The Arts Hub at Wormsley
A transformational development for Garsington Opera
The Arts Hub at Wormsley will bring the whole operation of Garsington Opera under one roof. It will provide acoustically-designed rehearsal facilities close to our theatre, and a home for the Alvarez Young Artists’ programme. The Arts Hub provides much needed facilities for Buckinghamshire and the local community greatly enhancing the pathways for technical traineeships and a home for a year-round Learning and Participation programme.
‘It’s going to be transformational – not only for the company, but for the whole community’
Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director of Garsington Opera
Inside, two acoustically-designed rehearsal studios will replicate the Garsington stage. One of the studios will house a flexible performance space for year-round activity with our community groups, schools and locally-based partnerships. The chorus room, with sprung floor, will be home for the Alvarez Young Artists and sits at the heart of the ‘creative wing’ alongside coaching rooms, wigs and wardrobe workshops. The Stringer Green Room café and the indoor-outdoor flow of foyers, balconies and courtyard garden, provide gathering places and a warm welcome for all.
The £14 million project represents Garsington Opera’s largest capital investment, creating enormous opportunities for the organisation and its community for the next 125 years. The project is currently 60% funded.
The Arts Hub will be a space to create, whether by a seasoned professional artist or a local child beginning their journey of discovery in the arts. The project is actively and passionately supported by local schools, arts organisations, councillors and charities who will be able to use the space not only for their own creation but also to learn and perform alongside Garsington Opera professional artists.
Nichols Brown Webber's imaginative scheme retains the characterful buildings, reminiscent of a traditional farm. An original cottage will be incorporated into the rest of the structure to provide the commercial kitchen and technical staff accommodation.
The obsolete agricultural buildings have been dismantled, an access road set up, and initial groundworks completed. The erection of the steel frame this month gives us the first glimpse of the structure and its scale.