PUBLISHED: 10:55 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 30 August 2017

Captain’s House near St Ives opens its doors for a Golden Weekend’ to celebrate 50 years of the Landmark Trust in the company of an award-winning composer and local musician

A special and imaginative “Golden Weekend” in May 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust. On 16-17 May, 95% of the British population will be within 50 miles of a free open day at 25 Landmarks, including the Captain’s House, in Lower Porthmeor near St Ives. It is one of many buildings at risk in Cornwall rescued by the Landmark Trust including Whiteford Temple in Callington, The Egyptian House in Penzance, Danescombe Mine in Calstock, Frenchman’s Creek in Helford, The College in Week St Mary and a group of eight cottages in Coombe.

Since May 1965 nearly 200 significant buildings have been rescued by the historic buildings charity, many of which could have been lost forever. To celebrate this occasion, the Landmark Trust is welcoming everyone to the Captain’s House free of charge on the weekend of 16th and 17th May.

The Captain’s House is a simple granite house is typical of the farm hamlets that dot this green coastal shelf west of St Ives with moors on one side, the Atlantic on the other. It dates from the 1840s, when it was the childhood home of Arthur Berryman, the last of the Berryman family who were an ancient Cornish family who had lived at Lower Porthmeor before 1600. The Landmark Trust bought Captain’s House, which had been derelict for years, in conjunction with the National Trust.

The highlight of the weekend will be a “Golden Moment” at 3pm on Saturday 16 May, when local musicians will simultaneously perform a piece of music at all of the 25 open Landmarks. The specially-commissioned piece has been created by Kerry Andrew; winner of two 2014 British Composer Awards in the Education and Community and Stage Works categories for two of her recent operas.

At the Captain’s House the composition will be performed by Helghyer, the solo project of multi instrumentalist Natalie Earl, who’s family hail from Launceston. Her quirky art-rock/indie-folk sound has been described as “a cross between Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush”. Natalie is of Cornish descent and the name Helghyer’ comes from the Cornish word for "Hunter".

Kerry has created a toolbox of musical fragments for each local musician or group to explore and arrange into their own distinctive work which will be inspired by the history, location and nature of their local Landmark. All 25 performances will be bound together by an emblematic chorus with a strong melody line that will celebrate the nature of the Landmarks and the people who not only created and lived in them but those who enjoy them today. The pieces will be performed at the exact same time – 3pm – around the country in Landmark’s shared “Golden Moment”, with recordings of the 25 variations available soon afterwards on the Landmark Trust website.

Caroline Stanford, Historian and Head of Engagement at the Landmark Trust said:

“As well as Landmarkers, we would love to see the local community at the Captain’s House during the Golden Weekend - people for whom the Landmark is a part of their local scene, and who perhaps knew the building before its restoration. This is a chance for us to celebrate Britain’s amazing history with everyone, as it exists all around us today. We are delighted to be working with Kerry and are over the moon with the range and quality of local musicians and singers involved. It will truly celebrate the diversity of the nation and be an opportunity to celebrate the diverse settings of our Landmarks, and our range of achievements, in our 50th year.”

Kerry Andrew concluded:

“I am really excited to be creating a piece jointly with twenty-five community music ensembles around the country. I see the piece very much as a collaboration between me and the musicians and their buildings, being made up of lots of small fragments that can be 'built' into a piece to suit them. I can't wait to hear the eventual pieces, which will undoubtedly be as different and beautiful as the buildings themselves are.”

Everybody is welcome to visit Captain’s House for free and hear Helghyer interpreting Kerry’s composition at 3pm on Saturday 16th May 2015. Captain’s House will be open to everybody from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May.

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