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Become a Friend

The Friends of the Leeds International Piano Competition (FLIPC) have been supporting the competitors since the very early days of its 53 year history; a loyal and dedicated group of members who have contributed so much to its success.

As a Friend there are many ways that you can become involved; contributing to providing a wonderful experience for our competitors, helping to achieve success in our learning and participation projects and, of course, by being part of a warm and passionate audiences at the competition and other events.

Standard membership is only £60 per three years, with discounts for concessions and joint members.

Please contact Linda Wellings with any questions regarding the Friends, and click here to download our joining form.

Make a Donation

Join as a Patron

Our Patrons are playing an ever more pivotal role in supporting the Competition as we embark on an exciting future under the leadership of Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse.

We invite you to join us on the extraordinary journey of discovering the next generation of world-leading musicians.

With unrivalled opportunities to get closer to the Competition, our pianists and partners, our Patrons are vital to the continued success and impact of The Leeds on a national and international stage.

Patron membership starts at £28 per month. For more information, or to pay by Direct Debit, please click here to download our Patron leaflet, or click here to download our plain text form (and Direct Debit form should you like to pay by this method).

Premier Donors

For all who love the piano, supporting the Leeds International Piano Competition enables you to deepen your passion. We are inviting a few select donors to form an inner circle of Premier Donors for those able to make a donation of at least £100,000 every three years.

For further information and to discuss further please contact co-Artistic Director, Adam Gatehouse.

Leave a Legacy

Since our very first competition in 1963, The Leeds has created an astonishing legacy of world-class pianists and it has brought the very highest levels of music-making to Leeds for over 50 years.

By recognising the Leeds International Piano Competition in your will, you will be helping to ensure that we can continue to nurture the future generations of leading international musicians.

If you would like to discuss, in confidence, how you would like to make a direct and lasting impact on the Competition by leaving a gift in your will, please contact Linda Wellings (Operations Director).


0113 244 6586

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to The Leeds.

Making the most of your donation

We want to ensure that we are making the very most of your generosity towards the Competition.

Gift Aid

As a registered charity (no. 1073251) the Leeds International Piano Competition is able to benefit from the Government’s Gift Aid scheme. This means that we are able to claim an additional 25% of your donation back from the Government – without it costing you a penny extra. You need to be a UK registered tax-payer for your donation to qualify.

Higher rate tax payers

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation. This means that not only is the Competition able to claim an additional 25% of your donation through the Gift Aid scheme, but you are able to claim back the additional tax you’ve paid on that donation.

For example

If you donate £1,000 to the Competition, we claim Gift Aid to make your donation £1,250. If you pay tax at 40% you can personally claim back £250 (£1,250 x 20%).

Corporate Support

We are proud to bring the world’s very best pianists to Leeds, and showcase the city to an international audience. With the inclusion of free-to-view live streaming of the whole of the 2018 Competition, and with the first rounds to be held in New York, Berlin, and Singapore, The Leeds will reach an unrivalled national and international audience.

We look forward to working closely with our corporate partners to best reflect your particular aims, objectives and interests. Each of our partnerships are unique and may include:

Hospitality, tickets and events surrounding performances at the Competition

Advertising and branding at the Competition, or in association with our international streaming

Sponsorship of our annual Leeds Piano Festival, which takes place in London and Leeds

Trusts and Foundations

Under the artistic leadership of Adam Gatehouse and Paul Lewis, The Leeds will play an ever more crucial role in promoting music-making at all levels and abilities – from the very highest-levels of international piano playing, to those sitting down at a keyboard for the first time.

Working alongside the Competition itself, will be an extensive annual programme of activity which will seek to bring the joy music-making to people in Leeds and across the country.

Please contact Jenny Rogers (Learning & Engagement Director) if your trust or foundation would like to support the Competition, or if you would like to discuss some of our ambitious artistic and educational plans for the future.


0113 831 4106


With great thanks to our supporters and donors

Major Supporters

Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
John & Helen Burgess
The Audrey and Stanley Burton Charitable Trust
Vernon Ellis Foundation
The Emerald Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Jonathan Moulds CBE

Patrons of The Leeds

Olav and Liz Arnold
Jenny Beverley
John Brownlie
Peter and Annette Ellis
Gordon and Francesca Horsfield
Valerie James
Richard and Chrissie Morse
David Rymer and Laurent Simon
Sophie and Gregg Wilson
Richard Wintour

Competition Supporters

Bartlett Group
The Charles Brotherton Charitable Trust
The Dunard Fund
Foundation for Sport and the Arts
Friends of the Leeds
Kenneth Hargreaves Trust
Holbeck Charitable Trust
Leeds College of Music
The Linden Charitable Trust
The Helen Rachael Mackaness Trust
Mayer Brown
Yaltah Menuhin Memorial Fund
Welcome to Yorkshire

Individual Donors

Ed and Heather Anderson
Olivia Berggruen
Sir Alan Langlands
Kathryn McDowell CBE
Jelena Poulickova
Dame Ingrid Roscoe

Learning & Engagement Supporters

Arts Council England
Leeds Music Education Partnership