Legacy support for future generations

We are committed to ensuring that Garsington Opera continues to flourish for years to come, sustaining the ethos that you know and love for future generations. For this we are grateful to the members of The 1989 Society who have made a gift to Garsington in their Will, providing essential support for future opera productions, work with schools and emerging young artists.

Here one of The 1989 Society members talks about their decision to leave a legacy and their relationship with Garsington, going behind the scenes at rehearsals and meeting the singers and creative teams.

What influenced you to leave a legacy to Garsington? 
I was introduced to musical theatre as a boy when my piano teacher took me to see the original Oliver! (Ron Moody). Ever since, I have been hooked on the art form but have developed twin passions for opera and Sondheim. Garsington combines the highest standards in all disciplines with magical experiences plus meaningful community engagement and the Young Artists' Programme - all that is worth supporting for future generations. 

Did you find the process of changing your Will easy? 
In general it would be very easy although in my case I was reworking my whole Will so it took a little longer. 

What have you found most enjoyable about being a 1989 Society member?
The sense of community and of belonging is stronger, and the opportunity to attend rehearsals is a huge bonus. I really appreciate the season announcement gathering as well as opportunities to meet some of the artists. 
The whole team is so dedicated to the enterprise - and they are immensely friendly as well. 

What is the most memorable production you have seen? 
The Cunning Little Vixen was superb but the recent Marriage of Figaro was the most memorable - wonderful music, singing, performance, sets, costume and great use of the garden outside the theatre. 

Finally, which in your opinion is the best place to sit in the Opera Pavilion? 
Personal of course, but the front row looking down on the orchestra - really I'd rather be on the stage! 

We would be delighted to welcome new members to The 1989 Society.