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I very much regret that we are unable to put on our Opera Festival this year.  Please see the letter below sent to our Data list stating the reasons for this, and as I say we will be back next year. In the meantime, I am sorry for all of you who were looking forward to attending Winslow Hall Opera this summer.

21st February, 2019



Dear All


It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know Mardi and I do not feel we are able to stage our Opera Festival this year.  I have been trying to come up with some kind of alternative plan since the beginning of the year, as we are still not able to live in the Hall and it now seems that we probably will not be able to do so till early May.  Little did I know that the flood caused by the “beast from the east” in early March last year would have such long-term ramifications.


I have looked at moving our festival to Stowe school as a stop gap measure this year, or even putting on some performances of Verdi’s Requiem in St Laurence’s at Winslow, but regrettably I do not feel it is possible to do so.  Consequently, it makes sense for us to conserve our efforts for next year, when I hope we will come back bigger and better.  Indeed, I have already been looking at alternative marquees, as the one we have used for the last 7 years is I believe no longer fit for purpose.


I am not sure what opera we will perform next year, but those under consideration include La Boheme or Tosca by Puccini, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Verdi’s La Forza del Destino which is about to be performed at the Royal Opera House with Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, or even Andrea Chenier by Giordano.  The last of these, whilst relatively unknown today, greatly excites me and I would love the prospect of producing it.  Having said which, I am of course very open to suggestions from any of you, my very loyal patrons on this and anything else.


Indeed, should any of you have thoughts on how to improve the Winslow Hall Opera festival, from choice of opera we are putting on, to staging and the afore mentioned marquee, or even fund-raising and sponsorship, all ideas would be hugely appreciated.


Apologies once again that I do not feel able to run our festival this year.


Very best wishes







The Hon. Christopher Gilmour

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