Posted: 05/01/21 by Winslow Hall Opera
As we look towards 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 (W.H.O) 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 W.H. O’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, W.H.O. is now planning its next venture with a socially distanced production in early July 2021 of TOSCA, probably the most
dramatic opera composed by Puccini. There will be 6 performances, between 1st and 14th July 2021, and this will undoubtedly place W.H.O. as one of the first country house opera companies to perform after the pandemic. Set in 1800, as Rome awaits the Napoleonic Invasion, Tosca encompasses love, loss, war, religion, political turmoil, torture, murder and suicide. The opera also has a timeless quality, almost asking to be set in this century, above all in Mussolini’s Italy, with Tosca, the passionate opera singer and her lover the Republican painter Cavaradossi at odds with Baron Scarpia, the chief of police, who sentences the artist to death. Tosca’s pivotal Aria “Vissi d’Arte” (“I lived
for Art”) has never been so poignant as now. Nor has Cavaradossi’s aria “ Elucevan le stelle” (“And the Stars Shone”).
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 in a way that satisfies all social distancing requirements, as necessary, both amongst 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 the attached TOSCA 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: firstname.lastname@example.org