Manor Opera is a new Northern Festival Founded in 2019 to create new and engaging productions at the historic Scrooby Manor House and Grounds.
We aim to bring together people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to celebrate the rich heritage and cultural legacy that has emanated from the North on the site considered the epicentre of the movement that saw the founding of modern day America.
The 2020 launch of Manor Opera coincides with the making of modern day America and the voyage on the Mayflower. The historical context provides us the perfect backdrop to celebrate music, culture, history and the local community.
At present there are no Northern Summer Festivals that run in the North Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Regions. It’s currently an area of low artistic engagement despite having a large appetite for Opera and the Arts.
We want to make Opera accessible to everyone regardless of age or background.
Manor Opera will include a series of Relaxed Performances for first time opera goers, children and those who usually are unable to attend long live performances due to personal reasons. These performances will be considerably shorter and will allow audience members to roam around freely and interact with both the Production Team and Performers pre and post performance.
In the near future we hope to launch our Young Artist Programmes for Production Teams, Instrumentalists and Singers.
THE MANOR BEHIND THE OPERA
The Scrooby Manor House is situated in the district of Bassetlaw, part of North Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire; close to the north of Sherwood Forest, home to Robin Hood.
The Scrooby Manor House is set on a medieval site surrounded by a moat dating back to the early 13th century.
The earliest reference to the Scrooby Manor House was that of the Archbishop of York in 1207 under the rule of King John. Throughout the Middle Ages there is evidence that various ecclesiastical documents were signed at the Scrooby Manor House and that Cardinal Wolsey stayed there when out of favour with King Henry VIII during 1530.
The Scrooby Manor House was also the home to William Brewster, one of the Elders of the Mayflower Pilgrims, a group of Separatists that fled to the New World (North America) to escape the corruption of the Church of England in 1620.
The Scrooby Manor House became a meeting place for newly reformed Separatists before planning their escape to Holland in 1608 and later in 1620 to Provincetown, America aboard the Mayflower.
Today the Scrooby Manor House is a privately owned residence.