The Rehearsal Orchestra’s work in nurturing talented musicians would not be possible without the charitable trusts and foundations, corporate donors and individual benefactors whose generous support enables us to fulfil our mission.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted our course activities over the past few years, we continue to plan into the future, and 2022 saw us return to business almost-as-usual. The aim of our charity remains that of providing outstanding orchestral learning opportunities whilst keeping costs to players, especially students and young professionals, as low as possible. Funding, essential to achieving our goals, is particularly challenging to secure during this time.

There are lots of ways in which you can support the work of the Rehearsal Orchestra. Many of them are listed on this page, but if you would like more information or have further ideas, please do get in touch.

Any donation you can make will help provide the orchestral musicians of tomorrow with the same fantastic opportunities which previous generations of Rehearsal Orchestra players have benefitted from.

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The Gillian Halse Bursary Fund

Harold Taylor, partner of Gillian Halse Noel (pictured left with Harry Legge) who co-founded the Rehearsal Orchestra in 1957, very kindly gave a legacy in his will in Gill’s memory to fund student bursaries for our annual Edinburgh rehearsal week. To find out more about supporting the bursaries we offer and what they can achieve, see our Bursaries page.


The Rehearsal Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following Trusts and Foundations during our 2013–2023 seasons.

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation
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The Aspinwall Educational Trust
The Binks Trust
The Bird Charitable Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
Coral Samuel Charitable Trust
The Derek Hill Foundation
Dolly Knowles Charitable Trust  
The E J B Rose Charitable Trust
The Fitton Trust
The Foyle Foundation
The Garrick Charitable Trust 
The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity
The Golsoncott Foundation
The Ian Fleming Charitable Trust
The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
The J P Jacobs Charitable Trust
The Kobler Trust


Maria Björnson Memorial Fund
The Marina Kleinwort Trust
Mastersingers Ltd
N Smith Charitable Settlement
The Nancy Bateman Charitable Trust
Old Possum’s Practical Trust
PF Charitable Trust
The Purcell Club
The Rainbow Dickinson Trust
The R H Scholes Charitable Trust
R K T Harris Trust
The Scops Arts Trust
The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust
Tay Charitable Trust
Thriplow Charitable Trust
The Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust
The Victoria Wood Foundation
Wagner Society
William Syson Charitable Foundation



Adele Wagstaff is an artist and teacher who has been sketching and painting the orchestra for a number of years and whose artwork of RO is for sale to benefit the orchestra.  An exhibition of Adele's images of musicians took place at Putney School of Art in May 2017 as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations.

Please find a link to her website to view her portfolio