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20 Jun 2006

An Arcadian setting where rarities flourish

Garsington_Manor_small.jpgBy Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 19 June 2006]

The advice to patrons, delivered in clipped, headmasterly tones before every Garsington Opera performance, was to "remember to turn right when you leave". It became Leonard Ingrams's signature, and it always raised a laugh. This was Ingrams's way of acknowledging local sensitivities - a left turn would have disturbed the peace of the Oxfordshire village of Garsington after dark - but it was also a signal that with humour and determination, his country house opera festival would flourish.

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