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American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Based in New York, the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra helps to support the concert and outreach activity of the Orchestra in the UK and in the United States.

The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is a non-profit organisation based in New York, raising funds for the Orchestra’s performances, education programmes, recordings and tours. Thanks to the support of the American Friends, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra has been able to contribute to the cultural life of the city of New York and other cities across the US.

With Special Thanks 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, in particular that of the Oxford alumni in the States who have provided early support in order to bring the Orchestra to America to perform. 

American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 2016, the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is a New York-based organisation serving as a cultural bridge between the US and the UK.

AFOPO is a recognised US charity raising funds for the Oxford Philharmonic’s performances on both sides of the Atlantic, including 20th anniversary celebrations in 2018/19, tours and recordings. 

Members of the American Friends enjoy invitations to concerts and other exclusive events by the Oxford Philharmonic and its members. Musicians from the Orchestra celebrated the launch of AFOPO in 2016 with a celebratory concert featuring violinist Maxim Vengerov and a black tie dinner at the Metropolitan Club. In 2017 and 2019, the Orchestra’s Royal Patron HRH Princess Alexandra hosted a gala concert and dinner at Buckingham Palace for UK and international patrons. 

American Friends have also been invited to the Wallace Collection in London on several occasions for a concert and black tie dinner, with special guests Joyce DiDonato in 2016, Nicola Benedetti in 2018 and Sir Bryn Terfel in 2019. 

In 2019, AFOPO organised a Patron’s Trip to Athens, Greece, with special recitals, a premiere at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and dinners at historic monuments around the city. 

The American Friends celebrated the Orchestra’s 20th anniversary in 2019 with a concert and dinner at The Frick Collection in New York City, and also attended a special event in the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, hosted by the Deputy Secretary General to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the longest military alliance in history. 

The Orchestra had its debut performance in full force at Carnegie Hall on 7 June 2022. 

The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is an independent US based 501 (c)3 Charitable Organisation and is a tax-exempt organisation under the Internal Revenue Code Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

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Marios Papadopoulos MBE

Marketing Director

Camilla G Hellman ­­­­MBE

Board of Directors

Joshua M Berman

Russell Hirshfield

Marios Papadopoulos MBE

Faanya Rose

Saundra Whitney

Christopher Wright


Russell Hirshfield

Advisory Council

Alex Gorsky

Sir John Hood

Leila Larijani

Aviad Meitar

Antony Phillipson

HE Mr Matthew Rycroft CBE

James Sherwood†,
Chairman Emeritus