We are delighted and grateful to announce that CBSO chair David Burbidge CBE and campaign board members Jamie Justham, Chris Loughran and John Osborn have personally committed leadership gifts totalling over £850,000 to kickstart the orchestra’s £12.5 million Sound of the Future campaign.
Their gifts will support the core cost of sustaining the orchestra in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, investment in its digital infrastructure, future international touring, and the growth of the CBSO Development Trust’s endowment fund.
David Burbidge explained, ‘As campaign board members we all felt it was important that we should lead by example by contributing to the campaign as generously as we could. We hope that by doing so we will encourage others to do the same.’
John Osborn said, ‘I have been a fan of the CBSO since I attended my first concert as a Birmingham schoolboy over 60 years ago – and I have been looking forward to celebrating its centenary for a long time. This year hasn’t panned out as any of us had hoped, but I am delighted to be supporting the orchestra’s efforts to get back on its feet.’
Jamie Justham added, ‘Innovation has always been at the heart of the CBSO’s success. The Justham Trust is pleased to be supporting new digital initiatives which will enable the orchestra to maintain connections with existing audience members and reach out to new ones as it recovers from the Covid-19 crisis. We are also investing in the CBSO Development Trust’s private endowment fund to strengthen the orchestra’s long-term sustainability.’
Chris Loughran concluded, ‘The CBSO came into being thanks to the vision and generosity of philanthropically-minded civic leaders and businesspeople who joined forces in 1920 to co-fund its establishment. A century later it is incumbent on those of us with the ability to do so to follow in their footsteps by supporting the orchestra’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and shaping its second century.’
CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock commented, ‘All of us at the CBSO are hugely grateful to Chris, David, Jamie and John for their extraordinary leadership and generosity, and also for the practical support which they have offered us in planning the campaign. We are equally grateful to the other supporters who have already made gifts. Philanthropy played a vital role in the establishment of the CBSO back in 1920, and it is similarly important to us today. Every gift makes a difference, however large or small – if you share our belief in the value of live music in the Midlands you can find out more about how support the campaign here.'