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Project information

2011 Operatic Production

Festival Artistic Director Tony Britten has produced opera in films and would like to create our own production to be Premiered at the 2011 Festival. Emerging talents from the RCM would be showcased.

April 2011 - July 2011

Charity information: Holt Summer Festival

Holt Summer Festival
  • Need


    Lack of local availability of Quality Opera in a rural community - simply too expensive to buy in.


    Make the process fun and engaging for sponsor, production team, cast, and the community (who would feel some ownership of a local project).
    Use emerging RCM (and equivalent) talents to make it affordable.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide quality operatic production to a rural community.


    » To make it a home grown production and thereby engage the public in a sense of ownership.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Full houses, critical acclaim, community involvement,demonstrating the appetite of the public, providing the impossible for our rural community.

    Aim 2

    To provide a platform for emerging talent with an experienced producer.


    » Produce and perform the opera

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Quality of performance and watching their career development.

  • Impact


    Demonstration of our intention to innovate and create, and to be a manufacturer of culture not just a consumer. This production will be the foundation stone on which we hope to build a tradition of home grown production. (This year we have already made a modest start with our "Festival Rep" who will be performing scenes from Shakespeare in the town,as well as musical and literary productions).
    Success will be full houses.


    As part of a much larger Festival thee project would benefit from an infrastruucture of saless and marketing thatt is already in place. The sponsor would in effect underwrite the production using a successful financial template that we have already used (the biggest so far has been for £23,000 for a Blues Festival at our Open Air Theatre-in-the-Woods. The project would be financiall ringfenced and I foresee little risk.


    It would be a constant process of communication between Production staff, Box Office, and Festival Manager - also The Board of Trustees (The Sponsor might like to join the Board)

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,500 Singers Cast of seven singers
      £5,000 Musicians Chamber Orchestra
      £3,000 Accommodation Overnight subsistence allowance
      £2,500 Festival Overhead Central admin and marketing
      £2,000 Venue Hire Theatre Charge
      £2,000 Production Costs Production Costs
  • Background


    Auden Theatre, Holt, North Norfolk. 300 seats
    Holt is a town of 4000 people and a very popular destination for shoppers visiting the 200 independent retail outlets and businesses.
    The town is a hub for a much wider rural community


    Residents of the town and the wider rural catchment area, summer visitors to the town, local retailers and hospitality industry.
    Young singers and musicians.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our first Summer arts Festival last year was an overwhelming success, and resulted in pleas for it to become an annual event. We have expanded our budget by 85% this year due to enthtusiasm from local philanthropists and Sponsors. We now have a good infrastructure in place and would like to progess to dedicated production.
    Check out our website on www.holtsummerfestival.org

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony Britten

    Artistic Director, composer, musician and producer (Capriol Films)

    Karen Hall

    Festival Manager

    Vivien Cooke

    Box Office Manager