Each season costs between £15,000 and £20,000 depending on the size of the cast, orchestra and scale of the production. Within that budget it costs £500 to take a young singer, player or production team member through the Emerging Artists Programme. 24 young professionals and students have been accepted on to the 2020 programme. Income from ticket sales covers less than half WOCo's costs, other support is from generous individual donors and charitable foundations.
A donation of £500 will support one Emerging Artist through the programme which includes professional mentoring, board, lodging and travel to and from France. Donors’ names are included on WOCo’s website and season programme and receive automatic membership of WOCo Friends.
You can use click here to pay for your donation. £3.00 pays for your refreshments at a performance. Tickets are £25. To become a friend the fee is £50 per annum. Sponsors pay £100, an Emerging Artist (EA) sponsor pays £500 and an EA Donor £2,000.
Equally you might like to support a specific element of WOCo’s endeavour such as wardrobe, design, props or staging. For example a donation of £1,000 would support the cost of creating the costumes for one season. £2,000 would support the stage design typified in Roberto Ventruti's creative solutions to staging WOCo's acclaimed production of La Bohème in 2019 or Hansel & Gretel in 2021. .
Of course there is no upper limit to donations. Please talk to the Company Manager if you would like to support a specific singer, player, production team member or element. Download and complete the Friends form to become a WOCo Friend.