Opera Settecento is supported through The Serse Trust, a registered charity (1153972), which has so far underwritten the costs of one performance under the auspices of the London Handel Festival and three smaller performances.


Our plan is to perform more often and at larger venues in London, thus building a wider audience for 18th-century opera seria, and ultimately to take performances by Opera Settecento to venues outside London, to make recordings of castrato repertoire that is not yet available on record, and to develop an education programme based on the practice of ornamentation in the da capo aria of the 18th century.

Over the next five years we aim to present at least two major concert performances per year that will require substantial funding support in addition to ticket revenue, and two smaller concert performances per year that will be either revenue-neutral or revenue-positive. 

There is no full-time company of singers and players and there are no salaried administrators or fundraisers. Our board members include two lawyers, an asset manager, an anaesthetist, a former music agent, and a journalist – all of whom give of their expertise free of charge and out of passion for opera seria. A few of the trustees have been in a position to make individual donations to the trust, but we need substantial additional funds if we are to fulfil our longer-term objectives. 

How you can help

Please consider making a Gift Aid donation to help fund our forthcoming productions and to contribute to our core funding in this crucial early phase of our development. As a donor you will receive credits in our performance literature and on our website (unless you should stipulate otherwise).

You can download your chosen Gift Aid declaration here:-

One-off donations
Past, present and future donations

Please send your completed declaration form and your cheque to the following address:-

The Treasurer
The Serse Trust
6 Beechwood Avenue
Surrey KT13 9TE

Alternatively, you may contact us by email to arrange a bank transfer or to discuss a direct debit:

You can also use this link to Paypal

Once you have made a donation, the Treasurer of the Serse Trust will send you the appropriate Gift Aid certificate. 

We have four bands of donor: 

Platinum (£5,001+)

The David Cock Foundation

Gold (£1,001-£5,000)

James Alexander
Michael Behrens Foundation
Stuart Donachie & Chris Carter
Fenton Arts Trust 
Garrick Causes Dear
The Hasse Foundation
Edward Houghton
Alan King
Mark Payne
Enrique Sacau
Coral Samuel Charitable Trust
Steffan Williams

SILVER (£251-£500)

Hugh Meares
Alan Sainer
Rodney Nelson-Jones


Bronze (£1-£250)

Jonathan Davie
Beverley Dean
John Learmonth
Charles Mackinnon
Christopher Silvester
Marilyn Stock

All donations, however modest, will be gratefully received.