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Our Patron

Richard Gill AO

‘Welcome to the Australian School Orchestral Festival website. I am honoured to be associated with this event and I look forward to seeing it develop into one of the major performance opportunities on the school music calendar.

Music performance is such a vital part of our development as musicians and it is fantastic to see the wonderful opportunities being afforded to young musicians today through events such as the ASOF and its partner festival, the School Band Festival.

I commend the energetic Music Directors who prepare the ensembles for this challenging event and the parents who tirelessly support their children in the pursuit of musical excellence.

Most significantly, I congratulate all the young musicians who take part in this event. Music making is a wonderful gift that has the capacity to stimulate your mind and imagination and your efforts will enrich the cultural life of the nation. It is a gift that will remain with you for the rest of your life.’


Support the Festival with your tax-deductible donation

If you or your company is looking to invest in the future of Australia I would urge you to consider the a tax-deductible contribution to the NSW School Band Festival, which is the partner event of the ASOF.

The SBF is listed on the Federal Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations as a tax- deductible entity. Any donation over $2.00 is tax-deductible and you will be making a significant contribution to the cultural life of Australia.

Richard Gill AO

Richard Gill AO is one of Australia’s most well known and respected musicians and music educators.