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. You can do this most easily and securely by contacting your bank directly. If you prefer us to set up a Standing Order up for you, please just complete the details on this Early Opera Company STANDING ORDER form and return it to us.

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, Charlie Laing, Greg Melgaard, Vivienne Monk, David Rockwell, Simon Weil, Tom Weisselberg, Gwyn Williams, The late John Wilson

Impresario Friends: Edward Dolan-Abrahams, Howard Shields

Aria Friends: Jonathan Crane, John Facer, Jo and Caroline Gipps, George Law, David Morris, Richard Morris & Ian Clarkson, Nicky Oppenheimer, Andrew Peck, Alan Sainer, Katrina Searle and Simon Audley, Marilyn Stock

Soloist Friends: Anonymous donors, Adrienne Carr, Jerome Cotter, Claire Gaskell, Mindy Green and Stephen McDonald, Toni Griffiths, Tony Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Robert Miall, Michael Ryan, Alastair Sawday, Jane Seaborn, Joe Smouha, Anthony Whitworth-Jones

Chorus Friends: Di Allison, Christopher Benjamin, Colin Brown, Sir Alan Bowness, Richard Calver, Peter Knatchbull-Hugessen, Brian Mace, Anne Puttick, Jane Ridley, Priscilla Seidler, Frances Slaymaker, 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.

Thank you to our Crowd!

You did it! 123 people supported our Crowdfunding campaign and smashed the £10,000 needed for recording costs for our CD recording of 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, Alan Gordon Walker, Ally & Sarah Gipps, Anderson Orr Architects Ltd, Andrew & Wendy Gairdner, Andrew Isaac, Andrew Jackson, Andy Bent, Andy Loweth, Angela Cassels, Ann Byers, Anne Puttick, Anne-Marie Clark, Annemieke Wielinga, Anthony Mudge, Anthony Whitworth-Jones, Barbara Domayne-Hayman, Barbara Traill, Bill Bartram, Brian Mace, Bryan Carroll, Catherine Fleming, Charlie Laing, Christopher & Anna Benjamin, Christopher Garnett, Christopher Moorsom, Claire Gaskell, Danny Whyler Family Foundation, David Cloke, David da Cunha, Deborah Hay, Ed Tolputt, Edward Dolan-Abrahams, Emily Smith, Gregory Bell, Gwyn Williams, Hamish Henderson, Harriet & Anthony Gross, Howard Shields, Ingrid Lunt & Julian Hall, James Tidmarsh, Jamie Henderson, Jane Ridley, Jane Wilson, Jeanette & Adrian Burn, Jeremy Mallinson, Jerome Cotter, Jim Curnyn, Jo Gipps, Jo & Sally Russell, Joe Smouha, John & Jane Manley, John Facer (in memory of the late John Wilson), John Galt, John M F Dixon, Jonathan Fisher, Jonathan Neil-Smith, Jonathon Hodgkins, Judy Eglington, Judy Lehmann, June Chichester, Katharine Boursicot, Kenneth McKinley, Kenneth Sims, Kristin Jensen, Laura Farrell, Lena Lindén, Les Hearn, Liz Addinall, Marcus Gipps, Margaret Henderson, Marilyn Stock, Mary & Martin Bailey, Melissa Sampson, Melissa Scott, Michael Bothamley, Michael Davis, Michael Woodman, Mike & Helen Allen, Mike & Liz Rudderham, Mindy Green, Monika Wray, Natashja Stewart, Neil Henry Fraser Dixon, Nicholas Hillier, Nicky & Michael Oppenheimer, Patrick & Henrietta McHugh, Paula Thurlbeck, Persephone Gipps, Peter & Jo Mortimore, Peter Davis, Peter Kravitz, Philip Kay, Richard Ashworth, Richard Calver, Richard Morris & Ian Clarkson, Robert Smith, Roger Tomlinson, Rosalind Clayton, Sarah & Mike Service, Sarah Ovans Glass, Sharon Ament, Simon Darwall-Smith, Simon Foxall, Steven Devine, Stuart Norman Smith, Stuart Reynolds, The Agent Apsley, Tim & Maria Barker, Timothy McDonald, Tom Maxwell, Toni Griffiths, Vivienne Monk, Willie & Heather Ewbank.

“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