The Ebert Room is Glyndebourne’s oldest dedicated rehearsal room. It was built in 1959 to provide a space where the operas could be rehearsed with scenery, before being moved onto the stage of the old opera house. The building was designed by Leslie Fairweather, (Glyndebourne’s original architect) with suggestions and additions from John Christie. Following the rebuilding of the Opera House in 1994, the room was renamed in memory of Carl Ebert, Glyndebourne’s first Music Director.
In 2010, work started on a £1 million refurbishment to transform the Ebert Room into a versatile studio theatre and workshop space. With a retractable tiered seating unit and a fixed balcony, the refurbished room can provide seating for up to 140 people. In addition, the room now boasts a height-adjustable stage, performance lighting, sound and projection equipment and an environmentally efficient heating and cooling system, whilst the installation of an induction loop and Sennheiser audio enhancement system will improve the experience for all of our patrons.
The transformation of the Ebert Room in 2011 will support our work on and off the stage, providing a space for creativity, learning and performance. The room will be used for rehearsals, education workshops, the creating of new work and our popular series of talks and study events, where audiences can enhance their understanding and enjoyment of opera.
The refurbishment of the Ebert Room was made possible by the generous support of a number of trusts and individuals. We are grateful to all of our supporters and, in particular, would like to thank Biffaward, The Estate of the Late Dr Thetis Blacker, The Eranda Foundation, The Fidelity UK Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Linbury Trust, MariaMarina Foundation, The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, The Wolfson Foundation and The Estate of the Late Ann Vos for their generous support.
The Ebert Room was re-opened on Thursday 7 April 2011 with a special event featuring performances by Gabriela Istoc, David Butt Philip and Alexander Robin Baker, our 2011 Jerwood Young Artists.
Architect Miller Bourne
Cost Consultant F T Allen
Structural Engineer Hemsley Orrel
Services Engineer CMS Services
Acoustician Paul Gillieron Acoustics
Main Contractor A & F Pilbeam
Steelwork Austin Divall
Timberwork Parker & Highland
Mechanical and Electrical CMS Services
Seating Hussey Seatway
Theatre Technical Northern Light