events at seventeen
Creating unique experiences
With a passion for the creative arts, musicians Muriel Phillips & Kate Mill have collaborated to create events at seventeen. Our vision is to create unique experiences within an intimate setting in our Lower Bourne home, where
audiences can feel fully engaged with the event.
We are excited to be welcoming some of the most established artists in the UK & abroad, including musicians, authors and a wonderful wine expert.
We do hope that you will be able to join us on this journey of discovery into the world of all things creative!
Tickets limited to 30 with a unique chance to meet the artists afterwards over a drink.
Di & Jo, Lower Bourne
What we both loved is Jessica Mogridge’s tremendous precision and great musicality on the oboe. The programme was varied and demanding, and most enjoyable in its informal and intimate setting. A lovely talented lady.
Jennie, Lower Bourne
A great, relaxed evening with attentive hospitality and a fascinating expert reassuring us that we could drink what we enjoyed - rather than what we thought should go together!
Who'd have thought that Monbazillac would go so well with Roquefort? That's now in my Christmas menu planner. Many thanks to all concerned.
Kathy, Lower Bourne
I absolutely loved the wine tasting. It was such a wonderful evening and I felt I learned so much and it reignited my passion for good wine.
Well done to you and Muriel. The evening was so well planned. We were so comfortable and well looked after and the cheeses were just delicious.
Claire & Connie, Lower Bourne
What an honour! My daughter and I wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful evening. Sarah Fox was mesmerising, and Muriel’s piano accompaniment was stunning. How amazing to have such artists perform not 6ft from where we were sitting and with the bonus of Sarah explaining her work too – you don’t get an experience like that at the Symphony Hall! We’ll definitely be back. Kate’s hosting was perfect too, not a thing overlooked and some really lovely touches – we loved the star! Thank you
Elaine & John, Farnham
Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the wine tasting event recently. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and the hosts were most attentive, introducing the guests to each other over a glass of Prosecco.
The tasting was thoroughly enjoyable; the wines were all delicious and it was fun pairing each wine with a selection of cheeses.
We look forward to attending some of the other events being held at this lovely local venue.
Moria & Hatton, Haselmere
Having recently attended another of your concerts, we write to congratulate you on such an excellent series of concerts that you have organised.
At such a difficult time it was wonderful to have opportunities to attend concerts locally that enabled local people to
listen to such talented musicians and singers. Lasting slightly over the hour, the time passes all too quickly but afterwards, there is an opportunity to discuss musical experiences with other audience members over a drink.
It is all so well organised.
We do hope you can arrange another series sometime in the near future!
Venue Entry Requirements & FAQ
Answers You Need
Our priority is to keep everyone safe and provide you with a safe environment in which to enjoy your experience with us, without having to social distance. For those who have attended our previous events, you will know that our intimate and informal setting is at the heart of what we offer. Also meeting new people and making new friends afterwards over a drink is also a highlight.
There are a number of measures we are taking to help keep us all safe.
Muriel & I are fully vaccinated and we undertake lateral flow tests twice a week.
We kindly invite you to take the vaccine if it is offered to you. Please take a lateral flow test on the day of the event. These are now being offered free of charge by the NHS. You can order them online and they are delivered to your home.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, we request you do not attend the event.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
Yes. Due to the current Government guidelines, we ask that you wear a mask for the duration of the event.
There is ample parking within Vale Close. Please be mindful not to block driveways.
Smart casual. Refreshments to be served outside after the events, in heated gazebos.
Roy & Lesley, Farnham
It is not often one gets the chance to hear a great pianist in intimate surroundings. In the great days of the salon or the Schubertiad, pianists like Liszt or Chopin ... or Schubert ... played to small gatherings of music-lovers. The closeness of the recitalist and audience can create a kind of bond of appreciation that is difficult to achieve in the vast spaces of a Festival Hall or, even, a Wigmore Hall. So it was, last night, at 17 Vale Close, when in another of a sequence of concerts a lucky group were able to listen to Steven Osborne perform a recital on a Bluthner grand. Steven Osborne performs around the world but, at the same time, is drawn, like Sviatoslav Richter, to the intimate venue. HIs repertoire, like Richter's, is wide, stretching from Messiaen to Bach and beyond. Last night he chose to play a demanding and profoundly satisfying programme. In the Debussy, which provided the first half, Mr Osborne offered an instructive contrast between early Debussy, his lush reverie, and six of the spiky and difficult etudes which marked ... almost ... his farewell to piano writing. I say almost, because amongst the works with which Mr Osborne concluded his Debussy, were several only-recently discovered, and one of which may have been the last piano music he wrote. Mr Osborne concluded with the sublime Opus 111, Beethoven's last piano sonata, in which the passion of the first movement is sublimated in the second, an arietta and variations, in music that is both joyful, ecstatic and serene. Here Beethoven reconciles the two elements for which he is famous, the Dionysian of the first movement, and the Apollonian of the second. Is there a more profound work in the piano literature? Mr Osborne performed it with technical aplomb and an insight that spoke of his love for, and long study of, the composer. Mr Osborne introduced the works with comments which (and this is not always the case with musicians) were apt and insightful. It was a wonderful evening. I am still enjoying a kind of afterglow. I felt like those lucky lovers of music who gathered around the piano in thrall to Liszt or Chopin. Thank you, Kate and Muriel, and thank you Mr Osborne
It’s such a special privilege to listen to a fine recital in a small intimate venue- there’s nothing like the sense of being in amongst the music, feeling every gesture and breath along with the musicians. Last Friday night’s recital by violinist Nemanja Ljubinković and pianist Philip Walsh was a delight, both musicians charming the audience with their sincerity and warmth in a programme ideally suited to the setting, taking us on a journey through the centuries in a perfect balance of styles from Mozart to Duke Ellington. Their partnership showed effortless conversational interplay, and both had their moments to shine, whether through the elegant dialogue of a Mozart sonata or the lyricism and virtuoso flourishes of Tchaikovsky in his Russian Dance from Swan Lake. The talents of Walsh the arranger were also on display in two beautifully crafted jazz arrangements which concluded the programme. It was such a pleasure to listen to music-making of this quality, and to feel that the sense of connection, as if the musicians were communicating with each of us in person.