Luminaire: 26-30 October 2013
The grand rooms of Chatsworth were bathed in the warm glow of candlelight last night for a rehearsal ahead of its first ever Luminaire taking place in a few days from 26 to 30 October.
Magical illuminations, projections and soundscapes will transform many of the familiar landmarks in the garden from Flora's Temple and the Emperor Fountain to the Cascade while hundreds of candles will light the interiors of the house for the five night spectacular.
Anyone wishing to view both the house and garden is advised to purchase a ticket in advance as there is only limited availability remaining on selected evenings. Entry to the garden is also available in advance or may be purchased on the night, subject to availability.
Chatsworth's Sally Hogg said: "The practice run went really well. We opened the house to staff to see the work in progress as the team tweaked the lighting levels and moved candles to get the best effect. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the house in a different light after dark. It is so exciting to see this event come together and we are looking forward to the main event with the house and garden illuminated."
Two Derbyshire-based companies have also been involved in bringing Luminaire to life. Déda Producing has created the outdoor event in partnership with Illuminos who have designed the projection and lighting effects.
Alongside the Chatsworth rehearsals, a group of talented young people from Déda Producing have also been hard at work to putting the finishing touches to some breathtaking contemporary dance pieces to be performed in the garden.
The Chatsworth archive team has also curated an interesting selection of objects to explore the history of lighting in a historic house from a leather fire bucket dating from the 1st Duke of Devonshire's tenure to an octagonal travel crate for the silver ten-light chandelier on display in the State Dressing Room.
The use of candles and subtle lighting effects will evoke how the house would have been lit before the age of electricity with hundreds of candles casting a glow on the rich and gilded interiors. A lady's maid and a lamp boy in period costume will share stories, while lanterns will mark a journey around the garden with live performance adding another dimension to the experience.
Luminaire will be the first time the house and garden have both been displayed in this way in recent years. In 1843 the garden was illuminated for the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Illustrated London News said 'the noble cascade was lit up with many coloured fires and the whole extent of the gardens was a blaze of light.'
Chatsworth's Sally Hogg added: "It will be truly magical to see the key features in the garden illuminated, especially the Cascade ebbing and flowing in ripples of light. We're incredibly excited about this event as both the indoor and outdoor lighting displays will be wonderful. We hope that Luminaire will recapture the flavour of Joseph Paxton's great Victorian extravaganza."
For more information, opening times and ticket prices, visitwww.chatsworth.org
Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body. Chatsworth underwent a rigorous independent assessment before being chosen by a board of tourism industry experts including previous Small Visitor Attraction winner Victoria Emmanuel of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experienced travel journalists Alison Rice and Sally Shalam.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.www.treasurehouses.co.uk
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.
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