Gibraltar Philharmonic Society

Putting classical music centre stage

Classical music can be a positive boost to our mental and physical health. Listening to it can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and even relieve pain. That’s why we wanted to support the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society in bringing more live classical music to the people of Gibraltar – particularly those who wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to experience a high-quality classical concert.

Our grant of £30,000 will be used to sponsor a concert every year between 2024 and 2026. The funding means they can attract new audiences by offering half-price tickets to students and senior citizens and free tickets for under 18s. All local schools and the Gibraltar Academy of Music and Performing Art (GAMPA) will receive tickets.

  • The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society was set up in 1998. They’ve organised more than 180 concerts to date, attracting more than 38,000 people.
  • They’ve hosted over 100 classical musicians annually from around the world, including Asia, Europe and America.
  • Since 2019, young people’s attendance at Gibraltar Philharmonic Society concerts has increased by over 20%.

World-renowned musicians

Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is a registered charity that organises a programme of monthly concerts. It’s known for the quality of the orchestras and musicians it brings to Gibraltar.

Recently, this includes world-renowned artists such as the oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Albrecht Mayer, guitarist Jose María Gallardo del Rey, trumpeter Pacho Flores, pianist Javier Perianes, tenor Jonathan Tetelman, baritone Paul Armin Edelmann and local acclaimed international conductor Karel Mark Chichon, to name but a few.

“We cannot overstate the importance of such a generous financial contribution from the Kusuma Trust, which will enable us to continue providing a high-calibre classical music experience to our community and fulfil our aim of widening the scope of our audience and developing further our educational initiatives.”

Ernest Gomez, Chairman, Gibraltar Philharmonic Society

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