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FSSO Partners


Become involved and share your love and passion for music

The Friends of the Free State Symphony Orchestra is a meaningful way to become involved with the FSSO. Contributions of the Friends of the FSSO partially fund the fees of soloists and conductors.

Friends who support the orchestra in their personal capacity enjoy acknowledgement in concert programmes, and receive complimentary tickets to designated FSSO concerts as well as invitations to orchestra receptions.

Four different categories, Platinum (R3,500+), Gold (R2,400-R3,499), Silver (R1,200-R2,399) and the Circle of Friends (less than R1,200) are available.

To become a Friend of the FSSO, please contact our offices ( (051) 401-2342 during office hours



Mev. A Bobbert

Lizette de Coning & Annalie van der Vyver

Corrie Geldenhuys

Chris & Hanlie Gouws

Geofrė & Marinda Heyns

Elphia Janse van Rensburg

Antoinette Lion-Cachet

Derek & Anne Ochse

Piet & Helga Streicher

Efraim & Ilse van der Walt

Prof. Andre Venter


Eelco & Helena Boonstra

Mike & Marietta de Kock

Hans & Marianne Koorts

Bettie Marais



Voet & Lydia du Plessis

Kobus & Annamarie du Preez

Janine Lieffrig

Marié Potgieter

Francois & Ria Retief

Ina Smith

Jahna Thompson

Kowie & Frances Wessels

Circle Of Friends

Gerda van der Westhuizen

Symphony For Life


Support the FSSO sustainability campaign

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.

Vir inligting in Afrikaans, kliek hier.

Die donasie vorm in Afrikaans kan hier afgelaai word.

Our current patrons

Corporate patrons


Standard Bank

Van Rensburg Patoloë

Corporate friends

Horizon Eye Care Centre

Interstate Bus lines

SA Truck Bodies

Distinguished Patrons / Uitgelese Ondersteuners

Braham & Ilze Barnard

Katinka Botha

Deon Ceronio

Magda Coetzee

Frederick Fourie

Corrie Geldenhuys

Jeanette Kriel

Marius & Ellen-Anne Swart

Alan & Denise van Zyl

André Venter

Patrons / Ondersteuners

Christiaan & Gerlene Beyers

Chris Gouws

Ute Hallbauer

Geofrė & Marinda Heyns

Esmé le Grange

Antoinette Lion-Cachet

Johan Lombaard

Pieter Pienaar

Ernest Rood

Efraim van der Walt

Friends / Vriende


Jaco Cilliers

Lizzie Conradie

Johan en Riana de Beer

Wilma Henning

Willem & Willie Ras

Piet & Helga Streicher


Anna Bobbert

Eelco & Helena Boonstra

Lizette de Coning & Annalie van der Vyfer

Ina Faber

Helena van Zyl

Basie & Hilda Verster


Johan & Louise Cilliers

Mike & Marietta de Kock

Voet & Lydia du Plessis


Theo du Plessis

Janine Lieffrig

Charmian Verster

Kowie & Frances Wessels