The Berliner Philharmoniker’s season finale at the Waldbühne was not only a musical highlight, but also had a humanitarian aspect. Together with chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, pianist Lang Lang and UNICEF patron Daniela Schadt, the Berliner Philharmoniker made an appeal for help for Syrian refugee children. The audience at the Waldbühne were able to give direct support to the UNICEF Syrian appeal by SMS. Donations could also be made via the internet. 12.376 Euros were collected in this way. The orchestra, Sir Simon and Lang Lang donated an additional 60.000 Euros. Previously at the Berliner Philharmoniker’s open house day on 14 June, a raffle had raised 8.000 Euros for UNICEF’s campaign in support of the children of Nepal
Involvement with disadvantaged children
The Berliner Philharmoniker has been an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2007 – the first institution to take on this role – and under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra has campaigned for various UNICEF projects. The Chinese pianist Lang Lang was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2004 and has been a UN peace ambassador since 2013. In his involvement with disadvantaged children, he has been particularly interested in the role of music in child development. Daniela Schadt, partner of German President Joachim Gauck, has been the patron of UNICEF Germany since 2012.