Annual Appeal 2021: Music with Meaning

Music is powerful. It can move, excite and inspire us, creating moments fixed in time and memories to last a lifetime.

As we start to enjoy live performances together again, we want to continue to celebrate past musical moments that have a special meaning to you. 

Tell us about a moment of joy or a memory of being moved or transported by music. Whether your moment is an LPO performance from years ago, a recording which has a special place in your heart, a more recent experience with any orchestra or perhaps something non-classical altogether.

We need your support now to ensure that we can create new musical moments and memories.
Please donate and share a moment that has been special to you.


Send us your moment so that we can celebrate and share it with the world. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We look forward to hearing from you.


If you are a UK tax payer the LPO can receive an additional 25p in Gift Aid on every £1 that you donate – making your donation go even further. We ask everyone who can, and is eligible, to provide us with a Gift Aid Declaration. To complete a Gift Aid Declaration simply sign in to your LPO account, select the gift aid tab from the left hand menu and tick the ‘giftaid it’ box. You can also sign in to see if you've already given us a gift aid declaration.



Principal Cor Anglais Sue Böhling, Sub Principal Cello Francis Bucknall, and First Violin Kate Oswin shared some of the pieces and moments that have meant the most to them throughout their lives with YolanDa Brown on our LPO Offstage podcast. Listen in to precious memories of shared experiences with grandparents, performances that changed their lives, on stage and in the audience, and so much more.


Music with Meaning

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'Playing Portnoff’s Violin Concertino I feel I have a voice and can be heard – usually I am very shy.'

Danya, LPO Junior Artist 2020/21


'The LPO playing Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds. The otherworldliness of it made us tingle.'

Peter & Lucy


'The bells! Huge, iron church bells! Right there on the Royal Albert Hall stage for Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, conducted by Jurowski in 2017. I have never seen or heard anything like it, incredible! Church bells! In a concert hall!'



'For my birthday last August, in a multi-storey carpark in Peckham I got to see Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 for cello and piano; “Melody” by Frank Bridge and Rachmaninoff’s sonata for cello and piano. Although the trains rumbled past every few minutes and gulls squawked overhead, it was simply glorious. They played together so very well; they were so obviously happy to be playing in front of an audience; and we the audience were truly grateful to be there on that hot summer evening. Truly joyous. One of the few bright spots of 2020 for me'



'In early 1980 I bought a ticket for Verdi’s Otello at the Royal Opera. Conducted by Carlos Kleiber, Margaret Price sang Desdemona and Placido Domingo, Otello. From the moment that opening storm enveloped the stage (and it seemed to do just that) I was transfixed. Shakespeare, Verdi and some supreme artists taking one on an unforgettable journey! That is what great art and artistry did and still does.'




For further information about the appeal please contact:

Rosie Morden
Individual Giving Manager
Direct line +44 (0)20 7840 4212
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