The COE has always had a wide range of corporate sponsors, many of which have supported the Orchestra for long periods of time. In the early years the sponsorship of The BOC Group, Commercial Union, ICI, Rank Xerox, Sainsbury’s, UBS Warburg and Unilever was vital, while in more recent years Aviva has been a prominent supporter.
The Orchestra is examining a number of prospects for specific sponsorship opportunities in Europe, and we are optimistic that we will be forging important new relationships in the near future. In particular, 2016 has seen the launch of an initiative which focuses on endowments for each of the COE’s principal chairs. We are very pleased to announce that the first two of these chairs – the Principal Oboe and the Principal Flute – have already been supported by the Rupert Hughes Will Trust in memory of the late Rupert Hughes.