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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Aserbaidschan: die Berliner Philharmoniker als UNICEF-Botschafter in Baku


    Jedes Kind hat ein Recht auf musikalische Bildung. Anlässlich der ersten Internationalen Konferenz für Menschen mit Behinderung in Baku reisten philharmonische Musiker in die aserbaidschanische Hauptstadt, um sich für die Rechte behinderter Kinder einzusetzen.

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  5. Musikinstrumente für Kinder in Haiti


    Bei dem Erdbeben in Haiti im Januar 2010 wurden auch zahlreiche Musikinstrumente zerstört. Das Musikhaus Thomann und die Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker initiierten gemeinsam mit UNICEF eine Spendenaktion für drei haitianische Schulen.

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