First winter concerts at the new Nevill Holt Opera theatre announced

First winter concerts at the new Nevill Holt Opera theatre announced

Nevill Holt Opera has announced details of the first concert to feature in its brand new 400-seat theatre completed in June.

Taking place at the venue based at the historic Nevill Holt estate on Saturday 1 December is a concert performance of the popular Handel’s Messiah, featuring 16 young artists from Nevill Holt Opera (NHO) performing solo roles, lit by atmospheric candlelight. The Cambridge-based Britten Sinfonia, who performed at NHO’s sell out run of Ades Powder her Face last summer, will return to Nevill Holt under the baton of NHO Artistic Director and conductor Nicholas Chalmers.

Dubbed an “indisputable triumph” by the Telegraph on opening last summer, the new theatre makes a feature of warm natural wood and ancient golden iron-stone walls, all of which are bound to look particularly beautiful illuminated by candlelight.

The second concert will take place on Sunday 2 December, with an afternoon performance of Mendelssohn Piano Trios, performed by top international soloists. Violinist Jack Liebeck’s solo CD currently features on the cover of BBC Music Magazine, and he is joined by colleagues and longstanding friends Jamie Walton on cello and Katya Apekisheva on piano.

The new venue received outstanding reviews on opening last summer, praised by The Telegraph as “truly a home for music”. The Times said: “This gem of a little theatre, where young voices and instruments can be heard in perfect balance, is arguably the best little opera house in the country to date”. Such was the praise for the new venue and the summer opera festival that launched it that Spear’s Magazine declared “Glyndebourne’s new rival is born”.

The performance on 1 December will feature 16 young soloists from NHO past and future productions, who will take turns performing the solo arias. Conductor Nicholas Chalmers described this as “a perfect showcase for the young talent that we support as part of our core mission at NHO”.

As part of their community programme, NHO plans to offer a community Come & Sing event on Friday 30 November, open to all and free of charge.

Tickets start from £30. For more information please see
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