Iford Arts are delighted to announce their 2021 season of events.
The season launch sees a return to the stunning 18th century grounds of Belcombe on Saturday 21 August. Rarely open to the public, the Grade 1 listed house is set in 60 acres of glorious formal gardens, parkland and woodland, and we are taking full advantage of the outdoors for this exciting (socially distanced if applicable) series of events in a spectacular saddlespan structure, starting with an evening Prom.
Picnic Prom – Classico Latino + more to be announced
Saturday 21 August
Blending the passion and vitality of authentic Latin music with the smooth sound and virtuosity of the classical tradition, Classico Latino brings fresh perspective on the world of Latin-American music, breathing new life into songs from across the continent.
The perfect way to while away a summer evening with picnics shared with friends, whilst enjoying the spectacular gardens and grounds of Belcombe Court.
Peter and the Wolf – Prokofiev
Sunday 22 August, 2 performances
This delightful concert, suitable for all the family, will bring young people face-to-face with one of the greatest musical works for children –Prokofiev’s colourful Peter and the Wolf. Written for a children’s theatre in Moscow in 1936, this enduring musical story is based on an original narration by the composer. With each character in the story represented by a different instrument and sound, Peter and the Wolf offers the perfect introduction to the orchestra. Come and meet Peter, his grandfather, the hunters, the villainous wolf and a whole menagerie of animals – all brought to life by Oliver Gooch and the dynamic Orpheus Sinfonia, who will set things going with their unique interactive introduction to the orchestra.
MezzoCav – Pietro Mascagni
Pagliacci – Ruggero Leoncavallo
August Saturday 28 to Monday 30 August
“more visceral, raw, genuinely operatic power than any of the other lockdown offerings I have attended in the UK” (Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, October 2020)
Perhaps the most famous operatic double-bill of all time, ‘Cav and Pag’ will be presented at Iford Arts for the first time in its twenty-seven year history. Both works are undeniable masterpieces of the verismo tradition and share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy. Produced in partnership with Opera Ensemble and directed by Christopher Luscombe, Leoncavallo’s masterpiece Pagliacci (“Clowns”) tells the fatal story of a troupe of actors, whose performance is overtaken by real-life jealousy and revenge. The brilliant soprano Elin Pritchard stars as Nedda, and the cast includes Peter Auty, Robert Hayward, Nicholas Lester and Aled Hall. The evening will begin with a concert presentation of the most loved parts of Mascgani’s Cavalleria Rusticana (“Rustic Chivalry”) which we have called MezzoCav. Alongside the famous Intermezzo, international British soprano, Susan Bullock, leads the cast and chorus in the most memorable parts of the opera, including the gloriously uplifting Easter Hymn.
“I am very much looking forward to working with Iford Arts this summer. After such a terrible year of cancelled performances for our profession, it will be wonderful and very exciting to be able to help to launch a fresh start with such a forward-thinking company.” Susan Bullock CBE, Soprano
“Our production of Pagliacci came about because we were all determined to put on a show in lockdown. That passion for music and drama found its perfect expression in the explosive brilliance of Leoncavallo’s timeless score, and we’ve loved taking it to socially distanced audiences who’ve been starved of live theatre. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to bring it to the West Country in the summer, and to have another chance to revel in this astonishing display of operatic magic.” Christopher Luscombe.
The season will run from Saturday 21 August 2021 to Monday 30 August 2021.
Tickets go on general release for the new Iford Arts Season in a few months’ time from the Bath Box Office, with priority booking to Patrons and Friends.
Tickets for Peter and the Wolf from £9 children, £16 adults. Tickets for opera from £49 with under 18s free at some performances (terms and conditions apply).