Music for a Summer’s Day

17th July 2020

Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Opera to present six outdoor summer concerts in the gardens, featuring NHO Young Artists


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We are delighted to share that we will be presenting six concerts in the gardens of Nevill Holt on the 29 August, 5 and 12 September. Two performances will take place on each date. Reflecting NHO’s commitment to the most talented up-and-coming young singers, each concert will feature at least five of NHO’s Young Artists.

During each visit, which will last for two and a half hours hours, audience members will be able to enjoy the 45-minute outdoor performance, explore the sculpture in the beautiful gardens, and purchase delicious locally-sourced food and drink.

Despite the immense challenges of the last four months, we have tried to approach this summer as creatively as possible. From welcoming our NHO Members to a socially distanced picnic in the Nevill Holt grounds serenaded by our fantastic Young Artists through to filling our theatre with art and sculpture so that it can operate as a gallery, we have tried to use what we have to bring art, music, culture and entertainment to people who have desperately missed it during lockdown.

It is very exciting now for us to be able to mount a proper concert series, enabling paid work for our Young Artists and bringing live music to those who are so desperate to hear it. It matters to us that we are producing work and able to funnel our financial support through to the artists and freelancers who are particularly affected by the pandemic. Understandably, many organisations have been focusing on broadcasting well-known and established singers during this period, but we believe it is crucial to be supporting and employing those at the very start of their careers, too.

We are so lucky to have access to the beautiful gardens at Nevill Holt and have chosen programmes that will fit perfectly in those very special surroundings. We are grateful to have access to performance spaces outside, and offer our continued solidarity with every organisation and individual who is not yet able to perform.

Saturday 29 August: An English Country Garden
1pm-2.30pm entry, 2.30pm performance
4pm-5.30pm entry, 5.30pm performance

NHO Young Artists will entertain you with a selection of English Folksongs in arrangements by Grainger, Elgar, Parry and more.

Saturday 5 September: Summer Shakespeare
1pm-2.30pm entry, 2.30pm performance
4pm-5.30pm entry, 5.30pm performance

NHO Young Artists accompanied by double bass and piano will sing the Birthday Madrigals by John Rutter and Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing. These works are written in the jazz style using some of Shakespeare’s most famous texts.

Saturday 12 September: Choral Music from the Renaissance
1pm-2.30pm entry, 2.30pm performance
4pm-5.30pm entry, 5.30pm performance

NHO Young Artists will sing a celebration of continental choral masterworks from the renaissance period, featuring works from composers including Gabrielli, Palestrina and Monteverdi.

Each event will be carried out with strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place, and carefully following up-to-date and official advice and guidance. These measures will be shared with all attendees in advance, and NHO is grateful to our guests for carefully observing these guidelines during their time at Nevill Holt. In the event that these outdoor concerts are cancelled, all ticket buyers will receive a full refund.

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NHO is holding back 20 tickets for each concert to distribute to those it works with through its community and education programmes, and to those who may not otherwise be able to afford to come.

We expect demand to be high, so recommend that you secure your tickets at your earliest convenience.

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Priority Booking for our Summer Season opens to Members on Thursday 9th January 2020.

Public Booking opens on Thursday 6th February.

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