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Guide to The Grange Festival


June 7th July 8th, 2018

The Grange Festival, formed in 2016, is dedicated to performing world-class opera in the heart of Hampshire. For its inaugural season, Artistic Director Michael Chance has planned an ambitious programme, with performances of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Britten’s Albert Herring, Bizet’s Carmen, alongside a newly orchestrated Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove, commissioned by the festival. Complementing the core operatic season, audiences will be able to enjoy one off events including Verdi’s Requiem and a Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart with the John Wilson Orchestra. The Grange Festival has established major partnerships with world-class organisations such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music as well as attracting some of the most sought after singers from the UK and overseas.

Looking ahead, The Grange Festival aims to promote a wide range of activities in the opera house including two evenings of ballet in 2018, as well as a commitment to commissioning new works whilst still ensuring focus on the core opera festival in the summer months.

The Grange, one of the most celebrated neo-classical mansions in Britain, is located in Hampshire, seven miles from Winchester, and is a Grade I-listed building. Alan Titchmarsh and eminent landscape architect Kim Wilkie will have restored the grounds back to their Arcadian glory in time for the inaugural season. Surrounding the Grange is the beautiful Hampshire countryside, boasting a number of local attractions nearby including many museums, areas of natural beauty, cathedrals and much more. Visit The Grange Festival website for more information about what to do in the surrounding areas.

Guests attending performances at the Grange can travel by train to Basingstoke (from London Waterloo, in just under 50 minutes) where a shuttle bus will be available for return journeys to the Grange. There are also directions on the website for those travelling by car.

For full information, visit The Grange Festival website

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Michael Chance on the new Grange Festival

Michael Chance tells us about planned improvements to the festival-going experience and tells us about the operas that will form part of the new festival.
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