Members share an interest in opera and ballet by meeting for talks, occasional master classes, workshops and visits, and some shared events with Eastbourne Arts Circle.       The majority of lunchtime meetings are held on a Saturday or Sunday at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne, and take the form of a two course lunch followed by the talk in question with the option of attending the talk only.   Other events are more informal taking place in the morning or afternoon at a different location and include refreshments.

Guests are welcome at most events but pay slightly more as non-members.

Guest speakers over the years have included: Dame Beryl Grey, Sir Peter Wright, Dame Monica Mason, Kevin O’Hare, Wayne Sleep, Phillip Gammon, Marguerite Porter, David Syrus, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover as well as a number of speakers giving their experience of teaching students at the Royal Ballet School or as a Repetiteur with the Royal Opera.   Other speakers have included well known accompanists, orchestral players and conductors.

There will be a warm welcome if you join the Society and for membership information please go to the membership page

History

Sussex Opera and Ballet Society (SOBS) has its roots in Glyndebourne.   Joan Liddle, the Workers’ Educational Society Organiser for East Sussex, arranged lectures about the operas being performed at Glyndebourne and they were held in the Opera House’s Organ Room by the kind invitation of its founder, John Christie.   This led to the formation of SOBS in 1974.   Sir George Christie became the Founder President and remained so for 23 years. SOBS continues its close association with Glyndebourne as over 100 members regularly attend the annual Glyndebourne on Tour performances through the SOBS group booking arrangement.