A Christmas message from Gus Christie

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2015 has been a year of wonderful celebration for Glyndebourne, and we have enjoyed an enormously successful Festival and Tour. We have also said goodbye to David Pickard, who has moved on to become Director of the BBC Proms after 14 years as Glyndebourne’s General Director. Celebrating David’s leadership and success, under which Glyndebourne has flourished, both artistically and financially, it is clear that he will be greatly missed by audiences and staff alike. In 2016 we will welcome Sebastian F. Schwarz as our new General Director, and we look forward to the fresh perspective he will bring.

2015 saw us forge an exciting new visual arts partnership with the opening of White Cube at Glyndebourne, a new exhibition space for the Festival, which showcases the work of acclaimed international artists. The gallery returns again next year, and we will reveal the identity of the internationally acclaimed artist in the New Year.

2016 also sees us celebrate the 30th anniversary of Glyndebourne’s education department. We kick off this exciting year with the premiere of our new youth opera, Nothing in February. Glyndebourne’s education department was intrinsic to my father’s vision for Glyndebourne’s future and I look forward to shining a spotlight on the pioneering, award-winning work we have done in this area over the past three decades. The high standard of work that the education team deliver is renowned, and across the year we will be celebrating new projects as well as looking back on the successes of the last 30 years.

We would like to offer our audiences and supporters an early Christmas present, so please sit back and enjoy an extract from Handel’s Saul, the runaway hit of both Festival and Tour in 2015.

With warm wishes for the festive season, here’s to 2016 and beyond.

Gus Christie
Executive Chairman