Bamber’s death will not impair opera festivalNews
Today’s death of Bamber Gascoigne cast a shadow over Grange Park, the inherited estate which the TV presenter generously made over to a summer opera festival.
Gascoigne came into the property in 2014 on the death of a great-aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe.
But he was never going to live there and he responded promptly to a proposal by Wasfi Kani to build an opera house on the grounds. Many of his great-aunt’s possessions were auctioned off to improve the existing main building.
So what happens now?
Have no fear. We understand that Wasfi was given a 100-year lease.
Wasfi tells us: ‘Rather than stuff £24m into his trousers, Bamber gave away his inheritance so that we could build the Theatre in the Woods, the five-storey opera house in Surrey.