Wild Arts is a new charity aiming to make great music fresh and enjoyable, performed in intimate venues, for everyone. We take risks, playing opera as chamber music, collaboratively, and in unusual locations.
We mix incredibly talented young musicians with the expertise of musicians who have performed on the great world stages. Extremely high quality runs through everything we do.
This year we are producing a new Summer Opera Festival at Layer Marney Tower in July, and a 30-venue summer opera tour.
The charity was founded by musician Orlando Jopling as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the worrying impact of increasing social division and climate change.
The long-term ambition of Wild Arts is a sustainably built performance space and music education centre, set in a bio-diverse rewilding project, which operates within planetary boundaries and includes everyone, irrespective of background or circumstances.
Where do you think we should build it? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
The charity’s patron is Roderick Williams OBE.
Patron Roderick Williams OBE
Registered Charity no. 1198917
Richard Dowling as Ferrando and Gareth Brynmor John as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte
We perform in beautiful venues ranging from private gardens, open-air theatres, festivals to some of the UK's finest houses. This year we make our début performances at Belvoir Castle, Knebworth, Fairlight Hall in Sussex, Goodnestone House in Kent, Theatre by the Lake on Derwent Water, Iscoyd Park in Shropshire, and Layer Marney Tower in Essex.
The inaugural season of the Essex Summer Opera Festival at Layer Marney Tower will be 7 - 10 July 2022.
The tour combine simple administration with world-class quality. The productions are flexible enough to be performed in almost any setting.
Patron Roderick Williams OBE
Artistic Director Orlando Jopling
The view from Brodick Castle on the isle of Arran, where we will be making our dèbut in 2023.
Orlando Jopling works as guest at the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet, recently working on Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Giselle, Mayerling and Coppélia.
He was Associate Conductor of English National Ballet until 2020, conducting Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring, Akram Khan's Giselle, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, Prokofiev's Cinderella, Massenet's Manon, Peter Salem's Broken Wings, and many contemporary scores, at Sadler's Wells, the London Coliseum, the Albert Hall, and on tour in the UK and abroad.
With a sound knowledge of French, German and Italian, he has conducted over 25 opera productions with Savoy Opera, Carl Rosa, Independent Opera, British Youth Opera and the Schönbrunn Orchestra.
Orlando co-founded two opera companies; the contemporary opera company Tête à Tête, commissioning and conducting over a dozen chamber operas, and Stanley Hall Opera, conducting five seasons of Mozart, Verdi and Rossini.
The 2022/2023 season sees him conducting Strauss's Elektra and embark on a complete Ring cycle and a ten-year project performing all the Janáçek operas, with various semi-professional groups and ensembles.
Orlando is Artistic Director of the Roman River Festival, which takes place in coastal Essex and Suffolk.
Orlando and cast, 2021
The company performed at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire in June 2021.
Our hosts took the opportunity to film us during the rehearsal that afternoon.
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We will pick you up from Witham station (and take you back there) in this vintage Routemaster bus, for the Saturday and Sunday performances.
There's no cost to you - it's all part of our commitment to making fantastic opera available to everyone, and attempting to live within planetary boundaries.