Harlekin Studio Opera Launch

by Harlekin Studio Opera in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England

Harlekin Studio Opera Launch
We did it
On 30th October 2018 we successfully raised £2,450 with 39 supporters in 28 days

We would like to raise enough money to launch our community opera project and to provide for everyone who would like to try Opera.

by Harlekin Studio Opera in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England

New stretch target

Thanks to everyone who's donated so far and gotten us to our initial target!

We're now looking to stretch our fundraising campaign a bit further to give us more security in our first months of operating, and to provide a financial buffer for our first weeks of trading so that people can sample our services before committing to an annual subscription. This is especially important to help those of limited means who would otherwise be excluded from music and opera. Helping people is at the core of our mission and we hope to enable as many people as possible. 

Please keep telling everyone and their granny about us and lets see if we can take this project to the next level together.

Thanks again from the HSO Trustees!


About Us

Newcastle upon Tyne has a rich history of music, arts and culture. From the Theatres,  Universities and Colleges to the various Arts institutions both north and south of the river, it is clear that the North East values art produced at the highest level. However, despite the city housing England's most Northern Opera House (Tyne Theatre) there is very little opportunity for people to be part of producing full scale operatic works, and a particular lack of opportunities open to all ages and ability levels.

We would like to provide a safe place to help anyone who expresses an interest, to become involved in the 500+ year old tradition of Opera. From singing, acting and dancing; to design, set building and special effects - we would like to foster a nurturing environment to help people become involved in this all encompassing artform without breaking the bank and without compromising on inclusivity.

How you can help us

Reaching our crowdfunding target of £1650 will go a long way to helping us reach out to the people that are interested and build our profile within the city of Newcastle as well as the UK. It will enable us to provide the materials necessary to start a friendship scheme in support of our work as well as hosting a launch event to build links with the press and other arts institutions within the city.

More specifically the money raised through this campaign will help us to:

  • Advertise through both electronic and physical means
  • Provide printed materials to potential sponsors and supporters
  • Offset the costs of our initial rehearsals (Venue, Accompanist, Music printing...)
  • Purchase a keyboard instrument for our rehearsals and performances
  • Conduct DBS checks of our staff and trustees
  • Purchase relevant insurance

What we will offer

From January 2019 we will run weekly workshop sessions lead by our Artistic Director, Robert Hardiment (More about Robert) with the aim of putting on 3 concerts within our first year. In 2020 we will stage our first full scale opera in the Regieoper tradition. We are delighted to have Dr. Nell Drew of 'Aria Alba - Opera for all' on board to advise us and to provide drama workshops at the highest level. (More about Nell and Aria Alba).

More information about Harlekin Studio Opera's aims can be found at our website, but here are our official charitable objects as listed in our constitution:

  • To make a high level of education in music and drama attainable to individuals regardless of previous experience or financial circumstances.
  • To make Opera accessible and relevant to wider audiences and break down preconceptions of Opera as an elitist art form.
  • To nurture people regardless of background or personal circumstances and provide them with a safe place to grow in confidence and self-knowledge as a valued team member.
  • To enrich local communities with thought provoking musical and dramatic performances.
  • To strive for excellence in Opera and further the art form in the UK without compromising on inclusivity.
  • To provide opportunities for performers, designers, artists, craftspeople and technicians to develop and showcase their skills within the context of the CIO.
  • To provide supplementary training to students of performing arts at institutions within Newcastle upon Tyne.

Harlekin Studio Opera is entirely managed by volunteers and all donations will directly impact the enrichment of many people's lives. We are also enabling a stretch target for this campaign. £1650 is the minimum amount required to get us going, but in the future we would like to offer reduced fees for members of limited means and even put on some free workshops open to the general public, but at this stage we cannot achieve this without subsidisation.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

£50 2 Free tickets to our first performance

You will be eligible for two complimentary tickets with priority seating to our first performance (Spring 2019) and be named on the second tier of our 'Wall of thanks' at the launch event and first performance.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will be named on the third level of our 'Wall of Thanks' which will be displayed at our launch event, and at our first performance.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

You will be named on the second level of our 'wall of thanks' which will be displayed at our launch event, and at our first performance.

£35 or more

3 of 12 claimed

£35 Complimentary Voice Consultation

(First come first served) You will receive a complimentary 60 minute vocal consultation with our Artistic Director, Robert Hardiment. This part of the reward is transferable by arrangement with Robert via our company email and must be used before February 1st 2019. You will also be thanked on the second tier of our 'Wall of Thanks' at our Launch event and first performance.

£75 or more

£75 Free tickets for 2019

You will be eligible for 2 complimentary tickets with priority seating for all of our performances in 2019. You will also be named in the first tier of our wall of thanks at our launch event and first performance.

£100 or more

£100 Subscription Discount

You will be eligible for 2 complimentary tickets to all of our 2019 performances with priority seating, and be named on the first tier of our 'Wall of Thanks' at the launch event and our first performance. You can choose a 25% discount on the membership or friends scheme subscription for the first 6 months.

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£150 12 month Subscription Discount

You will be eligible for; 1 ticket to our December launch event, 2 complimentary tickets to all of our 2019 performances with priority seating, and be named on the first tier of our 'Wall of Thanks' at the launch event (08/12/18) and our first performance. You can choose a 25% discount on the membership or friends scheme subscription for the first 12 months.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£250 3 years of complimentary tickets

You will be eligible for; 1 ticket to our December launch event, 2 complimentary tickets to all of our 2019, 2020 and 2021 performances with priority seating, and be named on the first tier of our 'Wall of Thanks' at the launch event (08/12/18) and our first performance. You can choose a 50% discount on the membership or friends scheme subscription for the first 12 months.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 Complimentary tickets for 5 years

You will be eligible for; 2 tickets to our December launch event, 2 complimentary tickets to all of our performances from 2019-2023 with priority seating, and be named on the first tier of our 'Wall of Thanks' at the launch event (08/12/18) and our first performance. You can choose from 12 months free membership or a 3 year subscription to our friends scheme.

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