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Cancellation of 2019/20 season finale

You may be aware that, further to the UK Government’s announcement on Monday 16 March advising avoidance of public gatherings, including going to the theatre, Brighton Dome has made the necessary decision to temporarily close the venue from Tuesday 17 March. This sadly means that our forthcoming concert on Sunday 29 March, our final concert of the season, conducted by Barry Wordsworth and featuring cellist Thomas Carroll, will no longer go ahead.

We are extremely disappointed not to be able to bring you this programme, but we fully support the Dome’s decision to ensure the well-being of our audience, as well as the performers and the Dome staff. The Arts are such an essential part of life in Brighton & Hove for all of us, and the Brighton Dome is at the centre of the artistic scene here. We look forward to returning there at the earliest opportunity, but while the current scientific advice is that everyone should avoid large social gatherings, we must all play our part to help everyone remain safe and well.

We are a small charity that receives no public funding, so cancelling a concert has a significant financial impact on us. If you purchased a ticket for this concert directly from us, we are of course happy to offer you a full refund, but if you could consider supporting us by donating all or part of the ticket price to help at this difficult time, we would be very grateful. You can also choose to GiftAid this donation if you are eligible, allowing us to claim a further 25p for every pound of your donation from the Inland Revenue. (The Dome Ticket Office will be contacting you if you purchased directly from them.)

Finally, I wish the very best to you and your families in these challenging times and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Andrea Cifelli
Chair, Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society

Donation form

If you would like to make a donation to the orchestra, our bank details are:

Account name: BHPS
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account no.: 00011815

Alternatively you can click on the link below to download a form to complete and return to the BPO office either by post (41 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ) or email at: mail @

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Thank you!

You can play a part in the future of the Brighton Philharmonic

YOUR-NAME-HEREWhen Herbert Menges founded what was to become the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in 1925 he can hardly have conceived that the orchestra would still be entertaining the city’s residents nearly a century later. The orchestra today is one of the leading professional orchestras on the south coast, drawing its regular players from a pool of high-calibre musicians who regularly work with some of the finest orchestras in the world, attracting prestigious soloists and guest conductors, yet it is one of the few remaining British orchestras to survive without any public funding.

Did you know…?

  • It costs over a quarter of a million pounds a year to present our annual season of orchestral concerts at Brighton Dome Concert Hall
  • Our professional freelance players regularly work with some of the finest orchestras in the world
  • Less than 50% of our income is generated from ticket sales
  • The Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, which manages the orchestra, is a registered charity
  • Our musicians run interactive workshops in local schools to inspire a new generation of music-lovers
  • We receive no public funding and rely on the generosity of individuals, organisations, charitable trusts and our audiences to help us survive in an increasingly difficult economic climate

How your support helps us…

  • £150 will enable us to provide an interactive music workshop in a local school
  • £500 will hire a set of orchestral scores for a symphony
  • £1,000 will support a principal player’s orchestral position for the year
  • £1,500 will hire a Steinway piano for a concert at Brighton Dome
  • £3,000 will enable us to invite an internationally-renowned guest conductor or soloist to perform with the Brighton Philharmonic
  • £10,000 will sponsor a concert at Brighton Dome Concert Hall

With your help we can continue our artistic mission to bring the very highest standards of live orchestral music and innovative programming to the widest possible audience, entertaining thousands of music-lovers in the city of Brighton & Hove.

Donation/sponsorship form

If you would like to make a donation to the orchestra, or sponsor a concert, orchestral chair or music workshop in a local school, please click below to download a form to complete, then return it to the BPO office either by post or email.  You can specify what you would like your donation to be used for and if you wish to remain anonymous just tick the appropriate box on the form.

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Thank you!

Gift Aid adds 25p in the pound to your donation, making your money go even further, so a donation of £100 becomes £125 at no additional cost to you, as long as you are a tax payer.

Sponsors’ Reception: Sun 17 March 2019

You can read about the latest Sponsors’ Reception which took place immediately after the Brighton Phil’s 2018/19 season finale, and view a number of photos taken by BPO photographer David Gerrard, here:

How you can help the Brighton Philarmonic

“We have always got more out of the winter concerts than we have given:  a real musical education and the chance to hear compositions that would otherwise never have come our way.”  Frances & Martin Lindsay-Hills, Concert Sponsors/Orchestral Chair Sponsors

There are many different ways in which you can help us remain at the heart of the city’s music-making.

For all enquiries about sponsorship please contact the Chairman of the Society:

Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society,

41 George Street,

Brighton BN2 1RJ

Telephone: (01273) 622900

Email: chairman @

Registered Charity No. 250921

Sponsor an orchestral chair

“We all felt that this was a part of the Brighton cultural scene that we wished to preserve and see flourish”   The Medharmony Consortium, Sponsors of the Principal Bassoon

It costs from as little as £250 to sponsor an instrumental chair in the orchestra for a season, and we are extremely grateful to those individuals, couples and groups of friends who generously do so already.

Differing levels of financial support are required as some instruments do not feature in every piece in every concert and you can choose whether you wish to sponsor for the whole season or just for part of it.

Chair sponsors are named in our programmes and on the complementary players’ lists handed out for every concert (although some prefer to remain anonymous) as well as being mentioned on our website, and they are invited to our annual Sponsors’ reception.

“I am very happy to sponsor a chair in the orchestra to support our excellent BPO. I started sponsoring a few years ago to help keep the concerts running which provide much enjoyment to so many regular members of the audience and friends.”  Anonymous Chair Sponsor

Sponsor a concert

“Having this wonderful professional orchestra on our doorstep has given my family such pleasure that I wanted to try and help support its future.”Martin Higgins, Concert Sponsor

We perform an annual series of enjoyable Sunday afternoon concerts to audiences of over 1,100 people at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, of which our annual Viennese Gala concert on New Year’s Eve is particularly popular. For three years (2014-16) Brighton Philharmonic and Friends also presented a summer season of chamber music concerts called Brighton Connections featuring the work of local composers alongside well-known composers such as Haydn and Mozart.

“We are now in our eighth season of enjoying BPO concerts.  It was the 2007 New Year’s Eve concert that ended our long held regret about being unable to attend the VPO concerts in Vienna. We consider ourselves very fortunate in having a dedicated core of talented professional musicians generous enough to play for us. Long may it be so.” David & Barbara Robins, Concert Sponsors

Concert sponsors receive complementary tickets & programmes for themselves and their guests to the concert they are sponsoring, and are acknowledged with their own blue plaque in our printed programme. They receive an invitation to our annual Sponsor’s reception, and (unless they wish to remain anonymous) their name will appear in the printed programme, on the complementary players’ lists handed out for every concert, and will be featured on our website.

“The summer concerts are a joy and a pleasure.  It is the ideal opportunity for sponsors to entertain their friends.  Front row seats, short but very impressive concert and then out to dinner at one of the many local restaurants.” Frances & Martin Lindsay-Hills, Summer Concert Sponsors

Join a consortium

“The Brighton Phil is such an important asset to our City.  We are so lucky to have talented musicians who bring joy and beauty to our ears.”  Senior Supporters Group

Be part of something special – join with friends, family or colleagues and become part of a consortium to sponsor a specific concert, an orchestral chair, or simply to contribute to the concert season as a whole.

Personal donors are acknowledged in our printed programmes and on our website (unless choosing to remain anonymous) and are invited to our annual Sponsors’ reception.

Fund an interactive music workshop in a local school

“The children were spellbound by what they heard – thank you. A thoroughly worthwhile experience to be part of. You kept the children totally engaged, focused and attentive.”Teacher, BPO workshop at St Bernadette’s Primary School

Support our education outreach programme in local schools and help us inspire the next generation of music-makers and music-lovers.

£150 will fund a BPO musician to deliver an interactive workshop in a local school to a group of as many as 60 children at no cost to the school. They will demonstrate how their instrument works and encourage the children to ask questions about the instrument and the music they play. There are opportunities to conduct and to find out about emotions in music, different speeds and different volumes, as well as learning about the family of classical instruments which make up the orchestra.

Children from participating schools and their parents are invited to attend an open orchestral rehearsal to hear live classical music, where they are seated close to the orchestra with the opportunity to interact with the conductor and musicians. Free tickets for the concert that follows are available to the children and discounted tickets for accompanying adults.

“Many thanks for a wonderful Open Rehearsal yesterday, the children from my school thoroughly enjoyed themselves and particularly enjoyed being placed in those great seats in the Choir Stalls! The vast majority of the parents had never been to a live orchestral concert before let alone their children so it was a treat for everyone! I know they were a bit fidgety at times so please apologise to the players but it is such a wonderful opportunity to bring live Classical Music to children and adults who would not normally get a chance to experience it. I am looking forward to next year already!”A teacher, BPO Open Rehearsal, March 2017

Become a corporate sponsor

The Brighton Philharmonic is looking to build mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses and organisations and can offer a range of benefits tailored to your needs, including complementary tickets and programmes for your guests, logos/links on our website, free advertising space in our programmes, and the opportunity for corporate hospitality at the Brighton Dome on concert days. We are also very happy to discuss ‘Support in Kind’ arrangements.

What will your legacy be?

“74% of the UK population support charities and when asked, 35% of people say they’d happily leave a gift in their Will once family and friends have been provided for. Yet only 7% actually do! No-one likes to think about their own mortality but if you die without a Will your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your own wishes. Making a Will is one of the most important decisions you will ever take, but over half the UK population, and almost four in ten over-50s haven’t done so”The Mature Times

It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money to charity when they die. The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by ordinary people, many of the charities we support simply wouldn’t exist. Every gift, however large or small, helps to ensure your favourite charity’s work can continue long into the future.  Please consider remembering the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in your Will – leaving a bequest to the Society will help secure the future of the orchestra as we enter our ninth decade.

Because the BHPS is a registered charity, any legacy left to us will be deducted from your estate before inheritance tax is calculated, and if you leave 10% of your estate to charity, your inheritance tax is reduced.

If you have attended a BPO concert then you have already benefited from the legacies of others. In 1999 a truly exceptional legacy left by the late Dame Jean Rivett-Drake, DBE led to the foundation of the BHPS Legacy Fund. Without this fund it is doubtful the BPO would have survived the 3-year closure of the Brighton Dome (1999-2002) and it would certainly not be the thriving musical body it is today. By leaving something to the BPO in your Will you ensure that future generations will benefit from the rewarding experience you have had – the gift of music.

To find out more about how legacies help the BPO, download our Legacies leaflet HERE.

For all enquiries about sponsorship or legacies please contact the Chairman of the Society:

Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society,

41 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ

Telephone: (01273) 622900

Email: chairman @

Registered Charity No. 250921


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Other ways you can help support the BPO

Become a Friend or Patron

You can support us in other ways too – why not become a Friend or Patron of the Philharmonic? Membership starts at just £25 per year (£10 for Students) and Friends enjoy a range of benefits including priority booking for season tickets, regular newsletters, a free ticket for a “Friend of a Friend” and free access to orchestral rehearsals. Patrons enjoy all these benefits and more, including a credit in our printed programmes and on our website. Download an application form using the link below or see Friends for further information.Download membership application form


If you are eligible for Gift Aid, your subscription counts as a donation and we can claim an extra 25p in the pound at no cost to yourself, so a £25 membership becomes a gift of £31.25 whilst £140 patronage is transformed into £175 for the Society.

Advertise with us

Our high quality colour programmes offer the opportunity to advertise in a publication available at our six Brighton Dome concerts that regularly attract audiences of over 1,100 people. Some 200 copies of each are pre-ordered and posted to Friends of the Philharmonic in advance.

Both of our part-season programmes for the 2019/20 season will have a two month lifespan (10 November to 31 December 2019 and 9 February to 29 March 2020), covering three concerts each, and the in-depth and informative content makes them something of a keepsake.

When you take out an advert in our programme we will also give you complementary advertising space on our website that can link through to your own website.

Contact the BPO office at mail @ for details of our (very reasonable) advertising rates, artwork specifications and timescales.

Free artwork design is available on request and we offer discounts for charities.

Volunteer for the BPO

“Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”Sherry Anderson

Giving can be a rewarding experience and it’s not just about money. Have you considered donating some of your time to the BPO? Volunteers are always very welcome whether helping at Brighton Dome on concert days, assisting with administrative tasks in the office or distributing publicity materials and official Society correspondence in their local area. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes provided!

To discuss how you could help the BPO by volunteering please contact Catherine Stead, General Administrator: catherinestead”@” or (01273) 622900.

“We used to be Dome Stewards when we heard that the number of volunteer BHPS stewards was diminishing and were asked if we were interested in filling some of the positions. We certainly enjoyed the music and said we’d “give it a go”. We started when performances re-commenced at the Dome in 2002 following its closure for refurbishment and the orchestra moved to Hove Town Hall. We were stewards attached to the Town Hall at that time and saw most of the concerts there. We are grateful for the chance to see such a splendid orchestra in return for selling programmes.”   John and Monica Trussler, Volunteer Programme Sellers