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 that 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:

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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.

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

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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 season of Sunday afternoon orchestral concerts to audiences of over 1,000 people at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, and our annual Viennese Gala concert on New Year’s Eve is particularly popular. For three years (2014-2016) 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.

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.

“We received so many positive comments from parents, but for me the highlight was in the concert interval itself when two bright eyed children came up to me to thank us all for giving them such an unforgettable experience. They had been to both the rehearsal and the concert itself. They agreed that it would be something that they would always remember.”  Nicolas Chisholm,MBE, BHPS Chairman, 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.

For all enquiries about sponsorship please contact Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, Chairman of the Society:

Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society,

41 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ

Telephone: (01273) 622900

Email: nicolaschisholm”@”brightonphil.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 250921

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 Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, Chairman of the Society:

Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society,

41 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ

Telephone: (01273) 622900

Email: nicolaschisholm”@”brightonphil.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 250921

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Our high quality colour programmes offer the opportunity to advertise in a publication available at eight Brighton Dome concerts that regularly attract audiences of over 1,000 people. Some 200 copies of each are pre-ordered and posted to Friends of the Philharmonic in advance. Both of our part-season programmes cover between 3-5 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 links through to your own website. Contact the BPO office (mail”@”brightonphil.org.uk) 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.
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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.

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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.

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”@”brightonphil.org.uk 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