Friends of the New Oxford Consort

The Friends of the New Oxford Consort are an invaluable body of supporters, whose backing enables the choir to realise its ambitions and projects. We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of all our Friends.

The Friends of the group receive certain benefits and perks from the group, in return for an annual donation. Please see the information below if you would be interested in becoming a Friend of the group.

Leighton Friend
£40 per year

  • receive the Friends Newsletter (concert reports and upcoming projects/events)
  • reserved seats *
  • acknowledgement in programmes *

Parry Friend
£80 per year

  • all the benefits listed above, plus…
  • buy tickets at concession prices *
  • invitations to meet singers at Friends-only events (e.g. pre-concert receptions)

Taverner Friend
£125 per year

  • all the benefits listed above, plus…
  • 2 complimentary tickets for one concert per year
  • invitations to attend rehearsals / recording sessions

(* for self-promoted events and selected other performances)


How our Friends’ support helps us

The group is committed to paying respectable fees to young singers in the early stages of their professional singing careers, and Friends’ contributions help us to uphold this core value:

  • either by directly supplementing fees
  • or by helping to cover travel costs for far-flung performances

Friends’ donations also form a crucial basis for the various day-to-day costs associated with running the choir:

  • website maintenance
  • printing costs (programmes, tickets, posters, music, etc.)
  • publicity costs (e.g. photoshoots, videos, recordings)
  • score purchase/rental

Future plans:

  • organising tours
  • funding recording projects
  • commissioning works from contemporary composers

Please do also get in touch if you might be interested in making a larger donation to the group, or funding a particular project such as a concert, tour, commission, or recording.


How to become a Friend of the New Oxford Consort

If you would like to become a Friend of the group, please send an email to the address below, stating whether you would like to be a Leighton, Parry, or Taverner Friend, and we will then be in touch with full details.


Launch event

The Friends scheme was launched during the 2019 edition of our Dartmoor Weekend Residency, at our concert in St Michael’s Church, Chagford, on Saturday 21st September.  We were very pleased to welcome almost all our new Friends at a pre-concert reception, and we hope that this annual event will continue to provide a great opportunity to show our South-West-based Friends how much their support means to us!