Sydney Symphony Orchestra Bequest Society

Honouring the legacy of Stuart Challender

As a non-profit organisation, we rely on our family of supporters to help sustain the vital activities of the Orchestra. Including the SSO in your estate plans is a wonderful way to help ensure a legacy of artistic excellence for your Orchestra for generations to come.

About Stuart Challender

The SSO Bequest Society honours the legacy of the late Stuart Challender, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's renowned Chief Conductor from 1987 until his untimely death in 1991.

One of Australia's greatest conductors, Stuart Challender breathed new life into the Orchestra and led it through a golden age. Challender enhanced the Orchestra's international reputation and helped to establish the Orchestra's esteemed place in the Australian cultural landscape for generations to come.

In this spirit, we recognise the generosity and vision of donors who help to secure a bright future for the SSO by making a bequest.

Making a bequest

We invite you to consider leaving a gift to the SSO in your will. In appreciation of your generosity and vision, you will become a member of the SSO Bequest Society. With your permission, you will be acknowledged in SSO program books and annual reports. Should you wish to remain anonymous, we will acknowledge your gift privately.

Joining the SSO Bequest Society will bring you closer to your Orchestra. Members become part of the SSO family and get to know the musicians and staff of the Orchestra through invitations to attend open rehearsals and special events.

There is no minimum gift to become a member of the SSO Bequest Society; simply inform us that you have named the SSO as the beneficiary of a bequest in your will.

"By making a notified bequest, you can be certain the SSO will be a grateful beneficiary. It will ensure you continue to enjoy your association with the Orchestra during your lifetime, and the orchestra will continue to honour you after you've gone."

Ray Wilson OAM, Founding Member, SSO Bequest Society

More information

If you are considering supporting the SSO with a bequest, we encourage you to contact our philanthropy team. We would be pleased to discuss with you how your gift can make a difference. Your enquiry will be handled confidentially and with sensitivity.

Callum Close
Philanthropy Manager

(02) 8215 4625

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Philanthropy Office
GPO Box 4338
Sydney NSW 2001