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The Society's History

The Donizetti Society was formed in the UK in 1973 by a group of musicians, scholars and enthusiasts to promote interest, learning and understanding of the works of Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), his teacher, Giovanni Simone Mayr (1763-1845) and in the operatic life of their times. It has an international reputation and membership and seeks to draw together those people whose passionate concern is the rediscovery of lost, forgotten and neglected music of this era. The Society aims to support and encourage artists and scholars who work in this field, as well as provide the enthusiast with information on the music, recordings, books and performance venues. 

The Donizetti Society is associated with the Fondazione Donizetti di Bergamo, which is currently organising the Donizetti Critical Edition (Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Gaetano Donizetti) and has artistic links with a number of Italian Theatres. Although UK based, the Society operates wherever there is an interest in Italian opera of the first half of the nineteenth-century; it undertakes to advise on matters of availability of musical material and libretti, supplying the necessary references for both performance and enjoyment at all levels. In the past, it has both sponsored and help fund performances and projects. It is managed by an elected committee.

 

Membership

Membership entitles you to receive the regular Newsletter that is mailed out in February, June and October.

The Newsletter covers current revivals, recordings and publications, gives information about rare composers and events, and includes short articles on all points of operatic interest for enthusiasts and experts alike.  Money from membership also enables the Society to give assistance to performances and projects connected with the operatic life of this era and to engage in a number of original projects, notably publishing, on an occasional basis, the Donizetti Society Journal.

People joining part way through a membership year, which runs from April to March, get the back numbers of the Newsletters for that year.

Payment may be made by:-

       Sterling cheque using the form found here
             or
       Credit card or Paypal account using Paypal's secure online facility below.

 

Membership Rates

For addresses in UK Rest of Europe Rest of World
outside of Europe
Membership
April 2017 - March 2018

20 GB Pounds


25 GB Pounds


27 GB Pounds

 

See below for the terms and conditions. For further information or questions on membership or for customer service, please contact the Society's treasurer, Alan Jackson (see below)

 

The Society's Committee

Chairman - Professor Alexander Weatherson, London, UK -  alexdonsoc@aol.com

Secretary - Mr. Pip Clayton, 146 Bordesley Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 5LT, UK,
          Telephone 00 44 (0)20 8648 9364

Treasurer - Alan Jackson, 94 Alton Road, Roehampton, London SW15 4NS - treasurer@donizettisociety.com
          Telephone: 00 44 (0)20 8788 9495

Assistant Newsletter Editor - Douglas M. Bennett, Oxford, UK - dmbennett616@gmail.com   

Press and Public Relations - Fulvio S. Lo Presti, Brussels, Belgium

German representative - Dr. Geerd Heinsen, Berlin, Germany - geerd.heinsen@operalounge.de

Italian representative - Giacomo Branca, Ferrara, Italy

US representative - Thea Cook, New York, USA

 

Membership Terms and Conditions

Delivery Policy

Provided an email address or (for UK members) a telephone number is received with a subscription payment, an acknowledgement will be sent within 7 days of completion of the subscription transaction, except if the Treasurer is away on holiday, when it will be dealt with on his return.The Society’s Newsletter is posted each June, October and February.

Cancellation/Return/Refund Policy

Subscriptions will only be refunded for unused years of a three year subscription.   Any application must be made prior to the start of a new Society year (April- March) and  an administration fee of five pounds will be charged.

Privacy Policy

The Donizetti Society maintains membership records on a personal computer. These records comprise name, postal address, telephone number, email address and type of membership. These are used for addressing envelopes, recording payments and contacting members. If any member objects to the Society’s holding of such personal data in this form please inform the Treasurer and their personal data will be removed from the computer records. The Society holds no financial details once a membership transaction has  been completed.   Payments made through the Paypal secure online facility are subject to the Paypal privacy policy.