UK Friends of the ACO

ACO Violinist Glenn Christensen waiting at London's Bond Street station with his Violin

The ACO has a strong affiliation with London, having given 30 concerts in the city since our London debut in 1982.

This includes sold-out performances in each of the city’s major concert venues including the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, for which we have received five-star reviews from publications including The Times, The Guardian UK and The Telegraph.  In 2017, the Orchestra was honoured to be invited to play a special private concert for HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

In the years ahead, we plan to deepen our engagement with the UK and London in particular, with a three-year residency at the Barbican where we will appear every October from 2018-2020.   The ACO is one of three International Associate ensembles who have been invited to take residence, and we are in good company with the LA Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

This residency at one of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues follows on from the success of ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti’s time as the Barbican’s first ever Artist-in-Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall in the Barbican Presents 2016/17 season.  Importantly, our relationship with the Guildhall School of Music continues to deepen, with regular workshops planned and the ongoing inclusion of talented players from the school in our Barbican programs.  

"We greatly look forward to collaborating with the Barbican, who share our commitment to presenting concerts that aim to inspire, embolden and challenge audiences,” said Richard Tognetti

Your support can help us continue to tour and build our education outreach in London.  

Join the inner circle by becoming a UK Friend of the ACO with a fully tax-deductible donation at one of the following levels:


Ambassador £5,000
Patron £2,500
Friend £1,000
Supporter £500


Or simply make a donation at the level you feel comfortable with.

Supporters will be acknowledged in all materials produced by the ACO, and will be invited to join us at concerts and special private events well into the future.

To register your interest please download this form, complete and submit via email to Jill Colvin.

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