Brecknock Sinfonia/Friends


Download Friends Application Form

Download 100 Club Form

The Friends of Brecknock Sinfonia was established in 2009 to support the orchestra by raising funds, generating awareness and interest, and providing an active social network for its audiences.

When the Brecknock Sinfonia Trust was established in 2018, all Friends became members of the trust. There is a Friends' Committee comprising Trustees and others, which organises events.

Membership of the Friends offers reserved seating at concerts, regular newsletters, invitations to recitals and post-concert drinks and snacks with the performers. As members of the Trust, they are invited to the Annual General Meeting. Unless they choose to remain anonymous, all Friends are acknowledged in the concert programmes.

Throughout the year the Friends host informal recitals, often as Musical Teas on a Sunday afternoon, at which members of the orchestra perform before tea and cakes are served.  Recent offerings have included cello and harpsichord, a wind quintet, a baroque trio and a family ensemble.

The Friends also raise funds through a 100 Club, a prize draw held at every concert.  For the price of a concert ticket subscribers have a number in each drawer.   The funds raised by the Friends enable the orchestra to plan ambitious programmes and maintain the highest musical standards, while their social activities have created a strong support base and close links between the players and their audience.

Brecknock Sinfonia Trust Data Privacy Policy

Brecknock Sinfonia (the Sinfonia) is an orchestra for Brecon and the surrounding area. It is governed by a charity (the Brecknock Sinfonia Trust (the Trust)) and managed by the Trustees and by two sub-committees, the Orchestra Committee and the Friends’ Committee. All Friends of the Brecknock Sinfonia are also members of the Trust – the term “Friends” is simply a more informal way of referring to those who pay subscriptions to support the orchestra, and the Trust has retained that long used term.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR concerns the way in which organisations like Brecknock Sinfonia collect, handle and protect the personal data of the Sinfonia’s Friends and others. It also explains your rights in relation to that data. For organisational reasons, the Trust continues to deal with orchestral players and Members/Friends separately as regards the GDPR.

The Friends’ Committee needs your written consent to continue to hold and use the personal data you provide to us. Many Friends gave their consent by way of exchange of email or letter when the GDPR came into effect in 2018. New Friends of Brecknock Sinfonia can give their consent by completing the appropriate declaration on the Membership Form. Your consent remains valid until you tell us otherwise.

All the data which we hold has come from you or, in some circumstances, from publicly available sources. The data we hold about each individual includes some or all of the following (Name, address, home telephone number, and/or mobile number, and email address). The Trust accepts subscriptions by Standing Order. If you establish a standing order, you will provide your banking details to the Membership Secretary. However, such details will not be retained by the Trust but will be passed on directly to the nominated bank. (We hope that the Charity Commission will in due course accept the Trust’s application for registration, which should enable the Sinfonia to benefit from Gift Aid and Friends may choose to make a Gift Aid Declaration.)

We maintain personal data to enable the collection of Friends’ subscriptions, the sending of the Sinfonia Newsletter, concert details and other communications related to our musical programme and events. Occasionally photographs used on the Brecknock Sinfonia website may include members of the audience or Friends helping out serving refreshments or otherwise. Individuals are not named, but if you do not wish to appear in any such photos, or do not wish family members to appear, please do let us know. Individuals’ personal details are not shared with any other organisation or third party.


Friends Committee

  • Chair (interim)-  
  • Secretary - Dorcas Slaney
  • Subscription Secretary - Bryan Collins
  • Floor members - Janet Foster, Peter Starling, Jan Franks, Vaughan Bennett

Current Friends

  • Tim Ashcroft
  • Mike Scott Archer
  • Janet Bailey
  • Vaughan & Kaye Bennett
  • Wendy Betts
  • Garry & Janice Block
  • Lorna Bolingbroke
  • Dr Mervyn & Elizabeth Bramley
  • Ruth Brown
  • Glenys Bufton
  • David & Julia Bussell
  • Anthony & Norma Clatworthy
  • Bryan Collins
  • Gillian Evans
  • Marya Fforde
  • Janet Foster
  • Jan Franks
  • April Games
  • Glenys Gray
  • Susan Hankey
  • Hilary Heltay
  • Edna Horley
  • Jean Hosie
  • Steven & Muriel Howells
  • Mary Iliff
  • Christopher & Margaret Jenkins
  • Stuart Jones
  • Trudi Jordan
  • James Joseph
  • Neil & Pamela Kellett
  • Ann Kelly
  • Laura Kostoris
  • Sir Andrew & Lady Sue Large
  • Christine Lewis
  • Anthony & Helen Seys Llewellyn
  • Hubert & Elizabeth Macfie
  • Philippi Murphy
  • Jonathan Morgan
  • Dr Robert Osborne
  • Derek W Panes
  • Richard & Heike Podger