From the earliest days, we have supported the performing arts and looked after the financial affairs of many influential figures connected with the arts such as Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Chopin and Berlioz.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is the world’s largest collection of portraits from the late Middle Ages to the present day. It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856 and moved in 1896 to its current site at St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, and adjoining the National Gallery. The aim of the NPG is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture and…to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.
We were delighted to sponsor 'Grayson Perry: Who Are You?' at the NPG (24 October 2014 – 15 March 2015), building upon our rich heritage inextricably linked to London and the creative industries.
The creation of this cycle of works of art featured a range of Britons, all of whom embody a particularly potent aspect of contemporary British identity. The sitters – individuals, families and groups, have had their portraits created in a range of media, including ceramics, bronze and a new large tapestry. This display offered the chance to see the works featured in a three part Channel 4 series ‘Grayson Perry: Who Are You?’ aired in the autumn 2014.
Royal Opera House
We share a fascinating history with the Royal Opera House. Our earliest connection with Covent Garden dates back to 1733 and in the early nineteenth century Thomas Coutts, a partner in the bank, became a shareholder of the theatre.
We have sponsored productions at the opera house since 2003 and are very pleased to continue this relationship in 2013 when we are production sponsor of La rondine with a sensational cast including Angela Gheorghiu with Ermonela Jaho, Vittorio Grigolo and Sabina Puértolas.
The Royal Court Theatre is the UK’s leading new writing theatre. Based on Sloane Square and with an international reputation, the theatre puts on the best new plays written by the most exciting playwrights today. Since 1956, the theatre has sought out and developed the most talented writers, actors, directors and designers, many of them now well established in the world of entertainment.
We are privileged to be the principal sponsor of the Royal Court. Our partnership began in May 2011 and celebrates the excellence and vision of both of our organisations. We first sponsored the theatre in 2005 as they represented all that was best in cutting edge theatre and continue to do so today.