Leicestershire-based company Nevill Holt Opera (NHO) is hosting its annual Spring Weekend on 2-3 April; the event will take place in the company’s award-winning theatre at Nevill Holt Hall in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

The first event in the weekend programme is Come and Sing, which runs from 3.30pm to 5pm on 2 April. It offers the audience the opportunity to sing alongside some of NHO’s professional Associate Artists, led by the company’s artistic director, Nicholas Chalmers.

Participants will learn and perform music by Mozart and Puccini, as well as sing some Italian songs. No previous experience is needed and all are welcome to take part. Tickets for this hour-and-a-half event cost £10.

Taking places on the same day, the Spring Song Recital features four of Nevill Holt Opera’s Associate Artists performing a varied programme of opera and song. The concert starts at 5.30pm and lasts for an hour. The full set list is yet to be announced. Tickets cost £25.

For any concert-goers attending both events, tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in Nevill Holt Hall’s gardens between Come and Sing and the Spring Song Recital.

The headline act for the Spring Weekend is the Spring Chamber Concert performed by the Mithras Trio, taking place on 3 April at 1.30pm.

Formed in 2017 at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Mithras Trio is fast establishing itself as one of the next generation’s most exciting piano trios. It comprises Leo Popplewell on cello, Ionel Manciu on violin and Dominic Degavino on piano.

The three musicians are currently members of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme, broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio 3. They won first prize at the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 67th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2019 and the St James Chamber Music Competition 2018. In 2019, they were recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award.

The trio has performed at many of London’s major venues, including the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room and Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Milton Court Concert Hall, as well as making regular appearances at festivals in the UK and Europe. They were selected as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for the 2019-20 season, and are currently on the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

The full programme is yet to be announced, but will include Brahms’s Piano Trio No 1 in B Major, Op.8 (1855). Tickets cost £25. This concert is presented in partnership with Leicester International Music Festival.

Also taking place during the Spring Weekend, on 3 April is a special Members’ event taking a behind-the-scenes look at NHO’s new production of La bohème (The Bohemians, Puccini, 1896). Members of the creative team will give insights into the directing and design process, while one of NHO’s Associate Artists will perform musical excerpts from the opera.

The event will provide a unique chance to understand how this production of Puccini’s tragic masterpiece will reach the stage this summer. Tickets cost £10.

Tickets for all four events are on sale now. Further information about the programme will be released on OHP’s website. Doors open half an hour before each of the performances start.

NHO said in a statement: “With temperatures slightly rising and the blossom on its way, we are really looking forward to this year’s Spring Weekend. Less formal than our summer festival, the Spring Weekend is an intimate celebration of music-making in our beautiful theatre. We hope very much to see you there!”



Nevill Holt Opera will host its Spring Weekend in its award-winning theatre at Leicestershire’s Nevill Holt Hall this April.