Alan Symons

Why is philanthropy important?

There are many worthwhile causes that always need extra funding. You could be assisting in medical research, helping country people get medical help or to hospital in an emergency, or assist organisations that help in domestic violence situations.

The size of the commitment is not important, you should give according to your circumstances. Philanthropy is important!

Why do you support Queensland Symphony Orchestra?

I support the QSO, to give back to some extent, for the pleasure the Orchestra has given me since I first attended concerts in the City Hall in 1963. I have not been a subscriber every year since then, but now I enjoy the Morning Masterworks series. I get pleasure from my chair donorships and meeting “my” musicians. I also make a donation each year in memory of three former ABC announcers that were colleagues of mine back in the 1960’s and 70’s. All were associated with the orchestra in different ways and it is important to me to honour their memory in this way each year. So again there are different ways to donate and each person can choose at what level they wish to support the orchestra.

I also support, in a small way, 4MBS (103.7) and the listening pleasure the community station gives me. It relies on donations for its existence, and of course you can always listen to the QSO on that station!

What advice would you give to those considering supporting Queensland Symphony Orchestra?

If you are a classical music lover, and particularly if you are a subscriber, I would say give back to your Queensland orchestra. Don’t hesitate, let your money do the talking for you. Donate according to your ability to do so, and if you are inspired to be a chair donor you do not have to wait until a chair is available, you can join with existing donors to support the musician of your choice. And if I have inspired you to donate then come up and tell me so at the next donor function. 

We can all make a difference!

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Orchestra works, plays, and creates music, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.