We seek your support for an indispensable educational and cultural asset for all communities: the Free State Symphony Orchestra.
The Board of the FSSO Company has launched the ‘symphony for life’ campaign to reduce the symphony orchestra’s exposure to the uncertainties and unpredictable fluctuations of public funding from, for example, the Lotto and the National Arts Council (NAC), in the light of the immense pressures on the national budget to address unemployment, poverty and inequality.
If its core funding is uncertain, the FSSO cannot plan annual concert programmes properly, cannot engage top performers and conductors timeously and cannot market its annual programme to music lovers. This equally means that the FSSO’s crucial educational role in mentoring and developing a next generation of young musicians comes under threat.
A vibrant classical music scene needs a vibrant and financially sustainable FSSO. Free State classical music lovers – and aspiring young musicians – need a symphony orchestra for living, for life.
We can reduce the FSSO’s vulnerability only by mobilising private individuals and the business sector, in conjunction with government where possible, to take joint responsibility for the long-term viability of the Free State’s only professional symphony orchestra and orchestral training programme.
We urge you to support the symphony for life campaign as a Distinguished Patron, Patron or Friend of the FSSO and thereby become a ‘life’ member of our family of patrons.
More information on the campaign is available here.
A donation form can be downloaded here.
The best young instrumentalists in the province from all backgrounds have the unique opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience by playing in the Free State Youth Orchestra, managed by the FSSO since 2009.