Associate Membership - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Associate Membership?

Associate Members secure a place on the waiting list for lifelong Membership of the Glyndebourne Festival Society. Associate Members receive benefits and pay an initial fee and annual subscription.

What are the benefits of Associate Membership?

  • Associate Members have the opportunity to apply for up to 24 Festival tickets (spread across 6 productions) in the second priority ticket ballot*, immediately after the Festival Society Members' ticket ballot. 
  • A position on the waiting list for lifelong Festival Society Membership (the estimated waiting time is approximately 10 years). 
  • Personal booking service
  • Newsletters 
  • Advance information about the Festival and special events.

* While ticket requests cannot be guaranteed, providing a wide selection of alternative dates and ticket prices will increase your chances of securing seats. Glyndebourne reserves the right to limit ticket allocations for certain productions when required. Please note that standing places and slips seats are not available during Festival Society Member or Associate Member priority booking.

How much does Associate Membership cost?

Associate Members pay a one-off non-refundable registration fee of £500, and an annual subscription - currently £80 per annum (or £75 by Direct Debit).

To arrange payment of the registration fee in two installments please make your application by telephone +44(0)1273 815400.

When do I pay my £500 registration fee?

Immediately on completion of the online registration form, when joining over the telephone (+44(0)1273 815400, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) or in person at Glyndebourne's Box Office. 

To arrange payment of the registration fee in two installments please make your application by telephone +44(0)1273 815400.

Is my registration fee eligible for Gift Aid?

Unfortunately not and therefore, in accordance with HMRC guidelines, cannot be paid through Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). However, annual subscriptions to both Associate Membership and Festival Society Membership are eligible for Gift Aid (UK Tax payers only) and can be paid through CAF. 

When do I pay my annual subscription?

The subscription is due in October each year for the following Festival. Annual subscription requests are sent out in September giving you the option to pay by credit card / debit card / cheque / CAF voucher or to set up a Direct Debit. There is a discount on the subscription for Direct Debit payers.

To comply with HMRC regulations, it is a requirement of Membership that the annual subscription is paid by the named Member only.

Do any concessions apply to my annual subscription?

We regret not. All Associates and Members are required to pay the full subscription every year – there are no concessions for age or circumstances.

There is a discount on the subscription for Direct Debit payers.

Can I hold my Membership jointly with my spouse/partner?

Yes. You may elect to hold your Associate Membership jointly with your spouse/partner after you have registered. Please email: membership@glyndebourne.com and confirm the name of your spouse/partner.

Please note that registrations to Assoicate Membership must be made initially in sole names.

Can Memberships be transferred or inherited?

No. Glyndebourne Memberships cannot be transferred other than between spouses or life partners.

Please note that if a Festival Society Member or Associate Member resigns or fails to pay the annual subscription, the Membership or Associate Membership is cancelled. We regret that it is not possible to reinstate Membership or Associate Membership at a later date.

How are Associate Membership places allocated?

Associate Membership places are allocated on a first come/first served basis via our online registration form, in person at the Box Office, or over the telephone.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or over.

As soon as the registration process is complete and the £500 fee paid, the Associate Membership place is allocated and a position on the waiting list is secured.

There are 400 Associate Membership places available for 2015. The waiting list will then close until additional places become available.

What happens after I have registered as an Associate Member?

After we have received your fee payment we will email confirmation immediately and then write to formally welcome you to Associate Membership. Full booking information and details about making your priority ticket application will be posted to you in October each year.

How long will I wait before reaching the top of the waiting list?

We anticipate that Associate Members will wait approximately ten years for Membership of the Festival Society.

What happens when I reach the top of the waiting list?

  • When an Associate Member reaches the top of the waiting list they are offered full Festival Society Membership.
  • There is no further fee to pay when taking up full Festival Society Membership
  • Festival Society Members pay an annual subscription (currently £180 or £170 by Direct Debit)
  • It is not possible to remain an Associate Member when you reach the top of the waiting list

What are the benefits and costs of Festival Society Membership?

  • Members of the Festival Society have the opportunity to apply for up to 24 Festival tickets (spread across 6 productions) in the Members' first priority ticket ballot*.
  • Personal booking service
  • A complimentary Festival Programme Book
  • Newsletters
  • Advance information about the Festival and special events.

Membership of the Festival Society is for life, subject to payment of an annual subscription - currently £180 per annum (or £170 by Direct Debit).

* While ticket requests cannot be guaranteed, providing a wide selection of alternative dates and ticket prices will increase your chances of securing seats. Glyndebourne reserves the right to limit ticket allocations for certain productions when required. Please note that standing places and slips seats are not available during Festival Society Member or Associate Member priority booking.

Am I guaranteed tickets to the Glyndebourne Festival?

Priority booking through Associate Membership and Festival Society Membership offers an excellent opportunity to secure tickets to the Festival but we regret that requests cannot be guaranteed as inevitably certain productions and performances are oversubscribed.

By providing a wide selection of alternative dates, tickets prices and seating options, the chances of securing tickets may be increased. Please note that standing places and slips seats are not available during Festival Society Member or Associate Member priority booking.

Can I subscribe to Glyndebourne<30 and Associate Membership at the same time?

Yes. Glyndebourne<30 is free to join and is open to anyone aged 29 or under. G<30 gives you access to Glyndebourne offers throughout the year, including tickets at substantially discounted prices.

Please be aware that tickets available exclusively to G<30 are not available to purchase during the Associate Members’ or Festival Society Members’ priority booking period.

If you have any further questions please contact the Membership Department: membership@glyndebourne.com

+44(0)1273 815400 (10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Why is there a time limit?

Due to demand from other customers seats are reserved for a maximum of 20 minutes in order to allow you to complete your purchase. If the order has not been completed within this time, all seats will be removed from your basket.