Picture the scene: a perfect summer night, the lights fading to a rosy glow in the sky, and an audience held spellbound by the passion, drama and laughter of opera live on stage.
Putting on a live opera performance outside in the British summer is actually a lot easier than you might imagine. An open-air performance is also a great way to raise both awareness and money for your favourite charity, while having fun at the same time! Hatstand Opera have been entertaining and delighting audiences in a variety of venues across the UK for over fifteen years, including highly successful outdoor performances in aid of charity.
“Nobody does opera quite like Hatstand Opera.”
Classic FM magazine
An unforgettable experience
What such open air performances offer is an ‘experience’; a chance to be in a space the audience would never normally see, being entertained in great surroundings with wonderful music.
Many people fall at the first hurdle with finding that all important venue. Well, it’s not that hard you just need a little help with ideas.
Where do I start?
First of all, find your venue, ideally a setting that’s unusual and normally inaccessible to the general public. It’s far more exciting to attend a performance in a space you can’t normally get into, appealing to what we call the ‘nosy-ness factor’! Don’t you just love seeing behind closed doors, or the other side of high walls? Exactly! Consider:
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- Stately homes grounds
- Country house gardens
- Private schools
- Church grounds, such as a Bishop’s garden
- Private fields in picturesque spots
- Private gardens of all sizes
- Weddings (your local vicar might be able to help with inside info…)
- Anniversary celebrations
- Summer balls at private schools
- Agricultural or flower shows
- Summer fetes
- Art exhibitions
- Hospitality tents for sporting events
- Fixing Your Date
- Pricing Your Event
- Adding Value to Your Hatstand Opera Event
- Music for a While
- Pricing Your Event Package
- Maximising Your Returns on a Hatstand Opera performance
- Preparing for the weather
- Performance logistics
- Licensing, Insurance and Other Legalities
- Marketing, Print and Publicity
- Free Design Service
- Tickets and Box Office
- Promoting Your Event on the Internet
- Flyers and Posters
- Planning Your PR and Publicity
Use Your Contacts
Ask your charity fundraising committee for their contacts; you never know whom people know already. Also, always consider your own back gardens too, as these can be just as beautiful and fascinating to visit for your audience. Hatstand Opera have performed in everything from a garden with its own lake and island, to a housing estate back garden where the drinks were served from the garden shed!
Borrow a Marquee
Every summer, thousands of marquees lie empty on Sundays after a Saturday night celebration. Using a marquee for your outdoor summer event ensures you have an all-weather venue, a real advantage in the UK! So, be cheeky, ask around as to who is having an event with a marquee, and borrow it for the following evening. Events to ask about include:
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Of course, if you know the local marquee supplier, that’s even better…
“Thank you all for much for a wonderful evening on Sunday – you were all fantastic and everyone had a fabulous evening. Working with you was extremely easy and fun – there is already talk of another event. My phone, emails and texts have been red hot for the past 24 hours, in praise of you. The total raised for KHoCA comes to just under £4000, a brilliant sum.”
Chairman, charity fundraising evening, Kent, who borrowed a bright red “Maharajah’s marquee” after the school’s summer ball!
Need more info? We have a guide covering:
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Email us for the full guide.
Time For Action!
Call Hatstand Opera NOW on 01252 511 762, and let’s create the best event your charity has ever seen!