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To deliver Longhope Opera, Scherzo Ensemble assembles an entire company (performers, creatives, technical staff and management) of emerging professionals. The central aim is to help young practitioners to gain professional experience and build confidence, with the associated aims of fostering deeper respect and understanding between theatrical departments and imparting a more holistic understanding of what goes into creating opera. Everyone involved is expected to help with some role outside of their specialism, enhancing team-spirit and, ultimately, insight into the artistic process.



There are many ways to support Longhope Opera.  One-off donors, partners and sponsors, and especially our Scherzo Patrons all play a vital role in our ability to expand our operation to support emerging artists. 

One-off donations


For smaller one-off donations please use the button below. For larger donations we ask that you please email us at: for bank details and a Gift Aid form.


Scherzo Patrons

To become a patron of Longhope Opera and Scherzo Ensemble we ask for donations from £1000 a year. Once a patron you can enjoy free tickets to all our performances, have a say in the repertoire we perform, and receive an invitation to an annual Patron's event. For further information about how to become a Scherzo Patron please contact us at:


Corporate Sponsorship

Scherzo Ensemble is delighted to partner with businesses to sponsor our events and we are committed to ensuring that these relationships also offer value for our sponsors. We want to create tailored partnerships, enabling companies of all sizes to support parts of our work. To discuss partnering with us, please contact us at:

Our Supporters

We would like to thank those who are currently supporting us.


The Donizetti Society
Belgae Trust
Foyle Foundation

Our Sponsor

NFU Mutual

Scherzo Patrons

Christopher Andreae

Eleanor Cranmer

Nicholas Thomas

Jan Matthews

Martin O'Byrne

Roger Robinson

Geraldine Robinson

Jose Alvarez

Our Partners

Martha Hollis Catering 

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