Empower the RPO to enhance its legacy by leaving one of your own

Setting up a legacy gift for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is a very simple and fitting way of acknowledging the enrichment that music and the RPO have brought to your life.

By leaving a gift to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in your will, you will be making a tangible difference, helping ensure that the happiness brought to you by the RPO during your lifetime is accessible for future generations. Arts Council funding and ticket sales cover only part of the cost associated with producing the RPO’s outstanding performance and community output and every gift in every will, however large or small, makes a real difference.

You can designate your gift to be used by the Orchestra for its artistic purposes, or as a donation to the RPO Endowment Fund, which has been established to help ensure the Orchestra’s long-term future.

We would like to thank you for your gift during your lifetime. To show our appreciation, we will enrol you in the exclusive RPO 1946 Club.

A ‘thank you’ to the RPO from Mrs Joan Constable (a short case study)

During her lifetime, Joan Constable became an enthusiastic member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s community of followers. Joan and her husband Peter were regular attendees of the RPO’s concerts in their home county of Northampton and loved coming to the Orchestra’s Royal Albert Hall concerts on special occasions. They derived so much pleasure from the RPO that, as a way of saying ‘thank you’, Joan arranged to leave a gift to the Orchestra in her will, to help ensure that others can experience the thrill of hearing the RPO live onstage. Joan sadly passed away in 2012, but her legacy has enabled the Orchestra to deliver a series of family concerts and underpin other artistic objectives around the UK.

Join the RPO 1946 Club

Membership of the RPO 1946 Club is only open to supporters who have arranged to leave a gift to the Orchestra in their will. Membership is free of charge, and as well as being acknowledged in the Orchestra’s concert programmes, club members are invited to a designated RPO ‘legacy’ concert and reception each year. You are absolutely under no obligation to tell us, but if you have already arranged to leave a gift to the Orchestra in your will, please do let us know so that we can thank you and enrol you as a member of the RPO 1946 Club.

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How do I leave a gift to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in my will?

It is very easy to leave a gift to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in your will; you can make a gift of a specific sum (Pecuniary Legacy) or leave a percentage of your estate (Residuary Legacy). If you already have a will, it’s very straightforward to add a Codicil (amendment) to include the Orchestra as one of your beneficiaries.

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Who should I contact about leaving a gift to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra?

If you would like to include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in your will, download and fill in our Pledge form. Alternatively, please contact David Sutherland (Head of Development) on 020 7608 8821 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. David will be very happy to talk you through what is a very straightforward process.


RPO 1946 Club

Philip Back
Ian Campbell
Huw and Kate Davies
Roderick Davies

Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL
Charles and Monica Eve
Anne Fergusson
Karen Fletcher
Robin and Heather Hammerton

Sir Ewan Harper CBE
John Hawley
Andrew Hunter
Gillian May King
Paul and Carole Nicholson

Jan Knight
Beverley LeBlanc

Sir Tom McKillop
Jackie Sibley

Nick and Pat Whitley
James Williams
John and Anne Vadgama
and anonymous members.

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