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I am cycling 171 miles for The David Ross Foundation.
Alumni sports stars of the University of Nottingham have celebrated the official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.
Nevill Holt Opera operates a creative education programme, devised in partnership with music, design and theatre teachers. We are grateful to the support of the David Ross Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and all of our sponsors and supporters for making this work possible.
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The David Ross Education Trust wants to help every child be the best that they can be. Through the enrichment programme children have new opportunities to enjoy art, sport, outward bound courses and a variety of cultural experiences. Please help children to discover their own passions and talents.
The driving force behind the remarkable development is wealthy hall owner David Ross (51), the Carphone Warehouse founder, one of the UK’s most successful businessmen and a major supporter of opera.
Mr Ross’s goal is to replace the current temporary theatre at the hall with the perfect venue for young opera stars, performing to a regional audience. Local school children will also feature in many productions. The aim is to have the ambitious, multi-million pound adaptation finished in time for Nevill Holt’s 2018 opera season.
Nevill Holt Opera’s (NHO’s) artistic director Nicholas Chalmers told the Mail this week: “Work has already begun on site – they’re excavating the foundation at the moment. It’s a huge project and we’re delighted that the David Ross Foundation has invested in this. It’s so exciting.” General manager Rosenna East said: “We are sincerely grateful to all those who have helped us reach this landmark moment for NHO.
We cannot wait to welcome you all to the new theatre.” This year’s Opera Festival at Nevill Holt Hall will be the last one in the temporary theatre established in the stables courtyard in 2005. This year’s short season has two operas – Puccini’s famously melodramatic opera Tosca from June 15 to 22 and – just announced – a full-scale outdoor production of Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) by Benjamin Britten on July 1 and 2. Mr Ross has said: “It’s brilliant to support the arts and give the best of young British talent an opportunity.”
Mr Ross wants to transform the listed stables at his stately home in Leicestershire into a 400-seat opera theatre. If approved, construction will start at the Nevill Holt Opera in late 2016. Mr Ross's goal is to replace the current temporary seating with "a perfect venue" for young opera stars. The current structure at Nevill Holt Hall, near Market Harborough, can seat up to 350 but is "inadequate and beyond effective economic repair", Nevill Holt Opera general manager Rosenna East said. Operas have been staged at Mr Ross's home since 2013, but a temporary structure has been used by touring companies for a decade.
DRET Summer Cup 2016
The DRET Summer Cup 2016 was a festival of competitive sport attended by over 1,500 students and a host of elite athletes. This year's special guests included Roger Black MBE, Colin Jackson CBE, Rebecca Adlington OBE and Beth Tweddle MBE to name but a few.
Rebecca Adlington to attend the Summer Cup
It has been announced that Rebecca Adlington, two-time Olympic Gold medallist and British sporting icon, will also attend DRET’s 2016 Summer Cup. The Trust-wide event, which takes place in just over three weeks time, will be attended by a host of sporting superstars and Rebecca is the latest name to be included in the line-up. In previous years, Lord Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes and Denise Lewis have been picked to cheer on DRET students. Rebecca won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and she has had a career full of success. The iconic star will be overseeing the various events and talking to students from across the Trust at this year’s Summer Cup. Shane Ward, Sports Enrichment Manager, said: “Having Rebecca join our legion of sporting greats who have attended the event is fantastic news for everyone. “Rebecca is an inspiration to young people, and we can’t wait for her to see the amazing talent that we have at DRET.”
COUNTDOWN TO THE BIGGEST EVENT IN THE DAVID ROSS EDUCATION TRUST SPORTING CALENDAR THE 2016 SUMMER CUP BEGINS
The David Ross Education DRET Music Cup 2016
EXCITED schoolchildren were left thrilled by some super skills at the annual David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Primary Cup North. There were seven primary schools from across the northern DRET cluster at Havelock for the fun-packed day. Havelock Academy hosted the big event yesterday, which saw Loughborough Lightning and England netballers Jo Tripp and Natalie Panagarry and former Manchester United footballer Danny Webber helping out with special master classes for the pupils. Football freestyler Dan Magness was also there to showcase some of his ball skills to the impressed youngsters, and teach them a few new tricks!
THE search is on to find the most deserving community-based groups in North East Lincolnshire.
A trust set up by the Carphone Warehouse founder has found a way to increase participation
LONDON - Opera and art have long been happy bedfellows. Nevill Holt – the Grade I listed country house in Leicestershire that belongs to collector and philanthropist David Ross – hosts an annual summer festival where both are absolutely part of a total experience. For Ross, who had been putting on opera there for more than a decade before founding the Nevill Holt Opera Company three years ago, opera might be the headline act, but the public sculpture dotted around the gardens, by artists including Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn and Peter Randall-Page among others, is also key: “It’s integral, it’s central, it’s part of that broader experience about a trip to Nevill Holt,” he says. “And the way I think about it now is that people look at the package and go: ‘It happens to be an opera festival but if I’m interested in gardens or great English food, this is something I want to be involved with.’ And certainly over the last two or three years in terms of box office – and things shouldn’t only be measured by box office – people are really buying into the concept of that broader experience.”
The David Ross Education Trust Winter Cup is the Trust’s festival of competitive netball and football.The annual event brings together talented students from across DRET’s secondary academies.
Take a virtual tour of the David Ross Sports Village due for completion in late 2016.
Special guests Denise Lewis, Gabby Logan & ex Wasps Scotland Rugby Kenny Logan Join David Ross at DRET Summer Cup 2015.
The David Ross Education Trust Summer Cup 2014 was a fantastic day. A dozen elite athletes, including Dame Kelly Holmes, 1500 pupils and students, a full stadium - no wonder Sky Sports News described it as the “best school sports day in the country”.
Visitors can now traverse the whole perimeter of Lincoln Castle for the first time in its 947-year history because of the huge improvements made to the walls. And Princess Anne was also shown the Victorian prison, plus the showpiece David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault, where she met the benefactor which gave it its name.
ITV Central News spoke to David Ross, one of the co-owners of the Carphone Warehouse and one of the Midlands most successful businessmen.
David Ross Nevill Holt Opera interview 2nd July 2015 courtesy ITV News Central
David Ross has become Grimsby's first billionaire, according to the latest rich list. The former Carphone Warehouse boss is the fifth richest person in the East Midlands and the 108th richest in the country according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
Ross has set up the David Ross Foundation and David Ross Educational Trust. Through these charities, he has put significant money into Nottingham Potential, an initiative of David Greenaway, the vice chancellor of the University of Nottingham who wants to help children in disadvantaged areas of the city get to university.
Tyler Ethridge, age 9, was awarded the Odey Scholarship as part of a programme run by the David Ross Education Trust (DRET).
David said: "Since the John Ross MBE Community Fund was established, nearly £50,000 has been donated to local good causes and charities. "There has been some national attention on Grimsby, and particularly the East Marsh, over recent weeks and months. "While some of this has been less than positive, through the academies in my education trust I see on a daily basis that there is a great deal that we should be proud of. "Our young people show huge potential. Our community provides a supportive and caring environment and we are seeing progress and development in the town."
Our new state-of-the-art £40 million David Ross Sports Village will help take sport at Nottingham to the top. It promises to be a fantastic new addition to University Park Campus providing all our sports teams and clubs with a great range of innovative new facilities in a lively and inclusive environment. While construction is underway temporary facilities will be available. Our vision for sport is bold and ambitious. The new development will help us increase participation in sports at all levels and provide the support people need to develop and excel, whether you're a casual player or an elite athlete.
Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection' features Bridget Riley's dynamic visual waves and the emotionally arresting and exquisite Gossip by Howard Hodgkin. William Cash previews the show.
Previously unseen and important British country house art collections do not often travel en masse. Maybe the odd picture is crated off to a loan exhibition at the Met, or the Ashmolean or the Venice Biennale (such as the Franchetti Collection this summer). But an art gallery on the university campus of Nottingham? As ever David Ross has revealed himself to be bold, radical and innovative.
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The main prize was presented by last year's winner Pam Hodge, on behalf of the event's main sponsor the John Ross MBE Community Fund. Read more
The trust, set up in 2011, followed the death of the fishing industry figure John Ross MBE. It has helped many small community groups to buy new equipment, improve facilities or simply stay afloat, and was set up by John Ross' son David Ross.
The Nevill Holt Opera, which is hosted by David Ross who founded Carphone Warehouse, is fast becoming one of the highlights of the British Summer Social Season and it has sold out in record time this year. It was launched as an independent opera festival in 2013 and takes place in a beautiful and unique stately home setting. General Manager Rosenna East is extremely busy with preparations for this year’s performance but she managed to find some time in her diary to give readers of The Sloaney a preview of the event.
WHY IS OPERA SIGNIFICANT TO NEVILL HOLT?
Our founder patron, David Ross, has imported opera to Nevill Holt for over a decade. There is a history and also an appetite from the local audience. Over the last two years it has taken a step up in significance as we are now creating our own work, rather than just featuring other people’s touring productions. The stable block theatre dates back to the 16th century and is a very unique place to hear opera – it is unlike anywhere else!
Ambitious plans to create a permanent theatre in the hamlet of Nevill Holt have been revealed. Businessman David Ross, who owns Nevill Holt Hall and the entire hamlet of Nevill Holt, told the Mail this week about his “ambitious and major plans” to create a permanent theatre at the site which would blend sympathetically with the historic stable block near the hall. At the moment, he has planning permission for a temporary theatre. Mr Ross told the Mail his team plans to work with English Heritage to make a “significant investment” in creating a permanent site. Work could start next year or in 2016, depending on planning permission.
The generous donation is being made by the David Ross Foundation, which helps children and young people discover their strengths through a wide-range of world-class opportunities focusing on education, sports, arts and the community. The money will go towards the creation of a new underground home to showcase Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, which will be named the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault in honour of the foundation’s contribution. Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to the David Ross Foundation for ensuring that Lincoln Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta, one of only four to survive, will be displayed in a special purpose-built vault in Lincoln Castle.
“This will mean that generations of visitors and students will have a unique opportunity to appreciate the full significance of the most important constitutional document in our history: the foundation of the rule of law in this country and inspiration to countries throughout the world”. David Ross, chairman of the David Ross Foundation, added: “Having grown up in Lincolnshire, I am very proud to be able to be part of the new Magna Carta Vault development at Lincoln Castle. “Not only is it important for Lincoln and the area to attract more visitors but it will also be a significant educational facility, offering learning across a broad range of National Curriculum subject areas for primary and secondary pupils.”