The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society exists to promote classical music in Gibraltar.
It is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital and is a registered charity.
The Society organises a programme of monthly concerts in Gibraltar with admission tickets priced very attractively, and has become known for the quality of the orchestras and artistes it brings, which include the English Chamber Orchestra, European Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Vienna State Opera, The Metropolitan Opera (New York), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), Berlin State Opera and Berlin Philharmonics to name a few.
The Chief Minister, the Honourable Fabian Picardo, QC, MP
Ian M Angus
James Lasry – Chairman
Karel Mark Chichon, OBE – Artistic Director
Angela Almeida & Bua Malamatabua – Events Co-ordinator
Lulu Veneroni Rocca (member emeritus)
The objects of the Society, set out in its Memorandum of Association are, in part, as follows: “to promote classical music and musicians, to stage concerts, recitals, operas and any other musical event”. As is usual in such documents, there are a further 29 clauses enumerating ancillary activities which can be carried out to further the main objective.
This formal enunciation of what the Society sets out to do is self explanatory, but some additional comments are in order too.
We meet our objective by arranging a full season of concerts starting in September of each year with usually 10 or more events. All artists and orchestras are professional musicians.
Where possible, local musicians of a sufficient standard are given the opportunity to perform alongside visiting professional orchestras. Contact our Artistic Director or our Events Co-ordinator if you are interested.
Another way in which we have worked with local cultural organizations has been our successful co-operation with the Gibraltar Academy of Dance (GAD). Where the programme permits, the GAD is invited to stage a performance, giving the Rock’s young would-be ballet dancers the valuable opportunity to perform in public with a full professional symphony orchestra.
We are always open to suggestions from other cultural organizations to explore ways in which we can collaborate.
The Society is constituted in Gibraltar as a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital. It was incorporated on 5 November 1998 and is inscribed in the Register of Companies with number 66766. The guarantee of £8 (eight pounds) was discharged by the members at the time of its incorporation and hence they have no further liability in respect of the company.
It is a not-for-profit entity and was inscribed in the Gibraltar Register of Charities on 24 October 2001 with the number 137. As a Registered Charity, the Society is dispensed from the obligation to include the word “Limited” in its name under section 18 of the Companies Ordinance.
The accounts of the Society are filed annually with the Charity Commissioners and abbreviated accounts with Companies House as required by law. Copies of the full audited accounts are made available each year to the Society’s sponsors.
The primary organ of management is the Board of Directors, which reaches its decisions after consultation with the Executive Committee. The views of sponsors are also of course taken into account.
There is no “membership” of the Society, in the sense that admission to the Society’s events is open to all. No membership fee is payable, but we do invite regular members of our audience to ensure that we have their email address to enable us to advise them directly of forthcoming events, programme changes etc. There is no charge for this service.