Music At Dingley
Music at Dingley has now come to a close in 2017.
Founded by Ron Haylock, who lived in the Portch House of Dingley Hall, it provided high quality programmes of music there for over 25 years. A wide spectrum of artists, including Alfred Brendel, Gerald Finley, Bernard Roberts, Julius Drake, Louise Winter, Paul Lewis and many others made music a success in our very special environment of Dingley Hall. If this were not enough, orchestras and ensembles such as the City of London Chamber Orchestra, The Allegri String Quartet, the Kungsbacka Trio, and the Vasari Singers added to Music at Dingley's high standing.
It offered performing opportunities to outstanding musicians on the threshold of their careers, for example Paul Lewis and Llyr Williams. We were pleased that Paul included Dingley in his prestige concert tours with his series of Schubert and Beethoven Sonata recitals. Concerts were held throughout the year in the very intimate Porch House of Dingley Hall or the delightful Norman Church set in the peaceful grounds of the Hall, with meals being served in the Porch House. Music at Dingley was the jewel in the crown of the musical activity of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and the surrounding area.
With the Death of Ron Haylock in 2012, the event was kept alive for several years by a team headed by Keith Whitesides but eventually had to be discontinued.
Perhaps one day it could be resurrected.