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Gus Christie from Glyndebourne Productions on how he spends time in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 16:44 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:49 17 November 2014

Gus Christie

Gus Christie

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The Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne Productions talks about how he likes to spend his time in the county

“Sussex is a fantastic place to live,” says Gus, “because it’s close to London but it feels like a very rural part of England, so you’ve got the ideal combination of proximity to the capital and major airports, plus a very beautiful natural landscape.”

When not working Gus likes nothing better than sport, and in particular a round of golf, as well as spending time with his family. When not eating with them at Glyndebourne, which he says he does a lot during the summer festival (“we have a very good chef at the moment in Julian Wilson so I’m rather spoilt on my own doorstep,”) he enjoys eating at the local pub, The Trevor Arms in Glynde. “It’s where I learnt to drink, and will continue to do so!” He also enjoys his local curry houses, Ganges in Ringmer and Chaulas in Lewes.

Away from the hectic schedule of Glyndebourne, Gus relishes a quiet moment looking out over his favourite view in the county, “looking into Bible Bottom from the top of Mount Caburn. The shape of the rolling hills of the South Downs is just very familiar and resonant for me – I’ve been seeing them all my life.”

He also loves walking from Beddingham up to Firle Beacon and along the brow of the hill to Southease. “There are some fantastic views towards the sea and over the stunning valley and the Downs.”

It is his two “trusty hounds”, Caesar and Norma, that he says are the thing he could not live without.

With the home of British opera quite literally on his doorstep, Gus says that he doesn’t get much time to go to the theatre. But this is not something that he is particularly worried about, as he says that he is “unbelievably lucky” to be able to see and hear all that he does at home. “While lots of people are familiar with our annual summer festival,” he says, “what’s not so well known is that there are three weeks of performances at Glyndebourne in October as part of the Glyndebourne Tour. This year we’re staging an eternal favourite in La Traviata, a little known gem in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera and a classical Glyndebourne production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw – truly something for everyone!”

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