Czech quartets, who provided a fe...
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The Leamington Music Festival Weekend

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April/May 2016 - The Leamington Music Festival Weekend The 2016 Leamington Music Festival Weekend, which runs 29th April to 3rd May, celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Martinů String Quartet and the thirtieth anniversary of the Guarneri Piano Trio, another leading Czech ensemble.  The principal venue for the Leamington ...
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Music Recital by the Trio Soane

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MUSIC RECITAL BY THE TRIO SOANE IN LONDON Thursday 19th May 2016 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Event organised with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic Programme: Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Trio in E flat major No. 2, Opus 70 Antonín Dvořák - Mazurek in E minor, Opu...
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Chairman and Treasurer of The Friends of Czech Heritage had a meeting with H.E. Mr L'ubomir Rehák at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London

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Ap ril 2016 - The Chairman and Treasurer of The Friends of Czech Heritage had a meeting wit h H. E. Mr L'ubomir Rehák at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London. The Friends have held many events at the Embassy over the years, and discussion revolved around the development of contacts and cooperation with organisations involved with Slovak her...
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The Sixth Year of Restoration at Červený Dvůr in the Czech Republic


The holiday: situated in Southern Bohemia, Červený Dvůr is an estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium. Participants worked on the restoration of an 18th-century gardener's cottage on the estate and helped to recreate the formal gardens of the château. Tasks involved simple building work and no p...
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Working Holiday at Žďár nad Sázavou in Moravia

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Saturday 11th June to Saturday 18th June 2016 Participants worked on maintenance works of the Lower Cemetery (which was in fact never used for burials), built by a famous Baroque architect J. B. Santini-Aichel, so that it can be opened to the public. Tasks involved simple building work, some clearance and preservation work and simple terrain. No pr...
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Restoration of the renowned landscape garden at Krásný Dvůr

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Friday 9th to Friday 16th September 2016 Participants made their own travel arrangements to Prague. There was a day-excursion to Karlovy Vary Meeting point: Participants were picked up at Prague Airport and travelled by minibus to Krásný Dvůr. Accommodation: in the local self-catering municipal hostel in the village - shared bedrooms, cost includin...
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Lecture: 'Reuniting Fourteenth-century Prague: Charles IV and his Gothic Bridge'

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March 2016 - Lecture: 'Reuniting Fourteenth-century Prague: Charles IV and his Gothic Bridge ' Dr. Jana Gajdošová of the History of Art Department at the University of Cambridge gave a comprehensive lecture, copiously illustrated by photographs and plans, on the building of what is now called the Charles Bridge after the King of Bohemia (and Holy R...
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