Due to the unfolding impact of COVID-19, and in light of the Government’s current advice, it is with great regret we have had to take the decision not to proceed with the staging of our 2020 Season. Our primary concern remains the safety of everyone involved with our work now and later in the year – our artists, staff, audience and community, the people that make up Garsington Opera.
The months leading up to the summer season would usually be packed with rehearsals, bringing performers and orchestras together, all of which is now impossible. If circumstances change and it becomes practicable to put on any kind of performances later in the summer, we will make every effort to do this. All of us will want to embrace the inspiration and release that live music in a beautiful place can bring.
This extremely difficult decision will affect us all. Garsington Opera is at its heart a family – an extraordinary combination of audience, performers and staff sharing an equal passion – and we believe fervently in the strength of those bonds to sustain all of us through this time.
We are of course hugely grateful for the charitable donations that have already been made to Garsington Opera this season, whether through membership or at the time of booking, to support our activities. We will use these to ensure that the company emerges from the current crisis with resilience and confidence for the future.
Supporting our artists and staff
The significant loss of income for our community of artists and creative teams, and for our regular seasonal and technical staff, is a major concern for us. We hope that the compassion and backing of our audience will help us to assist them as much as possible.
In order to help us support our wonderful artists and all the others on whom we depend, we ask all ticket holders to consider allowing us to retain all or some of the value of their tickets instead of electing for a full refund. For those wishing to make a further donation, we would be so grateful and invite you to do so here: Donate Here
We believe that everyone will understand why we have had to make this very difficult decision. We send our good wishes to the whole Garsington Opera family for a safe passage through these turbulent times. We look forward to celebrating together again, when we can, the joy that music and theatre at Garsington Opera brings to us all.
We will keep our website up to date with any further information.
Douglas Boyd, Nicola Creed & Bernard Taylor (Chairman)
Last Update: 20 March 2020, 2pm