Since Wycombe Sinfonia introduced its Playing for Parkinson’s Scheme in 2015, the orchestra has donated £232 to our branch of Parkinson’s UK.
The scheme started after a hugely successful charity concert, also called Playing for Parkinson’s, which was organised by branch member Mary Phipps in June 2015 raising £2,300 for our branch.
Wycombe Sinfonia’s conductor, John Dunnett, was delighted to see so many appreciative new audience members, and proposed that for the orchestra’s main concerts (usually in May and October), members of our branch, their families and friends should be entitled to tickets at the concessionary rate of £10, regardless of age, and that the orchestra would donate back to our branch £3 for every such ticket sold. This has meant larger audiences for the orchestra and welcome funds being donated to our branch; a win-win scheme for both charities.
Four concerts so far have been part of this scheme since October 2015 and, whilst not fundraising concerts, the scheme has resulted in a total of £232 being given to the Amersham and High Wycombe branch.
Mary, a cellist, retired as a member of the orchestra after their last concert, but will continue to administer the scheme.
Eligible tickets and concerts
To be eligible for the donation back to the branch, tickets must be bought through Mary (T: 01494 816416), and not through the orchestra’s website or other booking agencies. Forthcoming concerts include:
7:30 pm, Sat 13 October 2018 at All Saints, Church Square, High Wycombe HP11 2BN.
7:30 pm, Sat 18 May 2019 at All Saints, Church Square, High Wycombe HP11 2BN.
More details of concerts can be found in branch newsletters and on the Wycombe Sinfonia website.