After 25 years at Iford Manor, near Bath, internationally renowned Iford Arts is looking for a new home for its annual music festival and educational outreach work. It is with great sadness that the Board of Trustees of Iford Arts has announced that the 2018 season will be its last at Iford Manor.
The annual Iford Arts Festival attracts sell-out audiences who travel annually to its opera, prom and concert performances to see the highest calibre singers and musicians
Iford Arts performances are a highlight of the musical year from the south west’s only professional opera company, with concert-goers enjoying picnics in the exquisite Italianate Peto gardens of Iford Manor
The 2018 season promises to be its most ambitious yet, with productions of Candide, Partenope and Madame Butterfly as well as the ever-popular Iford Arts Prom evenings
Iford Arts’ growing educational outreach programme – 2018 has launched an exciting project for 8 Wiltshire primary schools and a ‘woodland trail’ Hansel & Gretel. This is integrated into an acclaimed training programme for 20 New Generation artists
Iford Arts’ Creative Director Judy Eglington said: We are enormously proud of what we have all achieved so far. The intimacy and magic of our in-the-round opera productions has been the key to our international reputation. We need to provoke imaginative suggestions to find a new home to host our operas and find new contexts for the valuable educational work of our charity. This is potentially a very exciting time for us.
The owner of Iford Manor, William Cartwright-Hignett added: Iford is first and foremost a family home and garden. The growth of Iford Arts over the past 25 years has been remarkable and we are proud to have hosted and supported this. However, with structural movement in the cloister requiring repairs, and with additional pressures on family life, we are unable to continue our financial and practical support of Iford Arts in its current form beyond the 2018 season. We sincerely hope that Iford Arts will find a new home and continue to delight audiences with their inspirational productions long into the future.
Bill Whiteley, Iford Arts’ Chairman said: I would like to thank everyone associated with the organisation for their hard work and dedication, particularly the Cartwright-Hignett family who have for so long and so generously given us their support and the use of their wonderful property. We look forward to what the future brings.