Music - A Celebration of Frank Sinatra at Whitby

North York Moors

Code: WYANV

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From £395.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

What was it about Frank Sinatra, the man nicknamed ‘The Voice’? In his centenary year we examine the music surrounding his childhood, from Caruso and Puccini to Gershwin and early jazz. We trace these and other influences on his musical development from his entry in the mid 1930's to the world of swing bands. We ‘take apart’ some of his most inspired interpretations of great songs, as well as studying the orchestral music written for him, not to mention his occasional forays into conducting new works. We consider what music gave to him and what he gave to music.

Holiday highlights:

  • Talks and informal discussions with our expert leader
  • Enhance your understanding of ‘The Voice’
  • Live musical performances by our leader

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all activities
  • Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable leaders for each holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Larpool Hall
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – listen to music together, eat together and relax together

 

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Larpool Hall in Whitby

Whitby is truly unique, venture in this tight and twisty town whilst exploring the local architecture. Larpool Hall provides excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms. A magnificent location situated above the harbour and perfect for our walking and leisure activity holidays.

Larpool Hall has 28 newly refurbished bedrooms in the main building. Rooms at the front of the house enjoy wonderful views across the Esk Valley.

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary  slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Lounge with a central dance floor 
• Two additional lounges
• Bar
• Outside terrace
• Dining room
• Range of board games and books
• Free WiFi available in public rooms 
• Extension views from the front of the house across the esk Valley
• Gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Whitby chocolate fudge cake an option for dessert

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

 

Itinerary

Monday: Arrival day

You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. Before dinner there’ll be a short introduction to your holiday, and after dinner, enjoy your first illustrated talk on the birth of a musical reformer.

Tuesday: Tough beginnings

9.30am – 12.30pm: East of the Sun – how Sinatra found his feet and his voice in the 1930s (with a coffee break)

12:30pm: Lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently

5pm – 6.30pm: Night and Day – The Voice and Jascha Heifitz: Sinatra becomes unstoppable on stage and screen

After dinner: A selection of masterpieces of breath control

Wednesday: Never take things for granted

9.30am – 12.30pm: I’m a fool to want you – career setbacks, Ava Gardner, the McCarthyite witch-hunt, Sinatra and the press (with a coffee break)

12.30pm: Lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently

5pm – 6.30pm: From here to Eternity – analysing his creative vocal interpretations of the 1950s and ‘60s.

After dinner: Guests’ requests

Thursday: The busiest star in town

9.30am – 12.30pm: Oh look at me now – some lesser known vocal performances and his occasional role as orchestral conductor (with a coffee break)

12.30pm: Lunch

The afternoon is free to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently

5pm – 6.30pm: Some film clips

After dinner: Sinatra live in concert in London 1962

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

What to bring

All of the music will be provided for you. You may want to bring a notebook and pen to make notes of the music you listen to. Guests are warmly welcome to bring their own recording of a favourite piece of music on CD or DVD for discussion with the leader and other guests during the holiday.

Local area

Discover the North York Moors

During your stay at Larpool Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Whitby:     

Whitby is a bustling harbour town and a popular tourist destination. From Larpool Hall it is a 1½ miles downhill walk, or a short drive to the town centre. The town has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, pubs and cafés. If you don’t mind the queue, the Magpie café on the waterfront is said to serve England’s best fish and chips!

Ruined stone walls of Whitby AbbeyWhitby Abbey               
The iconic ruined abbey commands a wonderful position above the harbour and can be reached by climbing the famous 199 steps. About 10 minutes' drive or a 1½ mile walk. www.english-heritage.org.uk//whitby-abbey

 

 

Old houses and harbour at StaithesStaithes            
The pretty fishing village of Staithes is a pleasant spot to visit. Young children may well recognise the village as the setting for Old Jacks Boat on CBeebies. Around 25 minutes' drive from Whitby.

 

 

Steam train in the North York MoorsNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway               
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains over its 18 mile line between Grosmont and Pickering and in the summer some trains continue over the British Rail branch line to Whitby. This is a highly scenic route: one reason why the line has become Britain’s most visited steam railway. The well-kept and historic stations are worth seeing for their own sake and you may well recognise Goathland which has doubled as ‘Adensfield’ on the Heartbeat TV series, and as ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films. Either join the train at Whitby, or at Grosmont, about 20 minutes' drive away. www.nymr.co.uk

Scarborough & Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough is a quintessential Victorian seaside resort with plenty of attractions for both young and old. The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the renowned playwright. It has two theatres - the round and the McCarthy which doubles as a cinema, plus a restaurant and shop. www.sjt.uk.com

Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Trail
This superb trail uses the route of disused railway line and offers miles of traffic-free cycling, often with outstanding sea views. The trail passes right next to Larpool Hall and heads south  to Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, or if you are feeling keen to Scarborough. Bikes can be hired at nearby Hawsker. www.trailways.info

Rydale Folk Museum
This museum is located at Hutton-Le-Hole, about 50 minutes' drive from Whitby. This pretty village west of Pickering that has a feel of a Cotswold village, being built of mellow stone and with a stream though the middle. The museum houses exhaustive displays of rural life and crafts in buildings spread over several acres. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk

Fountain and extrerior of Castle Howard houseCastle Howard
Located near Malton about an hour's drive from Whitby, Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. It is well known as the location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited. Today the house is still owned by the Howard family and the building hosts many exhibitions & events throughout the year. Also of interest are the extensive gardens that contain a formal rose garden and elegant ponds and fountains. www.castlehoward.co.uk

 

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Larpool Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org  www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

 

Travel

Travel to Whitby

Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is at Whitby, which is at the end of a long branch line from Middlesbrough.

However, most guests find that travelling via Scarborough station is more convenient.  For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Scarborough 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £7 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

The 93 bus runs regularly between Scarborough station and Whitby. As you approach Whitby, alight by the Larpool Industrial Estate. From here it is an 800 metre walk to Larpool Hall. See www.traveline.info for bus times.

 bus heading to scarborough

Driving to us

By car:

Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teesside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles outside Whitby. After this roundabout and as you approach Whitby, cross another roundabout then turn right at the traffic lights signposted to Scarborough. Cross the large bridge over the River Esk, then immediately turn right into Larpool Lane. After 500 metres turn left into the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A large car park is available in the grounds.

 

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport is served by a range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Scarborough with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 2hrs 50 minutes to Scarborough - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Scarborough. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Scarborough (1 change at York) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Scarborough you can complete the journey to Whitby by bus or taxi (see above).

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Chris Howes

Chris is a pianist and music history lecturer from London. In his varied working life he has also been a newspaper columnist, an occasional broadcaster and has had many years of experience in secondary and adult education. Chris has been leading a number of HF Holidays Discovery Tours, Music Appreciation holidays and festivals since 2001 with his expert knowledge, enthusiasm, humour and conviviality.

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