Support CSO

For sixty years, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has played an integral role in the rhythm and cultural fabric of Christchurch and its wider community. During that time, we have reached many thousands of people through our music. 

In 2018, we will present 27 varied concert programmes featuring the best of Christchurch, New Zealand and international talent. 

Beyond the concert stage, our Community Engagement Programme reaches more than 20,000 people through over 90 different initiatives, including rest home visits and school residencies. Many of our players are also teachers in the wider community, spreading their knowledge, passion, and dedication to others around them at all levels of teaching, including primary, intermediate, secondary, and tertiary, as well as leading and co-ordinating a variety of community groups for all ages and abilities. 

At the heart of the CSO lies a commitment to ensuring that people of all ages and walks of life have the opportunity to experience live instrumental music. 

The on-going success of the orchestra couldn’t happen without the generosity of our community of supporters to whom we are extremely grateful. Your support enables us to continue to provide Canterbury and its surrounds with dynamic musical performances, internationally acclaimed soloists and conductors, and the Community Engagement programme.

Our activities are supported by both government funding and a family of patrons and sponsors to whom we are very grateful. However, that is still not enough to sustain the level of engagement that we have with Christchurch and its wider community. Please help us continue to spread music throughout our community by donating. Every little bit helps.  

To make a donation, please enter your details and desired amount in the form below. 

Thank you

Contact Amelia Ryman, CSO Philanthropy Manager
D  (03) 943 7797


  • Heading Home - 2018 Donor Appeal +

    The countdown is on and the orchestra is edging ever closer to making our return to the central city.

    We’ll be taking up residence in the newly restored Christchurch Town Hall, inside purpose-built CSO rehearsal rooms, studios and administration offices. Together, we’ll be embarking on bringing even more musical opportunities to you, our community, so we warmly invite you to take the journey with us.

    By supporting the CSO now, you’ll not only be contributing to the next phase of the orchestra’s history but your investment will directly enable us to present even more opportunities for the community to experience, participate in and enjoy music.

    • Full seasons of diverse and varied concerts – from symphonic to soul, classical to contemporary
    • Extended Community Engagement Programme, including:

    Encounter Bringing grass-roots music to every neighbourhood, going into schools, community centres, and other shared spaces

    Karawhiua! Let’s Play! Our flagship residency programme bringing engaging musical projects into classrooms

    Platform Music-based programmes in correctional facilities

    Flourish A focus on youth mental health and dementia

    Amplify Equality of access to arts, with programmes for people with disabilities and special needs

    Tune Up! Developmental opportunities for musicians in our communities

    • Behind the scenes tours and Open Days
    • Studio recitals

    Your support ensures that, as the orchestra of this city and your orchestra, we can offer people of all ages and walks of life the opportunity to experience live orchestral music, either through our concert performances or beyond the stage.

    Your donation will be acknowledged on our Appreciation Wall in or new home.

    Donate Now - Click here

  • Player Partnership Programme +

    Our Player Partnership Patrons make the music happen. Through your support, each year we directly engage with 100,000 South Islanders through uplifting performances and community based programmes that have a lasting impact.

    To download an information pack, please click here.




    Second Violin                                                             $2000
    Viola                                                                            $2000
    Cello                                                                            $2000
    Associate Principal Double Bass                             $3000
    Double Bass                                                               $2000
    Contra Bassoon                                                         $2000
    Principal Bass Trombone                                          $4000
    Principal Timpani                                                       $4000



    There are also the following syndicates available to support from $200

    Principal Percussion

    Principal Trombone

    Principal Tuba  

    In recognition of your support, the CSO is pleased to offer Player Partner Patrons the following privileges:

    Overture                          $2000*
    Section Player Partner

    • Invitation to the CSO’s Season Opening Post-Concert function
    • Invitations to CSO events throughout the year including open rehearsals and season previews
    • Acknowledgment on the CSO website and every concert programme

    Concerto                          $3000*

    Associate Principal Partner

    In addition to the above benefits, Associate Principal Partners will also receive:

    • Invitations to a Masterworks post-concert meet & greet event

    Symphony                        $4000*

    Principal Partner

    In addition to the above benefits, Principal Partners will also receive:

    • Invitation to a CSO event with Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey

    *denotes the full value of each level but can be comprised of smaller contributions

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    Conductor’s Podium

    Sir Robertson Stewart & Dame Adrienne Stewart DNZM, QSM, LLD (Hon)


    Chief Conductor

    Ernest & Catherine Henshaw



    CSO Foundation


    Assistant Concertmaster

    Mark Hickman & Doris Barnard


    First Violin

    Lyndsey Hadlee

    Bruce & Mary Irvine

    Lamb & Hayward

    David & Hilary Stock

    Dr Prue Tobin

    Robin & Ralph Redpath

    Friends of CSO

    Farina Thompson Charitable Trust

    Chancellor Syndicate – Dr Robin & Mrs Annette Mann; Rex & Jan Williams; Dr John & Mrs Rose Wood

    Jubilee Syndicate – Hon Margaret Austin CNZM; Maree Inwood;  Julie King; Ms Jenny May;  Anthony Wright & Selene Manning; Jenny Harper; Dame Adrienne Stewart DNZM, QSM, LLD (Hon); Lois Spence


    Principal Second Violin

    Sheelagh Thompson


    Associate Principal Second Violin

    Syndicate – Sid & Jane Ashton; Christopher Bonner


    Second Violin

    Sheelagh Thompson

    Syndicate – Ian & Catherine Dalley; Johnny & Sue Cochrane; Andrew & Wendy Oh


    Principal Viola

    Christopher Marshall


    Associate Principal Viola

    Margaret Hutchings Charitable Trust



    Rob & Denise Murfitt

    Syndicate – Peter & Kay Squires; Pat Pilkington; Beverley Cocks


    Principal Cello

    Sheelagh Thompson


    Associate Principal Cello

    Mr Dave Evans



    Sir Robert & Barbara, Lady Stewart

    Dame Adrienne Stewart DNZM, QSM, LLD (Hon)

    Cantabile Syndicate – Richard & Jeannie Gluyas; Nancy, Lady Stewart; Ms Kate Stutter

    Pianissimo Syndicate – Bill Luff and Monica Hunter; Gerald Johnstone & Brendan Wood


    Double Bass

    Mrs Ruvae Britten

    Lynne Havenaar & Greg Roach


    Principal Flute

    Hon Philip & Mrs Ros Burdon


    Associate Principal Flute

    Steve & Vicki Clarke



    Jacqui & Newell Grenfell


    Principal Oboe

    Wroxton Inc. – John & Claire Vale; Richard & Kate Burtt; Stephen & Liz Collins; Jenny May; Dame Adrienne Stewart DNZM, QSM, LLD (Hon)


    Associate Principal Oboe

    Bruce & Diana Carey


    Principal Clarinet

    Syndicate – James Baines & Brigid Buckenham; Caroline Murray; Sue Stubenvoll; Paula Jameson & John Clemens; David Lovell; Brian Phillips


    Associate Principal Clarinet

    Syndicate – Jan Webley; Barbara Peddie


    Bass Clarinet
    Gretchen La Roche


    Principal Bassoon

    Andrew & Wendy Oh


    Associate Principal Bassoon

    Farina Thompson Charitable Trust


    Principal Horn

    Allegro & Friends Syndicate – Gale & Lesley Fursdon; Jennifer Jackson; Lorraine Logan & David Martin; Jenny Pinney; Gwyn Rogers; Dr Alastair & Mrs Susan Stokes; Keith & Patsy Wardell; Mrs Elizabeth Winkworth; Michael Marshall; Michael & Patricia Ryan; Paul & Ann Marsh


    Associate Principal Horn

    Sir Robert & Barbara, Lady Stewart



    Dr Therese Arseneau & Dr Don Elder


    Principal Trumpet

    Dame Adrienne Stewart DNZM, QSM, LLD (Hon)


    Associate Principal Trumpet

    Mrs Philippa Bates



    Winton & Glenys Ball


    Principal Trombone

    Syndicate – Roger & Barbara Barker; Carolyn Tapley; Peter Rae


    Associate Principal Trombone

    Syndicate – Sarah Metcalf & Adrian Balasingam; Michael & Phoebe Fulton; Brett & Sarah Gamble; Andrew & Kathy Meads; Chris Milne & Juliet Ayrey; Justin & Clare Murray



    Robin & Ralph Redpath


    Principal Tuba

    Lynne Havenaar & Greg Roach


    Principal Percussion

    Syndicate – Tim Harding; James Baines & Brigid Buckenham; Lorna Leonard


    Associate Principal Percussion

    Adrian & Amanda Currie



    Syndicate – Bob & Vicki Blyth; Melissa & Marty Benge; Dr Peter & Jane Wilkinson; Bruce & Diana Carey



    Peter & Kay Squires



    CSO Foundation


    Principal Harp

    Michael & Jilly Marshall

  • Music Library +

    Make a lasting contribution to the CSO’s Music Library by making a donation towards the purchase or hire of music.

    Donating to our library is a very special contribution that goes on giving throughout the life of the orchestra.

  • The Community Engagement programme +

    This programme reaches over 20,000 people a year through 75 individual projects. It is for the young and old alike and brings the experience of live music to many who through geography, mobility or other circumstances may not receive these opportunities.

    Should you wish to tailor your donation towards a specific activity $900 sponsors a series of school visits, $350 for one preschool visit, $150 for a player mentor or $8000 sponsors a week long residency in a primary school. 

  • General Donation +

    The CSO gratefully receives general donations to our ongoing operational costs. All donations, whatever the amount, are greatly appreciated.

    All donations over $5 are tax deductible and acknowledged with a receipt.

    Thank you

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