11:00am – 1:00pm
R Space Gallery, 32 Castle St, Lisburn BT27 4XE
The theme for 2018 is The Art of Sharing which presents an opportunity to share our linen heritage stories through our buildings and their connections to location and people.
For this year’s European Heritage Open Day, R-Space is delighted to be presenting ‘The Rectory Song Books of Fanny Cupples’ (circa 1800s) as part of a short afternoon concert of arias and ballads to be sung by Rebecca Murphy. The free event will take place in the very drawing room of the former Cathedral Rectory where Fanny would have performed in the 1800s.
Daughter of Lisburn Cathedral Rector, Dr Snowden Cupples and mother Elinor Ross, Fanny was the seventh of eight children. Her two song books were privately donated to R-Space and this will be the first time anyone will have heard the songs sung in nearly 200 years. Other items are taken from the forthcoming Opera commissioned by R-Space, for the first ever Linen Biennale and written by Peter Morgan Barnes with music composed by Seán Doherty.
Peter will give an overview of the Linen Opera and provide a context of the work to be performed locally later in October. R-Space gallery is delighted to be collaborating with NI Opera on this occasion and appreciate the funding support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Before the concert, there will be a free guided walking tour of Lisburn at 12noon with Blue Badge tour guide Alan Clarke who will introduce everyone to Lisburn’s heritage and history, approx 1-1.5hrs.
This is a free family event, no need to book, but for more information please contact Anthea McWilliams at R-Space 32 Castle Street Lisburn Tel 028 92663179