Danish National Chamber Orchestra saved by crowdfunding

Orchestra appeals to public for support after loss of state funding

Conductor Adam Fischer Danish Chamber Orchestra
Published: January 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

After being disbanded due to state funding cuts at the beginning of this year, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra has raised enough money to play again.


The orchestra, founded 75 years ago, has been running an appeal for public support since its funding was cancelled on 1 January. After setting up a campaign to raise 3m Danish kroner (£300,000) on Kickstarter, it secured a third of funds needed from private donations and has had pledges from Danish businesses for the rest of the money it needs.

Because Kickstarter only allows single donations of £5000 or under, the orchestra had to cancel the online campaign, but has asked everyone who originally pledged support to resubmit their donations through other forms by 28 February 2015. Either way, it has reported that it now has enough funding to continue playing.

The Danish orchestra attracted attention in the online community back in October 2014 when it filmed itself performing after eating the world’s hottest chilli peppers.

Chief conductor Adam Fischer (pictured above) will conduct a benefit concert of works by Mozart this Sunday (1 February) to celebrate the success of the funding campaign.



Artist interview: Adam Fischer

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