Friends and Patrons

Support the Society and enjoy preferential treatment by becoming a Friend or Patron.

The majority of arts based charities depend on voluntary financial support. Our singing members pay an annual subscription which roughly covers our overheads but the income from the sale of tickets is rarely enough to cover the cost of hiring the concert hall and paying for the orchestra and soloists.

Becoming a Friend or Patron helps us to close the gap and at the same time guarantees a preferential choice of a “best seat in the house” for our Autumn, Christmas and Spring concerts. Friends and Patrons also receive periodic Newsletters, are invited to attend choir members’ social events and are eligible to have their names printed in concert programs.
Friends. Friends are currently asked to pay a minimum of £70 pa and receive all the benefits listed above. This amounts to only a few pounds more than the cost of the best seat price for all three concerts but in most cases also allows the Society to claim a Gift Aid refund from HM Revenue and Customs.

Patrons. Patrons are those supporters who feel they would like to donate a little more than the basic Friends subscription. Silver Patrons are those who make a contribution between £100 and £200, whilst those contributing over £200 are classed as Gold Patrons. Gold Patrons receive two free tickets rather than one.

Applications. Applications to become a Friend or Patron can be accepted at any time by contacting:

Gerald Chew,
26 Delves Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5DR
Telephone: 01892 527958
or e-mail: geraldchew

We do hope that anyone who regularly attends the Society’s concerts and values the contribution the Society makes to music in Tunbridge Wells, will consider becoming a Friend or Patron, or by simply making a donation. The Society is a charity and donations can be treated as “gift aid”; details of our charity registration can be viewed here.