08
July 2021

Lady Oliver Lecture

Welcome to The Arts Society Henfield
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 19:00
Henfield Hall, Henfield
Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB

Tantrums & Tiaras (behind the scenes at London's Royal Opera House).

The Royal Opera House (ROH) is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply Covent Garden, after a previous use of the site. The first opera house was constructed in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet , and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, first season of operas by Handel began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site, following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856 to previous buildings. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of  boxes and balconies  and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high.

This is an evening event, followed by service of wine and cheese. Bookings can be made by contacting Stephen Wyman on 01273 494633. Prices will be confirmed nearer the time. 

THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER

Mr Nigel Bates

Nigel Bates has been a performer for more than forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra and eight years as the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet.

 He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH.

He has given lectures for over thirty years, including many arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.