Orchestra Victoria

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Philanthropy has been a key proponent of quality orchestral and chamber music for thousands of years. We are inspired by our magnanimous philanthropic community.

It is only with the generous support of individuals, trusts and foundations, and legacy gifts in wills that Orchestra Victoria can continue to attract and nurture the best artistic talent. Your support will help to ensure the long-term sustainability of our specialist art form and Orchestra, so we can continue to enhance our performing partners’ ballet and opera productions with world-class orchestral music.

Individuals who give to Orchestra Victoria are welcomed into our ‘Orchestra family’ and enjoy invitations to engage with the company and our musicians throughout the year. There are many ways to get involved and we would love to meet you and hear about your passion for the Orchestra. Please get in touch, join us and discover how you can help ensure the long term sustainability of our beloved Orchestra.


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Annual Giving

At the heart of the Philanthropy program lies our Annual Giving program which is the most important way to support the company as it underpins the everyday operations of the company. Our staff get to know our Annual Giving Patrons and Supporters, enjoying many special moments together, in support of the Orchestra and players.

If you would like to join our Annual Giving family, please contact the Philanthropy team on:

61 3 9694 3620

Planned Giving

Created out of your love for Orchestra Victoria, a Planned Gift through your will can be the most generous gift you ever make. Funds received from bequests are not spent, but invested in our Foundation building a sustainable and perpetual source of income. The impact over the long term is transformational and shapes the company we become tomorrow.

Whether you choose to give anonymously or publicly, please notify us of your gift so we can thank you and provide special opportunities for you to meet our musicians and enjoy being an important part of Orchestra Victoria.

If you would like to learn more, please contact us for a confidential discussion with our Philanthropy Manager.

Download Planned Giving information pack

Trusts and Foundation Giving

Orchestra Victoria encourages and actively pursues open discussions with funding bodies, trusts, foundations, associations and individuals with Private Ancillary Funds or established funds managed by grant-making organisations.

If you or your organisation aims to achieve community outcomes through artistic programs, please contact us for a confidential discussion.

Please see our Financial Supporters page where we celebrate our generous donors.


The Hamilton and Western District Fund
Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation

Richard Bonynge Fellowship
Lady Potter AC CMRI

General Support
The Judith and Alasdair McCallum Fund
Lesley and Bob Qualtrough Bequest

Support from Trusts and Foundations
Besen Family Foundation
Hamer Family Foundation
The Robert Salzer Foundation

The Estate of Mrs Neilma Baillieu Gantner
The Estate of Barbara Bobbe



G C Bawden and L de Kievit
Lesley M Bawden
Cusack-Muller Bequest
Canny Quine Foundation



Principal Gifts of $10,000
Mr Robert Albert AO RFD RD and Mrs Elizabeth Albert
Section Principal Horn

Susan and Leith Campbell
Section Principal Violin

Mr Jim Cousins AO and Mrs Libby Cousins
Igor and Jenny Zambelli
Section Principal Timpani

Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann
Section Principal Flute
Section Principal Second Violin

Ms Linda Herd
Principal Cor Anglais

Don and Angela Mercer
Section Principal Double Bass 

Lady Southey AC
Section Principal Cello


Tutti Gifts of $5,000
Mr Andrew Fairley AM
Tutti Violin

The Fielding Foundation
Tutti Violin



The Conductor's Podium
Gifts of $35,000 and over

Mr Robert Albert AO RFD RD and Mrs Elizabeth Albert

Leader Circle
Gifts of $10,000 to $34,999

Ms Linda Herd
Don and Angela Mercer
Mrs Margaret S Ross AM

Performer Patrons
Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999

Ed and Marj Eshuys 
Gaye and John Gaylard
Mr Richard Guy OAM and Ms Claire Guy 
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
Judith and Alasdair McCallum
Jan and Keith Richards

Gifts of $1,000 to $4,999

David and Cindy Abbey
Matthew and Joanne Angus
Bernadette Beattie and the late George Waters
Alan and Janet Bell
Eva Besen AO and Marc Bensen AC
Caroline and Stephen Brain
G Croft
Valerie and Ian Guthrie
Louis J Hamon OAM
Peter and Carmel Johnson
David McAllister AC
Peter McLennan and John Lander
Michelle Moore and the late Ian Moore
Professor David G Penington
Judith Robinson
P and J Spark
Bruce and Leona Sterling
Dr Victor Wayne and Dr Karen Wayne OAM
Lyn Williams AM
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Gifts of $100 to $999

Ian Baker and Cheryl Saunders
Alan and Janet Bell
Marja Berclouw
Edward and Hazel Brentnall
Peter and Ivanka Canet
Miss Ann Darby
Mr Joshua de Graaf
Mrs Liz Dexter
Brian Florence
Jean Hadges
Mr Haskins OAM and the late Mrs Haskins
Kirsten Hort
M Ruth McIndoe
Kerryn Pratchett
Mr Greg J Reinhardt AM
Mr Paul Reptis and Mrs Hanna Reptis
Superlative Group Shepparton
Mr Leon Velik
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