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Marchioness Townshend

Marchioness Townshend

Our President, Marchioness Townshend

Marchioness Townshend has lived in Norfolk since 1987, having married into a distinguished Norfolk family, and now lives with her husband Charles at Raynham Hall near Fakenham. She counts it a blessing to live quietly in Norfolk having spent her younger days in many far-flung British embassies, including Rio de Janeiro, Peking (as it then was) and Paris. After attending seven schools abroad she finished in West Sussex, leaving to read Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St. Andrews. While there she was a violinist with the Chamber Orchestra. After producing two musical children, whose accomplishments, she says, far exceed her own, she took up work as constituency secretary to a cabinet minister.

Alison was, for six years, the editor of The North Norfolk Informer, which she co-founded, and has written articles for Elle magazine in Sweden and The World of Interiors. She was one of the team involved in the restoration and installation of the new ring of eight bells at East Raynham church and is one of the regular ringers on a Monday evening. She has taken singing lessons with Geoffrey Davidson and Rosemary Kimmins, and is a member of the chamber Cantilena Choir, which is directed by Rosemary Kimmins. Having commissioned a new harpsichord from Alan Gotto, she is now organising recitals in the Marble Hall at Raynham: past performers include Michael Chance, Emma Kirby, Maggie Cole, Jakob Lindberg and Nathaniel Mander. For information about forthcoming recitals at Raynham Hall, please visit their website HERE.