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Lichfield donor leaves £800,000 to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

A Lichfield donor has left £800,000 to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The legacy was made by a regular concert-goer and will help support the music organisation over the next eight years.

The CBSO’s chief executive Stephen Maddock OBE said the money would help the orchestra continue its work for years to come.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on stage. Pic: JimmyGuano

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on stage. Pic: JimmyGuano

“This important legacy represents a significant contribution to the £15 to £20million we need to raise from the private sector over the next eight years,” he said. “Support from generous private funders enables us to maintain and build upon the CBSO’s world-class artistic standards and the breadth of its work in the local community.

“Without such support every aspect of our work would be diminished beyond recognition. Gifts from generous individuals, companies and trusts are all part of the mix, and so too are legacies of all sizes.

“I am always touched and humbled when I learn that someone has chosen to remember us in this way – in doing so they ensure we can continue to offer musical inspiration for generations to come.”

Eve Vines, from the CBSO, said the orchestra’s work with young people had been one of the reasons why the money had been left.

“Our recent £800,000 gift was given by a gentleman who was very special to us, and who first started supporting the orchestra in memory of his wife,” she said. “In addition to coming to concerts to hear the full orchestra perform, he really valued the work which CBSO musicians did with young people around the region.

“I’m quite sure that it was this, together with his friendship with a number of the musicians, that inspired him to leave a legacy.”

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