The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 2016, is a New York based non-profit organization. The US foundation raises support to underwrite performances, education programs, recordings and tours. Through the support of the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic, the Orchestra contributes to the cultural life of the city of New York and cities throughout the US.
The Orchestra would like to express its deep appreciation to the American Friends who have been so supportive since the launch of the US foundation in October 2016. We especially would like to acknowledge the Oxford alumni in the US who have provided early support to bring their orchestra to perform in America.
Our inaugural event in New York was a black tie performance and dinner at the Metropolitan Club with the renown Russian violinist, Maxim Vengerov who performed Mendelsohn’s Octet with members of the Orchestra, followed by a performance of Brahms Violin Sonata by Maestro Marios Papadopoulos and Maestro Vengerov. After the performance guests dined in the presence of TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the British Ambassador to the UN, HE Mr. Matthew Rycroft CBE. The Dinner Committee included a prominent list of New York music patrons, Co-Chaired by Trustee James Sherwood and Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
In June 2017, American patrons joined UK patrons in London at the Orchestra’s first Patron’s Weekend which included events in stately homes and a Summer Party black tie concert and dinner at the Wallace Collection. American Mezzo Soprano, Joyce DiDonato performed a breath-taking performance with members of the Orchestra conducted by Music Director, Maestro Marios Papadopoulos. Trustee, Bruno Wang, chaired the Dinner Committee which included US and UK patrons.
In November 2017, in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra, the Orchestra’s Royal Patron, American Benefactor Patrons were invited to a black tie dinner at Buckingham Palace to celebrate our 20th Anniversary season.
In addition to black tie benefit dinners and patron trips on both sides of the Atlantic, American patrons are invited to private recitals in New York, Washington DC and other US cities. We hope you will join us for our upcoming events.
May 1st, 2018 in Washington DC for a reception, performance and dinner at the British Embassy Residence, hosted by HE Sir Kim and Lady Darroch. The Residence was designed and built between 1929 and 1933, by the renown British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens and is his only building in America.
June 26th, 2018, in London for the Oxford Philharmonic’s annual Summer Party at the Wallace Collection with a champagne reception, concert in the Great Gallery and dinner in the courtyard garden room.
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The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. is a U.S. based 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and is a tax exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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