Jephte by (1648) Giacomo Carissimi – La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (1686) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

12.15pm – 3pm on Thursday 1st September at The Vache

Our Open Rehearsal is a unique opportunity for you to see our open-air production of Jephte before it opens to the general public, as well as experience a professional opera rehearsal. The event will start with a relaxed performance of Carissimi’s Jephte at 1.00pm. There will then be a short talk and introduction to some of the early music instruments on stage. After this, you are welcome to stay and watch some of the opera rehearsal for Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers and/or take in some more of the beautiful grounds!

We are conscious that tickets to our events are not affordable for everyone or that some people may feel worried about attending formal concerts. As in 2020 and 2021, we will invite individuals and groups (up to 6 people) to apply for free tickets to our open dress rehearsal with a relaxed performance. Tickets will be allocated through a ballot system.


Via the gateway of the Baroque era, we want to introduce young people to the joy of classical music and its many benefits, to inspire their creativity and elevate their self-esteem.

Thank you to all those who applied and took part in 2021.

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As well as our inaugural children’s choir, this summer our Education programme will include access to the dress rehearsal of Acis & Galatea, sound installations by local school children, as well as the development of dance-based schools workshop programme.

We are always interested in hearing from schools and community groups who would like to collaborate with us. Please get in touch with Emma at


VBF provides a complimentary shuttle bus service from and back to Chalfont & Latimer station (Metropolitan line Zone 8 and Chiltern Railways from Marylebone). 

The shuttle will run at regular intervals during our public events. Information is sent to all ticket holders.


With up to 250 people coming to each of our events and extensive grounds for them to explore, we would be grateful for some help! There are many ways to get involved both behind the scenes and on event days. Please do get in touch with Daniel at if you would like to offer your time.

AUDITIONS & Creative involvement

We have now cast our 2022 opera Orphée.

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