• The award winning Nishi staircase......a stairway to a heavenly CSO breakfast

    The award winning Nishi staircase......a stairway to a heavenly CSO breakfast

  • Sir Angus Houston, Chair CSO, speaking to breakfast guests at Hotel Hotel

    Sir Angus Houston, Chair CSO, speaking to breakfast guests at Hotel Hotel

  • Paul Walshe,Frances Corkhill and Ken Nichols

    Paul Walshe,Frances Corkhill and Ken Nichols

  • Elle Day, Suzi McKinnon and Sarah Collard

    Elle Day, Suzi McKinnon and Sarah Collard

  • Sam Tyler and Nicholas Milton

    Sam Tyler and Nicholas Milton

  • Glenn Keyes, Sarah Kimball and Sir Angus Houston

    Glenn Keyes, Sarah Kimball and Sir Angus Houston

  • Nicole Short and Juliane Strache

    Nicole Short and Juliane Strache

  • Nilofar Morga and Sarah Kimball

    Nilofar Morga and Sarah Kimball

  • Michael Brennan, Melanie Kontze, Chris Faulks and Stuart Althaus

    Michael Brennan, Melanie Kontze, Chris Faulks and Stuart Althaus

  • Peter and Dorothy Barclay with Paul Walshe

    Peter and Dorothy Barclay with Paul Walshe

  • Rachel Thomas, Tim Langford and Jolene Laverty

    Rachel Thomas, Tim Langford and Jolene Laverty

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Sponsors' Brekky @ Hotel Hotel

4 August 2016

Breakfast invitations are a rather nice way to start the day. Whether for social or serious reasons, that someone else is flitting about a kitchen and delivering delicious delights with your trendy coffee of fancy tea is relaxing.

Relaxed, as always, at the Canberra Symphony Orchestra brekky at Hotel Hotel was Nicholas Milton, the jet-setting maestro ( musical director and chief conductor) of the orchestra who loves what he sees on sparkling winter mornings looking out across the lake as the sun rises. I imagine him going through the ‘daily rituals’ advertised on the quirky Hotel Hotel trailers at Palace Cinemas and envisage Milton being just a little outside the square in his regular routines, but his love of this city is in no doubt.

Business and government supporters and sponsors of the CSO were invited to the brekky, to be assured that this small team that keeps the ball rolling efficiently and with a special kind of passion for excellence is continuing on track with programs and performances that are the epitome of the excellence we’ve come to expect from our local orchestra. Acknowledging the long running support of sponsors it was the 37 years of Shell support for the Proms, ActewAGL sponsoring the jestsetting Nicholas Milton for 20 years, Minter Ellison 20 years support as well and the 10 years sponsorship from the Molonglo Group.

And not for the first time the issue of ‘government funding’ to our orchestra yet again rankles all involved in keeping finances as tight as any well run business while way south the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra receives a very nice $8.2 million while we with a larger population get $250,000 Federal Government funding.

That a symphony orchestra is vital for a sophisticated society is a given but lost in that assumption is the benefits for all parts of our society with many of the CSO board in raptures about the success of the Noteworthy Program, a schools project bringing 5,000 children to the orchestra to not just listen but to learn, participate and marvel at the joy of a symphony orchestra. Taking the orchestra to the people is another benefit with the regular soiree in the grounds of Government House – usually a guarantee of rain – but always a brilliant late afternoon in February to relax and loll about on the lush lawn. Community is where so many beneficial aspects of the CSO’s thinking outside the square has benefited aged care, dementia patients, local and interstate High Schools and music with art therapy for Parkinson’s patients.  

The Chair of the CSO, Sir Angus Houston spoke for the board and the future of the orchestra and the plans and possibilities with an eye on the prize that should be an equal divvying up of the funding from the government we all contribute to. Imagine what they could do with $8.2 million!