They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a community of generous people to grow the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

June is the Month of Giving, where we celebrate our deep connection to our audiences and the partnerships we form to create amazing experiences.

Through donations and bequests, WASO is able to provide the highest quality performances for audiences with Orchestra Partnerships, the Instruments Fund and the WASO Song Book.

Founded by Janet Holmes à Court, the WASO Song Book allows the commission of new works to be performed each year, new music that may become the classics of tomorrow. Patrons enable composers to bring their musical ideas to life with WASO, a truly unique project for all involved.

This year WASO hits the road on another Regional Tour, this time heading south to Esperance and Albany for three performances in October. A highlight of the tour will be a newly commissioned piece by Iain Grandage, one of Australia’s most exciting, creative and collaborative composers, with his new concerto written especially for long-time colleague and friend, Principal Cor anglais Leanne Glover. Concerto for Cor anglais will also be performed at Perth Concert Hall on 11 and 12 October as part of the Beethoven’s Eroica concert.

Iain Grandage and Leanne Glover

Orchestral partnerships fund a chair in the orchestra and enable Patrons to deepen their connection with the Orchestra and their knowledge of a particular instrument. Patrons get to watch the musical career of the musician of their choice and enjoy social occasions with WASO’s players while learning more about the life of a professional musician. Leanne Glover is just one of the musicians to be chair partnered, with her support coming from Sam and Leanne Walsh.

Assistant Conductor Carlo Antonioli, now in his second year in the role, is supported by the Simon Lee Foundation who have been a part of WASO’s Young & Emerging Artists programs for over 10 years. Through their support, Carlo will work with and assist WASO’s Principal Conductor, Asher Fisch and other guest conductors throughout the 2019 season and will benefit from one-on-one masterclasses and work with the orchestra’s Artistic Planning team and other departments to gain experience, insight and understanding into the workings of a professional orchestra.

Without the support of our generous donors, many of these opportunities would not be possible.

To make your gift this June, please contact Jacinta Sirr on 9326 0014 or, or make an online donation

All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.


Iain Grandage’s Cor anglais Concerto was commissioned for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as a gift to Emeritus Professor David Tunley AM. This work was supported by Prof. Tunley’s colleagues and friends led by Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares AO.

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