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Watch: What does it mean to be a Friend of Covent Garden?

We asked some of our members why they choose to support the ROH.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 May 2013 at 9.26am | 3 Comments

There are many reasons why Friends of Covent Garden choose to support us; from the opportunity to get exclusive first glimpses of hotly-anticipated new productions and priority booking, to special events and the opportunity to meet others who share their interest.

What unites them is a commitment to, and passion for, opera and ballet. Our members love to watch performances, but in addition to this they often have a desire to preserve and develop the art forms for future generations. The support that we receive from the Friends of Covent Garden is an invaluable part of the work that we do in this area.

Friends membership is available across a number of levels. Beginning at £50 per year for ROH Insiders (under 30s) and £85 for those over 30. Supporting and Premium memberships offer exclusive events and access.

These Friends of Covent Garden share their stories of why they took up membership and what drives their passion for opera and ballet:

If you’re a Friend, we’d love to hear about your experiences, and why you’ve chosen to support the work of the Royal Opera House.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 May 2013 at 9.26am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged friends, Friends of Covent Garden, interview, membership, ROH Insiders, Support, supporting, voxpop

This article has 3 comments

  1. Daniel Buliev responded on 29 June 2013 at 4:45pm Reply

    Dear ROH,
    What is the point to be a “friend” if without membership I can buy Better and Much cheaper seats (66% cheaper La Rondine, around 40% cheaper for Gloriana and Simon Boccanegra)
    Why those seats are not offered to Friends (just to pay the difference if any) or free upgrade if was paid more or another option just to be treated as more valuable than "not friends"
    Why I have to find out about this offers from inter_mezzo, not from ROH site
    With your actions you can not convince me to pay for membership next year
    Thank you

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 July 2013 at 10:57am

      Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for your email. The Royal Opera House is very grateful for the support it receives from the Friends and other supporters. Occasionally we find that some of our productions do not sell as well as we would like and this is when we offer discounts.

      We're not sure if you're aware but the Friends membership fee is considered to be a donation and qualifies for Gift Aid. One of the rules of Gift Aid is that no exclusive discounts are allowed. Therefore we're sorry but we're not able to give the Friends exclusive discounts.

      I hope that you will continue supporting us as the priority booking is valued by our supporters.


      Digital Content Producer

  2. Sandra responded on 31 July 2013 at 1:20am Reply

    Priority booking is definitely worth it - getting the seats you want might not always work out, but I've nearly always been able to get something in my price range which unfortunately doesn't stretch to stalls tickets.

    And if an offer comes up later for performances I've already booked, its an excellent excuse to get a second ticket if it was good. If I hadn't booked for the last performance for Simon Boccanegra, I would have been out like a shot to get another one...

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