Reading: Iford Manor Festival Season (C1)


The_Peto_Garden_at_Iford_Manor_2Iford Manor has been described as one of the most stunning concert venues in the West Country.  Throughout high summer, Iford Arts stages an internationally renowned festival in a breathtakingly beautiful pastoral setting. Operatic performances are staged in-the-round in the intimate surroundings of the Italianate Cloister, which could not be more perfect in terms of scale and style. While the classical backdrop could hardly be more fitting, the real delight for our audiences is that, as the sky turns purple overhead, the first stars appear and the first heady notes resound across the countryside, no-one is seated less than twenty feet from the performers. The opportunity for a relaxing pre-show picnic in our tranquil gardens overlooking the meandering River Frome will complete an already magical experience.

picnics-at-peto-gardensIford Arts, a registered charity promoting the appreciation of performing arts in the west of England, aims to benefit the local community by engaging young professional artists and stimulating young people’s enjoyment of being involved in live performances.  We hope to support young musicians in their career development by encouraging them to develop repertoire and perform to a supportive audience and providing the exquisite environment in which to do so. Iford Arts does not receive any public subsidies, relying on vital private contributions. We offer various levels of private patronage and corporate sponsorship, each providing a range of privileges such as priority booking.


What aspect of Iford Manor is emphasised in the first paragraph? How can you tell?

  • the Italian-style architecture
  • the countryside location
  • the seating arrangements
  • the quality of the music


What is the main purpose in the second paragraph? Why do you think that?

  • To describe the history of the performances
  • To encourage young musicians to perform at the Manor
  • To encourage people to donate to the charity
  • To inform people about how they can be involved in charity work


Original Content: Cambridge English Reading Exam