Greetings from Patrick Thomas…

We recently heard again from Patrick Thomas MBE, with a copy of an e-mail sent to Paul Blackman (who co-ordinates the ASO Heritage website at, offering his greetings on the occasion of the ASO’s 75th Anniversary.  Patrick and Paul have kindly given their permission for us to post a copy of the e-mail here.

25 November 2011:

Dear Paul,

Please, would you be so kind as to convey to the Management, Music Director, and the Members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra my greetings and warmest wishes on the occasion of the ASO’s 75th Anniversary.   In attaining this milestone, the Orchestra joins an elite company of the world’s leading Symphony Orchestras.

Indeed, the ASO, and its former alter ego, the SASO, have bestowed the greatest of legacies imaginable on the people of South Australia and places beyond that State’s borders, and have done so through music-making of the highest level.

I personally recall, and with the greatest affection and admiration, the Orchestra’s innumerable fine performances during my eight years as its Assistant (and Acting Resident) Conductor (1965-72); and also as Guest Conductor on numerous subsequent occasions, in landmark opera and orchestral repertoire, from 1973 to 1992.

I was delighted to see the ASO’s excellence included in the recent 8CD “Australian Masters” Box Set, that ABC Classics issued in my honour. The selected performance of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5 still stands high, I believe, in any company.

So … long may the ASO continue to flourish and nourish the cultural diversity of South Australia and our nation in general.



Patrick Thomas M.B.E.

In his covering e-mail to the Friends, Patrick made these comments:

I listened to part of the “Birthday” Concert last Friday and enjoyed it immensely.

Here’s to the ASO’s NEXT 75 years.

And Merry Christmas to it, and also to its valued and much-needed Friends! 

And in response to our request to post his message on this site:

Indeed the ASO’s “75th” was a milestone from which I am sure the orchestra will move ahead in its quest for new achievement and recognition.  These I feel sure will eventuate, given its fine standard.

By all means share my thoughts with the ASO “Family”.  It was my privilege to be associated the the illustrious ASO spanning the years 1965-92.  Wonderful memories!

All best Christmas wishes to you and your colleagues.


It’s lovely to know that Patrick maintains his interest in and fondness for our illustrious orchestra.  On behalf of the Friends, we wish him all the best for Christmas and the coming year.


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