Posted: 25/01/21 by Winslow Hall Opera
As we look forward in 2021, it is with renewed faith and hope for regeneration and growth in all areas of the UK economy & business.
There is no finer barometer of a thriving economy than the excellence of a nation’s Arts & Culture. The huge potential for synergy between the arts and business is exemplified in many of Britain’s greatest arts institutions, which thrive today on significant patronage and corporate sponsorship. Smaller arts organisations, which are no less valid in their
output, unfortunately often attract less public and corporate expenditure. There is still the opportunity to support these initiatives, however, at a local, corporate & regional level thus enhancing the lives and businesses of those who become involved. Winslow Hall Opera is fully committed to this regeneration in the arts but we need your help.
Winslow Hall Opera (WHO) was established in 2012 by Christopher & Mardi Gilmour as a small country house festival opera company, with charitable status. Born out of a passion for bringing opera of the highest musical standard & staging to the general public, the operas are performed in the grounds of their house, Winslow Hall, described by Marcus Binney as “the finest surviving house built by England’s greatest architect, Sir Christopher Wren”. The Festival Orchestra is conducted by WHO’s Artistic Director Oliver Gilmour, who joined the company in 2014 and has received outstanding reviews and recognition for the festival’s high calibre productions of Lucia di Lammermoor (2014), La Traviata (2015), Don Giovanni (2016), Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) and Il Trovatore (2018).
Building on our previous successes, WHO is now planning its next venture with a production of Puccini’s most romantic opera La Bohème. There will be 6 performances between 21st July – 8th August 2021 and this will undoubtedly place WHO as one of the first Country House opera companies to perform after the pandemic. Set in 1830 in Paris’s Latin Quarter, the opera depicts the bohemian life of the heroine Mimi, a poor seamstress, her poet lover Rodolpho and their array of impoverished artistic friends. As it becomes clear to Rodolpho that Mimi is mortally ill with consumption, he encourages her to seek a wealthy lover to pay for her treatment. Heartbroken, they agree to remain together during the harsh winter, promising to part in the Spring. Having been cast aside by her count, the denouement reaches a tragic climax as Mimi is found starving on the streets of Paris; she is taken to Rodolpho and he holds her in his arms as she dies. Perhaps it is a fitting tribute to this work that Puccini died in Brussels on 29th November 1924 during a performance of La Bohème in Rome. The orchestra stopped to play Chopin’s Funeral March. There a several notable arias from La Bohème the most unforgettable being Rodolpho’s “Che gelida manina – Your Tiny Hand is Frozen” and “Musetta’s Waltz”.
To support this initiative, we are seeking donations and funding from local businesses, individuals and philanthropic donors. In particular, we are seeking a major corporate sponsor, who’s logo, advertisement and CEO’s message will feature in the Programme, as our supporting partner, with full acknowledgement in all press & media.
With this is mind, we are looking at ways in which we can involve the local community and at the same time reach those who may not have the opportunity, or funds, to come and see a ‘live’ opera. Indeed, part of our remit is to make Opera more accessible to the general public, particularly the young. As part of the regeneration of the “Arts After COVID” we shall present the opera - as required - according to Government Guidelines, amongst both performers and audience. Additionally, this programme will enhance any corporate sponsor’s key Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) goals.
The major corporate sponsor will benefit from a full corporate entertaining package with many added opportunities to promote your own brand. Full details of all corporate benefits can be found in WHO’s LA BOHÈME 2021 Corporate Pack. We believe the returns and benefits of such corporate sponsorship to you will be manifold; not least a heightened presence and awareness in the local community and beyond. All corporate sponsors are acknowledged in the Programme Book and tickets booked in advance, in addition to the sponsorship fee, are given priority. For further details, please contact: email@example.com