Become a Friend

The Friends of the Leeds International Piano Competition (FLIPC) have been supporting the competitors since the very early days of its 53 year history; a loyal and dedicated group of members who have contributed so much to its success.

As a Friend there are many ways that you can become involved; contributing to providing a wonderful experience for our competitors, helping to achieve success in our learning and participation projects and, of course, by being part of a warm and passionate audiences at the competition and other events.

Standard membership is only £60 per three years, with discounts for concessions and joint members.

Please contact Linda Wellings with any questions regarding the Friends, and click here to download our joining form.

Become a Patron

Join us on an extraordinary journey to discover the next generation of world-class musicians.

We warmly invite you to join The Leeds family as a Patron and play a vital role in building our future.

Our Patrons understand that their philanthropy helps us to be a world leader in our field, whether that’s on the concert platform, online or in our communities. They also believe in the transformative power of the piano and are passionate about our mission to inspire and engage people across the world.

Find out more about how you can enjoy a closer and rewarding relationship with The Leeds and its pianists.

Leave a Legacy

Since our very first competition in 1963, The Leeds has created an astonishing legacy of world-class pianists and it has brought the very highest levels of music-making to Leeds for over 50 years.

By recognising the Leeds International Piano Competition in your will, you will be helping to ensure that we can continue to nurture the future generations of leading international musicians.

If you would like to discuss, in confidence, how you would like to make a direct and lasting impact on the Competition by leaving a gift in your will, please contact Linda Wellings (Operations Director).


0113 244 6586

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to The Leeds.

We want to ensure that we are making the very most of your generosity towards the Competition.

Gift Aid

As a registered charity (no. 1073251) the Leeds International Piano Competition is able to benefit from the Government’s Gift Aid scheme. This means that we are able to claim an additional 25% of your donation back from the Government – without it costing you a penny extra. You need to be a UK registered tax-payer for your donation to qualify.

Higher rate tax payers

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation. This means that not only is the Competition able to claim an additional 25% of your donation through the Gift Aid scheme, but you are able to claim back the additional tax you’ve paid on that donation.

For example

If you donate £1,000 to the Competition, we claim Gift Aid to make your donation £1,250. If you pay tax at 40% you can personally claim back £250 (£1,250 x 20%).

Corporate Support

We are proud to bring the world’s very best pianists to Leeds, and showcase the city to an international audience. With free-to-view live streaming of the whole Competition, and with the first rounds held in New York, Berlin, and Singapore, The Leeds reaches an unrivalled national and international audience.

We look forward to working closely with our corporate partners to best reflect your particular aims, objectives and interests. Each of our partnerships are unique and may include:

Hospitality, tickets and events at the Competition

Advertising and branding at the Competition, or in association with our international streaming

Sponsorship of our triannual competition, annual Leeds Piano Festival, International Rounds and medici.tv channel

In Kind Sponsorship of our events and artists


Our family of supporters and donors are with us every step of the way. Their generosity helps to transform artists lives, as well as extending extraordinary musical experiences locally, nationally, internationally and digitally around the world.

Major Supporters

Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
John & Helen Burgess
The Audrey and Stanley Burton Charitable Trust
Vernon Ellis Foundation
The Emerald Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Jonathan Moulds CBE

Patrons of The Leeds

Olav and Liz Arnold
Jenny Beverley
John Brownlie
Peter and Annette Ellis
Gordon and Francesca Horsfield
Valerie James
Richard and Chrissie Morse
David Rymer and Laurent Simon
Sophie and Gregg Wilson
Richard Wintour

Competition Supporters

Bartlett Group
The Charles Brotherton Charitable Trust
The Dunard Fund
Foundation for Sport and the Arts
Friends of the Leeds
Holbeck Charitable Trust
Kenneth Hargreaves Trust
Leeds College of Music
Mayer Brown
Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust
The Linden Charitable Trust
The Helen Rachael Mackaness Trust
Yaltah Menuhin Memorial Fund
Welcome to Yorkshire

Individual Donors

Ed and Heather Anderson
Olivia Berggruen
Sir Alan Langlands
Kathryn McDowell CBE
Jelena Poulickova
Dame Ingrid Roscoe

Learning & Engagement Supporters

Arts Council England
Leeds Music Education Partnership
Besbrode Pianos
The Royal Philharmonic Society
Sir George Martin Trust
Wade’s Charity
The National Lottery Heritage Fund