Glyndebourne's founders, John Christie and wife Audrey Mildmay, opened the first Festival in 1934. Today the world-renowned auditorium and standards of excellence are testament to John's original ethos: "Not just the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere".
Glyndebourne continues to be led by the Christie family: John's son George succeeded him in 1962 and grandson Gus took over in 2000.
Glyndebourne on Tour was founded in 1968 to enable the company to take operatic productions around the country, making opera more accessible to people around the UK.
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.
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.
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.
For further details please visit their web-site at www.glyndebourne.com
Glyndebourne and Gravetye Manor
Gravetye Manor is a proud Corporate Member of Glyndebourne.
This wonderful partnership means that we are able to offer the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets when booking an overnight stay.
Our tickets for the 2013 season are now sold out. We will be updating this page with information on the 2014 season early next year.
For further information please contact our reception team on 01342 810567.