No-one could have thought on June 14, 1994, when we launched Opera della Luna with Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, that we would return there 25 years later, as we did last month; or indeed that our little comedy opera company would still be in existence. And yet, here we are. And all thanks to the support and encouragement of our generous followers, our diligent and committed trustees, and our superb multi-talented artists who I salute with huge admiration.

The question on everyone's lips is of course "What now?" It is very tempting indeed at this landmark moment to decide to rest on our laurels; to quit while we are at the top of our game; and retire gracefully into gentle obscurity and the odd "do you remember when..."

What I would prefer to do is to be in a position to pass on this unique ensemble, its repertory, and its ethos to younger hands. It would be the greatest reward for my and my colleagues' work to see it all flourish and prosper in the years ahead. This can only happen if we are able to firmly grasp the nettle of securing solid funding on which to plan our future seasons.

If everyone who has seen Opera della Luna in the last 25 years were to donate £1 we would be home and dry. Unfortunately we can't reach all those people. One of our staunchest and most enthusiastic Lunatics has made a donation which has given us the clue for our appeal. He has donated an amount (in his case £100) for each of the 25 years of our existence. Now that's what I call a committed, and complete Lunatic!

I would like to invite you all to consider donating a sum for each of our years, even if it's only £1 per year. With your support I dare to hope that Opera della Luna will continue to prosper and entertain generations to come.

Jeff Clarke

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