An update from Nevill Holt Opera

23rd October 2020

Nevill Holt Opera

Following the circulation of some misleading claims about our charity, we would like to share some more information about how we run.

Nevill Holt Opera is an independent charity run by a board, Artistic Director and Managing Director. We are fortunate to use the Nevill Holt estate for our annual festival, and to lease the beautiful theatre on the grounds, but we are a completely separate organisation from Nevill Holt.

Alongside our opera festival, we prioritise our community and education programmes, which have reached thousands of young people across the Midlands. It is deeply important to us that we continue to make a positive difference to our local area, and this part of our work continues year-round. It is central to all that we do, and we are glad to have been able to complete our Spring Tour (working over three months with nine local schools) before lockdown.

This summer we have ensured that we are putting on work and employing artists. We will do this again at our Winter Weekend in November. More than 2,000 people came to hear our NHO Young Artists at our outdoor concerts and at our open garden events this summer, and we are running 10 events (including four performances of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti) at our Winter Weekend. It matters to us that we find ways to employ freelancers and funnel support through wherever we can.

NHO has been successful in its application for a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund for £85,000. We are sincerely grateful for this grant, which will enable us to continue our community and education programmes as well as our performances for years to come. NHO applied for this grant through ACE’s formal application process. More information about the grants and the application process can be found on ACE’s website – the Guidance for the fund is in Section 2 And Section 5 (pg 23) has the decision making process https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-grants#section-4.

We are grateful to support from the David Ross Foundation, which accounts for about 10% of our annual income. More than 55% of our income each year comes from our box office, with 25% fundraised from other sources. 10% comes from other activity, such as catering and merchandise. This means that the cancellation of our festival had a critical effect on our future, as we lost more than 85% income having already spent on our education programmes and other work.

We are sincerely grateful for this grant and to all whose support has enabled us to continue.

Nic Chalmers (Artistic Director) and Annie Lydford (Managing Director)

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