The Rural Village Of Ackworth, West Yorkshire

Ackworth millstoneCited in the Domesday Book as ‘Acreuurde,’ Ackworth is a large, picturesque village protected by a conservation order in the heart of West Yorkshire, three miles south of Pontefract.  The name Ackworth is derived from two old Anglo-Saxon words: ‘Ake’ meaning Oak and ‘Uurt’ which means worth – a village or hamlet.

In 1302 the village became part of the Honor of Pontefract and it was, until Stuart times, part of the possession of the Kings of England.

Today the village is filled with historical and architectural treasures including one of seven Quaker Schools to be found in the British Isles and a magnificent Anglo-Saxon church dating from the 1330s.




The Meeting House, Ackworth School

Meeting HouseFounded in 1779 as a Quaker school for boys and girls and set in acres of stunning Yorkshire countryside, Ackworth School has a rich musical heritage.  The Meeting House where five of the concerts take place this season, is an historic Georgian place of worship and one of Ackworth’s architectural gems – a magnificent setting for concerts with excellent acoustics.  Further information at Ackworth School.

Next Event

2nd Feb 2019, 19:30Venue: All Saints Church, AckworthWF7 7EJ
Programme: Andrey Lebedev - Guitar

Born in Moscow and raised in Australia, Andrey Lebedev is one of the most successful upcoming guitarists of this generation.

Andrey Lebedev is a prize winner of the 2017 ARD Music Competition, regarded as one of the most prestigious international competitions in classical music.

He burst on to the international music scene in 2014 when he was invited by luminary guitarist Julian Bream to perform a London recital of solo music including new commissions by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer. The following year he worked with guitarist John Williams on a recital project of Australian chamber music which included the world premiere of ‘Gertrude Fragments’ by Brett Dean. He exhibits a ceaseless curiosity which has seen him develop projects ranging from duos on Renaissance lute to Radiohead arrangements on electric guitar.

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