ABOUT GRANGE PARK OPERA
In less than two decades, Grange Park Opera has established itself as one of Europe’s leading opera festivals.
In 2017 the company relocated to West Horsley Place, Surrey, and in eleven months built a five-storey opera house modelled on La Scala, Milan. The Times Arts Awards acknowledged the achievement as the “Fastest construction of an opera house in history”.
A demi-Eden of glowing brick façades, framed by antique box hedges and walled gardens, sit in the midst of a 300-acre estate slumbering in the Surrey countryside. Behind the 15th century house, an walled ancient orchard opens into a woodland: the setting for our opera house – the Theatre in the Woods.
West Horsley Place was inherited in 2015 by author Bamber Gascoigne from his aunt Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe. He gifted the estate to the Mary Roxburghe Trust.
Founded in 1987, sister charity Pimlico Opera works in prisons and primary schools.
The Primary Robins project gives 1,800 school children, who have little exposure to music, a weekly half hour singing class and the opportunity to perform at our new opera house.
For 26 years, there has been a seven-week annual prison project in men’s and women’s prisons and more than 50,000 members of the public have been taken into prison.