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We welcome all types of financial support.  You can make a donation directly, join our thriving Friends organisation or contact us to discuss sponsorship and personally-tailored packages.

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Friends of Bampton Classical Opera

From its foundation in 1993 Bampton Classical Opera has provided high quality musical events for a rural community at affordable prices. However this is at some cost, less than half of which comes from box office income.

Opera through the ages has always relied on enlightened patronage and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Friends of Bampton Classical Opera in the furtherance of our artistic plans. You can play a vital part in the future of the company by joining us.

There are four levels of membership, each with appropriate benefits: your involvement will, we hope, enhance your enjoyment and enable you to make a positive and valuable contribution as a benefactor of the arts. Furthermore, if you are a tax-payer, we can reclaim through the Gift Aid scheme a further 25% of the value of your donation at no extra cost to yourself (if you are a higher-rate taxpayer you can claim further allowances through your annual tax return). Information and a Gift Aid form can be found here.

Membership of the Friends starts at £75 per person. Friends are invited to an exclusive post-performance (or interval) reception and have their names prominently listed in the programme.  All Friends attending performances are entitled to a complimentary programme (or you may request one by post). We also hold an annual Friends pre-season event, which is usually a convivial opportunity to meet company members over drinks, canapes and music, and you will also receive invitations to other occasional special events.

Doric Friends enjoy all the above benefits as well as an invitation to meet the company in rehearsal. We also offer, by informal arrangement, reserved seating areas for you and your guests at outdoor performances.  Doric membership costs £300 and can cover one or two people.

Ionic Friends, membership of which starts at £750, enjoy privileged access to certain special events and can be credited with supporting a particular artist.

Corinthian Friends can be credited with supporting a particular production. Contributions upwards of £2,000 from generous individuals help sustain the continuance of the company from one year to the next.

There is of course no upper limit to contributions! Please consider supporting the future of this exciting company.