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Musical Banquet - A Feast for your Ears!

Sunday May 27, 2018 at 15:00
Foulis Castle, Ross-shire
£8 (£5 concessions and under 16s; children under 10 free) including complimentary souvenir programme and afternoon tea
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  1. If music be the food of love Z 379 - Henry Purcell
  2. White as lilies was her face - John Dowland
  3. Her rosy cheeks - Thomas Campion
  4. With fragrant flowers - Francis Pilkington
  5. Comin' thro the Rye - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  6. Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  7. My love is like a red, red Rose - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  8. Durisdeer - We'll meet nae mair at sunset - Traditional Scottish
  9. Lament and 2 Scots dances - Traditional Scottish
  10. Wi' a hundred pipers - Lady Carolina Nairne
  11. Come Love, let's walk - Anonymous
  12. Underneath a cypress shade - Francis Pilkington
  13. O Sweet Woods - John Dowland
  14. Man is for the woman made - Henry Purcell
  15. Pious Celinda Z410 - Henry Purcell
  16. The knotting song - Henry Purcell
  17. 'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town, from The Mock Marriage Z.605 - Henry Purcell

The critically acclaimed Oxfordshire Early Music trio Musical Banquet will be visiting Foulis Castle during their Highland tour, by kind invitation of Mrs Eleanor (Timmy) Munro of Foulis, and performing a special Afternoon Tea Entertainment on Sunday 27th May starting at 3pm. Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up a delectable menu of musical delicacies with vocal and instrumental works by some of the finest English composers and a special tribute to the poet and songwriter Robert Burns, all interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

Situated a few miles north east of Dingwall in the Highlands of northern Scotland Foulis Castle is set in a 2650 acre estate, surrounded by arable fields which grow Malting Barley for Whisky production, with spectacular views along the Cromarty Firth. When Sir Harry Munro returned after the 1745 Rising to find his ancient home sacked by the Jacobites and destroyed by fire, he set about building the imposing Georgian mansion house we see today. Foulis (Gaelic "Fo-glais" a streamlet) has been the ancestral home of the Munro Chiefs for over 700 years and in times of clan warfare, a signal beacon was lit on the highest tower of the Castle to gather the clan under arms. Hence the Munro rallying cry of "Caisteal Foghlais na theine," meaning 'Castle Foulis ablaze'. Today, in quieter times, the castle remains the private residence of Mrs Eleanor (Timmy) Munro of Foulis, the mother of the present Clan Chief, and visits are normally by appointment only.

The story is told that the Munros held their land as vassals of the earls of Ross, and the payment was to present a snowball to the earl every midsummer’s day if required to do so! As a descendant, Queen Elizabeth II could still claim the snowball if she so wished and finding snow in summer would not be difficult since Ben Wyvis, the tallest peak on Munro lands, retains snow in its northern corries all year round. For 48 years, until she was in her 100th year, the Queen mother came to Foulis for lunch every single year, usually on her way back to Birkhall from the Castle of Mey.

The sumptuous surroundings of The Great Room in the heart of this historic building provide a fitting backdrop for today’s unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed on period instruments combined with Countertenor voice much as the 17th and 18th century audience might have heard them. With plenty of surprises along the way, the afternoon will be presented in the trio’s characteristically lively, innovative and imaginative style.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Inverness-based charity Highland Hospice which provides palliative care for people with life limiting illness throughout the Highlands, supporting both them and their families.

Admission prices include a complimentary full colour souvenir programme and delicious homemade afternoon tea during which there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the performers. A tempting indulgence for all musical gastronomes!

Places are strictly limited and early ticket reservation is strongly recommended.

Musical Banquet's vibrant and energetic performances have delighted critics and audiences alike:

‘The effect of such entrancing music was quite magical’. ‘Beautifully presented with wit, polish and panache’. ‘A musical marvel!’ ‘The audience were spellbound’ 'Such enthusiastic and passionate performers' ‘An unforgettable evening!’ 'It was a real treat to listen to early English and European music performed to such a high standard’ ‘Thank you for another great show. You remain unique and indefatigable (and very digestible!’)’

Come along and experience for yourself this 'Feast for the Ears'!

Foulis Castle
IV16 9UX
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