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Clonter Opera Theatre

Address : Swettenham Heath
Town/City : Congleton
County : Cheshire
Country : England
Post code : CW12 2LR
Phone : 01260 224514
Web Site :  www.clonteropera.com

Clonter hopes that you will be able to join us in celebrating our 40th Anniversary year. We have a more diverse programme than ever before, and very much hope that you can find something to suit your taste.



cheshire clonter2Clonter Opera Theatre, at the heart of the countryside, captures the drama and glamour of a night at the theatre but with a twist – combining performances with either a 70 minute supper/picnic interval, or a pre-performance supper, all in a converted barn in Cheshire, North West England.

This delightfully quirky venue contains a 400 seat auditorium with adjoining bar and dining areas; offering the option of formal dining, ready made canapé baskets or you can bring your very own interval feast to be eaten at an indoor picnic table.

Clonter also has its own highly regarded residential opera studio which is a springboard for up and coming opera stars to gain further experience and work with top music and stage directors. See those stars now as they embark on their opera career – a list of past performers reads like a 'Who's Who' of some of the biggest names in opera today.


As part of Clonter Opera Theatre, the Clonter Farm Music Trust (CFMT) is committed to providing the highest quality training and performance opportunities for young singers. The mission is to 'bridge the gap' between conservatoire and professional work.

Each year Clonter Opera auditions hundreds of young singers at music colleges around the UK, and also holds auditions for singers who have recently embarked on professional careers. Most singers who take part in the opera studios are under 30 all tuition and accommodation is provided free of charge. When appropriate more established artists are also offered opportunities to develop more demanding roles.

Residential facilities and a staff of international experience ensure that singers, selected after comprehensive auditions, achieve maximum potential during the 'opera studios' and thereafter. Through the creation of Clonter Farm Music Trust (CFMT) a unique residential, touring and educational programme was developed and continues to grow.

The artistic policy is to select repertoire that is both suitable for young singers and also attractive to the general public. Tailored versions of whole operas allow singers to perform complete roles with orchestra.

Summer productions are taken on tour to London in the Autumn with performances at the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music. This gives singers an extended period to 'get to know their roles', an invaluable opportunity for the singers to be seen by managements and press and is an essential part of the overall vision. The next tour is planned for 2013.

Clonter's unique Opera Prize, worth £2,000, is the only inter-conservatoire opera prize awarded in the United Kingdom. Singers are nominated by the heads of opera at the principal music colleges and then go forward to a competition at Clonter Opera Theatre, held at the beginning of each year.

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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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