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CSO Fundraising Gala

Friday 19 March, 2021
National Museum of Australia, 6.30pm

Ticket sales have closed for this event.

Join musicians of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for a sensory journey of sonic and gastronomic delights.

Sample selections from our new Chamber Classics series, performed by CSO Chamber Players – along with mischievous reimaginings of other favourites.

Each musical course is paired with food and wine by Broadbean Catering & Events and Lark Hill Winery.

Hosted by Sir Angus Houston, Chair of the CSO, and emceed by Genevieve Jacobs AM.

CSO string quartet
Pip Thompson Violin
Lucy MacourtViolin
Lucy Carrigy-Ryan Viola
Julia Janiszewski Cello

CSO wind quintet
Teresa Rabe Flute
Megan Pampling Oboe
Alan Vivian Clarinet
Dianna Gaetjens French Horn
Kristen Sutcliffe Bassoon


Dress code 
The dress code is cocktail.

When to arrive 
Doors will open at 6.30pm for drinks, with formal proceedings commencing just after 7pm.
We encourage you to arrive between 6.30pm and 6.45pm.

Event structure
Throughout the evening, we will hear from several speakers and enjoy a series of chamber music performances. Between formalities, we encourage you to network, meet the performers, visit the Pearl Bar and the silent auction and enjoy the excellent Canberra region food and wine.

Payment in relation to the auctions and other fundraising activities will be card only.

Free, after hours parking is available in the above ground car park at the National Museum of Australia. There are a limited number of accessible parking spaces near the main entrance.

Cloaking will be available at the National Museum of Australia.

If you have any questions or accessibility requirements, contact CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays 10am – 3pm).



An award-winning Canberra region caterer and long-time CSO partner, Broadbean Catering & Events is passionate about great food and exceptional service. Broadbean crafts innovative, thoughtfully contemporary menus focused on seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable produce.

Joining the CSO family in 2021, Lark Hill Winery specialises in certified biodynamic Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gruner Veltliner. Minimal intervention techniques ensure Lark Hill wines are sustainably produced and reflect the geology, climate and location of the vineyard, in a true preservation of terroir.

Home to the CSO’s 2021 Australian Series, the National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. Explore our exhibitions, experiences and events online and in Canberra. The soaring Gandel Atrium overlooks Lake Burley Griffin and houses highlights from the Museum’s collection.


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We are working closely with the National Museum of Australia to deliver a COVID-safe event for guests, musicians and staff. All concerts will be delivered in line with ACT Government restrictions, including requirements related to audience capacity, contact tracing and cleaning protocols.

  • Do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you should be self-isolating or in quarantine.
  • While you will be seated next to other guests, please be mindful of social distancing considerations as you move around the venue.
  • Practise good hand hygiene, including washing hands frequently with soap and water and covering coughs / sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • Check in on arrival using the Check In CBR app – this is a condition of entry in line with ACT Government requirements. QR codes will be displayed at the entrance to the venue; to avoid delays, please download and open the app in advance. Staff will be available to check in any guests who do not have smartphones.

For more information about CSO COVID-safe measures, visit We encourage patrons to stay up to date with ACT Government advice via