Melissa Bradshaw

Iford Arts secures new home for 2019 season

2:12, 19th February 2019

The Iford Arts 2019 season is set to take place at Belcombe Court, a Grade 1 listed historic house set 6 miles outside of Bath and home to one of Britain’s leading creatives, Paul Weiland OBE, and his wife Caroline.

Director Paul Weiland OBE, whose work includes Mr Bean, Blackadder, City Slickers 11, Made of Honor and Sixty Six, said: ‘we are honoured to host Iford Arts at Belcombe, as it has been a long time ambition of ours to have an opera in the garden.’

Iford Arts is a small, charitable institution with an international reputation, renowned for its stylish new opera productions staged in the round picnic proms and its work with emerging artists. It will open its 2019 season in the banqueting room of Bath’s Guildhall on 18 and 19 May with a Gala night performance of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, starring comic baritone Simon Butteriss, before setting up home in the grounds of Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon.

Award winning Jazz singer and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio have been confirmed to headline the Iford Arts Prom on 30 August, and a specially commissioned geodesic dome seating up to 240 will be installed in the 45 acres of Belcombe’s parklands (rarely open to the public) to stage Donizetti’s comic masterpiece L’Elisir D’Amore, which will be directed by James Hurley and conducted by Oliver Gooch with CHROMA Chamber Ensemble.

For more information and booking visit www.ifordarts.org.uk.

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