Leave a lasting legacy

Why I left a legacy to Glyndebourne

Read about personal experiences with leaving a legacy.

A legacy can make a unique memorial to a personal involvement with Glyndebourne.
We hope that you’ll be inspired by the words of some of our John Christie Society, who have kindly taken time to tell us why they are leaving a gift for the future.

‘What can a marble tombstone do? Sing? Produce? Act? Retain its beauty and style? No! Nothing worse than donating money into an abyss, wondering who it is benefiting, so really it’s because I am sharing what I have enjoyed enormously.’ An anonymous friend from Scotland

‘You give us so much pleasure every summer, we wanted to give something to you and preserve you for future generations.’ — Lorraine Ogden

‘World class opera in unique surroundings – I wanted to ensure that my two children have the chance to enjoy it as much as I have over the last 45 years.’ —  John Nichols

‘In the course of almost 25 years of visiting Glyndebourne, I have seen and heard musical theatre of a quality – in all its aspects – that consistently has not only enthralled but visually surpassed anything I have seen elsewhere, and I wanted to make a contribution that might assist Glyndebourne in being able to continue such excellence and nurturing of talent.’ —  John Gittens

‘We have over many years had such amazing times here all so memorable and special. It’s so important to give back support for all of the effort and generosity of the Glyndebourne family.’  —  Mike and Rachel Swift

‘Glyndebourne is famous for promoting new talent which is one of the reasons why I love the place so much. I want to know that after I have gone, Glyndebourne will continue to produce opera to an excellent standard, not only for the audience to enjoy but also to allow stars of the future to gain experience of rehearsing and performing in a world-class environment.’ — Richard Griffiths

‘The outstanding quality of the opera, the dedication to music, the fostering of young musicians and thought for the future. Charity concerts, study days and opportunities to visit backstage and feel involved. It is a superb organisation in all aspects and a very valuable contribution to the world of music.’ — Caroline Wilson

‘Glyndebourne forms an important part of the summer – we love the whole experience; the atmosphere and lovely gardens as well as the music. It has a unique feel which we like to think will continue for others to come.’ — Jessica Tetley

’Having enjoyed many years of opera at Glyndebourne we want to ensure that in the future other opera lovers will be able to enjoy the spirit of Glyndebourne, it’s independence, artistic creativity and so much that is unique.’ — Shirley Day 

Did you know?

If you leave 10% or more of the value of your taxable estate to charity, not only is the gift itself exempt from IHT but the remaining estate is subject to IHT at 36% rather than 40%.

How can I find out more?

For further information please contact: Phone: +44 (0)1273 815 419 Email: development@glyndebourne.com

Or download our brochure: Download the legacy brochure

Useful information

If you intend to include Glyndebourne in your will, thank you. Please use the below address and registered charity number:

Glyndebourne Productions Limited of Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU (Registered Charity Number 243877)

If you would like to make a simple amendment to your will, you can download a codicil form. Or you can download a pledge form to let us know of your intentions.

If you have made a will in which you have kindly left a legacy to Glyndebourne Arts Trust (GAT) it is not necessary to change it to Glyndebourne Productions Limited (Charity number: 243877). GPL has acquired GAT so all legacies will automatically flow through. However, if you are making other changes to your will it would be good housekeeping to make this amendment too.

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