Annual General Meeting

On Monday 20 October we held our 26th Annual General Meeting in the Grainger Studio, preceded by cheese and wine, with entertainment by the Desperados.

Liz Bowen, Judy Birze and ASO Managing Director Vince Ciccarello presented the President’s, Treasurer’s and ASO Reports respectively. Retiring Committee Member, Past President and first Secretary of the Friends, Kay Gill, was honoured with Life Membership for her many years of service to both the Subscriber’s Committee and FASO, and Liz presented Vince with a cheque for $10,000 as FASO’s early contribution to the ASO Christmas Appeal. Vince then acted as Returning Officer for the election of officers.

The FASO Committee for 2014-15 is as follows:

Executive Committee

President:  Alison Campbell
Immediate Past President:  Elizabeth Bowen
Vice Presidents:  Alyson Morrison and John Pike
Treasurer/Secretary:  Judy Birze
Assistant Secretary (Membership):  John Gell

Management Committee

Group A – elected 2013 for 2 years (2013-2015)
Wendy Niehuus, Joan Paroissien, Frank Sanders, Stuart Wattison, Val Wearne, Margaret Whittle

Group B – elected 2014 for 2 years (2014-2016)
Jill Barrington, Judith Eagle, Lyn Goldsworthy, Honora Griffith, Joylene Koch, David Wotton

We welcome our committee for 2014-15, in particular our new member, Joylene Koch.

We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Liz Bowen for her hard work and inspiring leadership as President over the past three years. Thanks are also to due to Honora Griffith for all the work she has done as Secretary, and we welcome her continuing commitment as a member of the Management Committee. We will miss Michael Critchley’s invaluable support to the Executive Committee as Vice President and we wish him and Jennifer well for the future.

As incoming President, I know that I have big shoes to fill, and appreciate the ongoing assistance of not only Liz, but also previous Presidents Alyson Morrison and John Pike as Vice Presidents, and John Gell as Membership Secretary. Meanwhile, Judy Birze is continuing in her vital role as Treasurer.

Click here to see Liz’s President’s Report to the AGM:

Presidents Report to AGM 20 Oct 2014

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Serenade Recap

Kooyonga Clubhouse EntranceA number of friends (and Friends) turned out for our Serenade Luncheon at the lovely Kooyonga Golf Club on Sunday 19 October. The beautiful weather complemented perfectly our afternoon of good food, fine wine and pleasant company, during which we enjoyed the music and talents of the superb Bacchanalia Quartet, led by Michael Milton.

If you missed out on it this year, don’t worry – we’re planning another one next year. So keep your eye open for details around the middle of 2015, and make sure you book early to be part of this lovely, relaxing afternoon!

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Have you booked your tickets for Serenade yet…?

KooyongaBookings are going well for Serenade at Kooyonga Golf Club on Sunday 19 October, in response to the details sent in the latest mailout.


Arrive from 12 noon for drinks and canapés to the sounds of the Bacchanalia Quartet, before lunch starts at 12:45 pm.

Cost is $80 per head, and bookings are required by Wednesday 15 October. Get a table together, or come on your own or in a small group to meet other members of FASO.

For further details, see the flyer sent with the last newsletter, call the Friends’ office on 8233 6211, or email us at – as soon as possible!

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Upcoming Concert – Memento Mori

SculthorpeA poignant reminder of the recent loss of one of Australia’s great composers, Memento Mori will feature Benjamin Northey and Natsuko Yoshimoto in a concert of music by Richard Meale, Annie Hsieh, Henri Dutilleux and the late Peter Sculthorpe.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this beautiful music at the Grainger Studio on Wednesday 15 October at 7 pm.

Booking details are available on the ASO website at


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Beethoven Recital

Balcony View LandscapeThe bright spring sunshine on 14 September didn’t deter a full house for our Beethoven recital in the Mortlock Library. The beautiful surrounds and mellow acoustic lent themselves perfectly to a lovely afternoon of chamber music.

Liz Vince

The music was preceded by an introduction from FASO President Liz Bowen, who welcomed the audience and performers, and outlined some of the ways in which the Friends have supported the Orchestra over the past year. This was followed by some words of greeting and support from ASO CEO Vincent Ciccarello, and then we settled into our seats for an afternoon of fine music.

Quartet 1Janet Anderson’s quartet, with Emma Perkins, Linda Garrett and Gemma Phillips, performed the String Quartet op 18 no 3. This lyrical composition was Beethoven’s first foray into the genre of string quartets, and a delightful start to the concert.

Quartet 2Minas and Erna Berberyan then joined Imants Larsens and Cameron Waters in Quartet no 11 in F Minor, op 95, Serioso. This quartet from Beethoven’s late middle period was at times intense, at others lyrical, and finished with a bright, joyful ending that left people relaxed and smiling for the interval refreshments of riesling, orange juice, sachertorte and german apple cake in the light, airy gallery with the Ernabella Rugs underfoot.

Septet BowsFor the second half, Natsuko Yoshimoto led Imants Larsens, Dean Newcomb, Mark Gaydon, Ewen Bramble, Harley Gray and Anna Axelsson in the Septet op 20 in E♭major. This work, dedicated to the Empress Maria Theresa and first performed in 1800, featured innovative scoring of the wind instruments in the form of a serenade, and the violin cadenza in the sixth and final movement was a perfect showcase for our talented Concertmaster.

AudienceMany people worked together to make this a wonderful afternoon of music. Our thanks go to the ASO staff who helped with the set-up, and particularly to Annika for staying to help with the refreshments and pack-up; to the wonderful musicians who gave so generously of their time and talents; and to the members of the FASO Management Committee who made all the practical things happen.

And, of course, thanks to our members for supporting this sell-out concert. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did!


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AGM 2014

Doesn’t the year go fast? The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will take place in the Grainger Studio on Monday 20 October at 5:30 pm for 6 pm.

As with most FASO functions, refreshments will be served; and you will have an opportunity to meet your Committee members, and hear about our achievements over the past year and plans for the year to come.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Functions-at-Kooyonga-Landing-PageThis year’s Serenade luncheon will take place at the wonderful Kooyonga Golf Club on Sunday 19 October at 12 noon for 12:30 pm.

This ever-popular event gives Friends a chance to mingle with others, accompanied by good food and wine, and serenaded by the superb Bacchanalia Quartet.

Booking and price details will be available shortly.

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