Opera and antiques come together for a musical affair

Nightingale House in London will be hosting an antiques fair with opera this month

Nightingale House in London will be hosting an antiques fair with opera this month

Perusing antiques to the strains of opera? What could possibly be more civilized?

On Sunday 29th June that is exactly what you can do at Nightingale House in southwest London where antique costume and textile expert, Joy Kleiner Meier, will be organizing a festival of music and antiques.

Nightingale House is part of a 170-year-old care home trust that has existed in its current location – a mansion and grounds bought for the charity by philanthropist Lord Wandsworth – since 1904.

For the festival, the house and its beautiful grounds will be filled with song from roving musicians as well as a wealth of antiques stalls (thanks to Meier’s antiques contacts), afternoon teas and Punch and Judy for the children.

Halfway through the day there will be a concert performance by talented young Russian opera singer Ilona Domnich and international pianist Mark Verter and – so we hear – there will also be a special guest appearance from none other than Miss Moneypenny herself, actress Samantha Bond (recognisable for her role as Lord Grantham's sister in Downton Abbey too).

All the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Nightingale Hammerson care home trust.

Music, food, shopping for antiques and all for charity? Sounds like a dreamy day to us…

Festival of Music with Antiques at Nightingale House, 105 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 8NB, Sunday 29th June, 11am-5pm. 020 8673 3495; nightingalehammerson.org

Entry, £5 (children under 12, free). Concert, 2pm, £12.50 including £5 fair entrance fee. Tickets to the concert are limited to 100 places.

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