Iford Festival



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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Bath, Wiltshire, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Iford Arts Ltd.
The Gatehouse
Iford, Wiltshire BA15 2BA
England UK
Phone: +44 01225 868124
Email: music@ifordarts.co.uk

Festival Description

Each year from June to August the Iford Festival takes place in the exquisite Peto Garden of Iford Manor in Wiltshire. The award-winning garden with its intimate and unique performance space — a finely wrought Italianate cloister — combine to create a magical experience. In this captivating, intimate setting, opera performances in English are staged in-the-round for an audience of 90 in the miniature Italianate cloister. Popular and informal free flowing jazz promenades together with two seated cloister concerts complete this year’s festival. All events offer the chance to relax over a pre-show picnic, whilst enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the Peto Garden as the river Frome gently meanders through the Iford valley.

Festival Dates June 22 - August 10, 2013
Festival Links

http://ifordarts.co.uk

Festival Story:

The gardens open for picnics at 6:00pm. Performances are unaffected by wet weather — when picnics may be taken in the tearoom. Wine and complimentary coffee are available. Iford Arts, a registered charity, was founded in 1993 to promote performances primarily in the Peto Garden of Iford Manor by the best of the young generation of professional performers.

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Festival Events:

Opera 2011:
  • Hansel & Gretel, by Engelbert Humperdinck (Sung in English)
    Director: William Tuckett
    Conductor: Oliver Gooch
    Orchestra: CHROMA
    • Performances — June: Saturday 18, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Tuesday 28.
    • Venue — Garden opens at 6pm for picnics, with opera performances beginning at 7.30pm.
    • Tickets — £97 (Mon-Fri); £101 (Sat)
  • Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sung in English)
    Director: Jeff Clarke
    Conductor: Geoffrey Paterson
    Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Swan
    • Performances — July: Saturday 9, Tuesday 12, Friday 15, Sat 16, Tuesday 19, Friday 22, Saturday 23.
    • Venue — Garden opens at 6pm for picnics, with opera performances beginning at 7.30pm
    • Tickets — Tickets: £97 (Mon-Fri); £101 (Sat)
  • Rodelina, by George Frideric Handel (Sung in English)
    Director: Martin Constantine
    Conductor: Christian Curnyn
    Orchestra: The Early Opera Company Orchestra
    • Performances — July: Friday 29, Saturday 30. August: Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, Friday 5, Saturday 6, Tuesday 9.
    • Venue — Garden opens at 6pm for picnics, with opera performances beginning at 7.30pm.
    • Tickets — £97 (Mon-Fri); £101 (Sat).
Jazz Promenades 2011:
  • First Night Jazz Party
    Friday, June 10, 2011
    • Tina May
    • The Numbers Racket
      Tickets — £30
      Venue — The garden is open for picnics and music from 6pm. Pimms Bar available.
  • Midsummer Jazz
    Saturday, June 11
    • Jim Hart
    • Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen
      Tickets — £30
      Venue — The garden is open for picnics and music from 6pm. Pimms Bar available.
  • Friday Fiesta
    Friday, August 12
    • Omar Puente
    • Claudia Aurora
      Tickets — £30
      Venue — The garden is open for picnics and music from 6pm. Pimms Bar available.
  • Another World
    Saturday, August 13
    • Kosmos
    • She’koyokh
      Tickets — £30
      Venue — The garden is open for picnics and music from 6pm. Pimms Bar available.
Cloister Concerts 2011:
  • Chablis Chic
    Sunday, June 19
    • CHROMA Chamber Ensemble
      Tickets — £22
      Venue — The garden opens at 6pm for picnics, and the seated cloister concert begins at 7.30pm. The Peto Garden, Iford Manor, Iford, Nr Bath, BA15 2BA
  • Hansel & Gretel Cover Up
    Sunday June 26
    • Iford Arts Covering Artists with CHROMA Chamber Ensemble
      Tickets — £30
      Venue — The garden opens at 6pm for picnics, and the seated cloister concert begins at 7.30pm. The Peto Garden, Iford Manor, Iford, Nr Bath, BA15 2BA

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