Music and Dining - Past Events and menus

November 2014

Music While You Work at Grove Cottage

Mauda Choudhry of Ethnic Fusion

Bringing together the aroma, flavours and sounds of India with a cookery demonstration, followed by the delights of an Indian supper and music.


June 2013

Aurora Percussion Duo

Delia Stevens & Le Yu
Winners 2012 Royal Overseas League Music Competition Ensemble Award
Winners 2013 Park Lane Group Young Artist Series.
An exciting programme with marimbas, vibraphone, and exotic percussion instruments spanning about three centuries and including some specially arranged Chinese folk songs.
Menu:  Pork wonton soup - Chicken chop suey - Chilli prawn & crab noodles - Yangchow fried rice - stir fried vegetables - Toffee & sesame bananas or almond bean curd or peanut cookies.



April 2013

Nemtsov Duo

Mikhail Nemtsov (cello)
Rabiga Dyussembayeva (piano)

Shostakovich - Sonata in D minor
Tchaikovsky - Pezzo Capriccioso
Rachmaninov – Andante from piano and Cello Sonata in G minor
Glazunov – Spanish Serenade and Chant du Menestrel


Menu:  A trio of Rasputin's nibbles; Fish Pirozhki with cabbage - a savoury fish filling in a pastry case; Syrniki - curd fritters garnished with sour cream, jam, honey and apple sauce.



February 2013

Valentine Barn Dance

by Compass Moon
A romantic celebration with a difference.

Menu:  Sausage and Mash Supper



November 2012


A winter-warmer

David Hardie
chamber organ


Come and join us for our November evening and hear a brilliant young organist play the beautiful chamber organ in the Yorke Trust's Old Chapel.  David is the Sydney Nicholson Organ Scholar at Manchester Cathedral and has held organ scholarships at Dunblane Cathedral and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied law.   After a period practising as a solicitor in Manchester, David now combines his duties at the Cathedral with roles as Organist and Choirmaster at St Peter's Church, Hale, and as Director of the Chester St Cecilia Singers.


And how about this for a delicious menu?


Welsh rarebit bites
Celeriac and ham soup
Norfolk venison casserole with herb dumplings, creamed potatoes and winter cabbage
Pumpkin tart with apple crème fraîche


August 2012

Estrella Piano Quartet

Somi Kim, Gemma Lee, Judy Lee, Cindy Tsao

Winners of the 6th Annual
Pettman/Royal Overseas League Arts Scholarship


Estrella Quartet


Founded in 2010, the Estrella Quartet studied at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in the unusual combination of four pianists at two pianos.  This concert is given in association with the Royal Overseas League as part of the ensemble's prizewinners' tour.  The programme presents a distinctive visual and aural experience, their enterprising repertoire including several pieces specially written for them by leading NZ composers. .

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May 2012

Festival of Britten

Jamie Walton (cello) & Daniel Grimwood (piano)
An evening celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth
in association with the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Frank Bridge Sonata in D minor Op.125 (1913-1917), Britten Cello Sonata in C major (1960)
and Cello Suite No.3 (1972).

The evening reflects aspects of Britten's life and features readings from his early diaries and correspondence. The menu is based on simple cooking as preferred by Britten & Pears.

Apéritif & canapés: Vodka cocktail with pickles on sticks. Menu: Spring vegetable soup/Poached cod with parsley sauce/Roast breast of chicken with sauté potatoes, baton buttered carrots and spinach purée/Jam sponge with custard/Teas, coffee & sugared almonds



March 2012

Italy in the 18th Century

Patrick Oliva (baroque violin) & Olivier Labé (lute/theorbo)
These two outstanding French musicians were part of the baroque orchestra for L'Orfeo last summer. Their programme includes a selection of virtuoso music from the period.

Apéritif & canapés: Olives & pistachios with a glass of Vernaccia. Menu: Antipasti misti with assorted Italian breads/Mushroom Tagliatelle Verdi and salad/Cassata/Teas & coffee.



January 2012

The Best Budding Bassist from Spain!

Rodrigo Moro Martin (double bass)
John Cuthbert (piano)
Spanish evening with a young virtuoso who began the instrument as part of the Yorke Minibass Project before going to the Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he is in his final year.
Programme includes arrangements of music by Rakhmaninov, de Falla, Brahms, and Schumann, with original works by Frank Proto and Francois Rabbath together with transcriptions by Rodrigo Moro Martin

Apéritif & canapés: Sherry & nut selection  Menu: Assorted tapas/Seafood paella with seasonal salad/Manchego & biscuits/Traditional Spanish flan/Teas & coffee with mints.



November 2011

Guido Fawkes

Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
Dan Watts (flute) and Brady Pohle (chamber organ)

Arrangements from Handel's popular suite of firework music and other display pieces for flute.
A bonfire party with fireworks in the orchard will follow if weather permits.

Apéritif & canapés: A winter warmer/Welsh rarebit toasties. Menu: Mulligatawny soup/A Trio of grilled meats and vegetables on a skewer with local spiced redcurrant jelly; bonfire jacket potatoes with chived sour cream and cauliflower Polonaise/Lardycakes or Pear tatin with cream/Teas & coffee.

This is a special event to which children are welcome at half price.



September 2011

Not just any old Trout…

Mozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Schubert Quintet in A maj. D.667 'Trout'

Mark Fielding (piano) Debbie Preece (violin)

Simon Rowland-Jones (viola)
Karine Georgian (cello) and Rodney Slatford (double bass)
A fishy occasion, for which musicians have been practising scales...

Apéritif & Canapés: Grüner Veltliner/Smoked trout toasts. Menu: Cream of chicken soup/Almond-stuffed baked trout with buttered new potatoes and salad/Catherine Temple's alpine cheese/Austrian apple tart and cream/
Teas, coffee and Mozart Kugeln.



July 2011


Summer Opera

Monteverdi L'Orfeo

Conductor James Halliday, Director Jennifer Hamilton
St Mary's South Creake 29 & 30 July 2011



May 2011


Beethoven & Mendelssohn
Piano Trios

Deborah Preece - violin   Rebecca Gilliver - cello
Sophia Rahman - piano

Beethoven  Trio No.1 in Eb Op1 No 1
Mendelssohn  Trio in D minor Op.49

Three top-rank London freelance musicians come together to make chamber music in relaxed surroundings.  The programme is an Austro/German one, so our menu draws on the typical cuisine that would have been familiar to both composers. 

Hüner Graupensuppe (a comforting classic German chicken and barley soup) - Forelle nach der Art der Müllerin (pan-fried trout 'the miller's wife's way' served with a green salad) - Beckenoffe (a traditional German beef, lamb, pork and potato casserole served with sauerkraut) - Hugo Ziemann's German Cream (a cold dessert with almonds and candied citron made famous by the 19th century American chef and one-time Steward of The White House) - Teas or coffee



March 2011

The Classic Buskers
Opera without the Singing


The Classic Buskers' new Opera programme consists of virtuosic arrangements of a surprisingly large number of operatic masterpieces, played at unlikely speeds on unusual instruments. It includes overtures and arias by Mozart, Verdi and Rossini, Borodin's cheery Polovtsians and Wagner's fierce Valkyries.  Music by Saint-Saëns, Gluck, Vaughan Williams and Catalani is also featured on instruments including flutes of various sizes, recorders, panpipes, buzzy renaissance things, multiple ocarinas and an electric saxophone - all accompanied by a small but perfectly formed piano accordion, and delivered with the Classic Buskers' famously dry British humour.




Friday 25 March 2011

North Creake Village Hall

David Rocksavage talks to Jeremy Brettingham-Smith
and presents a private showing of his film

Shadows in the Sun


set in and around the North Norfolk Coast,
featuring Jean Simmons, James Wilby and Jamie Dornan.

This was a special fund-raising event in aid of The Yorke Trust
with wine and canapés.





January 2011




An evening of music and food drawing inspiration from the Arab world
Jessica Leschnikoff - soprano   Richard Russell - clarinet
Ilyoung Chae - violin   Jamie Walton - cello
Daniel Grimwood - piano
Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin and piano
Bloch Nigun for violin and piano
Bloch Jewish Life for cello and piano
John Mayer Raga Music for solo clarinet
Ravel Two Jewish Songs for soprano and piano
Daniel Grimwood Khayyam Meditations for soprano, violin, clarinet, cello and piano - World première
Robert's menu included: Tartufa in Tomato Sauce, Croquettes de poisson,  Kofta Meshweya with rice and salad,  Baklava and/or Ataïf, Turkish Delight and Moroccan mint tea or coffee



November 2010

Adam Marsden - baritone &

Sergey Rybin - piano

Faure, Clair de lune, Prison and Au bord de l'eau
Jacques Ibert Songs for Don Quichotte (1931)
Ernest Chausson Amour d'antan, Nos souvenirs and Nanny
Jacques Offenbach Allez! Pour te livrer combat…Scintille, diamante!
Faure Poème d'un jour
Massenet Werther Albert's aria
Robert's menu included: Roasted marrow bones, Fish mousse, Stuffed quail with a rich wine sauce, pommes Parisienne, haricots verts, Normandy camembert with crusty French bread, Tarte tatin, Teas & coffee.




May 2015



Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay (violin), Meghan Cassidy (viola),
Jamie Walton (cello)
Beethoven Trio in C Minor Op.9 No.3     Mozart Divertimento in Eb K563
Dohnányi Serenade Op.10
 at Sussex Barn, Burnham Market, PE31 8JY
In association with the North York Moors Music Festival
Tickets - £25 including champagne on arrival.  Bar available


December 2013

An informal evening of Festive Music in the Picture Gallery


Houghton Hall

by kind permission of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley


In the Smoke


May 2013

Tristan Hambleton (baritone)

A song recital to include Schubert and other lieder.
Currently a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music after studying History of Art at Cambridge and Music & German at Heidelberg, Tristan sang Christus  in the Trust's St John Passion at Easter 2012. 
Menu:  Rich Viennese potato soup; Chicken Wiener Schnitzel with rösti and cucumber salad; Sacher Torte



March 2013

Harpists from the
Royal Academy of Music

A programme of solos and chamber music for two harps with a Welsh flavour.


Menu:  Little laverbread cakes; Traditionally baked Welsh faggots with peas, creamed potatoes and mustard; Patagonia carrot pudding.



December 2012


Dario van Gammeren - guitar

A light evening of globetrotting guitar music…
and perhaps a few carols over coffee!
Jiří Jirmal Baden Jazz Suite Catalan folk songs arr. Miguel Llobet
Villa Lobos Preludes Andres Segovia Estudio sin luz
Yuquhiro Yokoh Sakura Variations.
Dutch-born Dario van Gammeren lectures at the Open University. Based in Northampton, he founded the Northamptonshire Classical Guitar and Lute Society and after focusing on academic work for some years is re-launching his performing career. He is also training as a pilot!



Dutch chicken croquettes on a green salad
Catalan red mullet, Romanesco sauce & leek-ribboned fine green beans
with sweet potato purée
Czech poppy seed cake, sour cream and blueberries

Members £35, Non-members £45.



September 2012

A Traditional Hungarian Evening
with Máté Rácz (violin) and friends


Máté is currently studying for his Masters degree and specialises in Hungarian dance.  A short introductory talk about the folk origins of the music of Bartók, Kódály and Dohnányi is followed by a concert and a Hungarian buffet.  The evening ends with some lively dancing, traditional style, in which we are all encouraged to join. 


June 2012

The Pasadena Rhythm Boys return yet again.

Another fabulous evening of music from the inter-war years introduced by Keith Nichols.
This is the amazingly popular ensemble's third visit to South Creake.

Apéritif & canapés: Open bar with anchovy-stuffed quail eggs. Menu: Seafood cocktail with sauce Marie Rose/Chicken Kiev with summer vegetables and maize rice/Knickerbocker Glory/Teas & coffee


April 2012

'At Home' with a musical Indian family

Indian evening with a musical family from London who play a broad range of music from Beethoven to a selection of Indian traditional instruments. Indian food 'home-style' completes the evening.



February 2012

An Early Valentine

Love, actually…
Charlotte Stephenson - mezzo soprano
Adam Johnson - piano

A potpourri of great classical and popular music for the occasion

Since Charlotte starred in the Yorke Trust's world première of The Airman's Tale by Jonathan Keates and Gerard McBurney in 2005, she has enjoyed continuing success on the professional stage and oratorio platform.  Last year she made her solo debut with Glyndebourne (Valetto in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea), having sung with them in their Young Artists' programme in Stravinsky's Mavra

Adam Johnson is a popular and regular visitor to South Creake and conducts Bach's St John Passion with the Yorke Trust next Easter in Binham, South Creake and London.  Charlotte is a regular soloist with Adam's Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, one of the most enterprising new orchestras in London at the moment. 


Read more about Charlotte on her website

Airman's Tale

Airman's Tale 2005


Aperitif - French Martini Cocktail
Canapé - Mozarella bruschetta with shaved fennel & courgette
Menu - Smoked trout with watercress purée and chopped egg salad; Guinea fowl with pommes Parisienne, savoy cabbage, prunes and Madeira sauce;
Bailey's Irish Cream & chocolate cheesecake.
Chef - Robert McNaughtan



December 2011


Christmases Past and Present


Three evenings of seasonal music and readings
with young voices from the Yorke Trust opera and Easter choral courses
Olivier Labé theorbo & baroque guitar
Alec Crowe chamber organ (South Creake)
Jennifer Hamilton & Rodney Slatford readings
Conleth Stanley chorus master


Friday 16 December 2011 at 18:00

Hindringham Hall, Blacksmiths Lane, Hindringham, Norfolk NR21 0QA
A fireside, candlelit celebration followed by Christmas bites and mulled wine
by kind permission of Lynda and Charles Tucker


Hindringham Hall dates back to 1495 and the main hall itself was remodelled in 1550.  When Henry VIII was destroying the monasteries, monks from Walsingham lived here and farmed fish in the moat that dates from an even earlier house on the site known to exist in 1250.  Our fireside candlelit celebration rekindles the atmosphere of countless Hindringham Christmases past.


Saturday 17 December 2011 at 18:00

The Old Chapel, South Creake, Norfolk NR21 9JF
Guest artist Alec Crowe chamber organ
A festive evening with canapés, apéritif and a traditional Christmas meal as part of the Yorke Trust's Music & Dining Club series
Menu:  Buckwheat blinis with scrambled egg and smoked salmon/Baked ham with cider & spices, quince & orange sauce, sauté of shredded sprouts with black butter and creamed potato with celeriac/mincemeat, apple & apricot crumble tart/Mrs Temple's Wighton & Walsingham cheeses/teas or coffee.


The Old Chapel, South Creake, the Yorke Trust's home, was built in 1783.  Alec Crowe, director of the Easter Choral courses, joins us with some seasonal solos on the chapel's beautiful 1850s chamber organ.  This event is part of the Trust's Music & Dining Club series and is followed by a Christmas meal in the nearby Old Norwich Arms.



Sunday 18 December 2011 at 18:00

The Stone Hall, Houghton Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6UE
A seasonal celebration with wine
by kind permission of Lord Cholmondeley KCVO


The Stone Hall at Houghton is at the heart of one of the country's finest privately owned buildings.  Completed in the early 18th Century with magnificent interior designs by William Kent, Houghton has hosted Yorke Trust events on many occasions, the Stone Hall providing a unique atmosphere and the perfect concert venue.


Each performance lasts a little over an hour and includes a variety of seasonal carols, readings and instrumental solos.  Proceeds from these evening celebrations go towards the Trust's junior arts programme Pied Piper! that runs in May and June next year involving local children.



October 2011

Nicholas Ellis plays Poulenc

An evening of light French music for clarinet and piano played by one of the most successful young clarinettists of his generation. 

Programme includes Poulenc's dazzling virtuoso sonata for clarinet and piano 


Assorted tapinades


Warm goat's cheese with onion marmalade

Chicken confit with a herb chicken jus
Pommes boulangère and French beans

Hot Chocolate soufflé with a cream sauce
or crème brulée

A selection of French cheeses

Teas or coffee



June 2011

The Pasadena Rhythm Boys

More light toe-tapping music from the inter-war years from this very special virtuoso ensemble, introduced from the piano by Keith Nichols.  A casual evening with some popular English food typical of the period.




April 2011

Sing for your Supper!

An evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein
led by Joyce Ellis with members of the Kinder Youth Choir of the High Peak
These wonderful young singers, finalists in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year and winners of the 2010 International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, are not to be missed.  We can sing along with them in some of the popular numbers from the musicals we all know and love, whilst Robert serves an international meal with items plucked from the storylines.  It should make for a great evening!



February 2011


Valentine Surprise


Cruising with Adam!
An evening in the South Creake on-deck cocktail lounge to embrace Noël Coward and other popular composers together with a few well-known classics.  Adam Johnson spends much of his career at sea, delighting audiences for various cruise companies - popular requests on demand!  He also conducts his own orchestra in London and was a répétiteur for Coastal Opera last summer.  Robert creates a romantic ship's buffet to include vegetable terrine, chicken chaud-froid, dressed salmon, assorted international salads, panacotta, Eton mess or fresh fruit salad and a cheese platter with home-made cheese biscuits.  Teas & coffee.




December 2010

A Victorian Christmas evening

A Selection of Popular Festive Carols and Readings
Readings by Rodney Slatford, Jennifer Hamilton and Friends
Daire Halpin, Niamh Fitzgerald, Katherine Moore,
 Leo Tomita, Aaron Cawley, Adam Marsden, Oliver Dunn
Gwenllian Llyr - harp
Fantasy on themes from Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky/arr. K. Walter-Kuhn
Passacaglia (in memory of the Tsunami) David Watkins
Les Enfants à la Crêche de Noël Tournier
Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols Britten
Alec Crowe - organ

Robert's menu included: Brown Windsor Soup (UK), Baked Sea Bass with peppers, tomatoes, raisins and rosemary (Italy), Apple-roast duck with a sour cream sauce, red cabbage, and a purée of potato and Jerusalem artichokes (Russia), Panettone bread and butter pudding (Italy), Teas & coffee.



October 2010

Plastikes Karekles!

Paressa Daniilidou - accordion & vocals
Sarah Dubost-Hautefeuille - guitar & vocals
Pavlos Carvalho - bouzouki & vocals
The Music & Dining Club's first Greek evening.  Plastikes Karekles entertain with music and dancing from the Aegean.  You can dance too!  This popular group plays regularly at the Hellenic Centre in London and at the Yialousa restaurant near Russell Square. 
Robert's menu included: Ouzo; mezedes; egg and lemon soup; roast chicken with Greek noodles; stafithopitta (rasin cake).  Greek coffee & teas.