NEVILL HOLT FESTIVAL
Nevill Holt is proud to welcome a lineup of internationally renowned artists to Leicestershire this June for the inaugural Nevill Holt Festival. Building upon a decade of opera performances, the Festival will now also host classical music, theatre, art, jazz and contemporary music, alongside conversations with leading novelists, historians, broadcasters and artists.
The History of Nevill Holt
The Nevill Holt estate, upon which our award-winning theatre is built, dates back to the thirteenth century and has long been a home for the arts. Throughout its history, the estate’s many famous owners have championed the arts, from the Kirkby and Nevill families to the Cunards and now its current owner David Ross, who spent 12 years on the estate’s restoration..
With breath-taking panoramic views over three counties, our theatre is surrounded by stunning gardens designed by Chelsea gold medal winner Rupert Golby and managed by Head Gardener Andy Bretherick.
Visitors can enjoy outstanding pieces of modern British sculpture, which feature throughout the gardens, including works by Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Allen Jones, Marc Quinn, Conrad Shawcross and Sean Henry.
“Arguably the best little opera house in the country”
“The new 400-seat theatre lifts Nevill Holt into a grander league”
“A five star experience”
NEVILL HOLT FESTIVAL 2024 TEAM
Festival Director 2024: James Dacre for Living Productions
The Magic Flute Producers: Peter Huntley, Callum Runciman and Caitlin Eacott for Smart Entertainment
Associate Festival Producer: Lucy Rahim
Festival Technical Director: Thomas Langford for TLPS
The Magic Flute Production Manager: Andy Reader
Festival Accountant: Liz Wimperley-Dixon
MARKETING, SALES, DIGITAL & DEVELOPMENT
Festival Marketing: Rob McPherson & Billy Partridge for Impakt
Membership, Sponsorship & Fundraising Director: Anita Bott
Branding and Website: Jono Renton & Gerben Janssen for Studio Renton
Press: Ben Chamberlain & Skye Redman for Bread & Butter PR
Social Media: Chris Shipman & Eleni Cashell for Jwoo Social
Graphic Designer: Neill Staniforth for Forth Storey
Visual Arts Curator: Albany Bell
Programming Consultants: Katy Snelling & Connor Tobin
- Christopher King & Dale Thompson for Daisy King
- Meurig Bowen and Annabel Leakey for Britten Sinfonia
- Piers Playfair for 23 Arts & Frankie Parham for Mascarade Opera
- Mary Wellesley for The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour
NEVILL HOLT ESTATE TEAM
Katherine Lindsay, Sophie Jenkins, Alistair Kendrick, Dan Lenton for Nevill Holt Enterprises
Nevill Holt Festival is grateful to its Trustees for overseeing the work of the Festival and its charitable remit.
Nevill Holt Festival Board
James Hunt (Executive Chair)
Nevill Holt Community Arts Board
Nevill Holt Festival and Nevill Holt Community Arts are respectively a limited company and an independent charity, both run by a Board and Festival Team. Over 70% of the organisation’s income comes from box office sales and Theatre Tax Relief with the remainder fundraised from trusts, foundations, members, sponsors and individual giving.