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Adopt a Player

The true cost of Southbank Sinfonia’s intensive 40-week programme is over £23,000 per player. Yet, to enable young musicians to take part and devote themselves fully to the experience, every place is free, and every player receives a bursary.

We believe in making such an investment in these young people at this critical moment in their careers, but it would not be possible without the help of a very special group of supporters who believe in this too.

By ‘adopting’ a player, you don’t have to take them home but you can make a real difference to their prospects, directly funding their place on the programme. A gesture like this enables you to get to know an individual player and forever know you have played a valued part in their journey to the international stage. Over the course of the year, you will see how much this means to them as your player will keep you personally updated on how the programme is helping them to progress. Alongside this, we will arrange individual opportunities for you to keep up with their progress in person. They will also gratefully acknowledge your support in their own professional biographies.

As every musician is different, the joy for many supporters of adopting a player is that is a uniquely insightful and rewarding experience each year. If you choose to support in this way, we will match you with an outstanding young player whose particular talent, personality and background will be especially inspiring to you. It can often be the start of a lasting rapport too, with many players continuing to recognise the gesture our adopters have made long after they have taken significant steps into the profession. Your gesture is equally valued by Southbank Sinfonia and, in turn, you will not only enjoy all the benefits offered to our other supporters, but be individually recognised as one of our closest Benefactors.

Adopting a player starts at £8,000.

A minimum donation of £8,000 would enable us to cover the annual bursary that each musician receives so they can take part in the programme regardless of financial means or background.

A minimum donation of £15,000 would cover the year-long programme of activity that we can offer to each individual musician to help them transform their prospects and fulfil their potential.

A minimum donation of £23,000 would cover the entire cost of enabling one musician to take their place each year in Southbank Sinfonia.

Each year, inflation compels us to raise these figures modestly in order to reflect the cost of living for our young players and also to ensure we can keep giving them the best possible experience on the programme.

Please contact our Development Director Charlotte Castle on 020 7921 0377 or email charlotte@southbanksinfonia.co.uk to find out more.


‘In Southbank Sinfonia, I have found my own little oasis in the heart of Waterloo. Time and time again I am wowed by the dynamism and skills of its young players and even moreso by their sheer enjoyment for making music. Their infectious enthusiasm and camaraderie radiates from the stage and across the entire organisation, and one can’t help but want to come along on the journey with them.’
Joe Ryan, ‘Adopt a Player’ supporter


We are very grateful to a number of Trusts & Foundations who also support our players’ places in the orchestra.

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