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Perchance to Dream: the music of Ivor Novello

An intimate concert for voice, violin & piano showcasing the lush, unforgettable music of Ivor Novello including smash hits from his stage shows such as We'll Gather Lilacs, My Dearest Dear, Fly Home Little Heart and many more.

  • 1st July 2023 - 1st July 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Afternoon Tea from 3:00pm

£15 per person: includes a selection of fine teas, cheese & fruit scones, finger sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes, served on vintage china in the Granary’s beautiful foyer and cafe

If you would like to join us for afternoon tea, please add to basket when booking a ticket for the concert and select a time slot.


Rachel Harland, voice | Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, violin | Ian Buckle, piano


I am not a highbrow. I am an entertainer. Empty seats and good opinions mean nothing to me.’ One of the most popular stage composers of the early twentieth century, Ivor Novello’s musicals were among the last to be written in the ‘operetta’ style. His music has lasted because of its very high quality, lush melody and a sense of nostalgia that has increased in the years since his death.


Ian Buckle’s programme comprises songs and musical numbers from four shows – Glamorous Night (1935), The Dancing Years (1939), Perchance to Dream (1945) and King’s Rhapsody (1949). Rachel Harland (soprano) and Sarah Brandwood-Spencer (violin) join Ian in presenting the smash hits from Novello’s stage shows, featuring We’ll Gather Lilacs, My Dearest Dear, When the Gipsy Played, Fly Home Little Heart, and many more.


  • Air conditioned
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • On site parking
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

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