Support Us

HMS is proud of its achievements in bringing live orchestral and choral music to the community for over 90 years.  However we receive no funding from the Arts Council and are dependent on signing up supporters and securing sponsorship in order to realise our musical aspirations. Society members themselves pay the basic running and rehearsal costs through annual subscriptions. 

We seek to encourage students to join by halving the normal fees and by promoting participation in concerts by pupils at local schools.  We also work hard on publicity and recruitment. Promoting and staging our concerts is increasingly expensive with costs frequently exceeding £2000 per performance.  This includes hire of Haslemere Hall, bringing in additional orchestra players and engaging top-class professional soloists.  Even with a full house, ticket and programme sales do not cover expenses. 

Please help us to continue offering exciting live music to local people by becoming a supporter. Our Friends and Patrons are the vital core of an appreciative and discerning audience.  We like to feel that their financial contributions are made out of a generous desire to patronise the arts.  As a local amateur society and registered charity we are not in a position to provide much in the way of tangible rewards, but we do what we can

Become a Friend

A Friend’s subscription is just £20 a year.  You will receive regular communications from our Friends and Patrons Secretary.  Your name will appear on this website and in all four concert programmes unless you choose to remain anonymous Current Friends of the society.

Become a Patron

We are especially grateful for annual donations from our Patrons. A Patron’s subscription is a minimum of £50 a year.  Patrons are listed in each concert programme and enjoy special privileges, such as regular newsletters and an invitation to our social functions. In addition to the benefits accruing to Friends we further show our appreciation by offering a complimentary programme for any concert you come to, on production of your Patron’s card.  We also invite you – along with singers, players and performers – to the post-concert parties for the nominal fee which all members pay. Patrons also have a standing invitation to attend rehearsals if they let the Friends and Patrons Secretary know in advance Current Patrons of the society.

Our Patron’s Secretary, Evie Page, would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to become a Patron or Friend: Email:

Shop Online

Shop online and raise money for HMS at no cost to yourself! HMS is registered with as this is one of the easiest ways to help raise money for the Society. If you already shop online with retailers such as: Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, Vodafone, eBay, WH Smith, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s you can sign up for free and raise money while you shop. Each time you shop online, go to and make your purchase in the normal way. You will pay the same price as you would by going directly to the retailer but a percentage (up to 15%) is paid by the retailer to the HMS account. Your purchase is with the retailer so your normal rights are protected and so sign up now to start making a difference. How much can you raise? Spend £100 with M&S online or Amazon and you raise £2.50 for us. £100 with WH Smith puts £2.00 in our pocket and so on. There are over 2,000 retailers on their site, and some of the donations can be as much as 15% of your purchase. Save money too! Easyfundraising is FREE to use plus you’ll get access to hundreds of exclusive discounts and voucher codes, so not only will you be helping us, you’ll be saving money yourself. We need your help to start donations coming in. Join now and sign up to start making a difference … simply by shopping.


We welcome one-off or continuing donations from individuals, trusts or businesses and are grateful to the following organisations for their generous support:

  • Betty Parr Whitbread Music Trust
  • Community Foundation for Surrey
  • Shottermill Great War Memorial Trust
  • Haslemere Challice Fund
  • The Burnett Music Fund
  • Grillo LLP
  • Shipleys LLP
  • The Orr Mackintosh Foundation (ShareGift)
  • Waitrose


Grillo LLP

Grillo LLP Godalming, offers valuations, property management, expert witness and claims services.

Shipleys LLP

Shipleys LLP Godalming, offers professional services including accounting, audit, tax etc.


Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue, helping your donation go further. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim back the difference between the basic and higher rate tax paid, reducing the net cost to you of your gift. Example: A higher-rate taxpayer who becomes a Patron of HMS with a donation of £100 would incur a net cost of just £75 per annum, see below:

Lump sums or annual donations Value of your Gift Aid Donation to HMS If you pay higher-rate tax at 40%, the net cost to you would be
£20 £25 £15
£30 £37.50 £22.50
£50 £62.50 £37.50
£75 £93.75 £56.26
£100 £125 £75
£200 £250 £150
£500 £625 £375


Why not leave a legacy to HMS?

If you have valued your association with HMS whether as a singing member, orchestral member or as part of the audience, you will know how much the Society has given to you, perhaps over many years, through the magnificence, beauty and emotional power of music. We need your help to safeguard the future of HMS and to ensure that the next generation of singers, players and audience may experience HMS as you have known and loved it. If you would like to leave a legacy to HMS in your will, your best course of action is to arrange this through your own solicitor. If you prefer, the Chairman will be pleased to put you in touch with an experienced solicitor, connected to HMS, who can offer you professional assistance. HMS is very grateful for all legacies and is happy to recognise your generosity, if you wish, with an acknowledgement in our concert programme. If you are able to leave £5000 or more, we will be pleased to dedicate a concert in your memory.