Leave a lasting legacy

Help secure Glyndebourne’s future for the next generation of artists and audiences.


By leaving a gift in your will, you can help secure Glyndebourne for future generations. Every gift is valuable and ensures our world class reputation can endure and that extraordinary operatic experiences remain at the heart of Glyndebourne.

‘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

What a gift can do…

It all began with a love story in 1934, when founder John Christie met soprano Audrey Mildmay. From their shared vision of presenting opera to the highest standards Glyndebourne has gone on to become one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world.

Glyndebourne is more than a night at the opera; the gardens, the food and the setting give our visitors unique memories to take away with them. It is my aim to ensure that these special moments endure for the benefit of generations to come. If Glyndebourne and what it represents are important to you, I hope you will consider including a gift to Glyndebourne in your will.

– Gus Christie, Executive Chairman

As a charity, with the Festival receiving no public subsidy, every bequest we receive helps support our work, and ensures your passion for Glyndebourne and opera lives on. Thank you for considering a gift in your will.

Support the next generation of artists and audiences

By choosing to leave a gift in your will you can make an enduring impact on our future. Gifts in wills help Glyndebourne remain at the forefront of world class opera, from staging our productions to enabling us to nurture the careers of emerging opera singers and to share our work with the widest possible audiences via our work with schools and our year round learning and engagement programme.

‘Junior Performers has taught me so much about confidence and determination, and has given me a true and honest insight into the magical world of performance.’

– Participant

How to leave a gift in your Will

Already left us a gift?

If you’ve remembered Glyndebourne in your Will, please take a few minutes to let us know

Include us in your will

Download our codicil form, which helps you to update your will easily.

Key Information for your solicitor

If you decide to leave a gift to Glyndebourne your solicitor will need our charity name, address and registered charity number:
Glyndebourne Productions Limited, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU
Registered Charity Number 243877

Types of gift

Residuary gift: you can leave the remainder of your estate or a percentage, once family and friends have been provided for.

Pecuniary or cash gift: a fixed sum donation

We would encourage you to leave a gift that can be used wherever it is most needed at the point it is received by Glyndebourne, but we also understand that you may wish for your gift to benefit an area of our work that is important to you. If you would like to discuss please contact us for a confidential conversation on +44 (0)1273 815 419 or email

How we say thank you – the John Christie Society

To honour the vision of Audrey Mildmay and John Christie, in 2009 we created the John Christie Society to recognise and thank those generous and forward-thinking individuals who are remembering Glyndebourne with a gift in their will.

Members of The John Christie Society are recognised annually in the Festival Programme Book and have the opportunity to deepen their involvement with Glyndebourne through invitations to events in the Festival and Tour.

‘By joining the John Christie Society I feel I am part of the organisation and the money I have left will help to carry on the philosophy of John and Audrey Mildmay who started such a wonderful organisation.’

– Creighton Redman

Dame Felicity Lott: John Christie Society Ambassador

‘I am very grateful to the places that nurtured me as an inexperienced young artist and I want to give something back. I know Glyndebourne inspires similar feelings of gratitude in its audience members who have enjoyed memorable performances here. It is a unique place.’

– Dame Felicity Lott, John Christie Society Ambassador

Why we are leaving a gift to Glyndebourne

In these short videos, Creighton, Gill, Nigel and Carol tell us what inspired them to remember Glyndebourne in their wills.

How can I find out more?

We’d love to hear from you and help you learn more about leaving a Legacy.

Please contact our Development Manager, Tanya Richardson, at or phone 01273 815419.

Alternatively, you can fill in the form below:

Returning this form does not commit you in any way. It simply includes us in your current plans and enables us to respond appropriately. Your reply will be treated in complete confidence.

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