We are excited to announce this summer that we will be running the LPO Grade-1-a-thon! Follow the journey of our players as they take on the challenge of learning a brand-new instrument and raise money to support the Orchestra.
With the help of their teachers, a number of our players will be taking their Grade 1 exam at the end of the summer. From Trumpet players tackling the viola, to Double Bassists getting to grips with the clarinet, the Grade-1-a-thon will see familiar faces from the Orchestra in very new surroundings.
You can support the Grade-1-a-thon by donating to the Play On Appeal, by sponsoring our players on their Virgin Money Giving pages or taking on the challenge yourself. All of the funds raised through the Grade-1-a-thon will go to our Play On Appeal, helping sustain the Orchestra now and into the future.
You can get involved too and take up your own Grade-1-a-thon challenge! Perhaps you’ve got an instrument lurking in the back of the cupboard or you want to learn something completely new? Please do join us and if you would like to raise money to help support the LPO by getting your friends and family to sponsor you then even better, we’d be really grateful for you doing so.
To get started, choose an instrument. It needs to be one that you can access easily. Perhaps you are already learning something? Ask your friends and family if they have anything you could borrow (please make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected), or perhaps you already have an instrument that you haven’t played in years. You will also need a teacher to help you with your exam. If you’re borrowing an instrument from a friend why not ask them to help you learn as well?
If you would like to raise money to help support the orchestra, make sure to set up a donation page on Virgin Money Giving and link it to our Grade-1-a-thon Campaign. Share your fundraising page with friends and family, and make sure you let us know how you’re getting on by sharing your progress on social media.
Once you’re ready to take your exam, we recommend you sign up to take your Grade 1 with MTB Exams. Their exams take place online so are completely safe and easy to do. For every exam entry made with MTB as part of the Grade-1-a-thon, they will be donating 25% of the entry fee to the Play On Appeal.
The LPO are delighted to be working with Music Teachers' Board Exams on the Grade-1-a-thon. MTB offer entirely online exams, complete flexibility of dates and a wide ranging syllabus making music exams about you and your journey with the instrument. For more information about MTB exams, and resources for taking part in the Grade-1-a-thon, make sure to visit the MTB exams website.
You may know the London Philharmonic Orchestra for our UK concerts, our international tours, the residency at Glyndebourne or our education work and music recordings. But behind the work that you do see is a world of work that you don’t…
Here is an insight from our Orchestra Personnel Manager, Andrew Chenery:
My role within the Orchestra is, by its very nature, off-stage and unseen. I’m responsible for scheduling players, managing contracts and personnel systems to ensure that the required complement of musicians is provided for each concert or performance. I’m the person responsible for booking all 139 musicians for Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, just one of our 41 concerts at Royal Festival Hall and the biggest orchestra to perform this season. You may catch a glimpse of me on-stage, just before the musicians enter, checking that everything is in position.
Andrew’s job, along with many others, is vital in getting the Orchestra on-stage, on tour and into recording studios.
This year we are asking you to help enable the nuts and bolts work that goes on in libraries, offices and classrooms, to ensure that repertoire is ready, tickets are sold and future musicians are supported.
Your gift here will support us as we continue our work on the things that you don’t see, to enable all that you do see.
Come Behind the Scenes: Education
For further information please contact:
Individual Giving Manager
Direct line +44 (0)20 7840 4212
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on live performances. As the doors to our concerts sadly remain closed we face an uncertain future. We are, however, resolute in our drive to keep one of the world’s great orchestras not just alive, but as vibrant as ever. With the help of our generous supporters we have made great progress back to the concert platform and are another step closer to returning as the Orchestra you know and love. With your help we will still be here when we can fill the auditorium again.
The LPO has always been an orchestra of the people, for the people. Throughout the pandemic and into the future we are committed to sharing as much music as possible: to delivering world-class performances to global audiences; to inspiring school students of all ages at our BrightSparks concerts and recordings; to nurturing a fully-inclusive next generation of talented instrumentalists and composers; and to enriching the lives of less advantaged and disabled people of all ages through the power of music. All of this activity is continuing and being adapted where needed so that as many people as possible can share in the wonder of orchestral music.
We are delighted to be continuing the inclusive spirit which drives the LPO with our autumn season of concerts, broadcast on Marquee TV.
We hope that you enjoy these performances, wherever you are in the world, whether you are a seasoned concert-goer or new to orchestral music.
As you watch our autumn season we ask, if you are able, to please consider making a donation to support the Orchestra.
When the time comes to throw our open our doors and welcome you back into the hall to be inspired, moved, challenged and uplifted by the music of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, it will be thanks to our supporters, who helped us get there.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Play On Appeal so far. It is with your kind support that we have been able to build back the Orchestra to return to the concert platform for our autumn season. Every single donation, regardless of size, has helped keep the LPO going, we are grateful to you all.
Hundreds of you have joined our LPO family by supporting this appeal and thanks to you we have been able to illuminate all of the faces you see below. These are the faces of our musicians and our talented young instrumentalists and composers. It is these individuals who collectively can move us to tears, fill us with joy, wonder and hope, or have us leaping from our seats with the thrill of their performances. Your donations have helped us create more of these experiences, they have helped up sustain our family of musicians and they have helped up continue to provide opportunities for talented young instrumentalists and composers.
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.
Play On Appeal
For further information about the appeal please contact:
Individual Giving Manager
Direct line +44 (0)20 7840 4212
In a change to our planned celebration at the stunning Banqueting House, 1 June saw LPO supporters, musicians and staff come together for the very first LPO virtual gala event, the Gala in your Parlour!
Donning their most elegant 'Front Room Finery', 200 guests on over 160 devices came together via Zoom from their homes all around the world to enjoy exclusive performances, insight from our titled conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis, and a fantastic silent auction, all hosted by the inimitable Simon Callow live from his living room.
The spectacular performances included the LPO brought together in a virtual performance of the joyful Scherzo and Trio from Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, conducted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski. The evening also saw soprano Lise Davidsen's rendition of Strauss Zueignung, LPO Principal Cello Kristina Blaumane playing Andante from Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor with pianist Reinis Zarins, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's triumpant finale, Pernie Etude de concert.
Gala in your Parlour was also an opportunity to bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Timothy Walker. The personalised Walker in the Garden cocktail provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to toast to Tim's 17 years with the organisation and wish him well in his retirement.
Despite the unusual circumstances, this first of its kind event was a great success and, with the help of technology, provided a very special occasion to celebrate the Orchestra and the wonder of orchestral music. We were thrilled to bring together so many of our supporters and the LPO family and thanks to the generosity of everyone involved the virtual Gala raised over £100,000 to support the LPO's Play On Appeal, which will help sustain the Orchestra now and into the future. We are extremely grateful to all those who joined the Gala and those who helped make it possible and in particular to all donors to the evening.
To find out more about the LPO Gala contact the LPO Events Team
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful to our Events Committee for their support of the Gala in your Parlour event:
Catherine Høgel (Chair), Victoria Robey OBE, Natasha Tsukanova, Elizabeth Meshkvicheva