A campaign has been launched to raise funds for the freelance professional Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, as the orchestra stated that it would not be able to present its 2013/14 season, or meet certain committed payments, unless it was able to secure £70,000 at less than two weeks’ notice.
‘Over the last couple of seasons there has been a reduction in the number of legacies received, making it difficult to make up the shortfall from ticket sales and current levels of sponsorship and donations,’ said a statement.
‘Without this urgently needed support the history and legacy of the Brighton Philharmonic will be lost to future generations of concert-goers and classical music lovers alike.’ The orchestra receives no central funding from either a national or local level.
The orchestra is directed by Barry Wordsworth, also music director of the Royal Ballet London. ‘Orchestras everywhere, indeed the arts in general, are facing interesting challenges during the economic circumstances in which we are placed,’ said Wordsworth. ‘But I am hopeful that with your support, we will survive the current situation, and emerge stronger as a result.’ Previous conductors since the orchestra was formed in 1925 have included Herbert Menges and John Carewe.
The statement points out that if four ‘very kind people’ were able to donate between £15,000 and £20,000 each, the orchestra would be able to meet its committed funding and present its next season of eight concerts, including Lowell Liebermann’s first piano concerto of 1983.
The orchestra’s charity accounts show funds of £181,383 taken forward from 31 March 2011. Accounts for 2011/12 are not available, but the Charity Commission records a spending deficit of just over £70,000 for the year ending 31 March 2012.
If you are able to donate please contact Brighton Philharmonic on 01273 622900, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or send any cheques made payable to Brighton and Hove Philharmonic Society to 41, George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ by 17 August.