Thank you to our Crowd!
You did it! 117 people supported our Crowdfunding campaign and smashed the £10,000 needed for recording costs of our next CD: Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Thank you!It’s a huge boost to know that so many people back our ambition to bring more outstanding baroque music to more people. The great news is that off-line donations are still coming in. Any additional funds will also be used for our new Emerging Artists Programme to provide coherent support, coaching and performance opportunities for a new generation of young singers and instrumentalists who are on the cusp of establishing major careers in the operatic world. To date, we have been able to support emerging singers with this programme, but we want to expand it to help instrumentalists to take their next professional step as well.
Here they are – our Acis and Galatea Crowdfunding heroes – very many thanks to you all (including of course to those who preferred to remain anonymous):
Adrienne Carr, Alan Sainer, Alangw, Ally and Sarah, Anderson Orr Architects Ltd, Andrew and Wendy Gairdner, Andrew Isaac, Andrew Jackson, Andy Bent, Andy Loweth, Angela Cassels, Ann Byers, Anne Puttick, Anne-Marie Clark, Annemieke Wielinga, Anonymous, Anthony Mudge, Anthony Whitworth-Jones, B.Traill, Barbara Domayne-Hayman, Bill Bartram, Bryan Carroll, Catherine Fleming, Charlie Laing, Christopher and Anna Benjamin, Christopher Garnett, Christopher Moorsom, Claire Gaskell, David Cloke, David da Cunha, Deborah Hay, Dr Toni Griffiths, Dr Vivienne Monk, Edward Dolan-Abrahams, Emily Smith, Greg, Gwyn Williams, Hamish Henderson, Harriet & Anthony, Howard Shields, Ingrid Lunt and Julian Hall, James Tidmarsh, Jamie Henderson, Jane Ridley, Jane Wilson, Jeanette and Adrian Burn, Jeremy Mallinson, Jerome Cotter, Jim Curnyn, Jo and Sally Russell, Joe Smouha, John and Jane Manley, John Facer on behalf of the late John Wilson, John Galt, John M F Dixon, Jonathan Fisher, Jonathan Neil-Smith, Jonathon Hodgkins, Judy Eglington, Judy Lehmann, June Chichester, Kathy Boursicot, Kenneth McKinley, Kenneth Sims, Kristin Jensen, Laura Farrell, Lena Lindén, Les Hearn, Liz Addinall, Marcus Gipps, Margaret Henderson, Marilyn Stock, Mary Bailey, Mazepa1, Melissa Sampson, Melissa Scott, Michael Bothamley, Michael Davis, Michael Woodman, Mike & Helen Allen, Mike and Liz Rudderham, Mindy Green, Monika Wray, Natashja Stewart, Neil Dixon, Nicholas Hillier, Nicky & Michael Oppenheimer, Patrick and Henrietta McHugh, Paula Thurlbeck, Persephone Gipps, Peter and Jo Mortimore, Peter Davis, Peter Kravitz, Philip Kay, Richard Ashworth, Richard Calver, Richard Morris and Ian Clarkson, Robert Smith, Roger Tomlinson, Rosalind Clayton, Sarah and Mike Service, Sarah Ovans Glass, Sharon A, Simon Darwall-Smith, Simon Foxall, Steven Devine, Stuart Norman Smith, Stuart Reynolds, The Agent Apsley, Tim and Maria Barker, Timothy McDonald, Tolps, Tom Maxwell, Willie & Heather Ewbank.
Circle of Friends
Get involved – become part of the Circle of Friends for Early Opera Company. Your support is vital and very much appreciated. From just £30 you can play your part in our future. Would you like exclusive behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and recordings? Meet Christian and our artists for a chat after rehearsals? Or do you have a music-mad youngster in your family? Sign them up as a friend and get the next generation hooked on Handel.
Select your Friendship
Many of our Circle of Friends choose to donate via Standing Order monthly or annually. This helps Early Opera Company in reduced administration time and cost, and makes regular donation payments easier for you.
To encourage you to choose to make your donation by Standing Order, each January we’ll select at random one Friend who donates via Standing Order to receive an Early Opera Company CD of your choice!
Take a Bow – our Circle of Friends
We’re hugely grateful to all our Friends for their generous donations and support, without which this could not continue, including those who prefer to donate anonymously:
Inspirational Friends: Anonymous Donors, Greg Melgaard, Simon Weil, The late John Wilson
Impresario Friends: Dr Jo Gipps OBE, Vivienne Monk, Howard Shields
Aria Friends: Simon Audley & Kate Searle, John Facer, George Law, David Morris, Richard Morris & Ian Clarkson, Nicky Oppenheimer, Alan Sainer, Marilyn Stock
Soloist Friends: Peter Byrne, Jerome Cotter, Stephan DuCharme, Claire Gaskell, Mindy Green and Stephen McDonald, Toni Griffiths, Tony Hamilton, Margaret Jackson, Brian Mace, Robert Miall, Michael Ryan
Chorus Friends: Christopher Benjamin, Colin Brown, Sir Alan Bowness, Jamie Henderson, Andrew Jackson, Peter Knatchbull-Hugessen, Martin Randall, Jane Ridley, Priscilla Seidler, Emily Smith, Andrew Soundy, Sheila Turley, Manya Zuba
Trusts and Foundations: The Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, Garrick Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, The Idlewild Trust,The Radcliffe Trust, The Sainer Charity, The Thistle Trust.
“It was a great privilege to watch the rehearsal, thank you. I enjoyed the rehearsal and concert in equal measure. In rehearsal, there is such a different dynamic at work; you could see how they really upped the ante during the performance. But what you don’t see during the performance is how they respond to the music and each other. There is something more than joyful in seeing these young, amazing musicians dancing along to the music because they simply can’t help it.”