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Our Patrons


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 broad range of the greatest musicians and ensembles from Australia and around the globe.

Local Artist Appeal

In 2021 we pledged to raise $1 million for the Music Circle to directly support local artists throughout 2021/22 and ensure Melbourne’s vibrant musical ecosystem is sustained.

Local Artist Appeal Founding Benefactors
Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty
The Gailey Lazarus Foundation
Robert Peck AM, Yvonne von Hartel AM, Rachel Peck & Marten Peck of peckvonhartel architects
Lind Herd
Monica Lim & Konfir Kabo
Lady Primrose Potter AC
Joy Selby Smith

Lady Primrose Potter AC

Joy Selby Smith

Konfir Kabo & Monica Lim
Robert Peck AM, Yvonne von Hartel AM, Rachel Peck & Marten Peck of peckvonhartel architects (Signature Events Benefactors)

Anonymous (1)
John & Lorraine Bates
Warwick & Paulette Bisley
Barbara Hutchinson in memory of her late husband
Darvell M Hutchinson
Jane Kunstler

The Benjamin Fund

Arnold & Mary Bram
Mary Draper
Kathryn Greiner AO
Alex King **
Diana Lempriere
Maria McCarthy
Susan Pelka & Richard Caven
Tom Smyth **
Janet Thomson
Lyn Williams AM
Igor & Jenny Zambelli

Anonymous (1)
Donald Abell
Bill Burdett AM & Sandra Burdett
Alastair Campbell & Sue Campbell
Assoc Prof Jody Evans
Jo Fisher & Peter Grayson
Colin Golvan AM QC & Dr Deborah Golvan **
Ballandry (Peter Griffin Family) Fund
Catherine Heggen
Dr Alastair R Jackson AM
Ann Lahore
Simon Le Plastrier *
Shelley & Euan Murdoch
Dr Paul Nisselle AM
Eda Ritchie AM
Sirius Foundation
Maria Sola
Dr Victor Wayne & Dr Karen Wayne OAM

Anonymous (4)
Peter J Armstrong *
Michael Bennett & Kate Stockwin +
Kaye Birks in the memory of David
Helen Brack
Debbie Brady
Jannie Brown
Kerin Carr
John Castles AM & Thelma Castles OAM
Kaye Cleary
Christine & Michael Clough
John & Chris Collingwood
The Hon Mary Delahunty
The Hon Justice
Julie Dodds-Streeton **
Lord Francis Ebury & The Late Lady Suzanne Ebury
Trevor & Pam Edwards
Margaret Farren-Price & Prof Ronald Farren-Price AM
Andrew Firestone
Mark Freeman
Timothy Goodwin **
Ann Gordon
Gras Foundation Trust
The Hon David L Harper AM **
Lyndsey & Peter Hawkins
Robert Heathcote **
Peter Heffey
Doug Hooley
Jenny & Peter Hordern
John Howie & Linsey Howie
Prof Andrea Hull AO
In memory of The Late Harry Johnson
Norah Breekveldt & Andrew Katona *
Angela Kayser
Assoc Prof Sebastian King +
Dr Anne Lierse AM
Maryanne B Loughnan QC **
In memory of John Price
The Mard Foundation
Janet McDonald
Banjo McLachlan **
Donald & Angela Mercer
Dennis & Fairlie Nassau
Stephen Newton AO
Greg Noonan
Margaret Plant
Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine
Ralph & Ruth Renard
Peter Rose & Christopher Menz
John Rosenbloom & Kathryn Earp
Clara Rubera
Jacqueline Schwarz
Dr Vaughan Speck
In Memory of Pauline Speedy
Dr Michael Troy
The Ullmer Family Foundation
Jennifer Whitehead
Rebecca & James Williams

Anonymous (3)
Jenny Anderson
Liz and Charles Baré
Dr Christine Bayly
Catherine Belcher
Dr David Bernshaw & Caroline Isakow
Hon Justice David Byrne QC
Min Li Chong
Dr Geoffrey Clarke
Kevin Cosgrave
Jim Cousins AO & Libby Cousins AM
Brian Crisp
Emilia Cross
Carol des Cognets
Mrs Jean Dunn
Chris Egan
Susan Fallaw
Dr Jane Gilmour OAM & Terry Brian *
Janine Gleeson
The Hon Hartley Hansen AM QC & Rosalind Hansen **
Dr Robert Hetzel
Assoc Prof James Hurley
Joan Janka
Dr Gary Joslin
Irene Kearsey & Michael Ridley
Sean King
Daniel Kirkham
Angela & Richard Kirsner
Jennifer K Marshall
Maria Mercurio
Rosemary O’Connor
Abe Paluch
Helen Perlen
Kerryn Pratchett
Viorica Samson
Jim Short
Charles Tegner
Robin Usher & Mandy Meade
Helen Vorrath
Tony Way


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.

Prof Dimity Reed AM

Gailey Lazarus Foundation

Hansen Little Foundation

Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM

The Calvert-Jones Foundation
Canny Quine Foundation
The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon & The Hon Kenneth M Hayne **
The Sentinel Foundation

D and X Williamson Family Charitable Fund

Anne Burgi & Kerin Carr
The Jack & Hedy Brent Foundation

Keith & Debby Badger
Debby Brady
Maria Hansen
Doug Hooley
Prof John Langford AM & Julie Langford

Brian Morison
Andrew & Georgina Porter
Barry Shying


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

Mrs Margaret S Ross AM & Dr Ian C Ross

Warwick & Paulette Bisley

Annamila Pty Ltd
The Vizard Foundation

Anonymous (1)
Dr Mary-Jane Gething
Youth Music Foundation of Australia Inc

Peter J Stirling & Kimberley Kane **

Peter J Armstrong *
Zoe Brinsden *
In memory of The Late Harry Johnson
Martine Letts
Dr Richard Mills AM
Christine Sather *

Rosemary O’Connor *


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 AM

Anonymous (4)
Jenny Anderson
John & Lorraine Bates
The Late Betty Amsden AO DSJ
Jennifer Brukner OAM
Ken Bullen
Jen Butler
Kingsley Gee & Zhen Fu Guan
Jenny & Peter Hordern
Dr Garry Joslin
Jane Kunstler
Janette McLellan
Rosemary O’Connor
Elizabeth O’Keeffe
Penny Rawlins
Prof Dimity Reed AM
Vivienne Ritchie AM
Sandy Shaw
The Estate of Beverley Shelton & Martin Schönthal
Mary Vallentine AO
Seat Dedications
Michael Bennett
Anne Burgi
Kerin Carr
Catherine Heggen
Lorna Heiman
Penny Hutchinson
Paul Jasper
Jane Keech
Kate Marks
Dr Christina McLeish
Seat Dedications in the past 12 months

* Ensemble Giovanne
** Legal Friends
+ Medical Friends

List of Patrons as at 7 July 2022

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 Head of Development, please contact:

Alistaire Bowler
Head of Development
(03) 9207 2653