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Intercoastal CIC are pleased to announce the launch of The Pelagian Opera Festival this summer at The Salutation. Enjoy opera cabaret with sumptuous evening dinner or afternoon operatic picnics in the beautiful Salutation Gardens. Intercoastal is a joint initiative of The Salutation in collaboration with Conservatoires and Music Schools in the UK and Europe. It is envisaged as a platform for emerging talent in classical music and opera where young musicians, soloists and singers perform before new audiences, and create entirely new productions of popular opera. This year’s inaugural presentations feature at Pelagian, which has been created as the vehicle for the output of the works being devised and staged.

Pelagian takes inspiration from the Batignano Festival, which each year delivered stunning productions on tiny budgets in breath-taking surroundings and Les Florissants festival in France, where music and garden gloriously unite each summer for their sell-out festival productions.  Likewise, Pelagian will support a tapestry of talent, the common aim being a desire for genuine collaboration, artistic bravery, and the very highest standards of what can be achieved with available ingredients; rather like the restaurant and gardens of The Salutation itself and the team who lead and run it. With a profound emphasis on the local and the seasonal, Head Chef Shane Hughes will create stunning festival menus, for both the evening dinners and the afternoon picnic hampers, that celebrate the finest ingredients from the Garden of England.

The Festival theme for 2019 will be “As if by Magic”. It is presented in association with The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Cornwall), the Museum of British Folklore (a new museum making its base in Dover) and Koninklijk Conservatorium (Den Haag), one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious music schools, founded in 1829.

The afternoon presentations take the format of operatic picnics and the Company will present a new, abridged staging of The Magic Flute for piano score, soloists and chorus. Pelagian Festival’s very own “Die kleine Zauberflöte” will be directed by Catrin Wyn-Davies and will include an international cast of young singers from The Royal Conservatoire Den Haag making their festival debut, costumes by Dorothy Fothergill and scenography by Simon Costin (see bios below).

During the summer holidays, a cult has taken up residence in the grounds of a boarding school. Has the head girl run away to join them? The Headmistress (Queen of the Night as you have never seen her before) is most displeased. Can Tamino, recently arrived from abroad, help her save her favourite pupil from going wild? We find out. 

The evening presentations bring opera cabaret to Sandwich! The programme will feature an eclectic mix of opera favourites and less well-known Baroque and Classical arias to a piano accompaniment – all with a magical or otherworldly theme. Guests will be wined, dined and caroused by a company of singers on the Salutation terrace stage while dinner is served. Expect liberties to be taken and the singers to be having as much fun as you!


What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. Gabriel García Márquez

Dorothy's vase drawing