Other Ways to Support Classical Opera

From celebrated masterpieces to exquisite rarities, none of Classical Opera’s work would be possible without the generous investment of our supporters. They share in our artistic vision, whether on stage, in concert or in the recording studio, and help us to develop and inspire the next generation of artists and audiences. Classical Opera (registered charity no. 1063387) receives no public funding and is wholly reliant on gifts, donations and sponsorship from individuals, trusts, foundations, and companies.

As well as our range of membership schemes, we offer bespoke opportunities for organisations and individuals to support the work of Classical Opera, whether through corporate sponsorships, advertising, dedicated performances, or gifts in wills. As such, we invite you to be part of our company in the way that best suits you, offering unique opportunities to meet our world-class artists, create meaningful connections with friends of classical music, and support the next generation of outstanding young talent.

Corporate Sponsorship

“Our guests truly loved the spontaneity of the performers and the quality of performance. Sponsoring Classical Opera each year is a winner for us!”

Classical Opera offers excellent opportunities for corporate supporters, including privileged access to our performances and events throughout the season, and exceptional opportunities to entertain and network with clients, colleagues and friends at some of the UK’s most elegant and prestigious venues. Whether you are interested in sponsoring a performance, entertaining clients throughout the season, hosting a bespoke private event involving Classical Opera artists, or becoming involved with our ground-breaking Complete Mozart Opera cycle or MOZART 250 project, we would love to talk to you about your requirements.

For further information please contact Lizzie How on 020 8846 9744 or by email.

Dedicate a Performance

From £4,000

Join Classical Opera on the stage by dedicating a concert or performance of your choice to someone special. Whether this is for a cherished friend, family member, colleague, or significant other, it is a perfect way to bring friends and family together to celebrate an important person or occasion.

In return we offer:

  • your choice of message on the title page of the evening’s concert programme
  • acknowledgement in our donor listings for a period of one year
  • 10 complimentary tickets to the performance, plus a 10% discount on further tickets purchased
  • complimentary programmes for you and your guests
  • the opportunity to host a reception around the performance
  • the opportunity to meet Ian Page and other artists after the performance
  • a dedicated team to help manage all arrangements for the evening

Through the act of dedicating a performance, you will also play an invaluable role in enabling us to bring our work to fruition.

For more information please contact Lizzie How on 020 8846 9744 or by email.

Gifts in Wills

As a registered charity, Gifts in Wills are an important source of income for Classical Opera and a meaningful way to ensure that your experience of Classical Opera is shared by future generations. Your gift will go a long way to:

  • help to ensure that Classical Opera continues to thrive as a company
  • support the next generation of outstanding young talent
  • offer new audiences the opportunity to be inspired by our world-class performances of the music of Mozart and his contemporaries
  • help bring our ambitious and ground-breaking MOZART 250 project to fruition

If you are interested in leaving a gift to Classical Opera in your will or would like further information, we would very much like to hear from you and to keep you closely informed of our plans for the future.

Find out about leaving a legacy

For further information about leaving a gift in your will, please download our leaflet.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss gifts confidentally, please contact Lizzie How on 020 8846 9744 or by email.


Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, all donations made to Classical Opera will be eligible for Gift Aid. By agreeing to donate under Gift Aid, Classical Opera receives an extra 25p for every £1 that you give. This makes a huge difference and allows your donation go further. If you are a UK tax payer, please tick the Gift Aid box when making a donation, or download, print and complete the Gift Aid declaration form.

As an example, a donation of £10 with Gift Aid gives an additional £2.50 to Classical Opera. If you pay one of the higher rates of tax (40% or above), you might be able to claim back an additional £2.50 or more. In this instance, the Charity would receive £12.50 and the cost to the 40% taxpayer would be just £7.50.

European Cross-Border Donations

Almost all EU countries give tax relief to individuals and institutional donors who donate to charities/foundations in other EU countries. The definition of what constitutes a charity/foundation for this purpose varies from country to country, although it is likely that Classical Opera qualifies as a charity for ‘the public benefit’ in the legislation of several countries. We encourage potential donors to go the website of the European Foundation Centre at www.efc.be for further information.

American Donors

You can make tax effective donations by using The CAF American Donor Fund (CAFD), which is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Please click here for a copy of the donation form.

Gifts of Shares

Tax relief can be gained on most shares given to charity. So, if £1,000 worth of your shares is donated (and if you are a higher-rate taxpayer), your tax bill will be reduced by £400. In addition, the transaction escapes the charge to Capital Gains Tax.

Payroll Giving

A key benefit of payroll giving is that donations are made at income before income tax is applied, so that the donor gets the tax relief immediately on their donation. For basic-rate taxpayers, this means a £20 monthly donation actually costs just £15.60; for 40% higher-rate taxpayers, the same donation costs just £12 and for 50% higher-rate taxpayers, just £10.

A payroll giving scheme is usually managed by Payroll Giving agencies who charge an administrative fee and who run this on behalf of employers. Please check with your employer to see if you have a scheme. Employees are allowed to nominate any charity they would like to receive the donation – they are not restricted to their employer’s choice of charity.

If you would like to discuss any of the above options, or arrange a donation to Classical Opera, please contact us on 0208 846 9744 or email lizzie@classicalopera.co.uk.