Nurturing a New Generation of Singers
Charity Number: 1076508

Friends of The Mastersingers


Mastersingers plays a key role in the discovery and development of talented young singers, focusing on those that we feel have the potential to succeed in the dramatic vocal Fach, most notably in the great works of Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and the German romantic masters.

Many young artists with the potential voices for this repertoire need help. Mastersingers can make a real contribution to this development by arranging the appropriate coaching from experts of this vocal type, and by creating performance opportunities to showcase emerging talent.

For many years we have relied on the generosity of patrons to carry on with our work and we are deeply grateful to these wonderful people. We now want to broaden the scope of our activities and assist more singers. We need money to do this and through our new Friends scheme we aim to raise our profile, expand our circle of donors and offer enhanced involvement and enjoyment in our work to sponsors. We would love to have you as part of our team. You will have the chance to be involved in helping the next generation of British Wagner singers to continue this magnificent tradition on the international stage.

In recent years, our alumni have been engaged by some of the leading opera companies in the world, including: The Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Longborough Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Th├®├ótre des Champs-├ëlys├®es Paris and the Metropolitan Opera New York.


By joining the Friends, you will be supporting the development of singers in the Wagner repertoire, and will also enjoy a series of exclusive privileges, depending on your level of giving. There are five categories of annual support and benefits:

                    Gibichungs ┬ú10 – ┬ú149

Personal credits in every programme and on the dedicated website page

                      Nibelungs ┬ú150 to ┬ú349

The above, plus an invitation to an annual social event in London

                Giants ┬ú350 to ┬ú999

The above, plus an invitation to at least one staging rehearsal or coaching session

                         Valkyries ┬ú1000 to ┬ú1999

The above, plus complimentary tickets to selected Mastersingers events

                        Gods ┬ú2000 and upwards

The above, plus opportunities to socialise with the singers after performances and to commission a private event for your own invitees

To assist with our future planning, we would be grateful if you would commit to your initial support for a minimum of two years


The Mastersingers deserves all possible support in its tireless efforts to provide a platform and coaching for young British singers who want to master the great German repertoire                                                                                                                             Dame Anne Evans

The singing of Wagner’s great music dramas requires particular qualities of vocal line, text, expression, character, stamina, and great discipline throughout. Enabling the continual development of singers able to take on and thrive in this repertoire is the Mastersingers’ mission to which they bring dedication, experience and skill. I am happy to support them in any way I can                                                                                                                                Sir John Tomlinson

Our partnership with Mastersingers has underpinned our Wagner productions; we so value their expertise and enthusiasm                           Martin and Lizzie Graham, Longborough Festival Opera

The MastersingersÔÇÖ support has allowed me to work intensively with world-class coaches. This has changed the way I prepare, the way I sing, my aspirations and the standards I set for myself                                                                                                           Lee Bisset

The hugely generous support, both financially and musically, found me the best possible mentors. I know whom I can turn to for advice and guidance at any time. Mastersingers recognises that big voices take longer to percolate                            Rachel Nicholls

Through the Mastersingers’ support and encouragement, a new generation of Wagnerian talent is receiving expert coaching and performance opportunities. I am proud to collaborate and make a contribution to the nurturing of this talent     Anthony Negus, Music Director, Longborough Festival

For more information, please contact Malcolm Rivers at any one of the following:

44 Merry Hill Mount, Bushey, Herts WD23 1DJ U.K.

+44 (0)20 8950 4651

or print, complete and return the form below:







I/we would like to receive the monthly Newsletter by email (please tick)     ÔÿÉ

I/we would like to become a Friend of Mastersingers with a donation at the following level:

                                                       Gibichungs from ┬ú10 to ┬ú149 pa

                                                       Nibelungs from ┬ú150 to ┬ú349 pa

                                                       Giants from ┬ú350 to ┬ú999 pa

                                                       Valkyries from ┬ú1000 to ┬ú1999 pa

                                                       Gods from ┬ú2000 upwards pa

ÔÿÉ   I enclose a cheque payable to The Mastersingers for ┬úÔǪÔǪ.ÔǪ…to cover 1 or 2 yearsÔÇÖ donation

Please return this form with your cheque to: Mike Morgan,

9 West Court, Downley, High Wycombe Bucks HP13 5TG

       ÔÿÉ   I will make a BACS transfer for ┬úÔǪ..ÔǪÔǪdirect to the Royal Bank of Scotland

Sort code: 16-23-21 Account no. 10148966 and return this form to Mike Morgan for a receipt

     ÔÿÉ   Please send me a Gift Aid form so that Mastersingers may reclaim tax on my donation

Please credit me/us in future programmes asÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪ..ÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪÔǪ…………