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Leighton House Museum, as it is known today, is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) situated in Holland Park Road, London.  It is a unique purpose-built studio-house which is now open to the public. It contains a fascinating collection of paintings and sculptures by Lord Leighton and his contemporaries. A wonderful backdrop, steeped in history and creativity, for a concert I performed in this week.

“The first “musical party” at Leighton House was organised by Lord Leighton in May 1868 and KCMS builds on that tradition.”

Kensington and Chelsea Music Society (KCMS) during 2012-13 presented their 52nd season – eight concerts that took place in the Studio Room at Leighton House. It was a great pleasure to be performing with James Baillieu (Piano) and Ailish Tynan (Soprano) on Tuesday 14th May 2013 in the final concert of the KCMS season.

“Upstairs, Lord Leighton’s vast painting studio was one of the sights of London, filled with paintings in different stages of completion, the walls hung with examples of his work and lit by a great north window.  Many of the most prominent figures of the Victorian age were entertained in this room; including Queen Victoria herself who called on Leighton in 1859.”20130516-224420.jpg

It was really exciting for someone like me (who loves to doodle!), to be surrounded by the vast collection of artwork and sculptures  – We were even able to use Lord Leighton’s bedroom as our green room for the evening!  To perform there and share it with an audience gathered in the studio was such a privilege.  With thanks to everyone involved for making us feel so welcome.

The KMFS concert series resumes in October 2013 and Leighton House Museum is open to the public daily (except Tuesdays) – It is well worth a visit to the house and to catch a concert if you are in the area!

More information:

Kensington and Chelsea Music Society: http://www.kcmusic.org.uk/index.htm

Leighton House: http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums.aspx

James Baillieu Kathryn Rudge

James Baillieu and Kathryn Rudge KCMS Recital 2013