We are proud to be supporting the early-career professional development of over 30 young artists, offering fairly paid performance opportunities, mini-grants and bursaries to those on our cast list.

Auditions are by recommendation only.  The Singers Friends Fund is only for Opera Prelude singers.


This Fund has been set up exclusively to support Opera Prelude’s young artists. Money from donations and Gift Aid collections on ticket sales will supplement the Fund throughout the year. We anticipate requests being made for the “unexpected little extras” that crop up in life; the cost of audition travel, competition fees, singing lessons, website upgrades, a performance shirt or frock .... that sort of thing.

Here’s How it Works

  • No opening or closing date for applications:
    applications can be made at any time.
  • Applications considered on an ongoing first come basis: 
    if we have money to distribute and the Trustees are able to support your application, a decision will be taken within a couple of days.
  • Mini grants of £100 - £500:
    paid straight into your bank account
  • Anonymity:
    applications to be sent to admin@operaprelude.org whereupon they will be screened and passed anonymously before the Trustees for consideration.
  • Quick and easy to apply: 
    a short letter saying what is needed and why, will suffice.
  • Fairness:
    each OP team member may only apply once during the year to ensure that everyone has a chance of a mini grant.
  • Biographies/CV’s/Websites:
    if you are successful could you possibly mention that you lecture for Opera Prelude with a link to our website
  • Feedback: 
    we ask in return is a few short lines about how you have spent the money so we can pass this back to our generous donors who are making the Fund possible and would like to know that their support has been valued.

Applications sent to Fiona Hely