Leicestershire Opera firm has scooped ‘Winner of Best Festival and Event 2016’ at the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards.
The Nevill Holt Opera team were awarded the title for the firm’s acclaimed Nevill Holt Opera Festival, at a sparkling awards ceremony at Leicester’s Athena on Wednesday night.
The festival, beat off stiff competition including the Battle of Bosworth Re-enactment and the Leicester Comedy Festival to claim the top prize.
Recognised for offering invaluable opportunities to new talent, the festival held on the Nevill Holt estate near Market Harborough, features a cast of young singers.
So successful, this year has seen a 40 percent increase in box office sales compared to 2015 and has seen the expansion into an Education and Community Programme.
Announcing the award, at the Leicester Shire Promotion’s event, LPL Chief Executive Martin Peters said that the award went to Nevill Holt Opera, ‘for their growth, their engagement with the community and their work with young people’.
Receiving the award, General Manager Rosenna East said: “All of us at Nevill Holt Opera are thrilled to be a recognised part of the fantastic cultural offer available in Leicestershire, and excited to be part of a huge range of talented and committed people who work towards making the East Midlands a destination for the Arts.”
Exciting plans for the future include a new theatre to house the festival, which is set on the ancient medieval estate of Nevill Holt, near Market Harborough, overlooking the Welland Valley.
Artistic Director Nicholas Chalmers said: “For four years Nevill Holt Opera has been staging the highest quality productions in its stunning stable yard theatre.
“The prospect of a new opera house to support this excellent work is such an exciting development, and will help promote the East Midlands as a destination for the Arts.’
Tourism in Leicester and Leicestershire is worth over £1.6 billion per year to the local economy and is the second fastest growing industry in the city and the county.
More information is available at www.nevillholtopera.co.uk