March is membership month at the CBSO – whilst thanking and celebrating our amazing community of individual supporters, we’d love to invite new members to join us.
Two of our Overture Circle members, Len Hughes and Jacquie Blake were brought together through their love and appreciation of music and the CBSO. Here are their thoughts about why they got involved as members.
“We were both regular CBSO concert goers with our spouses, both of us were widowed in 2009 and in 2011 ended up sitting next to each other at consecutive concerts. We got talking and have been together ever since. We both love the music and felt it necessary to do more than just buy tickets - the orchestra needs financial support. We have loved being members of what Andris Nelsons called the "CBSO family”. The enjoyment of the company of both musicians and fellow members, being able to attend rehearsals has given us a much greater appreciation of the music and our wonderful orchestra.”
Over the years, Len and Jacquie have developed a relationship with the orchestra and its musicians, but also with other CBSO Supporters. One of our Gold Patrons, Phillipa Parkes, has also enjoyed meeting other members with similar passions to her.
“I was very surprised and excited when I received CBSO membership as a retirement gift from my work colleagues. I have especially enjoyed meeting other passionate supporters and sharing with them CBSO memories and experiences, and the chance to meet members of the orchestra at concerts provides some real insights. The highlight must be the amazing privilege we had to go to Madrid during the CBSO European Tour and to attend two concerts in the Auditorio Nacional!”
If you know somebody who would love to get closer to the music and meet other members like Len, Jacquie and Phillipa, pick up a CBSO membership leaflet at Symphony Hall, or fill in the form in our concert programmes. If you prefer, you can call us on 0121 616 6510 to speak to us and find out more.
As part of membership month, all new members that join in March will be entered into a prize draw, to give them a chance to win two tickets to a CBSO concert of their choice, plus complimentary interval drinks*.
*For concerts during the 16-17 season, subject to availability