Support Us

Opera is expensive to produce. In spite of the fact that our soloists often perform for a fee well below the norm, and that all our administration is voluntary, ticket sales etc. do not cover the full costs. More often than not, we are fortunate to have the support of Arts Council England and local individuals. In the past we have received grants from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts and local authorities. Sponsorship from businesses and grants from Charitable Trusts provide additional funding, but it is invariably necessary each year for the Friends to offer support from accumulated funds.

Gift Aid regulations are financially advantageous to charities, without costing you more than your original donation. All donations are eligible, provided you pay an amount of Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax equal to the amount we can reclaim (currently 25p in every £1 you give). A Gift Aid declaration would allow us to reclaim tax on any donations you have made to us since 6 April 2000.

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Become a Friend of Dorset Opera

The Friends of Dorset Opera was established as a separate charity in 1984 with the object of “promoting, supporting, assisting and improving the Society (Dorset Opera)”. In effect this means accumulating funds from members’ annual subscriptions, which are then made available to Dorset Opera when required, but at the same time striving to build up reserves.

The minimum subscription to the Friends is just £40 per year or £60 for a couple. Many kind Friends also include an annual donation taking the average subscription over that figure. Some donations are far more generous, but those donating more than £300 will fall into our Patrons category. To save on administration time, we ask that the subscription be paid by Banker’s Order. A Gift Aid declaration would allow us to reclaim tax without costing you any more.

As a Friend of Dorset Opera you will receive early publicity and priority booking for the summer Festival and discounts on the ticket price of many of the smaller events held throughout the year.  You will also receive a full-colour Newsletter twice a year. Friends’ names are listed in the programme and booking brochure. The Friends’ AGM is combined with that of Dorset Opera, and generally takes place in January each year.

The Friends’ secretary, Sarah Bignell, can be contacted at

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Become a Patron of Dorset Opera


  • Receive early publicity and priority booking.  Priority booking opens, in turn, to each circle of support.
  • Acknowledgement in the opera programme and elsewhere (unless you prefer to be anonymous);
  • Invitations to Patron events throughout the year including our popular Christmas Patrons’ party;
  • Patrons’ Day! Join the casts for lunch and view the progress of the opera during production week and, schedule permitting, attend a rehearsal;
  • An invitation to a champagne reception in the marquee Patrons’ Lounge before performances;
  • Members of our President’s Circle receive the services of a personal booking manager.
  • Receive our bi-annual newsletter;
  • Discounts on most of our smaller events over the course of the year.


With four levels of support, patronage starts at just £300 per annum, which we invite Patrons to pay by standing order, annually or monthly. Some Patrons prefer to link their donation to specific items such as soloist fees, music hire, scenic or costume design. If that might be you, please ask to see our annual Wish List.

The Conductor’s Circle From £300 per annum (or from £25 monthly)
The Director’s Circle From £600 per annum (or from £50 monthly)
The Chairman’s Circle From £1200 per annum (or from £100 monthly)
The President’s Circle From £2700 per annum (or from £225 monthly)

Standing Orders should be set up using these details

      • Account:  Dorset Opera
      • Sort Code 30-65-21
      • Account Number – 2578 9768

The Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, can be contacted at