When Glyndebourne Opera House was rebuilt and enlarged in the early 1990s by architect, Sir Michael Hopkins RA, Sir George Christie CH DL (1934-2014), then Chairman of Glydebourne, was keen to continue the process of improvement in order to maintain Glyndebourne’s reputation as one of the leading operatic venues in the country.
Jerwood Foundation made a £1 million donation, then the largest single donation ever received by Glyndebourne, to create a new rehearsal and practice stage. Adjoining the opera house, the Jerwood Studio has exactly the same dimensions as the main stage, allowing singers to experience almost like-for-like performance conditions. Conceived as part of Glyndebourne’s enlightened policy of promoting exceptional young talent, the Jerwood Studio opened in 2001.
Jerwood Studio. Photo: Mike Hoban
Jerwood Arts continues to support Glyndebourne’s Jewood Young Artists’ Programme which was introduced in 2005. Since 2010, the focus of the development programme has been on nurturing exceptionally talented singers from the Chorus selected as Jerwood Young Artists, offering opportunites to work with leading conductors, directors, choreographers, theatre specialists and vocal coaches to enhance their skills and experience.
"The Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist Programme gave me, without doubt, my most musically enjoyable, rewarding and educative summer yet. It was an opportunity that most training cannot give you. Music colleges get you so far, but this scheme is what can make a career."
- James Newby, Jerwood Young Artist, 2017
James Newby as Marcellus, Allan Clayton as Hamlet and Jacques Imbrailo as Horatio (L-R) in the Glyndebourne Festival World Premiere production of Hamlet. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd.
Rinaldo in rehearsal in Jerwood Studio, Glyndebourne Tour, 2019. © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo: James Bellorini