About this Event

We are delighted to be able to welcome Sophie Yates to Marchmont. A hugely talented keyboard player, the doyenne of the harpsichord, she will play our Flemish style harpsichord that was hand-build by Andrew Garlick.

Sophie is probably best know for her affinity with English and French music she will play a wide variety of pieces to full exploit the range of this often overlooked instrument.

"A masterclass on how expressive the harpsichord can be in the hands of a consummate expert".
Coronach and Music Fyne

"Sophie Yates plays with exceptional poise - ornaments are impeccably measured and fast figurations are technically flawless, yet such polish doesn't mask expressiveness. She draws out every emotional nuance ...".
BBC Music Magazine

The fifth in our current 'Music at Marchmont' event series under the leadership of our Musical Director Simon Leach.

The concert takes place in arguably the finest room at Marchmont, Sir Robert Lorimer's majestic oak-panelled Music Room.

Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-concert drinks.

The concert begins at 7:00pm and concludes at 8:15pm without an interval.

The Music Room

The Programme

To be released in due course

Option to enjoy tea, a Hour Tour, pre-concert talk and drinks, as well as the concert (from 4pm)

Why not make the most of a journey and come and see inside the House that in 2018 was awarded the Historic Houses/Sotheby's Award for its 'stunning' restoration, then why not take advantage of a special ticket that offers tea, coffee and cake on arrival at 4pm, followed by an expertly guided House Tour then an exclusive introduction to the harpsichord by Andrew Garlick at 6pm prior to drinks and then Sophie Yates's recital at 7pm.

Option to stay overnight at Marchmont and enjoy dinner with Sophie after the concert

We are making a limited number of rooms available for concert attendees to stay overnight at Marchmont at a special event rate, and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with Sophie after the concert. This option includes early arrival, dinner after the concert, an overnight stay in the main House (all bedrooms are ensuite with king-size beds), breakfast and finally a tour of Marchmont House the following morning with checkout at noon.

Friday night option: Perhaps you are coming from further afield and want to arrive early and enjoy the House and Gardens? If so, you can add an extra night's stay based on a special event bed & breakfast rate. Please note, dinner is not included on Friday.

This can be booked directly (subject to availability) but please email office@marchmonthouse.com if you require further details.

The Lorimer Dining Room and Bedroom 1

Good to Know:

Dogs are not allowed at our events other than registered Guide Dogs.


Sophie Yates

Sophie began her early musical education at Chethams School of Music and progressed to the Royal College of Music and the Sweelinck Academie at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. After winning the international Erwin Bodky competition at the Boston Early Music Festival, she went on to tour and broadcast throughout the eastern states of America, perform regularly around Europe, the United States and Japan, and visit Morocco, Syria and Western Australia.

As a recitalist, she has played at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank in London, and at international festivals such as Flanders, Biella, Utrecht, York and Mafra, as well as the Quincena Musical in San Sebastian. A passionate performer on original instruments, she plays at collections such as the Musée de Neuchåtel, Yale University, Fenton House, the Russell Collection in Edinburgh and Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park, and has devised programmes in such historical settings as the Rubenshuis in Antwerp, Ingatestone Hall in Essex (former refuge of William Byrd) and Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.

Pics of Sophie © Sam Frost

As an expert in early English keyboard music she was recently involved in a project to record the newly restored, Italian harpsichord at the Fitzwilliam Museum, using repertoire from its world-famous collection of manuscripts. Sophie Yates has taught and examined at the Royal College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Western Australia. She also gives master-classes and coaches professional pianists in period performance practice. As a recording artist and presenter she works with the BBC and other networks on a wide range of projects, and her 20+ solo CDs for Chandos have won international recognition.

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Our cancellation period is 14 days in advance.

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