Our Chairman of the Patrons:

We are very pleased to announce that internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams has accepted the role of Chairman of the Patrons! Roddy has had a great involvement with the society over the past year and has written a few words to introduce himself and his role:

My career in opera spans almost twenty years, beginning around the same time as the birth of my first daughter who is now a member of the University and a member of DOE. Through her, I have been delighted to share with DOE members some of my experience of performing on the opera stage and in discovering and communicating character. I hope to be of particular use in preparations for DOE’s production of The Magic Flute, an opera in which I was recently involved with professionally.
It gives me great pleasure to assume the role of Chairman of the Patrons to the Durham Operatic Ensemble; in the brief time that I have been associated with the students I have already been strongly impressed by their enthusiasm for opera, their commitment to high standards of performance and the warmth of their welcome to Durham when I have had the opportunity to visit. Mounting an opera is no mean feat as any professional opera company will affirm; that all parts of the operation are performed from within the student ensemble and done with such vigour and attention to detail is a most remarkable achievement. I salute the members of DOE for their ambitions and their resolution in bringing these performances to fruition and I look forward both to exciting forthcoming productions and also a long and enjoyable association with the Ensemble.
RODERICK WILLIAMS, OPERATIC BARITONE AND COMPOSER

Our patrons:

Our Patrons are invaluable to us as a society and we are very excited to launch our new scheme under the management of Durham Student Theatre (DST) and Experience Durham. If you are interested in becoming a Patron of our society, please email our Patron’s Secretary Lydia.m.marshall@durham.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Patronage programs:

BRONZE: £50 (PER ANNUM) OR £5/MONTH

  • Annual newsletter
  • Priority booking
  • Thanks on our website

SILVER: £75 (PER ANNUM) OR £7/MONTH

  • Annual newsletter
  • Priority booking
  • Thanks on our website
  • Thanks in all of our programmes
  • An invitation to champagne drinks reception before the closing night of the Gala show

GOLD: £150 (PER ANNUM) OR £15/MONTH

  • Annual newsletter
  • Priority booking
  • Thanks on our website
  • Thanks in all of our programmes
  • An invitation to champagne drinks reception before the closing night of the Gala show
  • Free ticket to our Gala performance
    *Available for patrons that register before 31/12/2017
  • Invitation to London and Durham based events/dinners with distinguished alumni and current members.