Leave a legacy

Legacies: Our future in your hands

Legacies

Leaving a bequest could help to secure the future of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

'I have huge admiration for the work of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, its musicians and its Principal Conductor. Its performances uplift and inspire me; it has been part of my life for many years and I am privileged to be its Chairman. I have pledged a gift to the Orchestra in my Will to help ensure that future generations will also be able to explore the musical riches it has to offer.'

Victoria Robey, Chairman, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Legacy gifts of any size are hugely valued. We realise that such donations are often the culmination of a long relationship with the Orchestra and that for some donors a bequest offers the chance to show their appreciation of our work in a way that is not possible in their lifetime.

'The London Philharmonic Orchestra has offered me enrichment and excitement as a professional musician. I have made a bequest in recognition of the debt that I owe it for many wonderful musical experiences.'

Ishani Bhoola, former LPO member; now a regular extra player with the Orchestra

Unrestricted bequests allow us to use your donation where the Orchestra is most in need. However, it is also possible for you to specify how you would like the contribution to be used. For example you may wish for it to support the work of our Education and Community programme; help us to commission new music; or to be placed into our endowment fund, where it will work hard through investments to continue to benefit the Orchestra for years to come.

Your pledge in our confidence

It is helpful for us to know if you have made a bequest to the Orchestra in your will. We would like to be able to thank you, and to make sure that we know exactly how you would like your donation to be used.

If you do choose to tell us that you have decided to remember us in this way we undertake to act with discretion and to ensure that anything you tell us is treated in confidence, unless you are happy for it to be made public.

Leave a legacy, pay less tax

Did you know that if your estate is worth over £325,000 and could therefore be subject to Inheritance Tax you can reduce your liability by making a charitable bequest? By leaving 10% of your estate to us you can not only benefit the London Philharmonic Orchestra but also reduce your overall IHT bill from 40% to 36%.

How to make a bequest

To remember the London Philharmonic Orchestra in your Will, a short paragraph, or clause can be added when your Will is being prepared. If you want to add the London Philharmonic Orchestra to your existing Will, your solicitor simply attaches a written instruction, called a codicil. This must be done by your solicitor as you may inadvertently invalidate your Will if you make the changes yourself. The codicil requires the signature of two independent witnesses. If there are a number of changes you want to make, it may be better to engage a solicitor to make an entirely new Will.

If you have not yet made a Will, it is advisable to make an appointment with a solicitor. Without one, you are not in control of what happens to your assets. If you have made a Will, it is wise to review it regularly.

For further information about how to leave a gift to the London Philharmonic Orchestra in your Will, please download the Orchestra's legacy information sheet, or contact Kathryn Hageman.

For more information about leaving a legacy, please contact:

Kathryn Hageman
Individual Giving Manager
Direct line +44 (0)20 7840 4212
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