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Why I supported Cendrillon

Some of our generous supporters tell us what inspired them to support our production of Cendrillon.

We are so grateful to our generous supporters who play a vital role in helping us stage operas in the Festival and Tour each year and ensuring Glyndebourne remains financially independent.

This season’s Cendrillon, which premiered at Glyndebourne in the Tour last autumn and comes to the Festival for the first time, was supported by generous individuals including The Glass Slipper Circle.

Motivations for supporting Glyndebourne can vary, but one theme runs through – giving something back for the years of enjoyment Glyndebourne opera and its unique setting in the heart of Sussex have given.

We hear from four members of our Glass Slipper Circle about why they chose to support.

Maureen Bebb, who has been coming to Glyndebourne for close to half a century, explains her motivation for increasing her support to Circle level in 2018.

‘I have had such fun bringing friends to Glyndebourne over the years, I wanted to give something back; I had seen Cendrillon before, it’s a good opera and not usually performed in the UK which made it an attractive proposition to support.’

Charles Glanville supported Cendrillon as a gift to say thank you to friends.

‘Our good friends, David and Jane Harper, included us over the years in wonderful Glyndebourne occasions. What better way to say a special thank you to them, and to celebrate what they and we enjoyed together, than by supporting Glyndebourne’s new production of Cendrillon in their names.’

Caroline Atkinson explains how she first supported Glyndebourne in memory of her late husband.

‘I first made a donation to Glyndebourne, having been a Member since 1978, by way of a contribution in memory of my late husband, to finish the rose garden dedicated to Lady Christie. I love the Cinderella story and I am happy to continue supporting Glyndebourne in future. Wonderful performances in a unique setting and the outreach and community offering is superb – Agreed could be a Festival piece!’

Kevin Egan and Judith Lawless became Production Supporters for the first time in 2018 and have generously supported Saul and Cendrillon.

‘Judith and I were particularly drawn to support Cendrillon because of Fiona Shaw whose interpretations of opera are always fresh, insightful and provocative.’

Find out more about supporting Glyndebourne here, email the Development Team on or call 01273 815400

Cendrillon is supported by
Dunard Fund
Carol and Paul Collins through Glyndebourne Association America Inc.
A syndicate in memory of Maria and Marina

And the Glass Slipper Circle
Mrs Caroline Atkinson Wardale
Miss Maureen Bebb
The Bird Charitable Trust
Mr J L Drewitt
Mr Kevin Egan and Ms Judith Lawless
Walter and Elizabeth Kurz
Mr Stephen Scott
David and Beverley Spence

With thanks to David and Jane Harper

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