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Retirement village stages amphitheatre concert

Residents at a retirement village, near Alcester in Warwickshire, have enjoyed an evening of music and opera in the village’s very own on-site amphitheatre.

Great Alne Park, operated by award-winning, later-living provider Inspired Villages, is thought to be the only retirement village to have such a space in the UK.

To celebrate the completion of the amphitheatre and to support the charitable work carried out by the Opera Awards Foundation, homeowners enjoyed a special socially-distanced concert on the grassy arena in the grounds of their retirement village.

The professional performers were pianist Louisa Lam, tenor Alex Haigh and mezzo-soprano Rosie Clifford who performed a selection from the some of the world’s best-known operas, as well as some more contemporary pieces.

The programme included: Ombra mai fu (Handel, Xerxes), Minute waltz (Chopin), Una furtiva lagrima (Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore), I got rhythm (Gershwin), Silent Noon (Vaughan Williams)

The grass amphitheatre has capacity for over 400 people and will stage a series of professional events from May to September 2021, including literary events in association with the Stratford Literary Festival, professional theatre performances and a variety of musical concerts for residents, the local community and visitors.

 

Ben Ling, Great Alne Park Village Manager, was delighted at the success of the amphitheatre’s first concert: “The opera performances were an incredible way to showcase the space in all its glory and we are very much looking forward to hosting a summer of events next year for residents and the local community.

“Spending time with friends and family, as well as enjoying cultural experiences such as music, film and theatre all help to improve wellbeing in later life so we are very proud to have something so unique and versatile here at the village.”

Resident Stephen Walsh added: “Being part of a community that looks after your social, mental and physical wellbeing is a proven way of staying healthy and active for longer.

“Here at Great Alne Park there is an active community and the amphitheatre is the latest addition to its facilities. We very much enjoyed the inaugural performance of some well-known operatic pieces from by Alex Haigh and Rosie Clifford.

The outdoor element adds an extra dimension to the experience – music, fresh air and a setting sun, followed by a drink or two with food. What a way to end the day! We aim to stay young as we grow old!”

Great Alne Park is home to 164 one, two and three-bedroom cottages and apartments located in 78-acres of parkland, just outside Henley-in-Arden, in Warwickshire.

The village offers stylish, independent living for the over 65s with a clubhouse offering communal facilities, including; a bar, restaurant, spa, gym, library, cinema and games room.

For more information please visit Inspired Villages Inspired Villages was named ‘Retirement Living Operator of the Year’ at the Resi Awards 2019, and ‘Property Investor of the Year’ at the HealthInvestor Awards 2019 Inspired Villages

 

Great Alne Park