Whilst we don’t have any specific Valentine’s happenings at The Comet Hotel London Hatfield, we are sure that a quiet and relaxing break with us can tick all of your romantic boxes. Comfortable rooms, beautiful Art Deco inspired decor, and a selection of delicious menus in our Element Bar & KItchen, it all adds up to an inviting and relaxing stay. Looking beyond February’s most hyped date, we have a few highlights for you in the area this month. Let’s dive in.
Renowned globally for her multifaceted artistry spanning sculpture, painting, and architecture, Rana Begum’s work epitomises elegant colour schemes and repetitive geometric motifs. Her Minimalist approach intricately weaves light, colour, and form across a diverse range of mediums, from the intimate to the monumental. Returning to her roots in St Albans, her solo exhibition, curated by University of Hertfordshire Arts + Culture, unveils new sculptures, paintings, and relief works alongside pieces crafted over the past 3 years. Visitors delve into Begum’s creative process through studio experiments and maquettes, revealing influences from minimalist and constructivist traditions, infused with childhood memories of Islamic art’s geometric allure. Rana Begum: Ordered Formruns from until 14th April 2024 at the St Albans Museum + Gallery. Open daily 11am – 5pm. Find out more HERE.
St Albans Cathedral
Completed in 1115 AD, St Albans Cathedral is an incredible and majestic building well worthy of a visit at any time. With a calendar of events encompassing talks and concerts, there is always something of interest. Peace Doves is an art installation by the sculptor Peter Walker, in which thousands of paper doves hang down from the Cathedral tower. The installation runs until Tuesday 13th February. Find out more about the Cathedral and plan you visit HERE.
University of Hertfordshire Arts & Culture
To coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s 215th birthday on February 12th, join UH Arts + Culture in celebrating with a concert dedicated to American music performed by theresident de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra. In the realm of classical music, two iconic compositions stand as pillars of American culture. Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” commissioned for a ballet with a distinct American theme in 1944, has captured hearts since its debut. Samuel Barber’s emotive “Adagio for Strings,” originally part of a String Quartet, has become a cinematic staple due to its profound beauty. In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, the programme delves into Leonard Bernstein’s influential legacy. Bernstein, openly bisexual, revered Copland as his primary mentor, shaping his musical journey. Our concert pays homage to Bernstein with his vibrant Candide overture and Symphony No.2: The Age of Anxiety, a masterful blend of piano and orchestra.
Joining the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra is soloist Jamie Cochrane. A sensitive and versatile pianist, he has performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
The concert will take place on Sunday 11th February at 16:00 in the 450-seater Weston Auditorium on the de Havilland Campus at the University of Hertfordshire. Find out more HERE.
We hope you enjoy a stay with us in February and find some of our tips intriguing. We will be back next month with some more local happeni