Would you like a great orchestra to play in your living room?

The Gewandhaus are offering to come to your place next season.

(If you’ve got the space.)

Details here. Nice pic.

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  • Well Luggala, a hunting lodge on a 5000 acre estate in the Wicklow mountains might be your best bet, if you can shell out 28m Euro to buy it a sitting custodian for 3 months in the year. Lord Oranmore & Browne has already instructed the Guinness Trust in Guernsey to sale it after spending the last 20 years restoring it. It would be a great place for lieder, piano concerts and chamber music. Here is the link below with details and slide show. Note the rare 1764 upright harpsichord by Ferdinand Weber, who made instruments for Lord Mornington, Wellington’s father. Also a link to Sean O’Riada playing Turlough O’Carolan and other harp tunes on it.

  • Well, we once tried to have the [redacted] orchestra here at the estate to play Mahler VIII with the local church choir and a bunch of soloists, all in the salon which is really, really big (a Robert Adam thing 18C), but it did not work-out well and there were many eye damage incidents among the strings because there was not enough space and the listeners had to sit up at the balconies. We had to stop the performance when a refugee kid fell into the tuba and had to be drawn-out by the trombonists with great force. For mr B it was a financial disaster and we had to wait for our salaries more than 2 months. Next time we’ll have a string quartet.

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