Yesterday evening (15 July 2016) Harrogate was given a lesson how to drink to music.
Not a difficult task you may think, but the event, put on by the Harrogate International Festivals, showed how it could be elevated to whole new level.
This was no ordinary drinking to music though as it was led by wine writer and presenter, Oz Clarke, music was provided by the Armonico Consort and St Wilfred’s Church provided a very fitting venue.
The event was part of the HIF’s Summer series and was supported by local beer and wine retailer Ake and Humpris.
Oz took the audience through a journey through different drinks, countries and music. The opening featured a local beer, Baby-Faced assassin from the Knaresborough brewer, Roosters. This is a strong beer and possibly not one you would initially start a trip to the pub with. Although strong, it started the evening with a punch, set against the back drop of St Wilfred’s, the string quartet and two classical vocalists featuring works by Purcell and Hildegard.
A move to Germany followed with rather drinkable Dr Loosen Estate Riseling with some Handel Gluck and Bach – this was the fish course and was ably narrated by Oz.
Next stop was Italy for a Valpolicella Allegrini and some Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Grandi.
The final stop was to South America an Adobe Reserva Carmenere. All the drinks were well chosen, but this fruity red finished the evening on a high.
But what about the evening as a whole ?
Oz’s stories strung the evening together well (and he is just like he is on TV), the music worked well in the venue and the drinks just added another element to the night. There was certainly a lot to like – it was a great evening.
See www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com for other events