Garsington Opera Orchestra Gets a Name & Venue Change

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Garsington Opera Orchestra is no more. At least not in name. Instead, the ensemble has been renamed, The Gascoigne Orchestra.

But that’s not the only major change. The orchestra’s new headquarters will be at the Grange Park Opera House in The Woods, located in West Horsley Place, Surrey, a farm owned by Bamber Gascoigne and his family.

The Garsington Opera Orchestra first performed at Garsington Manor near Oxford and then at Wormsley Park in Buckinghamshire, but the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closures ended the Orchestra’s survival.

“Now we are very grateful and delighted to have an orchestra again, which favors many unemployed musicians who are happy to have The Gascoigne Orchestra as a new name and in honor of the benefactors of Grange Park Opera, Bamber and Christina Gascoigne,” said Philip Gibbon , Director of Bassoon, in a press release.

The organization will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s  “Ivan the Terrible” On June 19, 2021 with David Pountney directing.

Grange Park Opera created 75 productions and 450 performances, in front of more than 300,000 spectators, during the course of 22 festivals. The new orchestra hopes to match and surpass the accomplishments of the previous ensemble.