For a few pounds each in most secondhand bookshops you should be able to find a little pile of programmes for the annual operatic extravaganza that is The Glyndebourne Festival.

The Glyndebourne Programmes:
Under-appreciated gems

The 1950s

There is no denying the musical quality and ‘must go at least once’ value of these festivals, but it is the stunning artwork on the covers of the programmes that has always appealed to me.

The 1960s

With artists such as David Hockney, Oliver Messel and Maurice Sendak designing both front and back covers (yes – that’s two prints for the price of one!) you cannot fail to be impressed.

The 1970s

We have a good run of programmes at the moment (they are more or less A4 size), some of them bound, many of them loose as originally issued.

I have decided to compile from these an illustrated reference list of the delightful covers for anyone who wants to start collecting them. I don’t know of many who do yet – which is why now might be a very good time to start!

The 1980s