Volunteer at Waterperry Opera Festival
Become a Member of our Volunteer Team
Every year a team of around 30 volunteers generously give their time to help run the festival, some volunteer for a weekend, others for the entire duration of the festival. We are very grateful for the generosity of all our volunteers as they are a vital part of our festival community. Volunteers are provided with delicious free vegetarian meals whilst they are on site, and an abundant supply of tea, coffee and biscuits!
This year, we are looking for volunteers to join one of our two volunteer teams:
Our team of House Volunteers, support our Residency Manager Angela Waters as she looks after the group of 80 singers, musicians and crew who are our guests overnight in Waterperry House during the festival. Members of this team will help with light housekeeping and assist our chefs in the kitchen. Breaks will be scheduled to ensure that these volunteers are able to watch dress rehearsals and performances.
The other team works with the Audience Operations Manager Will Pate. These volunteer stewards are the face of the festival. Stewards offer a wonderful welcome to audiences in the car park, box office, and assist audiences in and around the performance spaces. Our volunteers are part of a fun and very friendly team and have the opportunity whilst stewarding to watch some of the wide variety of performances we have to offer. The main task volunteer stewards have to undertake is being a friendly and welcoming point of information for audiences, helping them find their way around the large Waterperry estate and our various different performance spaces.
"Volunteering at WOF was a joy! I joined a team of friendly faces in the stunning grounds of Waterperry House, and immediately developed a strong desire to make the event a success. The volunteers were clearly valued highly by the organisers, who kept us on our toes. Breaks were enjoyed with a constant serenade from the performers wafting along the halls of the house" - Ben Munden
Our volunteers join us for a variety of reasons. Some want to support the arts in their local community, others are opera lovers, others are keen to support the fantastic young artists and creatives we employ each year.
For our younger volunteers have found that volunteering with us has helped them develop skills and grow in confidence.
We are delighted that many of our volunteers return year on year and really feel like members of the festival family.
If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering at this years festival please fill in the form below and Will Pate our Audience Operations Manager will be in touch to discuss introduce himself, provide more information and answer any questions you may have.
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