Opera for All
What is Opera for All?
Garsington Opera for All is an exciting three year partnership between Garsington Opera, the charitable trust Magna Vitae, and the Coastal Communities Alliance, and is supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund.
With particular focus on isolated coastal communities, Garsington Opera for All works in collaboration with local authorieis and cultural organisations across four main areas of the UK; Thanet (Kent), Grimsby, Skegness and Somerset. In these partnership areas the programme delivers free public screenings of live performances from Garsington Opera, alongside a wider programme of participatory learning sessions for schools and adult groups aiming to promote, develop and sustain cultural opportunity in each area.
The programme also offers other interested non-coastal venues and festivals the opportunity to deliver their own opera screening and community event through an associate package.
For further information about how to get involved please sign up here.
Forthcoming activity includes:
Sunday 15 October, Whitgift Film Theatre, Grimsby
On Thursday 19 October we will be giving a FREE concert at Bridgwater Arts Centre - the first half will tell the story of Semele, with arias and extracts from the opera; the second half of the concert will comprise a selection of opera highlights. Tickets are free, but must be booked through the Bridgwater Arts Centre box office; further details can be found here.
Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director, said: "We are thrilled that Arts Council England is supporting the Garsington Opera for All project, which will be delivered in partnership with Magna Vitae and the Coastal Communities Alliance. To be able to reach new audiences through extensive education work and free opera screenings in areas that have limited engagement with the arts is vital and will have an enormous impact in the various communities who will participate in the project, as well as for access to opera and the arts nationwide. This news comes at an exciting time in Garsington Opera's development as we continue to strive for the very highest quality of production and performance in our award-winning opera house at Wormsley. We are passionate about sharing our work with the widest possible audience and both this project and the continued work of our brilliant educcation team clearly demonstrates that what we do off the platform is as important as what we do on it."