Become a Friend

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Players make the Philharmonia. Friends keep the Philharmonia playing.

Becoming a Friend means so much more than priority access to the best seats. The support of our Friends enables us to create thrilling experiences in music for listeners around the world.

Your membership helps us run our pioneering learning and engagement projects, and remove barriers to peoples’ enjoyment and participation in music. And it means that we can support our players as the Orchestra recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In thanks for your support, we offer a range of benefits.

Join today

Priority booking

Be the first to access to your favourite seats.

No booking fees

No transaction fees when booking directly with the Philharmonia.

Open rehearsals

Access to open rehearsals to witness how great concerts are created.

Discounts

Save money with discounts on Philharmonia CDs and streamed concerts.

Meet the players

Get closer to great musicians with exclusive talks, Q&As and other opportunities to meet our players.

Support the orchestra

Membership helps us run our pioneering learning and engagement projects, and enables the broadest possible range of people to enjoy and participate in music.

Membership Levels

Join the Philharmonia today with one of our memberships to enjoy these exclusive benefits. Enjoy an even closer relationship with the Philharmonia, and make even more of a difference, with Overture, Concerto or Symphony level membership.

Friend of the Philharmonia

  • Priority Booking for London and Bedford concerts
  • No booking fees*
  • Discounts on all Philharmonia streamed concerts
  • Early access and discounts on Philharmonia CD releases
  • £5 Open Rehearsal tickets
  • Invitation to join annual Supporters’ Christmas Party**
  • Opportunities to meet Philharmonia Musicians
  • Invitation to locally organised events at Philharmonia residencies
  • Access to Friends Bar at Southbank Centre

Join today from £5 a month

Speak to the team

If you would like to speak to someone about becoming a Friend please get in touch. Ruxandra, Claire and William in the Friends team can be reached via email or phone:

friends@philharmonia.co.uk

(+44) 020 7921 3906

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Overture Friend

All the benefits of Friend plus:

  • Invitation to annual lunch with Philharmonia players**
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Philharmonia website

Join today from £10 a month

Concerto Friend

All the benefits of Overture Friend plus:

  • Two complimentary open rehearsal passes
  • Invitations to exclusive events during the season
  • Complimentary ticket to annual Christmas Party

Join today from £25 a month

Symphony Friend

All the benefits of Concerto Friend plus:

  • Personal account management via the Development Office, including for ticket bookings
  • Acknowledgement of your support in Philharmonia programmes
  • Two complimentary tickets to annual Christmas Party

Join today from £50 a month

*Applies to London and Bedford concert seasons, and only when booking through the Philharmonia website or box office.

**Additional ticket charge applies

Philharmonia Friends memberships held under a single account holder’s name, but the benefits can be used by the account holder’s household. 

Gift Aid

Each Friends membership includes a benefit portion (which is the subscription cost of the scheme) plus a suggested annual donation, which is eligible for Gift Aid, as follows:

Friend: £20 subscription plus £40+ voluntary donation
Overture Friend: £20 subscription plus £100+ voluntary donation
Concerto Friend: £45 subscription plus £255+ voluntary donation
Symphony Friend: £60 subscription plus £540+ voluntary donation

Renew your membership

We are so grateful for your continued support of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

If you would like to renew your membership, upgrade, or switch to Direct Debit, you can log in and update your membership online.

If you prefer to join or renew your membership over the phone, please call 020 7921 3906 or email the Friends Team and we will call you back.

Renew now

Gift membership

A Friends membership is the perfect gift for the music-lover in your life.

To purchase a Gift Friends membership, please contact Ruxandra in the Friends office.

Email friends@philharmonia.co.uk or call 020 7921 3906.

Gift memberships are not yet available to purchase online – we are working on this and they will be ready in time for Christmas 2021.

Get in touch to buy

Renew your membership

We are so grateful for your continued support of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

If you would like to renew your membership, upgrade, or switch to Direct Debit, you can log in and update your membership online. Please call or email the Friends office if you would like to renew with a donation above our suggested levels, and we would be delighted to arrange this directly with you.

If you prefer to join or renew your membership over the phone, please call 020 7921 3906 or email the Friends Team and we will call you back.

Renew now

Members' events

Check out the events below that are only available for our Friends to book.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducting the Philharmonia
Friends event

Open Rehearsal - Santtu conducts the New World Symphony

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Jack Liebeck – violin
  • Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides
  • Bruch Scottish Fantasy
  • Dvořák Symphony No. 9, From the New World
De Montfort Hall, Leicester