Rathfinny Wine Estate

Classical concerts in a Winery?

When we designed the Winery we hadn’t thought that it might host a classical concert, but last Wednesday the London Conchord Ensemble, a world-renowned chamber orchestra who played at the Proms last year, entertained a packed house with the most fantastic programme of music including a surprise piece, written by Frank Bridge who for a time lived in Friston, just across the Cuckmere.


I have to say that it was a brilliant evening – the acoustics are really very good, clear, crisp, some might say lively, but even at the back of the winery you could hear every note. They played a fantastic programme, which included works by Pierné, Elgar, Beethoven’s variations on Là Ci Darem La Mano from Mozart’s Opera ‘Don Giovanni’ and ended with Schubert’s ‘The Trout’.


The audience, who enjoyed a glass of Sussex Sparkling during the interval, were asked to guess the mystery piece and although several surmised that it might be Frank Bridge no one guessed the exact name of the composition, “Cradle Song”. We wonder if he wrote it about Cradle Valley where Rathfinny is based?

Anyway a date for the diary – we are hosting a classical music festival at Rathfinny on 12-14th June 2015.

Don’t miss it.

Mark Driver – still humming.



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