About David Ross
A passionate advocate of the arts, David Ross is the founder of the Nevill Holt Opera Festival, opening his home and garden every year to host the event.
Having purchased Nevill Holt Hall in 2000, David Ross commissioned the installation of a 350 seat theatre within the property’s 17th century stable courtyard. After 12 years of restoration work, the hall now provides the perfect backdrop for operatic occasions throughout the year, having previously hosted Grange Park Opera.
With support from the David Ross Foundation, the sponsor of many school academies in the area, the Nevill Holt Opera Festival is a celebration and investment of young British talent. The Festival collaborates with the prestigious National Opera Studio and provides a showcase for recent graduates from some of the country’s most elite music colleges.
Through his wider philanthropy, David Ross supports fourteen academies across the Midlands and in Lincolnshire, including four within the local area surrounding Nevill Holt. By combining his passions for the arts and education, David hopes to inspire a new generation arts lovers, thereby keeping the traditions of opera alive.
As part of the support they receive from the David Ross Foundation, school academy pupils are given master classes in key aspects of opera production, from set design to costume creation. Nevill Holt experts run the classes in order to widen the children’s horizons and enhance their cultural experiences.
Academy students are then invited to watch dress rehearsals, giving them insights into the world of professional opera production and enabling them to experience the extraordinary British art and sculpture on display at Nevill Holt Hall.
The David Ross Foundation is also a key supporter of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) – a world class drama school that has been producing the finest actors and technicians, for the world of theatre, film and TV, since 1861.
Additionally, David is engaged with the arts and sports on a national level in his role as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and as a board member of the British Olympic Association.