Friends of the ASO

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Since 1988, a dedicated committee of volunteers has presented an annual program of special events and social activities. Monies raised support sponsorship of Musical Chairs, ASO Annual Appeal, study grants for players and subsidies for musical instruments and equipment.

We invite you, as a lover of orchestral music, to enrich your musical interests, add beautiful low-cost concerts to your musical diary and widen your social network, while assisting in raising valuable funds to help ensure the future of the ASO.

Benefits of becoming a Friend of the ASO:

  • Supporting one of South Australia's most valuable assets
  • Opportunities to meet orchestra members
  • Receptions to meet local and visiting international artists
  • Access to rehearsals and education concerts

The Executive Committee includes:

  • Mr. Michael Critchley President
  • Mr. John Pike Past President
  • Hon. David Wotton AM & Mr. John Terpelle Vice Presidents
  • Mrs. Judy Birze Treasurer / Public Officer
  • Mr. John Gell Assistant Secretary / Membership
  • Ms. Ruth Bloch Secretary

Friends Membership Categories

$40 - Individual Friend
$55 - Joint Friends
$35 - Individual Country Friend
$50 - Joint Country Friends
$25 - Individual Concession Friend
$40 - Joint Concession Friends
$20 - Student

To become a member of the Friends of the ASO, simply download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page. Once completed, please send to:

GPO Box 2121
Adelaide SA 5001
91 Hindley Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 8233 6211
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Wednesday and Friday 10am - 12noon
(24 hour voicemail)

What's coming up


Quiz Night
Monday 27 August at 6:30 pm in the Grainger Studio

Come and pit your wits against Friends, Orchestra players and ASO management, in our major fundraiser of the year. Enjoy an evening of fun and brainpower, play games and bid for in the wonderful items on offer in our auctions.


Concert 4 - Duelling Clarinets 
with Dean Newcomb and Mitch Berick

Monday 17 September at 11 am in the Grainger Studio

Our two favourite clarinettists will be back for another duel in September. We know it always ends in a draw and both protagonists leave without a scratch, but we hear some amazing notes played during the course of the battle!


Open Rehearsal - Master Series 6
with Mark Wigglesworth

Friday 21 September at 9:30 am in Adelaide Town Hall

This year the ASO’s Artistic Leadership Team welcomes Mark Wigglesworth as Principal Guest Conductor, and this is an ideal opportunity to hear him in rehearsal for the first half of A Time for Heroes.


Annual General Meeting 
with an ensemble of ASO musicians
Monday 15 October at 5:30 pm in the Grainger Studio

There was a bumper turnout for the 2017 AGM, due in part to the 30th birthday celebrations, of course. But come along in 2018 to support the FASO Management Committee—there’s no charge, and cheese and wine will be served.


Concert 5 - The New Timpani
with Robert Hutcheson
Monday 19 November at 11 am in the Grainger Studio

In 2018 the ASO took delivery of a new set of drums, and Principal Timpani Robert Hutcheson is in the process of  upgrading his sticks with the help of a Nicky Ayres Study Grant. Come and hear him talk about and perform on the new instruments.

To book tickets or to become a FASO member, email or ring the FASO Office on 8233 6211