The Brighton Philharmonic has managed to raise £72,700 – enough to pay its creditors and start a new season. The deadline was yesterday, and it was met just in time.
Huge credit to its manager, Judith Clark, and chair, Karen Platt. The immediate problem is resolved. The longer term requires some thought.
Here’s the press release:
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s future saved by generous donations
Local music lovers have pledged to donate a massive £72,700 in an urgent appeal running from 5th – 17th August, to save the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and allow the 2013/14 season to commence in October. Owing to a fall in ticket sales and a reduction in the number of legacies received, the Orchestra was struggling to meet committed payments and had to rely on an injection of cash to guarantee its survival.
Karen Platt, Chairman of the Board, states in a newsletter to members, “It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that we have had an excellent response to our appeal and have secured over £70,000 in pledges, which means the Brighton Philharmonic will continue and we can present the 2013/14 season as published.”
The Chairman passed on her thanks to all those who have contributed to saving the orchestra for future generations of music lovers.
Barry Wordsworth, the Music Director of the Orchestra, has this message to those who have donated, “The support you have given to the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is the greatest display of trust I can imagine. It will inspire all of us with a new enthusiasm and dedication for our work in general, and our performances here in Brighton, in particular. This is an important achievement not only for the Philharmonic, but I believe will also be recognised as a matter of civic pride, as it preserves an important part of the character of this great city.”
The task is now underway to collect the cheques from those people who pledged to donate which will allow outstanding payments to be made as soon as possible, and preparations put in place for the forthcoming season.
Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, Andrew Comben, says, “It is wonderful to hear the response to the appeal has been so positive, which is testament to the affection people feel for this vital part of Brighton and Hove’s musical life. I am greatly looking forward to a wonderful series of concerts from the BPO and I hope all music lovers will support the orchestra as audience members in the coming season and further help to ensure its future for the long term.”