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What You Need To Know
More About The Performers

Welcome to Fridays Unlocked! We're so excited to be back with an amazing series of live outdoor performances on the beautiful Tea Lawn at the back of the House.

Tonight’s Classical evening is presented by The Unlocked Trio, brought together by the strangeness of Lockdown, and features two of our resident musicians, pianist Stephen Hose and violinist Thomas Leate, who are joined by cellist Molly Carter. Thanks to our sponsors, Markson Pianos, we are able to use the Steinway Grand Piano for this very special outdoor show. 

They will be performing:

Haydn Trio in G major (Gypsy Rondo)

Beethoven Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3

Malcolm Arnold Trio Op. 54

A selection of popular Palm Court trios

Come rain or shine we'll be there to entertain you! Make sure you bring attire for all weathers! It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Don't fancy queuing up for your snacks and drinks? You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you.

We have done everything we can to keep you safe and make these events Covid-19 secure – please read the ‘What You Need To Know’ tab for more information. 

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Covid-19 Secure
We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you a specific area according to the size of your party, whether you are bringing chairs or sitting on the Tea Lawn.  

Every audience member will have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds.

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • We strongly advise bringing a face covering along with you. 
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • The café will be open for purchases on the night. Please follow the instructions for queuing safely.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please arrive in good time. The Box office will open at 6pm. Please come to the box office at the front door ('East Entrance').
  • The Tea Lawn will be open for you to settle down and enjoy your picnics from 6pm. The show starts at 7pm.
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.

We do not supply chairs. Audience members will sit on the Tea Lawn to watch the performance, so please bring either a picnic blanket or a folding chair to make yourself comfortable. We will ask you whether you are bringing chairs or blankets during the booking process. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group we will need you to all be on chairs or all on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. If you have not said you are bringing a chair when booking and change your mind you will not be able to use it as it will block someone else’s view. 

The performance will continue regardless of the weather. Having run open-air events for many years, we know all too well that the weather can be deceptive and can change very quickly. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and an extra woollie!

Food and Drink
The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts.

You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you. 

Note that hot drinks cannot be pre-ordered but will be available from the bar.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

When you book
We will be asking some extra questions when you book your ticket to ensure you and everyone else stays safe. In order to comply with the contact tracing scheme we are asking you to provide a name and phone number for each ticketholder. Please use the 'any special requirements?' box to make us aware of any ticketholders who are wheelchair users or have reduced mobility.

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Stephen Hose, Grand Piano

Stephen is Lauderdale House's 'pianist-in-residence' performing monthly lunchtime concerts He trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he held a Vaughan Williams scholarship, and has worked extensively as a Musical Director, conductor and pianist in London and regional theatre.  He has played at most of the London concert halls and has performed in France and Germany.  

Projects abroad have ranged from the English Theater of Frankfurt to The Lost Colony at the 2,000 seat outdoor theatre on Roanoke Island, USA.  TV work has included being the pianist on Channel 4 ‘s Titanic, The Mission,  accompanist for The Choir, and 5 years as Musical Associate/Director for TV productions of Christmas Glory.  He was Chorus Master for Jessye Norman’s Ellington’s Sacred Songs at the Barbican Theatre and Epidavros, Greece. 

His work as Music Director for OperaUK has included Barber of Seville, Cosi fan Tutte, La Traviata, the Merry Widow, Olé and El Amore Brujo.  For Merry Opera work includes La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Kiss Me, Figaro!, The Barber of Seville and La Belle Hélène (aka Troy Boy).  He has also conducted over 50 performances of their unique staged Messiah.

Thomas Leate, Violin

Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, Thomas has enjoyed an exciting and varied performance career. He has played with distinguished orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. As a soloist and chamber musician, Thomas has toured throughout the UK, Europe and China. as part of the Billroth Quartet he was a 'musician-in-residence' at Lauderdale House for several years.  In his spare time he enjoys training at the gym and driving his car ‘con anima!’

Molly Carter, Cello

Since graduating from the University of Sheffield and then studying for an MMus at the RNCM, Molly went on to pursue a teaching career. Initially working for several music services in the UK, Molly went on to become full time Cello Teacher at The British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi, UAE. During her 6 years there she was appointed Head of Strings, and performed frequently with the UAE National Symphony Orchestra. Molly joined Stringers London as Manager of the Cello Department in August 2019. In her spare time Molly enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing with The Chanterelles choir and escaping to the countryside for hiking and fresh air!