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Circle of Friends

Get involvedbecome 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, Brian Mace, Michael Ryan

Chorus Friends: Christopher Benjamin, Sir Alan Bowness, Jamie Henderson, Andrew Jackson, Martin Randall, Jane Ridley, Priscilla Seidler, Emily Smith, Andrew Soundy

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.”
audience member