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Partner stories

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Bridge, cricket and music – three of Roger O’Shea’s great loves. But it is the latter that strikes a particular chord with the founders of Pharon Independent Financial Advisers.

Pharon have supported visits to The Marlowe Theatre by the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2013 – and they have pledged support until 2019.

Put quite simply, in the words of the Philharmonia’s Jonathan Mayes (Director, Residences and Regional Programme): “We wouldn’t be here [Canterbury] without this support. We are immensely grateful to Roger and Pharon – this commitment means we can plan well into the future.”

The Philharmonia is The Marlowe’s resident orchestra and visits six times a year. Roger hadn’t seen them before they came to Canterbury, but as a lover of classical music (Beethoven and Nielsen are his favourite composers) and with other sponsorships already up and running – the English Senior Bridge Team and Kent Cricket Club to name two – it seemed a natural partnership.

As a local family business of 44 years, it is very much part of Pharon’s ethos to support different projects (never individuals), and Roger says they have a positive relationship with them all.

“There aren’t many good orchestras around and Canterbury is lucky to have one of them [the Philharmonia] visit on a regular basis. We can, hopefully, help these visits continue for a long time to come.”


Furley Page

For nearly 300 years Furley Page has built its business through looking after clients’ best interests by providing clear, practical and cost-effective advice. The trusted family and business brand is a huge asset as a partner to The Marlowe. Furley Page has professional credentials unrivalled within the sector, but also a dedicated staff who are part of the fabric of business and community life in the areas we serve.

Furley Page has worked with The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust since the capital project to re-build the theatre. You will see evidence of their support around the theatre, not least at Stalls Door One which is named The Furley Page door.

As Nicola August, Partner and Head of Vulnerable Clients, explains, Furley Page supports The Marlowe through its Wills and Legacy campaign, which encourages theatregoers to leave a gift to The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust for the benefit of future generations. Legacies help the Trust to support projects which enhance the theatre’s artistic programme, encourage new audiences and enable the growth of local creative talent.

Furley Page lost no time in becoming one of the Business Members of the theatre at the scheme’s inception. Since then we have co-presented a number of events at the theatre, offering Marlowe Friends and guests a friendly opportunity to learn about Protecting Your Assets and Planning Your Happy Retirement.

“Furley Page has been at the heart of Kent’s business and community life for generations and we are very proud of our long and successful association with the county’s premier theatre.”