Becoming a Chair Patron allows you to build a closer relationship with a musician from the RPO, and to uncover unique insights into our broader programme of activity. 

Our Chair Patrons can choose whichever level of support they would like by choosing a particular musician. 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.

Why become an RPO Chair Patron?


Member Benefits

           Co-Leader           Leader

Tickets to London
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  • Invitations to pre-concert and interval receptions
  • Complimentary concert programmes
  • Invitations to attend open rehearsals
  • Invitations to RPO Insight Events*
  • Priority booking for annual RPO Gala*
  • Invitation to join International Patrons Trip*
  • Acknowledgement of your support, online and in selected programmes
  • Priority booking via the Development team

Suggested Minimum Donation

           Co-Leader            Leader
Benefit value
(incl. VAT) 
         £560        £740        £930        £1,110        £1,470        £1,840
minimum donation**
  £590   £985   £1,070   £1,465   £4,280   £8,160
Total cost per year   £1,150   £1,725   £2,000   £2,575   £5,750   £10,000


*Subject to an additional cost.
**This is a suggested voluntary donation and is therefore eligible for Gift Aid.

Please call us if you would like to purchase the benefits package separately.

Chairs that are currently available to support are:


Meet the Orchestra and read their full biographies here.

Become an RPO Chair Patron

For more information, or to enquire about supporting the Co-Leader or Leader positions, please contact:

David Sutherland (Head of Development):

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DD: +44 (0)20 7608 8821

Or Henry Purser (Individual Giving Manager):

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DD: +44 (0)20 7608 8845

RPO Chair Patrons

First Violin (Esther Kim) – Chair Partner: John and Mary Watt
First Violin (Erik Chapman) – AFRPO Chair Partner: Barry and Lilia Bloom
First Violin (Adriana Iacovache-Pana) – 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 Bass Clarinet (Katy Ayling) – Chair Partner: Sophie Gasperment
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
Co-Principal Trombone (Matthew Knight) – Chair Partner: 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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