The orchestra must raise £70,000 to survive. Founded in 1925 by Herbert Menges, the orchestra, which relies solely on donations and ticket sales, has seen a reduction in the number of legacies received over the past few years. Funding is now needed to meet payment commitments and to present the 2013-14 season. ‘Orchestras everywhere, indeed the arts in general, are facing interesting challenges during the economic circumstances in which we are placed, but I am hopeful that with your support, we will survive the current situation, and emerge stronger as a result,’ said BPO music director Barry Wordsworth. ‘The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is a vital part of the musical life of this city. Under Barry Wordsworth’s direction performance standards go from strength to strength and as the orchestra is the closest ongoing connection we have to Brighton Dome’s rich performance history we are privileged to welcome the orchestra and its loyal audience to the Concert Hall season after season. We must do all that we can to ensure its continued survival.’ chief executive Andrew Comben said.