The Majestic

I drew the magnificent pile that is the Majestic Hotel on a short break in Harrogate last month. Forty-five years ago, in August 1972, as part of my final project on the Graphic Design course at Leeds College of Art, I organised an exhibition at the Harrogate Festival about the life of Yorkshire composer William Baines (1899-1922) and a recital of his music by pianist Eric Parkin at the Majestic.

Drawn on the train from Leeds.

Harlow Carr

On our visits to Harrogate, we invariably head up through the Victorian park of the Valley Gardens and continue through The Pinewooods (left) at the top of the slope to Harlow Carr, RHS gardens.

With its vegetable and flower gardens, woodland walk, meadow area and alpine house, there’s always something to see, whatever the season. There’s even a woodland bird hide.

3 Replies to “The Majestic”

  1. Lovely recollections and art, as ever. And, for anyone with the music service Spotify or iTunes the 1999 recording of Parkin playing Baines. Finding the CD is more challenging.

    1. We had at least one person in the audience who remembered Baines, his cousin, Elsie Hargreaves. Perhaps I should start now planning a concert for the 1922 anniversary.

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