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
Endowed by the Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation

Richard Bonynge Fellowship
Generously supported by Lady Potter AC CMRI and Mrs Margaret S Ross AM

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 & Mrs Elizabeth Albert
Section Principal Horn

Susan & Leith Campbell
Section Principal Violin

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

Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swann
Section Principal Flute
Section Principal 2nd Violin

Ms Linda Herd
Principal Cor Anglais
Section Principal Viola

Don & 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
Ian Baker and Cheryl Saunders
G C Bawden and L de Kievit  in memory of Richard Gill AO
Bernadette Beattie & the late George Waters
Alan and Janet Bell
Marc Besen AC and the late Eva Besen AO
Caroline & Stephen Brain
G Croft
Ms Jane Edmanson OAM
Valerie and Ian Guthrie
Mr Louis J Hamon OAM
Peter & Carmel Johnson
Mrs Angela Kayser
Dr Peter A Kingsbury
Peter McLennan & John Lander
Michelle Moore and the late Ian Moore
Professor David G Penington
Kerryn Pratchett
Judith Robinson
P & J Spark
Bruce and Leona Sterling
Dr Victor Wayne & Dr Karen Wayne OAM
Mrs Lyn Williams AM
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Gifts of $100 to $999

Mr Ben Adler
Marja Berclouw
Edward and Hazel Brentnall
Miss Ann Darby
Mick Dexter
Jean Hadges
Kirsten Hort
Mr Greg J Reinhardt AM
Mr Paul Reptis & Mrs Hanna Reptis
Superlative Group Shepparton
Mr Leon Velik
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