Court Gardens Farm

Orchard Lane Ditchling East Sussex BN6 8TH UK

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Sparkle & Song

Tickets £35
(includes finger food in the interval)

Be one of the first to hear Natasha Day and Vivien Conacher and their talented performers in their new themed Operetta Gala.

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  • Sunday 1st September 2019 5:30pm


  • Sunday 8th September 2019 5:30pm


Pippa Dames-Longworth

A Magical Evening
with SINGING SALON

Tickets £35
(includes finger food in the interval)

Pippa Dames-Longworth runs an amazing singing group here in East Sussex called the Singing Salon. Pippa is a distinguished mezzo-soprano and surrounds herself with artists of great pedigree and has agreed to put a gala performance together for us in the summer. It will be a terrific show!


  • Saturday 2nd November 2019 5:00pm


Opera tickets

Please note: actual tickets are no longer sent, but you will receive an email confirming your booking and your name will be on a list on the door.


Opera program for 2019


A Magical Evening with the Singing Salon
Saturday 2nd November, 5:00pm

Pippa Dames-Longworth runs an amazing singing group here in East Sussex called the Singing Salon. Pippa is a distinguished mezzo-soprano and surrounds herself with artists of great pedigree and has agreed to put a gala performance together for us in the summer. It will be a terrific show!


Sparkle & Song
Sundays, 1st and 8th of September

Natasha Day and Vivien Conacher are working on a new Themed Gala performance and knowing how much in demand they are we have booked them for these two dates – where they will premiere a new Operetta Gala created specially for Court Garden!. So if you are planning a September holiday make sure you are in Sussex for one of these two Sundays for an evening of fun, fizz, frivolity, and glorious music!


Behind the Scenes

That’s all you need to know, but some of our opera goers would like know what’s going on behind the scenes.

Firstly dear audience, thank you for all your support over the last 5 years when Pop-up Opera performed no less than 10 operas in 23 performances here at Court Garden, with such good and popular shows perhaps we could be forgiven for looking no further and in fact had booked them for 5 shows in 2019. When they announced in November that they would not tour in 2019 we needed to look around. In May and June 2017 Pop-up brought Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto to Court Garden, it was a great show and the part of Fidalma was sung by Vivien Conacher. Fidalma was the very naughty Aunt and Vivien’s portrayal was acclaimed by reviewers as “titillatingly sassy” “hysterical” and “a real comic grotesque”. We kept in touch with Vivien and were particularly impressed by her not-for-profit organisation Songhaven she founded to give people living with Dementia, their companions and carers the dignity of professional live music concerts. More information about Songhaven here, and more about Vivien here.

Vivien has been singing with Natasha Day in The Conquests of Love and so this was a ‘ready to go’ gala for Court Garden. Natasha is a very successful and busy Soprano and plenty more about Natasha here.

You can see we are pretty excited about all this. Make sure you come and join us. As always we are supporting Alzheimer’s Society, but we will also contribute to Songhaven.


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