The Opera Grand Tour

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Great art and music – on the move!

Celebrate your selected art treasures in opera and song right in front of each item, a moveable feast for eye and ear! Audiences at the Courtauld Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the National Gallery have marvelled at Monets with Mozart, peered at Poussin with Puccini and regarded Rubens with Rossini!

Not that it need be paintings; the Opera Grand Tour celebrates all decorative arts from plasterwork to sculpture, landscape to porcelain.

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[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”left”]  Thank you for a lovely evening. The music just made one relax and sink into the paintings.
Clare van Leonen, Castle Museum, Nottingham


Our Grand Tour takes its inspiration from the extensive journey to the Continent that was viewed as an essential part of the English gentlemen’s education in the late 18th century.

The Grand Tour included the appreciation of great works of art, classical sites and architecture, especially Italian, and was encouraged by such writers as Dr Johnson.

Hatstand’s Opera Grand Tour is, unashamedly, our selection of emotive and stunning exhibits, twinned with the music they inspire and recall in the minds of Hatstand singers. We create a shortlist of music to fit the exhibits, and then work out a feasible walking route for both us and the audience.

By carrying our digital piano from 13amp plug to 13 amp plug(!), we can perform items right in front of exhibits, from fine art to sculpture, with the audience able to see and hear us, AND see the item that inspired the music.

Past Hatstand Opera Grand Tour performances include:
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  • the Courtauld Gallery, with the performance spread over two floors
  • the National Gallery, twice, once for a specialist exhibition of Dutch master and once in the Impressionist Gallery
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, twice, once for a specialist exhibition of Shakespeare in Art
  • Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, as part of the town’s festival

We have been fortunate enough to be able to perform directly underneath some of the world’s greatest paintings, including masterpieces by: Gainsborough, Rubens, Van Gogh, and artists of the Utrecht school, plus a veritable who’s who of Impressionist painters, including: Manet, Degas, Cèzanne, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec.


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The Opera Grand Tour


If you would like to show off your stately home, museum or gallery collection with an Opera Grand Tour performance, do call us on 01252 511762.

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