Local area benefits from Glyndebourne’s success

Glyndebourne has had a significant economic impact on its local area, a new report has revealed.

Located in East Sussex, UK, the renowned opera festival’s gross economic impact was assessed at GBP16.2m (€19.6m), meaning a gross value added of GBP10.8m for the local economy. 

The figures are thanks in part to the organisation’s loyal audiences, who reportedly spend over GBP11m at local hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions.

Regional businesses and suppliers receive a huge boost during the annual Glyndebourne Festival, which attracts 98,000 people each year (86 per cent of whom come from outside of the local area).

The report also found that Glyndebourne pays more than GBP3m in wages to employees from East Sussex.

David Pickard, general director of Glyndebourne, said: ‘Our location here in East Sussex is a big part of what makes Glyndebourne so special for audiences, staff and visiting artists alike.

‘We’re very proud that the company makes such a significant contribution to the local economy and to the reputation of the area as a cultural destination, and look forward to exploring closer partnerships with both local businesses and East Sussex County Council.’

In response to the findings, the opera house has issued a commitment to prioritise local suppliers when procuring goods and services.

The independent report was funded by Arts Council England, East Sussex County Council, Glyndebourne and the East Sussex Arts Partnership, and can be viewed in full here.

This year’s Glyndebourne Festival will open with a new version of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Directed by Richard Jones, the production will star Kate Royal as The Marschallin, alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra led by Robin Ticciati. Works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Handel also feature on the programme, which runs from 17 May to 24 August.

Photo: Audiences at Glyndebourne © Sam Stephenson