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Thomas Humphreys and Patrick Milne at The Charterhouse

Meteor event at the Charterhouse

Meteor event at the Charterhouse

The Meteor Board recently held an evening's entertainment at the Charterhouse. Baritone Thomas Humphreys performed accompanied by Patrick Milne on piano in the Great Chamber where Elizabeth I held court before her coronation. The Meteor's also heard about next year’s exciting programme from founder Wasfi Kani and conductor Stephen Barlow, and how the Meteor scheme for under 35's is evolving.

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Aerial film of West Horsley Place

Breathtaking new aerial film of West Horsley Place

Glowing brick façades, framed by antique box hedges and walled gardens, sit in the midst of a 350-acre estate slumbering in the Surrey countryside. Behind the house, an ancient orchard opens into a wooded glade, which is to become the setting for a new cultural venue, the Theatre in the Woods. Here Grange Park Opera will realise the next chapter in its quest to make world-class performing art accessible to all.
Watch the new aerial film.

Staggering progress of the new opera house

Staggering progress of the new opera house

"With even a small portion of the 6 miles of steel frame in place, just a large hole in the clay and the horseshoe of the auditorium so far defined by foundations in plan only, the impact of the hole is upon you. It is now possible, with a smidgeon of imagination, to sense the presence of the new opera house occupying the clearing that we made so recently in the woods." - David Lloyd Jones, consultant architect. 
Watch the progress so far from July to September.

A casket of the Duchess' ashes

A casket of the Duchess's ashes

On the 13th September the Duchess's ashes were laid to rest on the concrete floor of the orchestra pit under the first violins. In attendance was a suitable gathering of luminaries from the two charities - the Mary Roxburghe Trust and Grange Park Opera - including the Duchess’s nephew, Bamber Gascoigne. The Duchess, Mary Crewe-Milnes (1915-2014), was a god-daughter of Queen Mary, after whom she was named.
Read more about the Duchess and West Horsley Place.


Volunteer at the Theatre in the Woods

Volunteer at the Theatre in the Woods

We are building the Theatre in the Woods, the UK’s newest opera house, at West Horsley Place near Guildford. It opens on
June 8th 2017 and we are seeking a team of committed, dedicated and enthusiastic people to volunteer. Our 20th festival will be our most exciting yet and in return, volunteers are offered two complimentary tickets for each dress rehearsal and discounted tickets during the main run of performances.

The Charterhouse

Discover The Charterhouse

Grange Park Opera had the pleasure of hosting a Meteor event at this magnificent building. The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the house has served as private mansion, a boys’ school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. Visit this historic site on pre-booked tours or hire areas for private events.

Tours of West Horsley Place

As Grange Park Opera moves to West Horsley Place, uncover the history behind the scenes with a tour around the 500 year old manor including the Red Silk Drawing Room, the walled gardens and see how the new opera house is progressing. This tour will take place on Sunday 16th October. There are limited spaces and there is no charge for this tour. Book online or please call 01962 73 73 73.

Our 2017 festival season