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The Patronage

Long-term engagement in our future

A patron, or philanthropist, is someone who over a longer period of time provides financial support to scholars or artists. Modern patronage is alive and well and can provide much personal satisfaction.

A role as patron would be just right for you if you want to contribute over the long term to the preservation of our arts and culture, and our orchestra in particular, and are therefore willing to enter into a several-year commitment with us.

We would like to take you regularly behind the scenes so that you can see for yourself what your gift already means for our orchestra. At the time you register as patron you can also make use of the right of first refusal when ordering a subscription.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra offers a variety of ways for Patrons to provide financial support, with related activity programmes:

  • Crescendo, annual payment of at least 500 euros or one-off payment of 2,500 euros
  • Forte, annual payment of at least 1,000 euros or one-off payment of 5,000 euros
  • Fortissimo, annual payment of at least 2,500 euros or one-off payment of 12,500 euros
  • Vivace, annual payment of at least 5,000 euros or one-off payment of 25,000 euros

Thanks to the loyal support of our Patrons, many sustainable and innovative projects have already been funded, including the renovation of the music library, the ‘orchestra explorer’ that enables young people to explore the orchestra in a fun way using Virtual Reality, as well as various commissions for compositions by young talent and many special concert projects.

You can become a Patron with a recurring gift of just 500 euros per year over a period of five years. With the maximum available tax benefit, this means a net gift of just 175 euros per year. You can use our gift calculator to find out the net cost to you of your contribution:

Marina van Aalst-Kleyn-van Willigen | Hein van Ameijden | Kyong-Ok van Ameijden-Kim | Joke de Beijer | Arnold van der Bie and Ellen Kruiten | Mr B.D. Boogaerdt ’t Hooft | Mr H. van Brakel | Mr R.C.W. Brouwer | Mr and Mrs Buddenböhmer | Hans van Buuren | Mr R. Buwalda | Marjan and Robbert Cohen | Misters Bieseman and Couvreur | Mr M. Degeling | Misters Demkes and Tettero | Mr W. Dommering | Mr and Mrs Van den Dool | Mr P.J.M. Drion | Misters J.A.P. Ector and W. van den Berg | Mr and Mrs Elkenbracht-Huizing | Ms K.E. van Essen | Mr J. Filbri and Mrs M. Filbri-van Wieringen | Ms I.I. Filmer-Wijngaarde | Mr D.J. de Frenne | Bart and Marleen Gerretsen | Mr doctorandus F.G. Gompen | Misters K.B. Gould and Th.C.M. Kemperman | Mr A.D.H. Groenenboom | Mr J.A. Groenendaal | Mr B.J.W. de Haas | Ms J.A.A.C. van Hasselt | Ms P.A.Th. Hazen | Hans Heesterbeek and Mariëlle Franken | Ms dr. E.W. Hendrix | Mr and Mrs Henneveld | Door Hezemans | Joke Hol-Seij | Ms G.J. De Hoog-van Pelt | Mr and Mrs Hudig-Deiters | Ms W.H.A. Jacobs | Mr and Mrs Jansen-Oei | Ms E.B.M. Jansen | Mr prof. dr. H. Jeekel | Mr and Mrs de Jong-Guillen | Jan Willem and Lottie van der Kamp-Koning | Mr Van Ketel and Ms Te Spenke | Ms D.G. Kloos | Mr and Mrs Kolff-Willinge | Peter and Adriana Koudstaal | Mr and Mrs Kooimans-Jongejan | Mr N.M. Kramer | Ms L.A. Kramer-Seijffardt | Ms L.M. Kruidenier-Winkelman | Ton van der Laan and Sue Goldberg | Misters P.J.M. van Laarhoven and E.O.O. Ringes | Jaap Lampe and Jetske Vulsma, Haarlem | Hilde Laffeber-Nicolaï | Mr and Mrs Langendaal-Braams | Ms H. Lamberts-Stibbe | Ms Th.A. de Lange | Mr and Mrs F.J. Lavooij | Mr A.R. Leemreis | Willem and Anneke Marsman | Ms C.J.M. Martens | Mr F. Meima and Ms E.M. Wubbe | Dick Moerman | Ms J. van der Molen | Mr J. de Muinck Keizer | Ms C.M. Muller-Kraaijvanger | Mr and Mrs Muller-Schoof | Mr P.J.F. Niemantsverdriet | Ms T. Noorman | Ms M. van Oosten-Snoek and Mr H.J. van Oosten | Mrs M.F. Peters-Slough and Mr A Peters | Misters G.C. Poolman and F.J. Hilgers | Leo Pronk and Korrie Van Kampenhout | Ms E.E. Raven-Boshuizen | Reinerie family | Mathilde Rol | Elly Rood-Pijpers | Mr M.C. Roose and Ms M.O. Blagovici | Mr U. Rosenthal and Mrs D.S. Rosenthal-Epstein | Doelwijk Foundation – Mr W.E. Ruys | Ms A.M. Schaap | Mr and Mrs Schraven-Swart | Truus Segers and Wim Vrouenraets | Ms M.G.A.B.I. Smeels | Ms C. Somerwil | Mr W.H.A. Somerwil | Saphir Foundation | Mr J.A.W.M. Strooij | Ms N. Tussenbroek-Kamstra | Mr and Mrs Uneken-de Kruijff | Aat Vandersmissen | Misters H.M. van Veen and E. Boswinkel | Mr P. Vellekoop and Mrs F. Vellekoop-Monna | Ms F. Verhoef-Blokland | Eline Vis | Mr and Mrs Visser | Helen van Vliet and Agnes Wijers | Kleijn van Willigen-Goddard Foundation | Annelies van der Vorm | Ms J. van Waardhuizen-van de Rhee | Ms N.E. van der Wal and Mr J. Berkenbosch | Jan and Trudy Walschots | Ms E.D. Walstra | Ms B.H.H.M. Wammes-Houx | Ms R. Warnaar-van den Hoven | Dick and Agnes van Wensveen

Several patrons have indicated a preference to remain anonymous.

Our patrons have already made many projects possible. We present a selection of these below:

Renovation of changing rooms and purchase of lockers (2021)
Patrons contributed to the renovation of the musicians’ changing rooms carried out over the end of 2021 and start of 2022. Together with De Doelen, a choice was made for sustainable renovation work. With new sanitation, and the use of LED lighting, motion detectors, and sustainable (recycled) flooring, the orchestra can enjoy these facilities for at least another 20 to 30 years. For the members of our orchestra, the best part is the custom-made lockers: high enough to hang the men’s suits and women’s dresses, and safe enough to store valuable instruments.

LessonUp (2020)
During the year of corona the education department, with a small contribution from the Maecenas Fund, developed digital teaching materials and now makes this material accessible via LessonUp, a programme that can be utilised by all types of education and at all levels. The LessonUp lessons library contains over 500,000 lessons, from science to music, all of them digitally accessible. These lessons are used a lot by schools. 

Renovation of music library (2019)
At the end of 2018 the Maecenas Fund launched a crowd-funding campaign to finance the urgently-needed renovation of our orchestra’s music library. The work was undertaken in 2019. We are proud of the end result, achievable thanks to private donations and a donation from the Friends Association. We now have the benefit of a modern, practical room where we can safely store all our musical scores and where musicians, soloists and conductors can be welcomed in a fitting manner. There is even now room for a display case for a number of historical items related to the orchestra, such as the baton used by Eduard Flipse. We are grateful to everyone who made a contribution to our music library.

VR orchestra explorer (2018)
The Maecenas Fund made a contribution to the VR orchestra explorer, in which young people can have fun meeting the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in virtual reality. They can walk in a simulated world across the stage between musicians, listen to the orchestra from various vantage points, and listen to and play the various instruments. This provides an exciting, energising, and educational experience, as well as offering a hugely effective installation by which to introduce young people to the orchestra at festivals and other events.

Flight cases (2017)
After years of heavy use, the old flight cases needed replacing. Furthermore, the old flight cases offered insufficient protection against variations in climate during the orchestra’s tours.
Our orchestra’s assistants worked alongside Hikzia van Kralingen, expert in the transportation of artwork, to design new flight cases that could guarantee the safe transport of the orchestra’s valuable instruments. We are sincerely grateful to all our friends and patrons who helped make this possible!

“As a child my parents took me to our orchestra’s concerts. Now I take my parents. The concert hall is like a second home. The musicians are like friends. The experience of listening to wonderful music in a full hall is beyond compare. I want future generations to be able to share this same experience and I hope that I can contribute by making a financial commitment to the orchestra as a Patron for a period of several years. That way, the thing I have loved all my life will still be flourishing when I’ve gone.

- Helen van Vliet, patron since 2014

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Agnes Wijers
Account Manager Patronage
Customer service
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