In 1995 a new production of the Magic Flute located in the Peto Garden of Iford Manor proved an outstanding sales success. Since then over 50 operas have been produced for, or by Iford Arts, productions staged, uniquely for its setting.
Iford Arts believes it has a fundamental role to provide and nurture new and emerging talent and the Young Artist scheme, devised in 2009 was set up to ensure that all our covers have the opportunity to showcase their hand selected talents within 2 extremely popular concerts.
In 2010 Iford Arts realised a long held dream with the launch of its Education Outreach programme helping share the great wealth of talent each summer with the local community.
2019 saw Iford Arts open the season with two nights in the glamorous banqueting room of Bath’s Guildhall and in August take up residence in the glorious grounds of Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon near Bath in a specially commissioned geodesic dome. We also took Candide, an Iford Arts production in collaboration with Opera della Luna, to the Cheltenham Music Festival.
2020 sees us expand our programme into more extraordinary spaces of historical importance with a welcome return to the banqueting hall of the Guildhall in May, Belcombe Court in August and into September and a few more surprises too!
Iford Arts offers audiences the opportunity to see world-class opera within exceptional venues.
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Belcombe Court is the home, into which we are welcomed as guests of Paul and Caroline Weiland.