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About us

We produce enchanting events in other-worldly settings and provide long-lasting, extraordinary musical memories.

Iford Arts is a small, independent opera company based in Bradford on Avon near Bath, now in its 27th year of consistent evolution. We produce work of the highest quality and without comparator in the South West. Our acclaimed performances in exquisitely intimate settings go hand-in-hand with our commitment to the on-going and innovative development of emerging artists; and our pledge to promote and improve the appreciation of performing and visual arts in young people through accessible learning programmes and affordable ticket offers.

Iford Arts is a not-for-profit charity and we receive no public subsidy. We work throughout the year offering employment to the most talented young industry professionals, nurturing emerging artists and offering education and outreach initiatives to our communities.

Each year, Iford Arts enjoys the fruits of a giant collaboration between its small executive team, more than 100 volunteers and around 2,600 audience members, together with financial support from 150 Visionaries, Angels, Patrons and Friends. This combined enterprise enables IA to engage and promote 150 artists each year, comprising singers, directors, conductors, musicians, designers, technical staff, stage managers, crew and cast mostly at an early stage in their career. Our New Generation Artist Programme has supported over 100 emerging artists and our creative learning programme has reached 26 schools and 872 children.

‘… Critically acclaimed performances in intimate settings, high-level training for young artists, public workshops and learning and participation projects among local communities are all delivered by an effective, committed and dynamic team that deserves the opportunity to develop this fantastic cultural resource to its full capacity.’

Ash Khandekar, Editor, Opera Now