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For only $20, become a member of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s support organisation, Friends of the DSO. Their aim is to support the activities of the orchestra through post-concert suppers, chamber music concerts, meetings with the orchestra’s guest artists and social occasions.

Friends members are offered an exclusive advance booking period for tickets to the International and Matinée series concerts.

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2021 Friends Events

We have two events ready for Friends this year and have some other opportunities coming up. You can prebook for these two events using our Membership Application Form. Keep a look out for other Friends messages in the DSO newsletters, programmes, and through our own e-newsletter. Non-members are welcome to join us at a charge of $20 per head, members at $10 per head.

Sunday 27 June 2021

Song and Poetry in Early Medieval England with Associate Professor Simone Marshall.
Cædmon (c.657-684), the earliest named English poet, was originally ignorant of “the art of song” but miraculously learned to compose one night in the course of a dream. The song he sang, only nine-lines long, has been preserved in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and is one of the earliest examples of Old English poetry.  In this talk, we will take a look at Bede’s account of Cædmon, examine the song itself and some of the manuscripts in which it is found, and discover the fascinatingly blurred distinction between poetry and song. Simone Marshall is Associate Professor in the English and Linguistics Programme at the University of Otago, where she researches medieval literature. She is currently writing a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Sunday 12 September 2021

This continues to be our most popular event where we combine music, wine and cheese and student players from the Music Department of the University of Otago to present a fabulous afternoon of music.

Sunday 22 August 2021

Following the Cædmon’s Hymn presentation with Dr Simone Marshall, we have a further afternoon featuring early music for you. Rare Byrds is a Dunedin-based early music consort specialising in Renaissance and early Baroque music and theatre, performing in sumptuous costumes and playing on period instruments.


Our current Chairman is David Hoskins|

Our Treasurer is Fiona Gray |

Mail can be addressed to Friends of the DSO PO Box 5571 Dunedin 9054

How can you help?

  • Enjoy the Sunday afternoon events presented by the Friends.
  • Assist with programme sales and mailouts for the DSO.
  • Assist with serving post-concert refreshments and at other behind the scenes functions.
  • Assist us with a donation which can be included with your membership subscription.

Whichever way suits you; we warmly thank you for your support. If you are able to donate your time or are interested in joining the Friend’s committee, please contact us by using the form below.

The Friends of the DSO provide assistance with mail-outs, serving post-concert suppers and other behind the scenes functions. If you are able to donate your time please contact us and let us know if you are available nights, days or weekends. Use the contact form below for general information and enquiries.

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