Berliner Philharmoniker

The Berliner Philharmoniker as

UNICEF Ambassador

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When the Berliner Philharmoniker became the first institution to be named an international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2007, no one should have been surprised that the orchestra was singled out for this honour by the United Nations children’s fund. That international organization had been keen to add a representative of Germany to the ranks of its Goodwill Ambassadors, and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education outreach programme amply demonstrated the orchestra’s strong commitment to children and young people.

The German orchestra’s appointment was announced in November of 2007 at New York’s “Berlin in Lights” festival, during which the Philharmonic appeared in several orchestral and chamber concerts as well as in its educational dance project based on The Rite of Spring. The symbol of UNICEF membership is a blue cello case with the organization’s white logo. Sir Simon Rattle received it from Hilde Frafjord Johnson, former Norwegian development minister, and spoke the following words: “You’ve given us this cello case. Now it’s up to us to bring it to life.” On this page we present to you the projects to which the Berliner Philharmoniker are committed.

  1. The Berliner Philharmoniker ask for donations for refugee children in Syria


    After our fund-raiser at the Waldbühne concert in June 2015, we are now asking you once again for your support so that the sufferingof children in conflict areas can be relieved as quickly as possible.

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  2. UNICEF fundraiser at the Waldbühne


    The Berliner Philharmoniker’s season finale at the Waldbühne 2015 was not only a musical highlight, but also had a humanitarian aspect. Over 70.000 Euros for Syrian refugee children were collected.

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  3. UNICEF Appeal: Help the victims of typhoon in the Philippines


    On the occasion of their joint performance at this year’s New Year’s Eve Concert, Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang are appealing for donations in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief fund.

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  4. On Tour in Asia 2011


    The Berliner Philharmoniker in their capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo during the big tour in Asia 2011.

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  5. Auction of the Alfred-Brendel-Piano in aid of UNICEF's emergency relief for children in East Africa


    Whenever Alfred Brendel appeared in the Philharmonie in Berlin, he always performed on the Steinway D-524780. Now the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation has auction off the instrument in aid of UNICEF's emergency relief for children in East Africa.

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  6. Azerbaijan: the Berliner Philharmoniker as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in Baku


    Every child has a right to musical education. For the first International Conference on Disability in Baku, musicians from the Philharmoniker travelled to the Azerbaijan capital to appeal for the rights of disabled children.

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  7. Musical instruments for children in Haiti


    When the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, many musical instruments were also destroyed. Together with UNICEF, the German-based musical instrument retailer Thomann and the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation initiated a fund-raising event for three Haitian schools.

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