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

9th Mar 2019, 19:30Venue: The Music Centre , Ackworth SchoolAckworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract. WF7 7LT
Programme: Kosmos Ensemble - Violin, Viola, Accordion

Described by Richard Morrison (The Times) as having “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship, I defy you not to be mesmerised", Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. The trio has twice been winners of 'Selected Artists' by the Making Music organisation and has gathered accolades from all over the world. United by a shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe as well as the rigours of classical training, each member of Kosmos is an international soloist in their own right and brings individual flavour to the group.


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