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.

Philanthropy is a vital part of Orchestra Victoria. It is only with the support of individuals, trusts and foundations and legacy gifts from bequests that we can go beyond our core; performing alongside our esteemed partners: The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. We rely on philanthropy to carry out work outside of the pit: to provide world class music to Victorians across the state and continue our mOVe education program for aspiring young musicians in regional areas.

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 9669 2735

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 and Helen Handbury Foundation

The Richard Bonynge Fellowship
Generously Supported by Lady Potter AC CMRI

Instrument Acquisition Fund
Susan & Leith Campbell 

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

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

The Estate of Mrs Neilma Gantner



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



Principal Gifts of $10,000
Ms Linda Herd
Principal Cor Anglais

Mr Robert Albert AO RFD RD & Mrs Elizabeth Albert
Section Principal Horn

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

Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swann
Section Principal Flute

Don & Angela Mercer
Section Principal Double Bass 

Lady Southey AC
Section Principal Cello

Susan & Leith Campbell
Principal 1st Violin

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



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

Mr Robert Albert AO RFD RD & Mrs Elizabeth Albert

Leader Circle
Gifts $10,000-$34,999

Mr Richard Guy OAM & Ms Claire Guy
Ms Linda Herd
Don & Angela Mercer
Mrs Margaret S Ross AM
Lady Southey AC

Performer Patrons
Gifts $5,000-$9,999

G C Bawden & L de Kievit  in memory of Richard Gill AO
Gaye & John Gaylard
Hans & Petra Henkell
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
Dr Peter A Kingsbury
David McAllister AM
Judith & Alasdair McCallum
The Hon Howard Nathan AM QC & Ned Upton
Jan & Keith Richards

Gifts $1,000-$4,999

David and Cindy Abbey
Matthew & Joanne Angus
G Croft
Jane Edmanson OAM
Ed & Marj Eshuys
Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swann
Louis J Hamon OAM
Russell & Jenni Jenkins
Peter & Carmel Johnson
Alex & Tyler McKenzie
Peter McLennan & John Lander
Michelle and Ian Moore
Marie Morton FRSA
Kerryn Pratchett
Mr John Redman
Judith Robinson
Libby Smith
P & J Spark
Bruce & Leona Sterling
Elizabeth & Hank Van Herk
George Waters & Bernadette Beattie
Dr Victor Wayne & Dr Karen Wayne OAM
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Gifts $100-$999

Lesley M Bawden
Alan & Janet Bell
Marja Berclouw
Marc Besen AC & Eva Besen AO
J Blain
Caroline & Stephen Brain
Edward & Hazel Brentnall
Ken and Lesley Bretherton
Beth Brown & Tom Bruce
Clive Bunn
Peter and Ivanka Canet
Adam & Donna Cusack-Muller
Miss Ann Darby
Mr Joshua de Graaf
Mrs Liz Dexter
Brian Florence
Jean Hadges
Mr Haskins OAM & Mrs Haskins
Mr Stuart Jennings
Ms Celia Lamprell
Ken & Noelene Linard
M Ruth McIndoe
Greg & Penny Noonan
Mrs Mary Pendavingh
Greg J Reinhardt
Hanna Reptis
Ian Baker & Cheryl Saunders
Lynne Sherwood
Superlative Group Shepparton
Mr Leon Velik
Lyn Williams AM
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