The Skating Rink Stole

'The skating Rink' stole,  created especially to celebrate a new opera based on a story by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. 

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This image of the skating rink stole shows how I tried different colour combinations. The final design I am really pleased with & having sold out I am waiting for restock. 

It has been so exciting to see the development of this gripping new commission by Garsington Opera, written by leading British composer David Sawer with award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey, and based on the novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. 


Nuria, a beautiful young skating champion, has a powerful admirer, Enric, whose obsession drives him to pilfer funds to build her an ice rink in a deserted Spanish mansion. A murder on the ice becomes the centre of this thrilling tale of jealousy, political corruption and the lengths we go to for the ones we love.



Returning to my blog after time away

"Having had a few months away from my blog I am looking forward to doing new posts. I have missed putting up entries, though I have NO idea who reads it ! hoping there is someone out there. Any case this is from me to you"
I have continued with my quick portrait paintings, Dave my farmer neighbour still comes to sit every Tuesday afternoon and I look forward to that very much. We chat about the weather , politics and our other neighbours and family, oh and his weekly basket ball game, most importantly the score. 
  • I have a few new projects which I will post about over the coming weeks. 
  • Wednesday is going to be my new blog day.
 The Night shift, 45 mins studio self portrait

The Night shift, 45 mins studio self portrait

Ruth Borchard self portrait exhibtion, Piano Nobile, Kings Place , London N19AG

Self Portrait, Ruth Borchard , Piano Nobile, Kings Place

Always love going to this exhibition & not just because I am in it. There are 120 self portraits hung from different artists. On until the 22nd of September.

Included in the New Exhibition At The Silk Museum, Bsous, Lebanon

I was thrilled to receive an email/pic from Alexandra Asseily last week telling me about the new exhibition in her “Silk Museum” Lebanon, “Souvenirs from the silk road’ . 

Included in the exhibition are my ‘Filigree Tree” &“Vixen” stoles, created for Janacek’s opera ‘Cunning little vixen’ during Garsington Opera’s 2014 season which Alexandra bought from me a couple of years ago. A start of a friendship, and admiration on my behalf of the work she has and is doing in the field of reconciliation and forgiveness following conflict. 

I have put a link through to the museum’s web site below, a truly inspiring story of how the Asseily’s bought the derelict silk factory in 1973 planting hundreds of tree’s and restoring the factory & creating what is know a fabulous museum.

Despite the obvious difficulties, the museum was occupied by the Syrain army in 1982, they have continued to put on exhibitions and hold workshops.

 Filigree Tree stole by Victoria Rees, exhibited at the Silk Museum, Lebanon in "Souvenirs from the silk road' exhibition.

Filigree Tree stole by Victoria Rees, exhibited at the Silk Museum, Lebanon in "Souvenirs from the silk road' exhibition.


My ink drawings from 'Marriage of Figaro' used for the figure stripes running through the "Filigree Tree" stole 

The Silk Museum, Lebanon.

"Souvenirs from the silk road' exhibition in the Silk Museum , Lebanon


"Vixen" stole created for a production of Janacek's Opera "Cunning little Vixen"

 One of my sketches from Janacek's opera used for the "vixen"stole

One of my sketches from Janacek's opera used for the "vixen"stole


The Silk Museum, Bsous, Lebanon

George and Alexandra Asseily's Garden of forgiveness , Beirut, Lebanon

Eugene Onegin - Reviews From Garsington Opera 2016

 Cameo Watercolour by Victoria Rees for Garsington Stole from Eugene Onegin

Cameo Watercolour by Victoria Rees for Garsington Stole from Eugene Onegin


"It rightly receives a stupendous ovation."
David MellorMail on Sunday, 12 June 2016

" almost 30 years of attending Garsington, I don't think I have heard a classic opera cast with such care and accomplishment...Natalya Romaniw is a Tatyana in a thousand."
Hugh CanningSunday Times, 12 June 2016

"Natalya Romaniw is fast consolidating her reputation as one of the outstanding sopranos of her generation...Roderick Williams is the most cultivated and sophisticated of baritones. Garsington's audiences certainly get visual as well as musical bang for their buck in an altogether exhilharating performance."
Rupert ChristiansenThe Telegraph, 4 June 2016

"This young Swansea-born soprano has a mesmerising stillness, a face full of expression and a glowing voice capable of astonishing power."
Hannah NepilFinancial Times, 8 June 2016

"Natalya Romaniw...she's the Tatyana of my dreams, with a rare combination of power, richness, and purity of tone. And Roderick Williams might have been born to play Onegin."
Michael ChurchThe Independent, 7 June 2016

"There is plenty to enjoy. One pleasure is the Garsington Opera Orchestra...And on stage there are some impressive performances."
Richard Morrison, The Times, 6 June 2016

"One of the most enjoyable new productions of Onegin in recent years and - in Romaniw's Tatyana especially - a performance that shall touch my heart for a long time."
Mark PullingerBachtrack, 4 June 2016

"Every performance by the Garsington Chorus has one marvelling anew at the versatility, adaptability and just sheer excellence of this group..."
Melanie EskenaziMusic OMH, 6 June 2016


From Garsington Opera News 2016


We are delighted that this is the fourth year you can find beautiful bespoke scarves by fine artist and textile designer Victoria Rees in the Garsington Opera Shop. Visit Wormsley for a performance and you'll discover the unique designs based on the 2016 season. 

Using her opera sketch book drawings done during rehearsals and performances, Victoria works with every attention to detail to create the pieces. This year's collection has the 'Garsington' stole, one of her ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. She has created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

The collection also features the 'Singing by the light of the moon' stole, 'Duet' ribbon scarf and 'Marriage of Figaro' men's scarf in evening blue. 

Victoria says: "One of the bonuses for me as an artist working with musicans has been to find a way to bring my love of textiles into my creative process."

To see all the drawings used to create the designs visit Victoria's

Victoria Rees studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, before getting a bursary to the Royal Academy Schools as a postgraduate. She has exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, National Gallery and last year was part of the Ruth Borchard self-portrait collection at the Piano Nobile Gallery, London.