Ayr Amateur Opera Company was founded in 1903 and performed its first show in 1904. In the summer of 2020 we were awarded Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status.
One of our organisation’s aims and purposes is to help educate the general public in all forms of musical theatre through performance and other related activities. We do this in many different ways: whether it’s in our annual full scale musical production in The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, performing at various concerts in and around Ayrshire, performing at Christmas Carol events and the local Christmas lights switch on, or hosting our own events like our annual Burns Supper.
Another of our aims and purposes is to raise funds which can be applied in furtherance of any charitable purpose. AAOC are a non profit organisation and every year when our accounts are finalised if we have any surplus funding we choose a local charity to donate this to. In the past we have also helped in various ways: by performing for local charities at their own fundraising events, by providing bodies to carry collection tins at firework events, by directly running events to support specific local charities, and by running a collection on the door at every performance at our annual show.
AYRSHIRE HOSPICE – “Flash, bang, wallop, what a picture! Huge thanks to Ayr Amateur Opera Company (Public Page) who held bucket collections in aid of the hospice after a selection of their performances of Half a Sixpence at The Gaiety and raised a terrific £1,076.45. Thanks so much to the Company, front of house teams at the Gaiety Theatre and everyone who donated for your wonderful support.”