Upcoming Events
Thursday 11 January, 7.30pm
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Friday 12 January, 7.30pm
The Community Church of Vero Beach
Monday 15 January, 8.00pm
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
About American Friends of the RPO

For more than sixty years, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has enjoyed a warm relationship with American audiences, building a loyal and enthusiastic following during its regular coast to coast tours. The American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (AFRPO) was originally established in 1983 to further the work of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA. Funds raised through the AFRPO have provided essential support for the Orchestra’s USA tours, educational activity at home and abroad, and for some of the young American artists who regularly appear with the RPO.

Marking 70 years of excellence

To coincide with its 70th Anniversary celebrations during the 2016/17 season, the RPO set about reinvigorating its American Friends membership organisation and the Orchestra is delighted that this is now gathering momentum. The AFRPO has a newly formed board of committed and enthusiastic Directors and was successful in its application to the IRS for re-classification as a Public Charity, therefore all donations to the AFRPO are tax deductible for USA taxpayers to the full extent allowed by law. The American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic is now keen to attract new patrons who will enjoy being associated with one of the world’s great cultural institutions and who recognise the importance of developing and enhancing a cross cultural relationship between the USA and Great Britain. The support the Orchestra receives from its American Friends will be essential if it is to achieve its overarching mission to bring outstanding orchestral experiences to the widest possible audience.

Become a Friend

Friend

$100 ($12 is non tax deductible)

  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Benefactor

$500 ($52 is non tax deductible)

  • A complimentary copy of RPO 70th Anniversary CD signed by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US, including at the British Residence in New York (2017)  and other special events
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Sir Thomas Beecham Circle

$1,000 ($372 is non tax deductible)

  • Two passes to attend RPO rehearsals in the US  
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • A complimentary copy of RPO 70th Anniversary CD signed by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US, including at the British Residence in New York (2017)  and other special events
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Concertmaster Circle

$2,500 ($1,022 is non tax deductible)

  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One Invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Two passes to attend RPO rehearsals in the US  
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • A complimentary copy of RPO 70th Anniversary CD signed by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US, including at the British Residence in New York (2017)  and other special events
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Pinchas Zukerman Circle

$5,000 ($1,672 is non tax deductible)

  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Option to purchase 2 additional Gala tickets
  • Partner with a player -  get to know your very own RPO musician, meet him or her at concerts and events and be listed next to your player in RPO own-promotion concert programmes
  • Invitation to attend a cocktail reception in the US with Maestro Zukerman
  • Complimentary copy of all RPO new release CDs
  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One Invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Two passes to attend RPO rehearsals in the US  
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • A complimentary copy of RPO 70th Anniversary CD signed by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US, including at the British Residence in New York (2017)  and other special events
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Charles Dutoit Circle

$10,000 ($2,000 is non tax deductible)

  • Invitation to a post-concert dinner in the US or UK with Maestro Charles Dutoit
  • Opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Option to purchase 2 additional Gala tickets
  • Partner with a player -  get to know your very own RPO musician, meet him or her at concerts and events and be listed next to your player in RPO own-promotion concert programmes
  • Invitation to attend a cocktail reception in the US with Maestro Zukerman
  • Complimentary copy of all RPO new release CDs
  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One Invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Two passes to attend RPO rehearsals in the US  
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • A complimentary copy of RPO 70th Anniversary CD signed by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US, including at the British Residence in New York (2017)  and other special events
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Platinum Patron Circle

$20,000 ($2,000 is non tax deductible)

  • Naming recognition opportunity for a US outreach project, or UK concert of your choice (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to a post-concert dinner in the US or UK with Maestro Charles Dutoit
  • Opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Option to purchase 2 additional Gala tickets
  • Partner with a player -  get to know your very own RPO musician, meet him or her at concerts and events and be listed next to your player in RPO own-promotion concert programmes
  • Invitation to attend a cocktail reception in the US with Maestro Zukerman
  • Complimentary copy of all RPO new release CDs
  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One Invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London (March 2018 - date to be confirmed)
  • Two passes to attend RPO rehearsals in the US  
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • A complimentary copy of RPO 70th Anniversary CD signed by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US, including at the British Residence in New York (2017)  and other special events
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Current Members

Board of Trustees:

Barry Bloom (President)
Huw Davies (Vice President & Secretary)
James Mead (Treasurer)
Les Bider
Richard Chapman
Michele Park
Robin Vince

Charles Dutoit Circle:

Les and Lynn Bider
Barry and Lilia Bloom
James and Elaine Mead
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation
Robin and Liselotte Vince
Richard Chapman

Pinchas Zukerman Circle:

Jonathan and Kristyn Bloom
Sara K. Bloom
The Irving Harris Foundation
David Hochburg
Dame Alice Kandell

Concertmaster Circle:

Jack Martin and Colleen Crowley

Benefactors:

Michael van Buskirk
Gerald and Kathleen Chamales
Robert Yaffa

Friends:

John Kirkland
Susan Shinkman
James Wetzler

Contact

For further information please contact:

Huw Davies
americanfriends@rpo.co.uk 
+44 20 7608 8825.