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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.

To mark the RPO’s 70th Anniversary, the Orchestra set about reinvigorating its American Friends membership scheme, which is now moving from strength to strength. The AFRPO has a board of committed and enthusiastic Directors, and is classified as a Public Charity, therefore all donations to the AFRPO are tax deductible for US taxpayers to the full extent allowed by law. The AFRPO is 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 is essential if it is to achieve its overarching mission of bringing outstanding orchestral experiences to the widest possible audience.

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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)

  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • 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 complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • 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
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • 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
  • 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
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • 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

Diamond Circle Circle

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

  • Opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London 
  • 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
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • 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
  • Opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • 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
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • 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

Diamond Circle:

Michele Park and Scott Beardsley
Les and Lynn Bider
Barry and Lilia Bloom
Richard Chapman
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation
James and Elaine Mead
Tad Smith and Caroline Fitzgibbons
Laurie Tisch
Robin and Liselotte Vince

Pinchas Zukerman Circle:

David and Kelly Albright
Danny and Lillie Bensusan
Jonathan and Kristyn Bloom
Sara K. Bloom
Ambassador Donald and Vera Blinken
Gerald and Kathleen Chamales
Eileen and Josh Foley
Victor and Gail Gartenstein
Scott Greenberg and Alison Zirn
Peter and Jamee Gregory
Rachel and David Grund
The Irving Harris Foundation
Dame Alice Kandell
Igor and Christina Kryca
Jerry and Rosanne Lombardo

Harry Macklowe and Patricia Landeau
Jack Martin and Colleen Crowley
Richard and Debra Parkoff
Brett Rousch
Mikhail and Sophie Segal
WIlliam and Adrianne Silver
Michael and Laura Tepper
Tommy and Alice Tisch
Greg Zaffiro and Matthew Ailey

Concertmaster Circle

Scott David and Greenberg Trust
Levin Capital Strategies LP
Jim and Barbara LoGatto
Robert Lombardo
Dan Lubin

Sir Thomas Beecham Circle

Robert N & Nancy A Downey Foundation
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
The Wagner Family Foundation

Benefactors:

James Black
Vikki Black
Michael van Buskirk
Robert Yaffa

Friends:

Dave Osborne Jr and Sandy Bergsten
Nancy Browne
Kate Hastings
John Kirkland
Daniel Nathans
Susan Shinkman
Bruce Saber
James Wetzler

Contact

For further information please contact:

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