Across the road from Hampton Court Palace, down a little gravel side-street, you’ll find the beautiful mansion known as Hampton Court House.
An historic venue with beautiful gardens and mysterious grottos, it is now home to an adventurous independent school, whose headmaster, Guy Holloway, has been much in the news of late for advocating a later start to the school day for teenagers, whose natural body rhythms make it seriously difficult for them to get going in the early morning.
Viv McLean and I, fresh from a gorgeous afternoon at St Mary’s Perivale yesterday, are off there tomorrow evening for an Alicia’s Gift performance – at a place in which the pressures facing gifted youngsters is all too relevant. The hour-long concert will be followed by a discussion in which Guy and I will be joined by Hugh Mather, artistic director of St Mary’s Perivale, to consider the whole matter of child prodigy musicians.
Do join us – and you can book in advance here. Hampton Court House is about ten minutes walk from Hampton Court Station and you can arrive for a pre-concert drink any time from 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.
All details here: http://www.formseven.co.uk/products/alicias-gift-tuesday-9-february