AFOPO Highlights

2016

  • Debut US Concert and Dinner, Metropolitan Club, New York

2017

  • Summer Party, Wallace Collection, London
  • Buckingham Palace Concert and Dinner, London

2018

  • Summer Party, Wallace Collection, London

2019

  • Buckingham Palace Concert and Dinner, London
  • Patrons’ Trip, Athens
  • Summer Party, Wallace Collection, London
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration at Frick Collection, New York
  • NATO Headquarters Concert, Brussels

2022

  • Buckingham Palace Concert and Dinner, London
  • Debut at Carnegie Hall, New York

2023

  • New Year’s Party, Wallace Collection, London
  • Debut at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York

Founded in 2016, AFOPO is an independent US non-profit organization, tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and is governed by its own board of directors, the majority of whom are US citizens/permanent residents who are independent members. As a recognized US Charity, AFOPO is an entity through which US taxpayers, including Oxford alumni, Americans living abroad, those who adore and enjoy fine music and our international friends may make tax deductible donations, to the extent allowed by law.

Over the past four years, the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra (AFOPO) has been proud to serve as a dynamic cultural bridge between America and Great Britain. AFOPO has raised funds for the Orchestra’s performances in the US and UK, its 20th Anniversary celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic, tours and recordings.

AFOPO highlights include:

  • In 2016, Members of the Orchestra came to New York for their first performance in the USA with guest artist, Maxim Vengerov, in a concert and black-tie dinner at the Metropolitan Club
  • In 2017, the Royal Patron of the Orchestra, HRH Princess Alexandra hosted a Gala Concert and Dinner at Buckingham Palace for 60 UK and International Patrons of the OPO and we presented a concert and black-tie dinner in London at the Wallace Collection museum with guest artist Joyce DiDonato
  • In 2018  we presented a concert and black-tie dinner in London at the Wallace Collection museum with guest artist Nicola Benedetti.
  • In 2019 the Royal Patron of the Orchestra, HRH Princess Alexandra hosted a Gala Concert and Dinner at Buckingham Palace for 60 UK and International Patrons of the OPO; we organised a Patrons’ Trip to Athens, Greece, with special recitals, a premiere at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, and dinners at historic monuments; we had a concert and black-tie dinner in London at the Wallace Collection museum with guest artist Sir Bryn Terfel, a concert and dinner at The Frick Collection museum in New York City celebrating the Orchestra’s 20th anniversary and organised a Concert and dinner in the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, hosted by the Deputy Secretary General, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the longest military alliance in history
  • In 2022 the Royal Patron of the Orchestra, HRH Princess Alexandra, hosted a Gala Concert and Dinner at Buckingham Palace for 60 UK and International Patrons of the OPO, celebrating the Oxford Philharmonic marking 20 years as Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, with performances and a specially commissioned composition by students. In June, the Orchestra was joined by Maxim Vengerov for its debut performance at Carnegie Hall, in a concert “enmeshed in soul-enriching playing” (Oberon’s Grove) of “world-class quality” (Blogcritics).
  • In 2023 the Orchestra celebrates its 25th anniversary. We will hold a New Year’s Party at the Wallace Collection Museum in London, with a concert and black-tie dinner and auction. In February the Orchestra will perform a special concert for its Silver Jubilee Celebration at the Barbican Centre, London, opening with a new commission from John Rutter for the Orchestra’s birthday. In April we plan a Patrons’ Trip to Munich where the Orchestra will appear with guest artist Martha Argerich, and in September the Orchestra returns to New York with its debut performance at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

 

For further information please contact:

Camilla G Hellman ­­­­MBE
Marketing Director
American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

864 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10065

Email: camilla@oxfordphil.org
Tel: + 212 729 0127