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Now in its twenty-fifth year of consistent evolution, 2019 is an important season for Iford Arts as it moves to two new homes. Opening the season on 18  & 19 May with two nights of Die Fledermaus in the glamourous banqueting room of Bath’s Guilhall. On Saturday 18 May Iford Arts, friends and newcomers will celebrate the opening of the season with a Gala Champagne Reception from 6pm in the Brunswick Room, prior to the first performance.

In August Iford Arts takes up residence in the glorious grounds of Belcombe Court, (rarely open to the public) Bradford-on-Avon near Bath. There in a specially commissioned geodesic dome (seating 240) Iford Arts will present 4 nights of Opera – Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore, a picnic prom and concert – from 31 August to 7 September.

Iford Arts’ emphasis is on organic growth offering  audiences the opportunity to see world-class opera within the glorious environment of the Guildhall and Belcombe Court.

In 1995, a new planting, the Magic Flute, by local amateurs, Opera Piccola, proved the outstanding sales success of the season.

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.

Belcombe Court is the home, into which we are welcomed as guests of Paul and Caroline Weiland.

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