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Our Patrons

Philanthropic partnerships come in all shapes and sizes.

Whatever the shape or size, you are helping WASO make a difference and we thank you for your support in what is our 90th anniversary year. WASO’s philanthropy program continues to grow, supporting our vision now and into the future. It is an exciting time be a part of this community, to meet our musicians and to know you have helped your Orchestra to touch souls and enrich lives through music. Together we can do amazing things.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron or learning more about WASO Philanthropy, please contact

Alecia Benzie, Executive Manager, Philanthropy (08) 9326 0020 or
Jacinta Sirr, Philanthropy & Annual Giving Manager (08) 9326 0014 or email
Sarah Tompkin, Planned Giving Manager (08) 9326 0017 or email

All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.

Endowment Fund for the Orchestra      

This fund includes major donations from:                                              

Tom & Jean Arkley
Bendat Family Foundation
Janet Holmes à Court AC
Minderoo Foundation
Sagitte Yom-Tov Fund


WASO is extremely grateful for the
bequests received from the Estates of:

Rachel Mabel Chapman
Malcolm Hood
Paul Lee
Anna Nottage in memory of Edgar Nottage
Judy Sienkiewicz
Mrs Roslyn Warrick
Anonymous (5)

Symphony Circle

Recognising Patrons who have made a provision in their Will to the Orchestra:

Ms Davilia Bleckly
Mr John Bonny
Dr G Campbell-Evans
Deirdre Carlin
Anita & James Clayton
S & J Dale
Lesley & Peter Davies
Dr Michael Flacks
Judith Gedero
Robyn Glindemann
Gwenyth Greenwood
The Guy Family
Emy & Warren Jones
Colin & Jo King
Rachael Kirk & Tim White
Wolfgang Lehmkuhl
Deborah Marsh
Suzanne Nash
Paula Phillips
Nigel & Dr Heather Rogers
Jacinta Sirr
Gavin Toovey & Jaehan Lee
Sheila Wileman
Sagitte Yom-Tov Fund
Anonymous (35)


Excellence Circle

Supporting excellence across all we do:

Jean Arkley
Bob & Gay Branchi
Janet Holmes à Court AC
Dr Patricia Kailis
Rod & Margaret Marston
John Rodgers
Michael Utsler
Leanne & Sam Walsh (Orchestral Chair Partners - Principal Cor Anglais)


Supporting our two-year Wagner project culminating in our production of Tristan & Isolde in 2018:

Gold circle

Gifts $5,000 - $9,999

Dr & Mrs P Breidahl
Gilbert George
Hon Jane Mathews AO
John Overton
The Wagner Society NSW Inc.
Joyce Westrip OAM
Anonymous (1)

Silver Circle

Gifts $2,500 - $4,999

Margaret & Fred Affleck AO
Bill Bloking
Stephen Davis & Linda Savage
The Richard Wagner Society of Western Australia (Inc)

Bronze Circle

Gifts $1,000 - $2,499

Shirley Barraclough
Constance Chapman
Lorraine Ellard
Jannette Gray
Gwenyth Greenwood
Mr M Hawkins
Dr Penny Herbert in memory of Dunstan Herbert
Dr John Meyer
Michael & Helen Tuite
Adrienne & Max Walters AM
I & J Williams
Anonymous (5)

Wagner Friends

Gifts < $1,000

Associate Professor Wayne Iwan Lee Davis
Camron Dyer
Jane & Allan Green
Rosemary Grigg & Peter Flanigan
Dr Rosalind Hampton
Alan Hauserman & Janet Nash
Joseph Kelleher
Nelly Kleyn
Rae Metcalf
Marjan Oxley
Valda Pitman
Eveline Read
Diana & the late Bill Warnock
Barbara Wilcox
Anonymous (10)


We thank our Patrons who have supported our Instrument fund: 

John Albright & Susan Lorimer - EChO Double Base and set of Trumpets
Deborah Marsh - Conductor's Podium and Cor Anglais
Margaret & Rod Marston - Bass Clarinet
Peggy & Tom Stacy - Cor Anglais and Piccolo
Jean & Peter Stokes - Cello, Tuba, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone and Wooden Trumpet


We are grateful to those who have supported new works commissioned for the Orchestra by WASO:

Janet Holmes à Court AC
Dr Ken Evans
Barrie & Jude Le Pley
Geoff Stearn





Supporting our Education & Community
Engagement programs:

Jean Arkley
Ron & Penny Crittall
Robyn Glindemann
The Ionian Club Perth '81
The James Galvin Foundation
Barrie & Jude Le Pley
Rosalind Lilley
McCusker Charitable Foundation
Simon Lee Foundation
Ruth Stratton
Anonymous (2)


Supporting our long-term music education program in Kwinana:

Crescendo Giving Circle
AOT Consulting Pty Ltd
Jean Arkley
Gavin Bunning Family
Kaylene Cousins
Euroz Charitable Foundation
Madeleine King MP, Federal Member for Brand
Rosalind Lilley
Mrs Morrell
G & I Nicholas
Pamela Pitt
Deborah & Miles Protter
Dr Lance Risbey
The Spivakovsky Jubilee
Ruth E Thorn
Anonymous (3)   

Trusts & Foundations
The Crown Resorts Foundaton & Packer Family Foundation
The Stan Perron Charitable Foundation

Crescendo Violin Fund
Amber, Brick & Curtis Bradford
Gay & Bob Branchi
Jill C
Dr G Campbell-Evans
S Cherian
Kay Cull
Ann Darby
Chris & Bronwyn Elliott 
Herbert & Ann Finlay 
Gilbert George & Associates
Peter & Pauline Handford
Dr Penny Herbert in memory of Dunstan Herbert
Rosemary Howarth 
Deborah Lehmann 
Wolfie Lehmkuhl
Rosalind Lilley 
Graham & Muriel Mahony
Gregg & Sue Marshman
Noel Mattocks 
Frances Morrell 
Dr Joe Naimo 
Barry & Val Neubecker 
Gillian Nicholas
Patricia O’Neill 
Robyn Owens 
Shirley Ridgwell
Chris Rtshiladze 
Barry Saker 
Jan Stacey 
Geoff Stearn 
In memory of Robert & Joan Street
Pat Stroud 
Ian Taylor 
Robin Teese & Lesley McPherson
Patricia Turner
Kathryn Twine
Stan Vicich
Reto Vogel 
WA Massed Choir Festival 
Ian Williams AO & Jean Williams
Craig Whitehead & Gabrielle Shepherd
Alan Whitham 
Anonymous (11)



The following Patrons donate to our Annual Giving program and their support is gratefully acknowledged:

Principal Conductor’s Circle

Gifts $20,000+

Janet Holmes à Court AC                                            
John Albright & Susan Lorimer
Jean Arkley in memory of Tom Arkley
Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans & Dr Ken Evans (Orchestral Chair Partners - Principal Trombone)
Patricia New
Peter & Jean Stokes (Orchestral Chair Partners - Principal Tuba)
Sue & Ron Wooller (Orchestral Chair Partners - Principal Bassoon)

Impresario Patron

Gifts $10,000 - $19,999

Gay & Bob Branchi
Gavin Bunning
Gilbert George
Tony & Gwenyth Lennon
Joshua & Pamela Pitt
Alan Whitham
Trish Williams
Anonymous (1)

Maestro Patron

Gifts $5,000 - $9,999

Prue Ashurst in memory of Eoin Cameron
Bill Bloking
Rev Dr John and Prof Rachel Cardell-Oliver
Ian & Elizabeth Constable
Bridget Faye AM 
The Giorgetta Charity Fund
Brian & Romola Haggerty
Warwick Hemsley & Hon Melissa Parke
Mr & Mrs Hill
Dr Patricia Kailis
Keith & Gaye Kessell
Dr Ronny Low & Dr Emma Richardson
Dr Richard & Patricia Lyon
Bryant & Louise Macfie
Paula & John Phillips
Christine & Bernard Schelfhout
G. J. Seach
Richard Tarala & Lyn Beazley AO
Ros Thomson
Anonymous (3)

Virtuoso Patron

Gifts $2,500 - $4,999

Dr Fred Affleck AO & Mrs Margaret Affleck
Neil Archibald & Alan R Dodge AM
David & Suzanne Biddles
Peter & Marjorie Bird
Prof Jonathan Carapetis & Prof Sue Skull
Mark Coughlan & Dr Pei-Yin Hsu
The late Diane Coxon
Maree Creighton & Kevin Davis
Stephen Davis & Linda Savage
Roger & Ann Gillbanks
Jacoba Hohnen & Stuart Cooksey
Sue Hovell
Peter Ingram
Jim & Freda Irenic
Eleanor John & Finn Barrett
Kelly Family
Michael & Dale Kitney
Stephanie & John Kobelke
Francis Landels
Deborah Marsh
Mrs Morrell
Anne Nolan
Dr Lance Risbey & Ms Elizabeth Sachse
Melanie & Paul Shannon
Michael Snell & Vicki Stewart
Gail & Tony Sutherland
Gene Tilbrook
Michael & Helen Tuite
Stan & Valerie Vicich
Joyce Westrip OAM
Andrew & Marie Yuncken
Anonymous (2)





Gifts $1,000 - $2,499

Caroline Allen & Sandy Dunn
Margaret Atkins
Dan Bam
Betty Barker
Noelle Beasley
Colin & Sarah Beckett
Tony & Mary Beeley
Kevin Blake
Matthew J C Blampey
Namy Bodinner
Cathy Bolt in memory of Tony Bolt
Dr & Mrs P Breidahl
Jean Brodie-Hall
Ian & Marilyn Burton
Dr Anne Chester
Bob & Kim Collins
Churchill Consulting
Peter & Sue Clifton
Hon June Craig AM
Peter & Lesley Davies
Rai & Erika Dolinschek
Pamela Joy Douglas and Simon Douglas
Bev East
Megan Edwards
Lorraine Ellard
P & J Fisher
Don & Marie Forrest
Brooke Fowles & Dane Etheridge
Dr Andrew Gardner
George Gavranic
Robyn Glindemann
Deidre Greenfeld
Rosemary Grigg & Peter Flanigan
Grussgott Trust
David & Valerie Gulland
Richard B Hammond
Pauline & Peter Handford
Dr & Mrs H Hansen-Knarhoi
Robin Harben
In memory of Eileen Hayes
Dr Penny Herbert in memory of Dunstan Herbert
Dallas Hickman & Alex Hickman
Michael Hollingdale
Helen Hollingshead
Dr K & Mr J Hopkins OAM
Judith Hugo
P & M James
Roger Jennings in memory of Lilian Jennings
Emy & Warren Jones
Anthony Kane in memory of Jane Leahy-Kane
Bill Kean
David Keast & Victoria Mizen
Noelle & Anthony Keller AM
Ulrich & Gloria Kunzmann
Irving Lane
Ann Lewis
Kathleen Lucas
Graham & Muriel Mahony
Gregg & Sue Marshman
S. McWhirter
Betty & Con Michael AO
Tony & Gillian Milne
Mrs Carolyn Milton-Smith in loving memory
of Emeritus Prof John Milton-Smith
Hon Justice S R Moncrieff
Valmae & Geoffrey Morris
Jane & Jock Morrison
Lyn Murray
Val & Barry Neubecker
Family Nilant
Marianne Nilsson
Dr Phillip & Mrs Erlene Noble
John Overton
Ron & Philippa Packer
Michael & Lesley Page
Athena Paton
Rosemary Peek
Charmian Phillips in memory of Colin Craft
Pamela Platt
Thomas & Diana Potter
Dr Leon Prindiville
Tony & Val Ramshaw
James & Nicola Ridsdill-Smith
John & Alison Rigg
Bryan & Jan Rodgers
Gerry & Maurice Rousset OAM
Roger Sandercock
Her Excellency the Hon. Kerry Sanderson, AC
Dr R & J Schwenger
Margaret & Roger Seares
Glenice Shephard
Julian & Noreen Sher
In memory of Judith Sienkiewicz
Helen Smith OAM
Laurel & Ross Smith
Paul Smith & Denham Harry
Geoff and Christine Soutar
Summerlin Audiology
Ruth Thomas
Clare Thompson & Brad Power
Ruth E Thorn
Gavin Toovey & Jaehan Lee
Mary Townsend
James & Rosemary Trotter
David Turner & Judith Wilton
Maggie Venerys
Adrienne & Max Walters AM
Watering Concepts
Ian Watson
Dr Deb Weir
Patricia Weston
Dr Chris & Mrs Vimala Whitaker
Geoff Wilkinson
Dai & Anne Williams
Mrs Jean & Mr Ian Williams AO
Jim & Gill Williams
Hilary & Peter Winterton AM
Fred & Caroline Witting
Sara Wordsworth
Anonymous (21)





Gifts $500 - $999

Anne Acton
Geoff & Joan Airey
Kim & Paul Anderson
Catherine Bagster
Bernard & Jackie Barnwell
Shirley Barraclough
Berwine Barrett-Lennard
Pamela M Bennet
Michael & Nadia Berkeley-Hill
John & Sue Bird in memory of Penny Bird
Davilia Bleckly
K & C Bond
Elaine Bonds
John & Debbie Borshoff
E & G Bourgault in memory of Betty Sagar
Diane & Ron Bowyer
Elizabeth & James Brown
Ann Butcher & Dean R Kubank
Adrienne & Phillip Buttrose
Michelle Candy
R & R Cant
Nanette Carnachan
Claire Chambers & Dr Andrea Shoebridge
Fred & Angela Chaney
Dr Sarah Cherian
Lyn & Harvey Coates AO
Alex Cohen AO & Agatha van der Schaaf  
Gina & Neil Davidson
Jop & Hanneke Delfos
Maxine & Bill Farrell AM
Dr Jenny Fay
Gavin & Susan Fielding AM
Eleonore Fuchter
Joan Gagliardi
Jennifer & Stephen Gardiner
Isobel Glencross
Pitsamai & Kevin Green
J & G Hamory
Paul & Barbara Harris
Alan Harvey & Dr Paulien de Boer
Elizabeth & Eric Heenan
Rosemary Howarth
Cynthia Jee
Peter Sherwill Jones
B M Kent
Dorothy Kingston
Nelly Kleyn
Trevor & Ane Marie Lacy
Dr Sunny & Ann Lee
Martin & Ruth Levit
Megan Lowe
Ian & Judith Lunt
Elizabeth & Barry Lydon
Mary Ellen in memory of Kerensa
Oliver & Sophie Mark
Geoffrey Massey
Pam Mathews & Dr Mark Brogan
Jennifer McComb
Kathleen McGregor
Gaye & John McMath
Dr Peter Moss
Patricia Murphy
Phuong Nguyen
Dr Walter Ong & Graeme Marshall
Brian & Diana Osler
Bev Penny
Adrian & Ruth Phelps
John & Elizabeth Picton-Warlow
Paul Roberts
Leigh Robinson & Deborah Gelle
Nigel & Dr Heather Rogers
Chris & Serge Rtshiladze
Carole Sexton
The Sherwood Family
In memory of Judith Sienkiewicz
Jacinta Sirr
Paul & Margaret Skerritt
Hendrik Smit
John & Elizabeth Spoor
Peggy & Tom Stacy
Eleanor Steinhardt
In Memoriam of Mr Andrew David Stewart
Janet Stewart
Lois Stout
Lisa & Andrew Telford
Gwen Treasure
Dr Robert Turnbull
Jan Turner
Margaret Wallace
John & Nita Walshe
Doris Walton
Diana and the late Bill Warnock
Anne Watson  
Joy Wearne
Margaret Whitter
Barbara Wilcox
Violette William
Janet Williams
Sally Willis
Pari Willis-Jones
Margaret Wood
Andrew Yeates
Kin & Lillian Yung
Chris & Kathy Ziatis
Anonymous (19)


Gifts $40 - $499

Thank you to our community of over 700 Friends who support WASO with their gift.



Our acknowledgements page is updated regularly and every effort is taken to ensure accuracy.
If you would like to advise of an error or omission however, please fee free to contact our Philanthropy Team at or on (08) 9326 0016.
Last updated 02/08/18.

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