American Friends of the RPO


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Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s American family

For more than 60 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 US tours.

The American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (AFRPO) was established in 1983 to help further the RPO’s activity in the USA. Since then, funds raised through the AFRPO have provided essential support for the Orchestra’s US tours and educational activity and for some of the young American artists who regularly appear with the RPO around the world.

In 2016 the RPO celebrated its 70th anniversary starting with a 16 concert tour of the US. To coincide with this milestone the Orchestra set about reinvigorating its American Friends organisation, attracting new patrons keen to be associated with one of the world’s great cultural institutions and play and important role in strengthening cross cultural relationship between the US and Great Britain.

A new and enthusiastic Board of Trustees is now in place (please see below) and plans for 2017 and beyond are progressing well.

As a 501(c)(3) registered organisation and Public Charity, all donations to the AFRPO are tax deductible for USA taxpayers to the full extent allowed by law. The support the Orchestra receives from its American Friends is essential to its overarching mission, which is to make outstanding orchestral experiences accessible to the widest possible audience.

If you would like to enjoy a meaningful and rewarding relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, please join our US family today - the members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its American Friends look forward to welcoming you. 

For full details, please download the AFRPO Tiers of Membership form, or contact Huw Davies:
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American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Pinchas Zukerman Circle:

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


Michael van Buskirk
Gerald and Kathleen Chamales
Colleen Crowley and Jack Martin
Robert Yaffa

Contact us

To find out how you can engage with the RPO and build a rewarding and meaningful relationship, please contact:

Huw Davies
Deputy Managing Director
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Tel: +44 (0)20 7608 8825