Only a few weeks until the opening night of our first festival and the Grange is a hive of activity in preparation for this great moment. Come and see what’s happening there at our Spring Open Day on 7 May. Last September, The Grange Festival announced its arrival with its first ever Open Day to which over 1200 people came for talks, guided tours, concerts, local pop-up food and drink stalls, cookery lessons, and much else. Join us from 12.30pm, and see the substantial improvements to the park, the house and the theatre, hear about the festival, and be the first to sit in the new seats in the theatre for a performance of Handel’s magical Acis and Galatea given by students from the Royal Academy of Music.
In addition, well-known musical animator Peter Gritton will lead you into the mysteries of the music of the operas in the Festival. Peter has worked with fans at Chelsea Football Club and devised their own symphony of chants. He can get you singing opera arias without you even realising it, and shed light on what opera is really about and why some great tunes just stay in our minds and hearts for ever.
The Grange is such a famous Hampshire landmark and we at The Grange Festival are excited to launch our first season on such a beautiful site. Running from 7 June to 9 July, we will have nineteen performances of three operas and two concerts.
In September, for the Bi-Centenary of the death of Jane Austen, we have a fourth opera, Jonathan Dove’s scintillating Mansfield Park which will be given at The Grange for the first time with an orchestra, specially commissioned by The Grange Festival. To complete our 2017 programme, we launch our first International Singing Competition, with both the semi-final and final open to the public at The Grange.
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Do come along on 7 May, for what promises to be a fabulous family afternoon out.
See the extraordinary changes in the park.
Eat and drink delicious things from well-known local suppliers.
Enjoy brilliant music making and become a part of the new Grange.
We look forward to seeing you!
SCHEDULE FOR THE AFTERNOON
12.30pm Grounds Open
1.30pm outside activities to be confirmed
1.30pm to 4pm Pony Rides on the Avenue provided by Northington Stud & Stables
2pm interviews in the Theatre with Annabel Arden, Director of Carmen
and Tim Supple, Director of Ulisses
2.30pm Interactive Theatre Event with Peter Gritton (child-friendly)
3.30pm outside activities to be confirmed
4.30pm Performance of Acis and Galatea in the Theatre
FOOD & DRINK PROVIDERS (PLEASE NOTE CASH-ONLY)
Danebury Vineyards (our Open Day Sponsor)
Winchester Distillery’s Twisted Nose Gin Bar
Itchen Valley Brewery
Flat Whites Winchester
Grey Sparrow Kitchen
Little Pub Group Peroni Bar
Jake’s Artisan Foods
The Murray Parish Trust will be our onsite charity partner for this event