Our Patrons

Music Circle – A vibrant and diverse musical program

Donors who support the depth and vibrancy of the Centre’s musical program play a crucial role in ensuring that we can continue to present a rich diversity of the greatest musicians and ensembles from Australia and around the globe.

Salon Program Benefactor
Lady Primrose Potter AC

($30,000+)
Yvonne von Hartel AM, Robert Peck AM, Rachel Peck & Marten Peck of peckvonhartel architects (Signature Events Benefactors)

($20,000+)
Melbourne Recital Centre Board of Directors
Prof Andrea Hull AO
Peter & Cally Bartlett
Stephen Carpenter & Leigh Ellwood
Joseph & Nicole Corponi
The Hon Mary Delahunty
Paul Donnelly & Brigitte Treutenaere
Assoc Prof Jody Evans
Margaret Farren-Price & Prof Ronald Farren-Price AM
Eda Ritchie AM
Audrey Zibelman

($10,000+)
John & Lorraine Bates
Warwick & Paulette Bisley (Great Performers Leadership Supporters)
Maria Sola
(Local Heroes & Great Performers Leadership Supporter)
Dr Michael Troy

($7500+)
The Benjamin Fund
(Great Performers Leadership Supporters)
Message Consultants Australia

($4000+)
Anonymous (1)
Ballandry (Peter Griffin Family) Fund
Danielle Davis & Joyce Marks
Jenny & Peter Hordern
Diana Lempriere
Cathy Lowy
Geoff & Jan Phillips
(Great Performers Leadership Supporters)
Mary Vallentine AO
Dr Victor Wayne & Dr Karen Wayne OAM

($2500+)
Anonymous (1)
Liz & Charles Baré
Alastair Campbell & Sue Campbell
Kathy & George Deutsch OAM
Ann Lahore
Shelley & Euan Murdoch
Dr Paul Nisselle AM
Greg Noonan
Ian Nowak & Kathleen Nowak
Jacqueline Schwarz
Sirius Foundation

($1000+)
Adrienne Basser
Helen Brack
Bill Burdett AM & Sandra Burdett
Maggie Cash
John Castles AM & Thelma Castles OAM
Min Li Chong
Laurie Cox AO & Julie Ann Cox AM
Mary Draper
Lord Francis Ebury & The Late Lady Suzanne Ebury
Maggie Edmond
Susan Fallaw
Angela Glover
Ann Gordon
Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris
Henkell Family Fund
In memory of Beryl Hooley
Penelope Hughes
Stuart Jennings
Dr Garry Joslin & Prof Dimity Reed AM
George & Grace Kass
Maria Mercurio
Baillieu Myer AC & Sarah Myer
Rupert Myer AO & Annabel Myer
Stephen Newton AO
Mary Nugent
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Helen Perlen
Kerryn Pratchett
Sandra Robertson & Philip Cachia
Dr Peter Rogers & Cathy Rogers
Peter Rose & Christopher Menz
In Memory of Pauline Speedy
Barbara & Duncan Sutherland
Pamela Swansson
Pearl Tang
(including matching from PricewaterhouseCoopers)

($500+)
Rhonda & Ted Allen
Jenny Anderson
Peter J Armstrong
Alistaire Bowler
Mrs Jean Dunn
Angela & Richard Kirsner
Dr Anne Lierse
Jane Morris
Ian Suren
Dr Diane Tibbits

Access to thrilling music and learning opportunities for everybody

Supported by the Elisabeth Murdoch Creative Development Fund and the Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund, donors to our learning and access programs help to share the music by bringing high-quality music and learning opportunities to people from all walks of life.

($50,000+)
Peter & Ruth McMullin
(Public Space Activations)

($40,000+)
Dr Geraldine Lazarus & Mr Greig Gailey
(Regional Touring and Outreach Leadership Supporters)

($30,000+)
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM
Lady Marigold Southey AC

($10,000+)
Annamila Pty Ltd
Linda Herd

($4000+)
The Betty Amsden Foundation
The Jack & Hedy Brent Foundation
The John & Jennifer Brukner Foundation
Helen & Michael Gannon
Kathryn Greiner AO
(Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund)
Silvia & Michael Kantor
Susan Thacore

($2500+)
Anonymous (1)
Kaye Birks in the memory of David
Anne Burgi & Kerin Carr
Maria McCarthy
Margaret Taylor

($1000+)
Anonymous (4)
Keith & Debby Badger
John & Mary Barlow
Jane Bloomfield
Helen Brack
Bill Burdett AM & Sandra Burdett
Christine & Michael Clough
Paul Donnelly & Brigitte Treutenaere
Dr Kingsley Gee
Gras Foundation Trust
Maria Hansen
Christine Haslam
In memory of Beryl Hooley
Jenny & Peter Hordern
(Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund)
John Howie AM & Dr Linsey Howie
Louise Kornman
Prof John Langford AM
Cathy Lowy
(Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund)
Sally Macindoe
Ann Miller
Dennis & Fairlie Nassau
Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine
The Ullmer Family Foundation (Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund)
Mary Vallentine AO
Vivian Wei Wang
Mark & Jane Wilson
Audrey Zibelman

($500+)
Anonymous (2)
Caroline & Robert Clemente
Vivien & Jacob Fajgenbaum
Dr Robert Hetzel
Elizabeth Hipgrave
Dianne Jacobs
Genevieve Kennedy
Ann Blake
Jennifer K Marshall
Marshall McGuire
Andrew & Georgina Porter
Ian Baker & Cheryl Saunders
Barry & Barbara Shying

Nurturing Artistic Development – Fostering a bright musical future

Supported by the Elisabeth Murdoch Creative Development Fund, donors who support our enriching artist development programs help to create a wide range of unique opportunities for local musicians and help to ensure a vibrant musical future for Victoria and beyond.

Betty Amsden Kids and Family Program Benefactor
The Late Betty Amsden AO DSJ

Merlyn Myer Music Commission
The Aranday Foundation
The Yulgilbar Foundation

($50,000+)
Lady Primrose Potter AC

($20,000+)
Mrs Margaret S Ross AM & Dr Ian C Ross
(Artist Development Leadership Supporters)
Joy Selby Smith

($10,000+)
Warwick & Paulette Bisley
Jane Kunstler
Majlis Pty Ltd
James Ostroburski & Leo Ostroburski
Angelina & Graeme Wise

($4000+)
Annamila Pty Ltd
Andrew & Theresa Dyer
Linda Herd
Susan Pelka & Richard Caven
Vivienne Ritchie
Vivian Wei Wang
Lyn Williams AM

($2500+)
Greg Noonan

($1000+)
Peter J Armstrong
Lin Bender AM
John & Chris Collingwood
In memory of Beryl Hooley
Dianne Jacobs
In memory of The Late Harry Johnson
Martine Letts
Ian & Gill McDougall
Dr Richard Mills AM

($500+)
Anne Frankenberg & Adrian McEniery
Frederic & Karen Pomeranz

2020 Annual Gala Dinner Donors

Donations made at the Annual Gala Dinner go towards supporting Share the Music, our ticket and transport subsidy program, as well as Artist Assembly, our new pilot initiative to provide professional development opportunities for over 400 Victorian musicians.

($10,000+)
Simon & Mary Bishop
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM
Angelina & Graeme Wise
Igor & Jenny Zambelli

($5000+)
The Benjamin Fund
Konfir Kabo & Monica Lim
Julie Kantor AO
Silvia & Michael Kantor
Joy Selby Smith
John Simpson & Cathy Simpson
Andrew & Jan Wheeler

($2500+)
Jo Fisher & Peter Grayson
Sandra Robertson & Philip Cachia
Paul Donnelly & Brigitte Treutenaere
Mary Vallentine AO

($1000+)
Mary Beth Bauer
Lin Bender AM
Bill Burdett AM & Sandra Burdett
Maggie Cash
Christine & Michael Clough
Jim Cousins AO & Libby Cousins
Assoc Prof Jody Evans
Kathryn Fagg AO
Colin Golvan AM QC & Dr Deborah Golvan
Nance Grant AM MBE & Ian Harris
Linda Herd
John Howie AM & Dr Linsey Howie
Prof Andrea Hull AO & Jeremy Drew
Maria Johnson
Peter Jopling AM QC
Ian & Gill McDougall
Dr Paul Nisselle AM & Sue Nisselle
Tim Orton & Barbara Dennis
Prof David Penington AC & Dr Sonay Hussein
Lady Primrose Potter AC
Susan Renouf
Mrs Margaret S Ross AM & Dr Ian C Ross
Michael Ullmer AO
Dr Victor Wayne & Dr Karen Wayne OAM
Lyn Williams AM

($500+)
Arnold & Mary Bram
Alastair Campbell & Sue Campbell
The Right Hon Sally Capp & Andrew Sutherland
George & Laila Embelton
Dr Garry Joslin & Prof Dimity Reed AM
Sally MacIndoe
Peter & Ruth McMullin
Message Consultants Australia
Christine Sather
Jacqueline Schwarz

Performer Support Fund

Donations made to help provide crucial financial assistance to our community of local artists whose performances are directly affected by the Centre’s unprecedented period of closure in response to COVID-19.

($20,000+)
Joy Selby Smith

($1000+)
Helen Brack
Luke Heagerty
Catherine Heggen
Linda Herd
Simon Le Plastrier
Janet McDonald
Jenny Tatchell

($500+)
Bruce Anderson
Jenny Anderson
Assoc Prof Jody Evans
Mary Nugent
Katherine & Daniel Rechtman
John Rosenbloom & Kathryn Earp
Jane Russell

We also express our sincere thanks to all those who have contributed to the fund by donating the value of their refunded tickets.

Giving Circles

Melbourne Recital Centre Giving Circles are passionate and like-minded groups of donors who come together to collectively celebrate their love of music by supporting special projects.

Ensemble Giovane – Leadership Donors in support of Master classes & young artist development.

($10,000+)
Jim Cousins AO & Libby Cousins
YMF Australia

($7500+)
George & Laila Embelton

($5000+)
The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC & Dr Michael Crennan QC
Kathryn Fagg AO
Jo Fisher
Lyndsey & Peter Hawkins
Igor & Jenny Zambelli

($3000+)
Christine Sather
Dr Cherilyn Tillman & Tam Vu

($1000+)
Peter J Armstrong
Bailey-Lord Family
Mary Beth Bauer
Fiona Bennett
Zoe Brinsden
Dr Jane Gilmour OAM & Terry Brain
Prof Andrea Hull AO
Liane Kemp
Simon Le Plastrier
Rosemary O’Connor
Jenny Tatchell

Legal Friends of Melbourne Recital Centre

Legal Friends Inaugural Patrons
The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon AC & The Hon Kenneth M Hayne AC QC

($10,000+)
The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon AC & The Hon Kenneth M Hayne AC QC

($4000+)
Naomi Golvan & George Golvan QC
Peter B Murdoch QC & Helen Murdoch
Maya Rozner & Alex King

($2500+)
Anonymous (1)
Colin Golvan AM QC & Dr Deborah Golvan
Peter J Stirling & Kimberley Kane

($1000+)
John & Marcia Arthur
Peter Bartlett
The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC & Mrs Elizabeth Chernov
Christine Clough
The Hon Justice Julie Dodds-Streeton
Timothy Goodwin
Robert Heathcote & Meredith King
The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC & Sally Heerey
John Howie AM & Dr Linsey Howie
Pandora Kay & John Larkins
Anthony J & Philippa M Kelly
Maryanne B Loughnan QC
Banjo McLachlan & Paul Mahony
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Ralph & Ruth Renard
Meredith Schilling
Michael Shand AM QC
Tom Smyth
Helen Symon QC & Ian Lulham

($500+)
James Barber
Elizabeth Boros
Hon Justice David Byrne QC
Leslie G Clements
The Hon Hartley Hansen AM QC & Rosalind Hansen
The Hon David L Harper AM

Medical Friends of Melbourne Recital Centre

($2000+)
Dr Charlotte Slade & Assoc Prof Sebastian King

($1000+)
Mr Phillip Antippa OAM & Dr Tracey Huntley
Michael Bennett & Kate Stockwin
Dr Jean McMullin & Dr Catherine Brennan
Professor Rod Hunt & Mr Michael Sharpe
Dr John F Mills

Steinway Giving Circle

Benefactor Patron
Gandel Philanthropy

($30,000+)
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM

($10,000+)
Anonymous (1)
John Calvert-Jones AM & Janet Calvert-Jones AO
Brian Goddard
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
Lady Primrose Potter AC
Skipp Williamson & Carol Haynes

($5000+)
Warwick & Paulette Bisley
Arnold & Mary Bram
The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC & Dr Michael Crennan QC
Angelina & Graeme Wise

($2500+)
Bruce Parncutt AO

($1000+)
Anonymous (1)
Kaye Cleary
Tim Conrad
Craig K Coulson
Janine & Timothy Fredman
Roger Gillard & Sohwon Kim
Linda Herd
David Lee
Jay Lee & Muriel Yang
Geoff & Jan Phillips
Professor Margaret Plant
Mrs Margaret S Ross AM & Dr Ian C Ross
Sirius Foundation
Vivian Wei Wang
Dr Victor Wayne & Dr Karen Wayne OAM

($500+)
Jane Bloomfield
In memory of Beryl Hooley
Dianne Jacobs
Maria Johnson
Dr Garry Joslin & Prof Dimity Reed AM
Janet McDonald
David Poulton

A Lasting Legacy

Through marking a legacy, this extraordinary group of donors support the future of the Centre’s vibrant and diverse programs both now and for generations to come.

Inaugural Patrons
Jim Cousins AO & Libby Cousins

Anonymous (4)
Jenny Anderson
John & Lorraine Bates
The Late Betty Amsden AO DSJ
Barbara Blackman AO
Jennifer Brukner
Ken Bullen
Jen Butler
Kingsley Gee & Zhen Fu Guan
Jenny & Peter Hordern
Dr Garry Joslin
Jane Kunstler
Janette McLellan
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Penny Rawlins
Prof Dimity Reed AM
Vivienne Ritchie
Sandy Shaw
The Estate of Beverley Shelton & Martin Schönthal
Mary Vallentine AO

Seat Dedications

Annamila Pty Ltd
Joanna Baevski
Lowina Blackman
John Calvert-Jones AM & Janet Calvert-Jones AO
The Hon Mary Delahunty
Lord Francis Ebury
Kathryn Fagg AO
Ronald Farren-Price AM & Margaret Farren-Price
Kristin Gill & family
Colin Golvan AM QC & Dr Deborah Golvan
Nance Grant AM MBE
Brenda Hamilton & family
Luke Heagerty
Catherine Heggen
Hans & Petra Henkell
Kathy Horadam
Maria Johnson
Anne Kantor AO & The Late Dr Milan Kantor OAM
Alex King & Sebastian King
Diana Lempriere
Cathy Lowy
Evelyn Pose
Katherine Rechtman
Ralph & Ruth Renard
Kiera Stevens
Peter J. Stirling
Ian Suren
Jenny Tatchell
In memory of David Tong
Mary Vallentine AO
Mary Waldron
Vivian Wei Wang

List of Patrons as at 31 March 2020.

All donations, big or small, directly impact the Centre’s ability to provide transformative music experiences for everyone. Join us in support of one of the world’s great halls. To speak to the Director of Development, please contact:

Alistaire Bowler
Interim Director of Development
(03) 9207 2653
alistaire.bowler@melbournerecital.com.au