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Thu 8th May 2014
Kiplin Hall by Candlelight

On Thursday evening, 15 May, Pellingmans’ Saraband will be playing by candlelight in the Library at Kiplin Hall.

The Hall will be lit by candles from 6.30 – 9.30pm as part of the national Museums at Night, Culture24's festival of inspiring after hours cultural events. 

Pellingmans’ Saraband are Richmond husband and wife duo, Jake Heringman and Susanna Pell, who specialise in 16th and 17th century music, played on lute and viola da gamba. The couple are at the forefront of the early music movement and have played on one of the Harry Potter soundtracks, The Prisoner of Azkaban, the Kate Bush CD, Aerial and on the soundtrack of the 2012 film of The Hobbit.
The music played by Pellingman’s Saraband fits comfortably with the period when Kiplin Hall was built in the early 17th century. 

Throughout the evening, selected readings from some of the many books that line the walls of the 18th century library at Kiplin Hall will be given. The volumes in the Library were published between 1615 and 1913, and the selections have been made to give an intriguing insight into the reading habits of the owners of the house during these 300 years.

The many candles required to light such a large establishment have been supplied courtesy of Charles Farris, which was established by Farris in 1845, in Blackfriars, London, producing church candles, principally hand-poured from beeswax. Over 150 years later, Charles Farris has moved on to modern production methods to cope with demand, but the firm is still skilled at making bespoke candles in specialised sizes and with specific burning characteristics. Charles Farris now holds a Royal warrant and supplies candles for national events in both Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

Kiplin Hall Administrator, Marcia McLuckie said: “This is the second year when we have lit the house with candles for Museums at Night. It is very atmospheric and Jake and Susanna’s music will really add to the feeling of moving back through time to the 17th century.” Marcia added, “Last year we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest in the readings, which ranged through many topics including gardening, when we learned that the weather was still a major topic of conversation back in the 19th century!”

Kiplin Hall by Candlelight, music by Pellingmans’ Saraband and selected readings from Kiplin Hall’s book collection, 1615 – 1913, takes place on Thursday 15 May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Admission £5 per person. The Tea Room will be open for light suppers and home-baked goodies.

Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6AT. Located between Richmond and Northallerton, off the B6271 Scorton – Northallerton road. Further information at , email or telephone 01748 818178.