Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood Studio

Glyndebourne, East Sussex

Architects: Michael Hopkins Partners

Opened in June 2001

Glyndebourne Opera House was rebuilt and enlarged in the early 1990s by architect Michael Hopkins, but Sir George Christie CH DL (1934-2014), then Chairman of Glyndebourne, was keen to continue the process of improvement to maintain Glyndebourne's reputation as one of the leading operatic venues in the country.

Jerwood Foundation made a £1million donation (then the largest single donation ever received by Glyndebourne) to create a new rehearsal and practice stage. Jerwood Studio opeed on 22 June 2001. The space, adjoining the opera house, has exactly the same dimensions as the main stage, allowing singers to experience almost like-for-like perfomance conditions. The project was conceived as part of Glyndebourne's enlightened policy of promoting exceptional young talent.

Jerwood Arts continues to support Glyndebourne's Jerwood Young Artists programme which was introduced in 2005.

Jerwood Studio, Glyndebourne © Mike Hoban