At the heart of our organisation is the Firebird Friends & Benefactors Society. Launched at the orchestra’s inception in 2012 and now with around 100 members, the Friends & Benefactors Society is a growing association of supporters forming the core of our audience. Members commit an annual donation to the charity, providing a vital bedrock of funding for the orchestra.
Each concert costs several thousands of pounds to produce. Even with good ticket sales from popular concerts, Firebird’s concert income falls short of its expenditure. The need for subsidy is of course a reality encountered by almost all projects in the performing arts world. By supporting this short-fall with an income stream our members enable the orchestra’s work to continue to prosper. The orchestra has ambitious plans for future development too, which require an increase in income to achieve.
Membership of the Friends & Benefactors Society focuses upon charitable giving. However, the orchestra is very keen to acknowledge support and to offer what it can in return. Members are invited to an annual reception at the start of each concert season every autumn, at which there is a chance to meet the orchestra’s players and conductors. Supporters also enjoy priority booking and other privileges at the concerts themselves, as well as recognition in concert programmes and on the website.