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We love music and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. So do you? The Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin e.V. (Association of Friends and Supporters of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin) was founded in 1997 to support one of the most traditional radio ensembles in Germany in its work – by word, by deed and with financial means. The promotion of young musicians is particularly important to us, whether on a professional level or in the amateur field.
What we support
We promote special projects of the RSB through membership fees and donations. We enable the RSB the purchase of necessary materials such as music folders or instrument transport boxes, the realization of special concert and rehearsal formats for children and newcomers to classical music, as well as the purchase of handicraft materials and costumes for children’s and school concerts.
Furthermore, we support the awarding of composition commissions – such as in the 2019/2020 season to Sinem Altan for a family programme and to Marko Nikodijević for a symphony concert. We also participate in artist fees for special concert formats.
In addition, we support the work of the following institutions and thus invest in the future of the international orchestral landscape and, not least, in the RSB:
Our sponsor orchestra
For many years, the sponsorship of the „cappella academica"; has been a firm part of our portfolio. With our support, the individual vocal groups of the long-established symphony orchestra of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin can ideally prepare for their concerts under the guidance of RSB members.
RSB Orchestra Academy
The Orchestra Academy for Strings, founded in 2002 on our initiative, prepares especially talented music students from all over the world who are at the end of their studies for a professional orchestral career. Here the RSB can pass on its almost hundred-year-old tradition, its special sound and its playing culture.
Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie (DSP)
The RSB Sponsor Orchestra is Germany's youngest top-class orchestra and consists of gifted young string players between the ages of 11 and 20. Five mentors of the RSB build and shape the interplay and sound of the growing orchestral musicians. The DSP is the cradle of outstanding young string musicians for the professional orchestras.
Full of Beans
Our commitment goes far beyond the financial sphere: For many smaller concert formats of the RSB you will be welcomed by our members at the doors, for all larger concerts you will find us at the information desk of the orchestra, where we will be pleased to provide you with information material and answer your questions. For our members, we provide admission to orchestral rehearsals, an annual circle of friends concert at Glienicke Castle and travelling on RSB tours at cost price, to name a few benefits. With our „house concerts“; you can bring RSB musicians to your living room for a chamber concert. Last but not least, as ambassadors of the RSB, we carry the orchestra’s work into our immediate surroundings and into the world. We would like to convince as many people as possible with our enthusiasm and cordially invite you to join us!
Are you curious and full of beans?
Also get involved in the numerous projects of the RSB: Become a member of the association and/or donate money, ideas and your active support.
The minimum contribution is € 60 per year. Young members enjoy special advantages: Until the age of 18 they are exempt from contributions, from the age of 19 up to 27 they only pay 25 €.
Your personal commitment is particularly in demand in the projects of music education, such as the annual interactive concert for children and the information stand supervision of the Friends and Supporters at the concerts of the RSB.
Your benefits as friends and supporters
Our members can take a look behind the scenes and get an in-depth look at the orchestra’s work:
- Take part in the annual season presentation of the RSB.
- Receive a discount for certain concerts of the RSB.
- Visit selected rehearsals of the RSB.
- Accompany the RSB on its tours at cost price.
- Have the RSB at home („house concerts“).
- Receive free admission to the annual Friends Concert at Glienicke Castle.
Additional benefits for our supporters
- You can enjoy a visit to the dress rehearsal for the popular New Year’s programme.
- You will receive free admission to an RSB concert of your choice (not on 30 & 31 December).
- Look forward to a personal meeting with our chief conductor, Vladimir Jurowski.
We will be pleased to inform you about these possibilities and much more at our information booth at the concerts and with our newsletters.
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Board of directors
Manuela Wilke, chairwoman
Stefanie Rau, assistant treasurer
Sigrid Ewe, treasurer
Board of Trustees
Dr. Christine Bergmann, president
Friederike von Kirchbach
Dr. Friedrich Kuhn
Prof. Dr. h.c. Dieter Stolte
Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Thierse
Prof. Dr. Johannes Weberling
Frank Peter Zimmermann
Prof. Dr. h.c. Dieter Stolte
Freunde und Förderer des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin e.V.
Postfach 19 13 05
IBAN: DE43 1009 0000 2095 4630 05
“Freunde und Förderer des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin e. V.” is a non-profit association. Membership fees and donations to us can be tax deducted. For donations exceeding € 200, we will of course issue you a separate donation receipt.