Support us

By giving to the Berkeley Ensemble you are making an invaluable contribution to its work both in performance and education. Your support will enable the group to bring to life creative projects and concert series that provide an important platform for neglected music. You will also be a direct contributor to education projects which aim to bring the joy of live chamber music into schools and into the hearts of young people.

As a registered charity (no. 1145392) the Berkeley Ensemble can claim Gift Aid on donations from UK tax payers; simply tick the appropriate box on the application form, available below.

Become a Friend

Join our family of supporters and enjoy getting closer to the action.

As a Friend of the Berkeley Ensemble you will enjoy greater access to the music and what goes on behind the scenes. Discover how we take our music to new audiences, both on the concert platform and through education projects, and how we are striving to illuminate those corners of the chamber music world that can be neglected.

Download an application form or contact Gemma for more information:

There are three levels of Friendship for you to choose from…


£5 per month/ £15 per quarter/ £60 annually

All Berkeley Ensemble Friends receive the following benefits:

  • News about the Ensemble through a bi-annual newsletter.
  • Advance schedules of Berkeley Ensemble performances around the U.K and abroad.
  • An invitation to an interval or post-concert reception to meet musicians and other friends.
  • Acknowledgement of support in all self-promoted Berkeley Ensemble concerts programmes and on our website.

Silver Friends

£10 per month/ £30 per quarter/ £120 annually

All benefits of being a friend, plus:

  • Invitation for you and a guest to attend selected rehearsals.
  • A complimentary programme for a self-promoted Berkeley Ensemble concert of your choice.
  • Invitation to the annual ‘the Berkeley Ensemble Celebrates… Christmas’ reception.

Gold Friends

£20 per month/ £60 per quarter/ £240 annually

In addition to the friends’ benefits we would arrange in consultation with you to:

  • Assign your contribution to support a particular area of our work; sponsoring a commission, concert, recording or education project of your choice.
  • Credit you accordingly in the relevant programme and printed material as appropriate.
  • 1 complimentary concert ticket for a self-promoted Berkeley Ensemble concert of your choice each season

Become a Player Patron

Sponsor an individual within the ensemble.

£1,000 + per year:

  • Assign your contribution to sponsor a player’s chair.
  • Direct contact with player twice a year and regular news about the ensemble through the newsletter.
  • Acknowledgement in all self-promoted Berkeley Ensemble concert programmes and other printed material as appropriate (optional).
  • One 30 minute lesson with your sponsored player for you or someone of your choice.
  • Advance schedules of Berkeley Ensemble performances around the U.K and abroad.
  • Invitations to interval and post-concert receptions to meet musicians and other friends at selected concerts.

Please Contact John Slack if you are interested in becoming Player Patron –

Current supporters

The Berkeley Ensemble is supported by:

Jane and Stephen Ainger
Katherine Arnold and Adrian Harris
Julian Berkeley
Michael Berkeley CBE
Jan and David Bonar
Helen Burrluck
Charlotte Castle
Gavin Compton
Valerie Cott
Michael Freegard
Susie Herman
Hannah Horsburgh
Suzanne Iredale
Martha Leigh
Elizabeth and James Mann
Robert McFarland
Simon Over
Margaret Rodgers
Tony Scotland
David and Brenda Shilladay
Paul Shilladay
Peter Shilladay
Frances Slack
Kathryn and Nigel Slack
Andrew Smith
David Thompson
John R. Veale
Victoria Ward
Linda Wareham
Katherine Wareham
George Watson