Eastbourne College and Glyndebourne announce new music partnership

(L-R) Simon Davies, Headmaster of Eastbourne College and Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne Opera House

Eastbourne College and Glyndebourne are excited to announce a new partnership to promote a love of music throughout East Sussex and invest in musicians of the future.

The partnership has been formed in relation to The Birley Centre, a dynamic new hub at Eastbourne College which has been generously funded by friends, parents and alumni of the College as well as local people with an interest in music. The Birley Centre will provide the College and the local community with a ‘hi spec’ arts facility which will complete the cultural quarter of Eastbourne. Situated opposite the new Towner Gallery and Congress and Devonshire Park Theatres, it is ideally placed to serve the needs of both the town and the College.  

The centre includes an acoustically designed auditorium seating up to 200 with a sprung floor ideal for recitals and concerts, a music technology suite and recording studio comprising a control room with separate vocal booth, a recording and percussion room, teaching and practice rooms, together with foyer and gallery space for exhibitions.

Simon Davies, Headmaster of Eastbourne College said: 

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with a world-class establishment like Glyndebourne investing in the musicians of the future and helping to develop an appreciation of, and love for, music in all its many forms. The Birley Centre will provide an inspirational facility for a wide range of College activities and a vibrant resource for the wider community to enjoy.” 

The New Generation Programme, launched by Glyndebourne in 2009, supports artists of the future by nurturing new talent and through audience development. The partnership between Glyndebourne and Eastbourne College is a perfect match of inspirational learning and artistic environments. The state-of-the-art facilities at The Birley Centre will make it a leading arts facility in East Sussex.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne said:

 “Glyndebourne are thrilled to be working with Eastbourne College as part of our New Generation Programme. Part of our mission is to enrich people’s lives through opera and our involvement with The Birley Centre will further this aim. We may use the space for performances, rehearsals and community outreach projects, as well as for some inspiring new education work led by Glyndebourne’s acclaimed education department.”

The Birley Centre will be opened by Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne on 4th October.

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Notes to Editors

About Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College is stunningly situated on the edge of the town centre, close to the sea and the South Downs. It is a selective but not highly selective school whose pupils tend to come from within 90 minutes of the College and whose parents are deeply involved in the life of the school.

With over 630 pupils in the school, the College is very much a community rather than an institution, where every child is extremely well known and valued by their housemaster or housemistress, the Headmaster and all the staff. Boys and girls, brothers and sisters, day pupils and boarders are totally involved in a school that believes wholeheartedly in full co-education, full boarding and the nurturing of individuals for the full five years that make up their senior school days, from the ages of 13 to 18. The charities of Eastbourne College and St Andrew’s School - an independent boarding and day school for children aged 2 to 13 years - have now amalgamated guaranteeing the long-term future of top quality independent education for children aged 2-18 in the area.  

For further information please visit our website: www.eastbourne-college.co.uk.

About Glyndebourne

The 77th Glyndebourne Festival opens on 21st May 2011 and will include new productions of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Handel’s Rinaldo. These will be complemented by revivals of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.

General booking opens online at midnight and by telephone at 10am (01273 813813) on 26th March 2011.

The Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay. They began with two Mozart operas, but the repertoire has expanded to include works from the baroque to the contemporary. New works premiered at Glyndebourne include two by Benjamin Britten, 13 new commissions on the main stage and over 20 more through the Education programme.

Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934. Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and some educational work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters.

Today the Festival runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a world-class 1,200-seat opera house. Together with Glyndebourne on Tour it presents about 120 performances each year to a total audience of around 150,000. Its resident orchestras are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Glyndebourne began the Tour in 1968 to bring opera to new audiences and create performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus. As part of Glyndebourne’s commitment to developing new talent, the Chorus plays a vital role in discovering and training young singers. As part of Glyndebourne’s mission to reach new audiences, it has maintained a widely respected Education programme since 1986. Glyndebourne also offers reduced-price tickets to under-30s for selected performances, and has pioneered using recordings to open-up its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.

Press Contacts:

Eastbourne College:

Carry Field, Marketing and PR Manager

Email: CF@eastbourne-college.co.uk

Tel: 01323 451909

Glyndebourne:

Emma Menniss, Press and PR Manager

Email: emma.menniss@glyndebourne.com

Tel: 01273 812321

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