HCT 2017 - Northamptonshire Organs and Music
Non Member: £60.00
Embark on a musical journey of Northamptonshire, enjoying the wonderful sounds of some of the county’s finest organs.
The great Norman arches of plain and banded stone at our first stop, St. Peter’s, Northampton, rise and flow with zig-zag waves. Beautiful carvings, overflowing with foliage, birds and beasts, were carefully unpicked in the 19th century, having been covered over with plaster 200 years earlier. Here you’ll enjoy entertainment provided by the Looking Glass Theatre.
At All Saints’, Northampton, the Director Music, Jem Lowther will demonstrate the beauty and majesty of its organ and will tell us more about the 17th Century church. We’ll then move onto St. Matthews, Northampton, where we’ll discover what is ‘probably the best organ in the county’. Will you agree with this assertion?
All Saints’, Holdenby is our final stop. A fine ironstone church originating in the 14th Century it’s located beyond the grounds of Holdenby House. The organ at All Saints is half-way through an appeal to restore it to its original glory. Jem Lowther will play a short recital on the organ, which will, in time, become a great asset to the organ world in the county.
Travel: Meet at Northampton train station at 10.00. We’ll be taking a short walk to our first two stops before picking up the coach at All Saints’, Northampton. The coach will return to Northampton train station by 18.00.
What’s Included: The price includes lunch, expert tour guides, performances and recitals, coach pick up from All Saints’, Northampton, travel between subsequent sites, and drop off at the train station.
To book: Please note: to book more than one tour online, please complete a individual booking process for each tour. Alternatively, you can download and print a booking form and return it to us at The Churches Conservation Trust, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL, or call us on 0800 206 1463 (Monday – Friday; 09:30-17:00).
Please note: In the unlikely event that any of the above tour details need to be amended before the tour, guests will be informed immediately. You will receive specific tour contact information nearer the time with your tour itinerary.
- What is the capacity on this tour? We’ve got enough space for 30 people so please book early to avoid disappointment.
- Where at Northampton train station will we be meeting? We’ll be meeting in the main hall near to the Starbucks Coffee Shop. Look out for a guide with a CCT lapel badge.
- I would like to stay in the local area the night before. Are there any hotels near Northampton train station that you would recommend? Hotel Ibis, Northampton is a short taxi ride away.
- I am planning to drive to Northampton. What parking arrangements are available near the train station and how much does it cost? The best place is Chalk Lane Car Park or Doddridge Street Car Park, as the main station car park is often full by 08.00. Both car parks charge £7.00 per day.
- How frequently do trains arrive to and depart from Northampton train station? Northampton train station runs services to and from Birmingham New Street and London Euston. From London Euston the 08.49 service arrives at 09.44. Leaving Northampton, trains back to London are every 20-25 minutes after 18.00. For more information on times and fares please visit National Rail Enquiries or Trainline.
- What are the lunch arrangements? Lunch will be at The Red Lion, East Haddon, and will be sandwiches, fruit, tea or coffee. Vegetarian choices will be available.
- What happens if I am no longer able to make the tour once I have made my booking? If you’re no longer able to make a tour after booking, then please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel you’re booking more than 1 month before your tour, then you’ll be entitled to a full refund. If you cancel within 1 month of your tour, then unfortunately we’re not able to offer a refund, however we’ll do our best to offer you a place on another tour.