Keep the Philharmonia Playing
The Orchestra is a community of world-class musicians. This appeal will enable us to connect this community digitally with our wider audiences and supporters during this period when the concert halls are shut.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music. We face significant uncertainty as the global fight against coronavirus goes on and the concert halls are closed.
Music can help at a time like this – individually, to find a sense of perspective, and collectively, to connect with one another. Orchestras are uniquely able to make this happen and, with your support, the Philharmonia will continue to do so.
The Philharmonia has always been a pioneer in the use of technology to reach new and wider audiences, and now more than ever we want to expand this area of our work, to keep our musicians playing and to bring our music to audiences in their homes around the world.
Over the next few months we aim, through the efforts of this appeal, to help secure the future of the Philharmonia, as we (temporarily) reinvent what an orchestra is and does.
Make a difference and become part of our future
We ask you to support this appeal and choose to either endow a section, one of our Concertmasters, or one of our Principals or Tutti Players. You might choose to do so on behalf of a music-lover you know, or even in memory of someone no longer with us. In doing so you will be keeping the Philharmonia’s music playing beyond today’s challenges and for years to come.
To support Section or Chair Endowment, and to find out more, please email William Mendelowitz, Head Of Individual Giving or call 07595 324890.
We will work with you to foster a direct relationship with the player(s) you are supporting. In these times of social distancing, using technology to make connections has never been more important. So, we will be using Skype, FaceTime and the telephone to set up opportunities to ‘meet your player’ twice a month, including:
- Speaking with players about their instruments and life in the Philharmonia
- Witnessing a practice session
- Learning a few notes yourself
- Requesting a short digital recital with your favourite pieces of music
Section Endowment: from £10,000 per annum.
Concertmaster Endowment: £5,000 per annum.
Principal Endowment: £2,500 per annum.
Tutti Player Endowment: £1,500 per annum.
The following sections are available for Endowment:
- First Violins (£30,000)
- Second Violins (£30,000)
- Violas (£30,000)
- Cellos (£15,000)
- Basses (£15,000)
- Woodwind (£15,000)
- Brass (£15,000)
Over 60 individual chairs are available for Endowment, including Concertmasters, Principals, and Tutti Players, and encompassing all instruments of the orchestra.
Chairs available for endowment
First Violins (£30,000)
Second Violins (£30,000)
Principals, Assistant Leaders and Titled Chairs
First Associate Leader (Violin Section)
Second Associate Leader (Violin Section
Principal E flat Clarinet
Joint Principal Trombone
Principal Bass Trombone
No. 2 Second Violin
No. 3 Second Violin
No. 4 Second Violin
No. 4 Viola
No. 3 Cello
No. 2 Double Bass
No. 2 Flute
No. 3 Horn
No. 4 Horn
No. 2 Trumpet
No. 2 Trombone
No. 2 Percussion
No. 3 Percussion
No. 4 Percussion
6 First Violins
6 Second Violins
3 Double Basses
Thank you to our Keep the Philharmonia Playing Supporters
For Section Endowments:
- Patrick and Sule Dewilde
For Principals, Assistant Leaders and Titled Chair Endowments:
- Gillian and Lionel Frumkin
- Mervyn and Barbara King
For Tutti Chair Endowments:
- AgCoTechPte Ltd
- The Fernside Trust
- Saul Nathan
- Manuela Ribadeneira
- Michael Stott
- Julia Zilberman