Leicestershire opera festival’s festive performances

Published: 20 October 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Taking centre stage: Jess Gillam
Nevill Holt theatre which will host works for saxophone and Handel’s Messiah by candlelight Credit: Robert Workman

An independent Leicestershire opera festival is to celebrate the festive season with performances by world-renowned artists and the return of its concert of Handel’s Messiah by candlelight.

Saxophonist and presenter Jess Gillam will be joined by Manchester Camerata to open Nevill Holt Festival on Friday 2 December. The programme will feature some of the most celebrated works for saxophone, including Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto.

Manchester Camerata will also present Messiah on Saturday 3 December, with solo performances from Nevill Holt Festival’s associate and emerging artists under the baton of Nevill Holt’s artistic director Nicholas Chalmers.

“Nevill Holt Festival’s Messiah has played to sold-out audiences since 2018. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our home as we launch our plans for our tenth anniversary season in 2023,” said Chalmers.

Nevill Holt Opera was founded in 2013 as an independent festival to bring high-quality opera and music to the East Midlands. The festival is staged at the Nevill Holt Theatre on the Nevill Holt estate in Market Harborough.