Companies, individuals and families who are RPO Chair Partners build a strong engagement with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians by being associated with particular orchestral positions. If you have an affinity with any orchestral instrument, you can choose to have your name associated with that particular instrument in the RPO, get to know your partner musician and become part of the RPO family.

By supporting a position in the Orchestra, you will join an exclusive club of like-minded people who enjoy a close association with the RPO and its musicians. RPO Chair Partners can access an array of benefits, including complimentary tickets and private receptions. Most importantly, funds raised through the programme help underpin the Orchestra’s remarkable community and education programme, RPO Resound, which is one of the RPO’s key priorities.

Why become an RPO Chair Partner?

  • Entertain family and friends at RPO concerts and introduce them to your chosen musician and other members of the Orchestra
  • Enjoy a range of exclusive opportunities, including complimentary tickets for RPO own-promotion concerts and invitations to receptions
  • Become a part of the RPO family; know that your donation is helping the Orchestra achieve its artistic and outreach ambitions

For further information about the benefits you will receive as an RPO Chair Partner, download further details:

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RPO Chair Partners

First Violin (Esther Kim) – Chair Partner: John and Mary Watt
First Violin (Erik Chapman) – AFRPO Chair Partner: Barry and Lilia Bloom
First Violin (Joana Valentinaviciute) – Chair Partner: The Gabrán Family
Principal Second Violin (Andrew Storey) – Chair Partner: Peter and Jane Lumley
Second Violin (Jennifer Christie) – Chair Partner: Lou Whitehorn
Second Violin (Peter Graham) – Chair Partner: The Ericsson Family
Second Violin (Stephen Payne) – Chair Partner: Jonathan Warwick
Second Violin (Manuel Porta) – Chair Partner: The Gorin Halley Family
Second Violin (Sali-Wyn Ryan) – Chair Partner: Adam and Jane Warby
Principal Viola (Abigail Fenna) – Chair Partner: Nabil and Mai Habba
Viola  – Chair Partner: Saker Nusseibeh and Family
Viola (Ugne Tiškuté) – Chair Partner: Jo Whiterod
Principal Cello (Richard Harwood) – Chair Partner: Tim Cagney and David Wilson
Co-Principal Cello (Jonathan Ayling) – Chair Partner: John Kelly-Jones
Cello (Roberto Sorrentino) – Chair Partner: Tim and Victoria Whiting
Cello (William Heggart) – Chair Partner: Martin and Liane McCourt
Cello (Naomi Watts) – Chair Partner: Nicholas and Caroline Bewes
Double Bass (Benjamin Cunningham) – Chair Partner: Naomi and Simon Venn 
Double Bass (Ben Wolstenholme) – Chair Partner: Jeff and Petra Hochman 
Principal Flute (Emer McDonough) – Chair Partner: Elio and Maria Leoni-Sceti
Sub-Principal Flute (Joanna Marsh) – Chair Partner: Sir Robert and Lady Wilson
Principal Clarinet (Katherine Lacy) – Chair Partner: Richard and Geraldine Prosser
Sub-Principal Clarinet (Sonia Sielaff) – Chair Partner: Simon Hooper 
Principal Contrabassoon (Fraser Gordon) – Chair Partner: Peter and Sarah Harris
Sub-Principal Horn (Kathryn Saunders) – Chair Partner: Charles and Monica Eve
Fourth Horn (Finlay Bain)– Chair Partner: Kevin Walker and Jay Foley
Sub-Principal Trumpet (Adam Wright) – Chair Partner: Anne Fergusson
Co-Principal Trombone (Matthew Knight) – Chair Partner: The Lumley family in memory of Henry and Sheena Lumley
Co-Principal Percussion (Martin Owens) – Chair Partner: Gillian May King 

Support the RPO

To find out how you can support the RPO, please contact David Sutherland (Head of Development) by email or on 020 7608 8821.

You can also visit our donate page.

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