The Battle of Hastings – it happened here….
right here in the heart of BATTLE in 1066!

And Battle Festival will mark this momentous date in history with a major new opera, commissioned from internationally acclaimed composer Howard Moody.

We’ll bring you Glyndebourne musicians and soloists, we’ll add musicians from major orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, and we’ll throw into the mix a choir of 300 adults and children from across the 1066 Country region.

The inspiration for the opera is historic but the delivery will be contemporary and relevant to today.

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We’ll show you colliding cultures, we’ll celebrate diversity, and we’ll embrace togetherness. The outcome will be our combined legacy to future generations in Battle and 1066 Country.

Think BIG – Think World Class – Think Now!
then expect the unexpected…
and remember: events in Battle have the power to change the course of history and shape the future.  Save. These. Dates.

The world premiere of our Community Opera will take place at the De La Warr Pavilion on Saturday 1st October 2016. It will be followed by a semi-staged version in Battle on Saturday 8th October, during the month long annual Battle Festival.


We are delighted to confirm Battle Festival Patrons are:
  • Tim Rice-Oxley
  • Anton Lesser
  • Sir Andrew Davis
See our Who's Who page for more information.

2016 Festival

We're now working on our programme for this year so make sure October 2016 is firmly fixed in your diary. It's going to be a BIG month!
We have lots of events already in the planning and will be marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings during the festival.  Watch this space