Society of Friends of the Gewandhaus

"We support our Gewandhausorchester with trumpets and drums!"
Join us in our valuable work and become a member of the Society of Friends of the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig e.V.!

The Society of Friends of the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig e.V. was founded in March 1993. Its membership has since expanded to over 700 members, comprising not only Leipzigers, but also music lovers from throughout Germany and beyond. The society affords the Gewandhaus with its incomparable Gewandhausorchester support of both a financial and idealistic nature. The primary focus of the Society's financial patronage is the acquisition of musical instruments of the highest quality in order to enable the Orchestra's musicians to perform to the heights of their ability. In addition, the Gewandhaus Children's Choir and concert tours undertaken by the Orchestra have received generous financial support from the Society.

"We are inordinately proud to form the closest circle of friends of one of the world's finest orchestras and to continually cultivate such a close relationship with its musicians" enthuses the Society's chairman, Dr. Andreas Creuzburg. However, the privilege of friendship does, naturally, extend both ways. The Society of Friends is very dear to Gewandhauskapellmeister Riccardo Chailly's heart: "For me as an Italian, amici are something wonderful and of great importance. To feel the members of the Society as amici of my orchestra and of the Gewandhaus, like-minded at our side, is marvellous!"