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 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”

Guest 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 2024: Lucy Rahim 
Festival Technical Director: Thomas Langford for TLPS
The Magic Flute Production Manager: Andy Reader
Festival Accountant: Liz Wimperley-Dixon

Festival 2024 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 & Julie Chick for Jwoo Social 
Graphic Designer: Neill Staniforth for Forth Storey

Visual Arts Curator: Albany Bell 
Programming Consultants: Katy Snelling & Connor Tobin
Creative Partners:

  • 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

Catering, Food and Beverage is provided by our Commercial Partners Nevill Holt Enterprises 

Nevill Holt Enterprises are Katherine Lindsay, Sophie Jenkins, Alistair Kendrick and Dan Lenton


Nevill Holt Festival is grateful to its Trustees for overseeing the work of the Festival and its charitable remit.

James Hunt (Executive Chair)
James Dunseath
Joanne Hoareau
Nick Teagle

James Dunseath
Simon Rose
Simon Toyne

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.