Opera in the Park

Culford's opera in the park 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to Opera in the Park on Saturday 17 June!

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Join Culford for the highlight of the 2017 summer season, when the internationally acclaimed London Festival Opera return for a midsummer's evening to remember. Operatic favourites and popular showstoppers will be performed on the glorious South Front terrace: a night made for music lovers! 

London Festival Opera will present a highlight performance of Puccini's dramatic masterpiece 'Madame Butterfly, in costume accompanied by a select instrumental chamber ensemble.  'Madame Butterfly' features some of Puccini's most beautiful and heart-rending music making 'Opera in the Park' an evening not to be missed.  After the interval, the operatic entertainment continues with a selection of opera, operetta and song tracing the Royal reigns from Henry VIII to Her Majesty The Queen.

Delicious Food and Drink

Before the performance, and during the interval, guests will have the chance to sample some wonderful food and drinks. Adnams will be supplying beer, fine wine and soft drinks to the Libretto Bar. Luxury street food vendors Bubble and Squid will be selling beautifully cooked fresh calamari with sparkling wine. There will also be an Edwards & Blake stall selling hot drinks and snacks.

Guests are also able to pre-order a luxury picnic up to Tuesday 13 July. These include a cooler bag filled with beautiful, freshly cooked picnic favourites including quiches, salads, bread, a pudding and a soft drink. A vegetarian option is available.

Please add one to your order while booking or contact the Opera in the Park team to add one to your order. 

Watch the Opera in the Park Video Trailer 

Opera in the Park 2017: Sublime Music in a Glorious Setting

This year’s Opera in the Park promises to be even better than last year’s sell-out performance. As well as being able to enjoy the sublime music, with extensive highlights, guests will have a chance to explore the Culford Estate and buy or bring a picnic to eat before the performance. Picnics (suitable for 2 people) are available to buy in advance for £45.00, please select the option via online booking. The grounds will be open for picnics from 5.00pm, with the performance starting at 7.00pm.

All proceeds from this event will go to The Culford School Foundation, specifically for projects within The Campaign for Culford, which include:

  • Redeveloped Art department
  • Refurbished Ashby Dining Hall
  • Archives and Heritage Lounge
  • Refurbished Hastings & Skinner teaching block
  • The Bursary Fund

There will also be a raffle in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Want to find out more? Click here to read our answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any further queries, please contact us on 01284 385310 or email foundation@culford.co.uk 

Opera in the Park 2016

About Our Sponsors

We are pleased to sponsored by Edwards & Blake and supported by Lancaster BMW and MINI Bury St Edmunds.

Edwards & Blake

Edwards & Blake Edwards & Blake is delighted to provide the catering at Culford School and is a leading East Anglian contract catering company providing high-quality​ food to over 130 schools and businesses throughout the East and South East of England. If you would like to enquire if Edwards & Blake can provide your school or business with delicious, innovative, freshly-prepared food on a daily basis please call 01760 720201 or visit www.edwardsandblake.co.uk

Lancaster BMW and MINI Bury St Edmunds

Lancaster BMW and MINI Bury St Edmunds showroom and forecourt both feature a full selection of new and approved used BMW and MINI vehicles. The strong reputation for safety, luxury and reliability that BMW and MINI have built and maintained is matched by our renowned service and care. We create a welcoming and relaxed environment for you to browse and provide the expert knowledge you require to choose the ideal vehicle. There’s no pressure to decide - we’ll guide and support you at every stage. Please visit www.lancasterburystedmundsbmw.co.uk

Our grateful thanks to the Suffolk Tourist Guide for publishing our listing: ​www.suffolktouristguide.com