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Would you like to support the orchestra on a modest scale financially, while also getting to know us better socially and becoming a part of our musical community?

For a small annual subscription (a minimum donation of £20 for individual or £25 joint membership), you will receive:

  • £1 off entry to our concerts

  • A free programme at each concert

  • Two complimentary invitations to the annual Friends' Concert*

  • Regular Friends newsletters

* The Friends' Concert is an exclusive event for our Friends and their guests, and takes place a couple of weeks after our spring concert. It is one of the highlights of the orchestra's year (and hopefully the Friends'!) and is the orchestra's chance to show appreciation for the Friends' support.
The evening is prepared entirely by the individual members of the orchestra. Groups or individual players prepare a range of pieces for the Friends to enjoy in a relaxed setting. They often showcase instruments and musical styles that they don't play in the usual orchestral setting.
The concert is followed by a the chance to chat over a complimentary supper, also prepared by members of the orchestra.

See images below (from 2022)

easyfundraising scheme

You can support Dorking Philharmonia at no cost to you by paying online via easyfundraising.

First, click the link & select 'Dorking Philharmonia' as your 'cause'.

Then pick a website via the easyfundraising site, buy something and money will be donated! Magic!

Most stores are on there, but also all kinds of companies where customers tend to pay a lot, such as energy suppliers, insurance and travel.

You can also download their handy 'donation reminder' which pops up if you visit an website that supports the scheme.


Would you like to support the orchestra in a more substantial way, via sponsorship or one off donations of money or equipment? Or perhaps you are a local business who could benefit from advertising in our concert programmes?

Contact us for more information about any of the ideas below...!

  • Sponsor a chair!
    You can support any 'chair' (player) in the orchestra. We currently have three sponsored chairs -
    2nd oboe (Roger & Andrea Hall)
    Deputy leader (Sarah & John Winter)
    2nd violin leader (Carol Ashburner)

  • Programme Advertisements
    Place an advert for your business in the programme.

  • One-off donations
    Perhaps as part of a legacy, or the result of local fundraising activites or community actions - these are always welcome, and can be used for a single significant purchase.

An example of a significant piece of funding came from the Foyle Foundation and the Gatwick Airport Community Trust in 2005.They purchased a set of 4 timpani for the orchestra. These are our most commonly used percussion, and to have our own set has been invaluable.