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past and present

Sunderland Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity (No. 1082431) supported financially from membership fees, patronage fees, concert fees, and from charity donations. Additional funding has been received from a number of organisations, for which we are very grateful. 

Through 2017 / 18 the Orchestra developed a successful Grants for the Arts bid to Arts Council England for our multi-faceted two-year Coming of Age developmental project. As a part of the Arts Council England bid, we receive funding from the Sunderland Music Education Hub - Together for Children CIC.  Beyond our existing working partnerships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) and the Sunderland Youth Orchestra (SYO), we continue to develop working partnerships with music and cultural development partners in Sunderland and further afield.



West Park United Reformed Church

The Elders and Members have supported the Orchestra from the beginning, until the closure of the Church in 2014. Several of the members continue to support the orchestra in many ways. 


Community Foundation

The Community Foundation gave a grant to pay Musical Directors fees.


Sunderland Lions Club

The Sunderland Lions Club gave a number of grants for the purchase of musical instruments.


Vardy Foundation

The Vardy Foundation has given a grant to further the aims of the Orchestra. 


Arts Council England

Arts Council England has provided Grants for the Arts investment in our Coming of Age programme.



Gentoo donated a grant to purchase a photocopier.


Sunderland City Council

The City Council has supported the Orchestra since its formation through the Community Chest and, in 2013/4, through the Strategic Initiative Budget.


Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir James Knott Trust donated money for the purchase of music.


The Co-Operative

Co-operative Food at Northmoor Road supported the Orchestra through their Project Connect scheme.


Together for children

The SMEH Together for Children CIC sponsors DBS certification for members and other infrastructure programmes.

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